Top 10 family-friendly activities to do in Lyon, France in 2023

1. Explore the Parc de la Tête d’Or 🌳

The Parc de la Tête d’Or is a perfect starting point for a family adventure in Lyon. This vast urban park offers a zoo with giraffes, flamingos and monkeys, a beautiful botanical garden, and a lake where you can rent paddle boats. Children can safely roam around and there’s plenty of space for a picnic. The park is free to enter!

2. Visit Mini World Lyon 🏢

Mini World Lyon is a fantastic miniature park where children and adults alike can explore small-scale versions of cityscapes, countryside, and mountains. There are interactive elements and the scenery changes from day to night every 20 minutes, revealing thousands of tiny lights.

3. Discover Lyon’s History at the Gallo-Roman Museum ⚔️

The Gallo-Roman Museum offers a look into Lyon’s ancient past. The museum’s interactive exhibits and child-friendly activities make learning about history fun. Don’t miss the ancient theatre outside!

4. Enjoy a Puppet Show at Guignol Theatre 🎭

Lyon is renowned for its traditional puppetry. A visit to the Guignol Theatre is a must, where the kids will enjoy the humorous and lively performances of Guignol, the puppet protagonist.

5. Take a Ride on the Vieux Lyon Funicular 🚞

For a fun and convenient way to see the city, hop on the funicular in Vieux Lyon (Old Lyon). It offers great views and takes you up to Fourvière hill where you can visit the basilica and the ancient Roman theatre.

6. Discover the Secrets of Chocolate at Voisin Chocolate Factory 🍫

The Voisin Chocolate Factory offers a sweet adventure for the whole family. Learn about the history of chocolate and enjoy tasting some of the finest French treats!

7. Take a Family Cooking Class 🍳

Why not immerse yourself in French cuisine by taking a cooking class. Companies like Plum Lyon offer courses that welcome families. You and your children can learn how to make a traditional Lyonnaise dish together.

8. Splash around at Centre Nautique Tony Bertrand 🏊‍♂️

When the sun is shining, there’s no better place to cool off than at the Centre Nautique Tony Bertrand. This outdoor swimming complex, located on the Rhône River, has pools for all ages and abilities.

9. Explore the Traboules in Vieux Lyon 🚪

The traboules, or secret passageways, in Vieux Lyon provide a unique way to explore the city. Kids will love the sense of adventure, but be mindful as some are located in residential buildings. The Lyon Tourism Office provides a map of traboules open to the public.

10. Relax at Les Brotteaux 🌆

End your day in Lyon relaxing in the charming district of Les Brotteaux. With its beautiful architecture and family-friendly restaurants, it’s a great spot to enjoy an evening meal.

Essential Baby Equipment for Your Lyon Trip

Item Description
Pram For long city walks, a durable pram is a must. Rent a comfortable and lightweight pram from us at Tiny Trek Rentals.
Car Seat If you’re planning on hiring a car, we offer safe and clean car seats for all age groups.
High Chair For your accommodation or for self-catering holidays, you can rent one of our easy-to-clean high chairs.
Playpen Keep your little ones safe while you relax or prepare meals. Our playpens are easy to set up and pack down.

Traveling with children can be challenging, but with the right preparation and equipment, it’s also incredibly rewarding. Enjoy your family adventure in Lyon!