10 Best Places to visit with kids and family in Nice, France
Nice has its official national anthem as Nissa La Bella, and you will agree to every word of it. It is the largest city of the French Riviera’s. The main attraction of the town is because of its 19th-century mansions which are on its boulevards and promenades. This town is the artists retreat as they have always admired the scenery. The place is perfect for museums getaways dedicated to Chagall and Matisse. The best art galleries of Europe are also here. If this was not that attracted you, visit the place for excellent cuisine and a perfect climate.
Nice is a place for kids and very family friendly with great activities to appeal kids of all ages. There is no right time to visit Nice as on an average it has 300 days of Sunshine each year. This makes it a perfect place to go for mild weather the year round. Nice is a great place to enjoy your life by enjoying the natural beauty, greenery, sea sites and soaking into the vibrant energy of Mediterranean Sea. The serene blue waters will just leave you enchanted. The city has unique Italian character that utmost visible in the Old Town. While walking on the quaint cobblestone streets or exploring the Promenade des Anglais, you can have a gala time with your kids.
Here is the list of top ten things to do in Nice with your kids:
- Vieille Ville(Old Town)
The Old Town of Nice is a picturesque place having a maze of narrow alleys along with cobblestone streets which gives the area a lively look, reminiscent of Italy. This site is fondly called Babazouk the Vieille Ville starts from the western end of the Colline du Chateau and is bounded by spacious boulevards. The colorful flower market a traditional Provencal event that reflects the richness of Nice’s daily life. Some stalls sell soaps, food products, and spices. In short, the market sells everything that is essential to cook delicious Mediterranean cuisine. A few minutes away from the local market is the Galerie des Ponchettes, a museum dedicated to the artwork of PRaoul Dufy. The museum mainly showcases an excellent collection of Dufy’s charming and vibrant paintings.
Another museum to enjoy with kids in this area is the Musee Alexis et Gustav Adolf Mossa. This museum houses watercolor paintings depicting the landscapes of Nice.
Another important place here is PalaisLascaris on the Rue Droite. It is the place which is worth visiting with your kids. This sumptuous Baroque palace dated from the 17th century. The entrance to the manor is a beautiful one, on the ground floor. Its rooms are furnished beautifully and have the style of the 17th and the 18th centuries. The palace is a masterpiece creation inspired by the Italian school. Time to time exhibitions take place here that describes a lot about the artistic heritage of this region. Adding to the beauty of Old Town, there is the Palais des Rois Sardes. It is a former palace of the kings of Sardinia. The Old Town as the name suggests is full of castles and thus add to its old world charm.
- Promenade Des Anglais
The most typical street in Nice has a beautiful pedestrian area that moves side by side with the Baie des Anges beaches. It is an epic seaside road, having palm trees on the sides and is filled with beautiful gardens. Initially, it was just a little footpath that was created by an Englishman. Today the traffic has been diverted with underground tunnels thus making it a perfect place to stroll. It is also a heaven for the cyclists and skaters.
In the surrounding, there are the famous building Palais de la Mediterranee theatre and a lavish Villa Massena palace. These historic landmarks are open to the public, the Villa is now turned into a museum to showcase the art and history, and in its neighbor, one can see an enormous park along with formal French gardens. Also, there is this famous Le Negresco that is listed in the National Historical Monument. It is a lucrative 5 star luxury hotel that has a world-class art collection.
- Colline Du Chateau(Castle Hills)
The site of the Castle Hill is just stunning. You can view the Nice coastline from it. It is entirely a park. The place has picturesque views of an oasis of shady trees, greenery, and spectacular views. In the park, there are trees, restaurants and boutiques, as well as the ruins of two beautiful churches. At night this beautiful castle hills gets even more appealing when it bathes in the special lighting effects. One could either walk from the Old Town or take an escalator from Palace Garibaldi. Moving from this place is the beautiful Tour Bellanda that is a massive tower of the 16th century.
- Musse Matisse
On the hill of Cimez is the Musse Matisse which is a must-visit place, if your kids are art lovers. This museum is situated in the historic Genoese villa which is being surrounded by the mesmerizing Italianate gardens. There are an extensive collection of paintings and artwork here. Every work of art displayed here is a masterpiece and will give an insight into the workings of Matisse. This museum holds several exhibits and screenings of art films and conferences.
- Monastere Notre Dame De Cimiez
Near the Matisse Museum, there is a beautiful garden that lies in a stylish quarter of Cimiez above the remains of Cemeneleum and has gorgeous remains of the Roman baths and amphitheater. The monastery has a museum too that depicts the life of Franciscan monks during the 13th to 18th century in Nice, France. This place mainly offers a great insight spiritual and social work of the Franciscan order.
- Musee D’ Art Moderne Et D’ Art Contemporain
It is a recently opened museum in a sleek building, which is created by famous architects Henri Vidal and Yues Bayard. The main attraction of the building is the four towers which are faced in Carrara marble. The museum has collection of cross section fine art works 1960s and 1970s.
- Jardin Alberti
This vibrant park is located between the Avenue des Phoceens and the Avenue de Verdun. This vast garden stretches to far North to the busy Palace Massena that has a famous fountain Fontaine du Soleil, which features the statue of the Greek Sun God. Close by is the garden which is the principal shopping street of Nice.
- Musse Chagall
The admires of Marc Chagall will be delighted to witness this museum. Your kids will love the museum as the collection exhibits etchings, paintings, lithographs, stained glass, sculptures, and mosaics, all from Chagall’s work. There are temporary exhibits from the works of other artists. There are wall tapestries based on the Biblical themes.
- Cathedrale Orthodoxe Russe Saint Nicolas
Built-in 1912, the Cathedrale Orthodoxe Russe Saint Nicolas is the most beautiful orthodox churches which is not in Russia. The Muscovite style inspires the design of the church, the cathedral adorns opulently decorated interiors with many embellishments, like the icons, murals, and the carved woodwork as well as embossed metals. A virtual jewel box, the interior consists of historical and religious objects that were brought here from Russia during the period of unrest. Visitors are allowed, but the code of conduct must be followed. The head of women must be covered, and no short dresses are allowed as for men shorts are not allowed. Children should, however, maintain discipline.
- Musee Des Beaux Arts
In the university district of Les Baumettes is the Musee des Beaux-Arts that has a wide range of extensive collection of work from the 15th to the 20th century. The collection has French paintings and sculptures. The museum houses Dufy painting collection and the Alexis, pottery by Picasso, sculptures by Carpeaux and Rodin and Gustav Adolf Mossa Art collection.
Bonus: Kid-friendly Eateries
While exploring the city with your kids, stop for a while to enjoy the delicacies of these kid-friendly eateries. Some of the best ones are Neptune Plage Cafe, Sporting Plage Restaurant, La Voglia, Pizzeria Le Michelangelo and many more.
Make the trip worth it for you as well as for your kids by including these fantastic places on your list.