Beautiful Places in France to Explore with the Kids in Autumn

Posted on Oct 16, 2015 in Destinations, France
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Are you looking for somewhere for a lovely autumn break?  What about France?  There are so many pretty places to enjoy in this culturally-rich and interesting country.  Dress in layers and set out to discover some fascinating French places!

There are several advantages to taking an autumn break in France … accommodation prices are often lower, there is typically a better choice of places to stay, attractions aren’t so clogged up with crowds, restaurants aren’t heaving at the seams, and the weather can be really quite pleasant.  Your family can enjoy all the changing colours and falling leaves that autumn bring, and experience a little piece of magic when in France.

Here are some ideas of places to go to get you started:

Paris

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Paris is a thriving and captivating city at any time of the year, although in the autumn months you are more likely to see Parisians on the streets than international visitors.  If the weather isn’t being so kind pop inside to one of the city’s many museums (don’t forget to take along a copy of the Kids’ Travel Guide – Paris Museums!).  You can still enjoy all the favourite spots, such as the Eiffel Tower, Sacres Coeur, Notre Dame, Place de la Concorde, the bustling Champs Elysses, and so on.

Orleans

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At the heart of the “Garden of France” – the stunning Loire Valley – and surrounded by a plethora of elegant and impressive castles, Orleans is a terrific base from which to explore more of this beautiful area.  Your kids are sure to love seeing the magnificent chateaus and there are plenty of opportunities to get out into nature and enjoy long brisk walks and fresh air amongst the reds, browns, yellows, and oranges of autumn.  The many bakeries around the city are the perfect place to pick up a traditional French breakfast and, when the kids are tucked up in bed, the parents can kick back with a glass or two of the area’s famous wines.

Strasbourg

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Located in the Alsace area and with an interesting character that blends French and German influences, Strasbourg is a truly beautifully city with outstanding architecture and plenty for little ones to feast their eyes upon.  Wander the cobbled-stone streets of the historical Petite France and take trips to other gorgeous nearby towns and cities such as Mulhouse, Colmar, Selestat, and Rixheim.  Getting out into the pretty countryside is easy too.

Avignon

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One of the major cities of the rustic and rural area of Provence, Avignon is awash with striking architecture, interesting religious attractions, and fascinating historical sights.  Curious kids will certainly be kept busy here!  There are numerous opportunities for cycling, a great way to see many place of interest.  On an excursion to Orange your children can enjoy some fabulous Roman ruins.  The soaring Alps and Mediterranean coast are within easy reach – enjoy pretty coastal walks and nature spotting.  The countryside is aflame with all the colours of autumn and you can buy loads of tasty fresh products in the local markets.

Do you have any other favourite spots in France for autumn family fun?  Where would you recommend?

Add more to your family adventures with the Kids’ Travel Guide – France!  With lots of cool activities and interesting information about France, its food, people, culture, history, symbols, and more, it is sure to keep the kids entertained.

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