Nice, located on the east coast of France, rests on the Mediterranean Sea and offers everything you could hope for, from winding promenades to fountains and beaches. The mild Mediterranean weather makes it a perfect place for all your family’s favorite outdoor activities, sightseeing and adventures. Whether you just want to take in the sights, or are hoping to experience a new, fun side of adventure this family-friendly city is sure to charm kids and adults of all ages. I’ve rounded up the most kid-friendly activities for your next family vacation in Nice!
Cool off at the Promenade du Paillon:
The Promenade du Paillon is a beautifully landscaped urban park, the perfect place to relax, have a picnic, or just stroll through nature. Kids can bike and scooter on the promenade path. Standing in the center of town, Promenade du Paillon’s fountain has over 60 water jets for kids to enjoy during hot summer days. Watching our kids run, splash and have a blast made me and my husband wish we were kids again! The fountain’s reflecting pool gives a great view of the surrounding buildings. After dusk, the fountains are illuminated with colored lights, making the beautiful area even more spectacular! If you’re traveling to Nice with kids, this is sure to be a favorite spot.
Take a Walk around the Promenade des Anglais:
Stretching seven miles along the Mediterranean coast, the Promenade des Anglais gives the whole family plenty of activities to choose from. You can go for a walk, rent bikes (or rollerblades) or hop on a segue for something fun and new! We loved listening to live street performers and admiring the stunning views of the Mediterranean. There’s plenty for kids to do and see.
Enjoy the Beach:
Many calm, pebbly beaches border the Promenade des Anglais. My kids loved swimming in the cool Mediterranean Sea and sorting small pebbles into piles according to their colors. Because these aren’t the soft, sandy beaches you may be used to, make sure to carry water shoes and floaties for you and your kids. It will make your beach experience much more enjoyable! Many of these beaches have impressive views, and there are lots of beachfront eateries to enjoy a relaxing meal. The cool water is perfect for Nice’s warm summer days.
Villefranche Plage – Even though it’s not technically in Nice, the beach at Villefranche is worth a visit. Why? Its crystal-clear sandy beaches are great for children and adults. The entire beachfront is free and open to the public, making it many locals’ favorite beach spot. It’s only a short bus or train ride from Nice, a perfect option for an adventurous day trip. There are also plenty of restaurant and snack options available.
Go to the Top of Castle Hill:
Just a five-minute walk from the old town is one of Nice’s must-see attractions: Castle Hill or Colline de Chateau. You can take a free elevator or a scenic walk to the top of the hill, where you’ll be greeted by some of the most dramatic views of the city and the Mediterranean Sea. This truly is one of the most kid-friendly areas in town. While you’re enjoying the sights, your kids can enjoy the fenced playground. My kids played there for hours! There is a rope-climbing area, a gorgeous man-made waterfall and ruins for kids to explore; and the pay-to-use bathroom is free for kids. Why not buy an ice-cream from the snack shop, and sit back to watch a gorgeous sunset from this one-of-a-kind vantage point? The views of the port from the playground are breathtaking.
Enjoy Fenocchio Ice Cream:
Another must-do, especially if you’re traveling to Nice with kids! Fenocchio’s is the most popular homemade ice cream shop located in Nice’s old town. Family-owned and operated, Fenocchio’s offers a wide variety of creative ice cream flavors from lavender to cactus. We went there every day, and the kids loved it. This place can get crowded, but service is fast. Don’t let its touristy image deter you from trying it. You should definitely visit this shop during your stay.
Nice has so much to offer families that it’s no wonder Nice is one of Europe’s most popular summer vacation spots. You can stroll the narrow cobblestone streets, bike along the promenades, explore the city squares and the port, or have a meal in old town or on Rue Massena. Don’t forget to explore the flower and food markets, visit museums, stop by the opera house or botanical garden, enjoy some freshly baked French treats and eat gelato! With so many activities, this charming seaside town is sure to become a family favorite.
How to arrive: The nearest airport is Nice International Airport. You can also take the train to Nice.
Where to stay: There are many wonderful hotels for a family vacation in Nice, but finding a family room can be challenging. Renting an apartment is a great alternative, especially when you’re traveling with the whole family. Aparthotel, Airbnb, Home Away, and VBRO are great options for your apartment search. Just make sure you find somewhere close to the tram or other public transportation options, so you don’t miss any of the activities and experiences Nice has to offer!