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Kids in Lyon

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Kids in Lyon

We will be spending two weeks in Lyon with our 5 and 3 year old kids. Is this a kid-friendly town? Are there a lot of parks and playgrounds? What are some good suggestions for Lyon and that area for kids these ages?

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The "Parc de la tête d'or" would be a really nice place for both you and your kids.


"Located in the 6th arrondissement, it features a large lake on which boating takes place during the summer months [...] is a frequent destination for joggers and cyclists. At the northern end of the park, there is a small zoo, with giraffes, elephants, tigers and other animals. There is also sporting equipment, such as a velodrome, boules court, mini-golf, horse riding, and even a miniature train."

"The park also contains four rose gardens, but also huge greenhouses, a botanical garden"

Then you have the "Parc de la Cerisaie" in the 4th arrondissement, which is a way smaller but still a nice place to relax.

Finally you also have several parks outside of town such as Meribel Jonage:


Or Lacroix Laval:


Hope it helps you,


Edited: 09 June 2011, 19:55
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Here are some other suggestions:

- Parc de Courzieu: Where you can see wolfs and different species of birds of prey. (Around 45 mins from town)


(the website is in French only but you can contact the tourist information center).

- Motorcar Museum:


- The Puppet Museum:


- Visiting some old medieval castles around town.

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Well I've been here many times with our kids and never seen any medieval castles in town here so I'll have to look for those:-)

Our kids are older now but when they were smaller:

* Even public transport here was a big excitement as we don't do that at home - not sure where you live but if you live somewhere in the US where there is little public transport, I think they will love the buses, trams and metros.

* The old town with the traboule passages and staircases was also one adventure after another,

* There are many playgrounds tucked away in different parts of the city - one on Place Bellecour, for example, and several in the old town. There is a super playground with a boat and water theme either side of the passerelle du college pedestrian bridge over the Rhone (about 100 yards from the Cours lafayette bridge) that includes various boat themed climbing, sliding and swinging objects and a great series of pipes for water play (plus very delightfully for parents, permanent loungers for parents to recline on while watching!). Place de la Republique (between there and Bellecour) has an old style carousel our kids loved when they were small and a big pool with fountains kids often play in when it's hot. Etc.

* The daily markets were also very exciting for them.

* The 5year old would already like the basic accrobranche at Fourviere aventures I think. They have something there for preschoolers too but I haven't looked at it so I'm not sure what.

So lots of just every day things here that are very enjoyable for younger kids to try life in a foreign city. Enjoy!


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for the castles:

List of castles in Rhone-Alpes:


(not all of them are medieval, not all of them are open for visits)

Example: Chateau de Montmelas:


From January to November: guided tour on the first Saturday of the month at 11am

In July, guided tour on Tuesday and Thursday at 2 pm

The family that own the castle is still living there, that's why it is closed the rest of the time.

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don't miss Le jardin des Chartreux 36 cours Général Giraud on the Croix Rousse slopes overlooking the Saone river:it's a very quiet garden with a playground facing a building with 365 windows,from there you can enjoy great views on Fourvière hill,Saone and the city.

There is also a little playground close to Le Gros Caillou,the symbol of Croix-Rousse district (great views to the East and Alps,)

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Texastrips and Bernard already made great suggestions. My kids favourites when they were little were the 2 hills actually, that are very much playgrounds like!

The traboules are fun for kids, not only in the "old city", but also on Croix-Rousse slopes : even your 3 years old will be able to follow the signs for one of the self guided tour which is a little bit like a treasure hunt (incredibly steep passageways, don't miss Cour des Voraces). Here is an example of the self guided walk and the sign you will follow:


You might want to download the itineraries on this website, or ask the tourist information when you arrive:


Your 5 years old will probably like walking and climbing in the roman ruins on Fourvière hill.

You don't mention if you'll have a car while here, then be able to tour the region. Martin's suggestion are not doable using the public transportation. If you have a car, Pérouges medieval walled city is a nice short trip out of Lyon, not too tiring with your little ones, the old city is entirely pedestrian; Try to be there for tea time and taste the local pastry speciality (details and even the pastry recipe on this website), drinking a local sparkling wine !


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