75007 Paris, France
Eiffel Tower Description
Scaling this metal giant is one of the tourist attractions not to be missed. Even if Guy de Maupassant thought the Eiffel Tower, built in March 1889, was a sore on the skyline of Paris, your kids will be wriggling with excitement to summit one of Paris's most impressive and distinctive architectural feats. Recently added children's programming — an activity booklet scavenger hunt with historical information to track down and record called "Follow Gus/Suivez Gus" — has made what was already a family-friendly attraction even better and the views, as always, are magnifique.
Toddlers & Pre-K: Young children like the eight-minute music-only surround sound movie on the first floor.
School-Age Kids: If your kid is a history buff or likes a challenge, make sure to pick up a quiz scavenger book (available in English and French) designed for ages 6-10.
Pre-Teens & Teens: It's worth the extra Euros to go to the very top of the tower. This part is accessible only by elevator.
- Lines start forming up to an hour before the elevators and stairs even open. There's a reason so many people come here but the wait during the day in the high tourist season (up to four hours) can discourage even the most patient family. This is one activity you really have to go to early or after dark when the lines are shortest.
- Plan to climb the stairs instead of taking the elevators. It's less expensive and there's always a shorter line. Besides, your kids, even toddlers, will bound up the lattice metal staircases while you huff along behind.
- Bring a light jacket. It's chillier in the upper atmosphere.
Just the Facts
Hours: The tower is open daily from 9:30 a.m. until just before midnight during the off-season and from 9 a.m. until 1 a.m. during the summer, with the last access half an hour before closing. Since this is changeable, please doublecheck on-line for the most up-to-date information.
Recommended Time: 2 - 4 hours