This is an excerpt from a post originally featured on Cool Mom Picks.
Traveling with teenagers is a whole new ballgame. They often act like little adults, but at heart, they are still kids. Paris is a city with so much to offer for all ages, As a result, it’s challenging to find the right things to do at each age.
Our family of four, including our two teenagers, returned from a five-day trip to Paris. While we did hit most of the major attractions — the Louvre, Versailles, and of course the Eiffel Tower — we also found some fun, less touristy places to visit with tweens and teens.
Depending on the length of your visit, these off-the-beaten path Paris attractions will not only help you skip the long queues of the big Paris tourist destinations, but they’ll help make your trip extra special.
Another fantastic thing about traveling with teens in Paris: Kids under 18 usually get free or discounted admission to many attractions!
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Beyond Shopping at the Galeries Lafayette
Galeries Lafayette is essentially a giant department store. However European department stores, like Harrod’s, are very different from what we have in the U.S. and feel more like a collection of boutiques rather than one monolithic store.
Even if you’re not shopping, you can get a look at the incredible art deco glass dome — like, it’s take-your-breath-away incredible. Go up to the third floor and you can take a free walk on a glass walkway, 16 meters above the ground, just under the dome, for a closer look.
Currently, there’s also a fun area under the dome on the second level that’s basically a trampoline hovering about 30 feet off the ground (photo above). It’s free for everyone, and my teens loved taking selfies from there. Because only a few people can go out a time, there is a queue, but don’t worry, strict time limits help it move quickly.
Galeries Lafayette also offers tons of great events and activities. There’s a macaron baking class on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Fridays at a far more reasonable price (€49) than some of the others I have seen. Also check the schedule for fashion shows or wine tastings (for the adults, of course) on various days.
Pro Tip: Be sure you make your way up to the top floor of Galeries Lafayette before you leave. Department stores have great souvenir shopping, typically on the top floor or basement level, where you can buy more interesting gifts for friends and family besides what you find on the streets.