A must do but hard with tired kids!
We visited the Tower between Christmas and New Year 2014. We thought the crowds wouldn't be too bad but the line snaked its way around under the tower for ages. So, I did the line waiting and husband went walking with the kids for an hour or more while I waited. You can get tickets in advance and this is really the best way to go with kids. Everyone who had tickets already were getting in right at the beginning of the entrance line (which is a separate line you join after buying your tickets). In short, if you are going with kids - BUY ONLINE beforehand. Also, you need to get them at least 2 days before online as I had tried the night before and it wouldn't allow me to buy for the next day.
We went up to the first floor only and walked around and bought some hot chips and a drink - both quite expensive. You can take food up so if you are on a budget I would do that instead. It is nice sitting there and looking at the view and eating. The kids can move about enough without getting in the way of other people and it is very safe for kids. There is a section on the Eiffel Tower website too aimed specifically at kids. It has some games and things which might interest your kids and you can do before or after you go. A booklet can be downloaded (http://www.toureiffel.paris/en/have-some-fun-during-your-visit-.html) and printed as well and is very good for kids over the age of about 8 or 9. Younger ones could use it with a parents help. I think that the Eiffel Tower is one of those bucket list destinations and we went there not because I thought that it was a wonderful place to go with kids, but because I wanted them to experience it and we wanted to see it again too. They were bored after about 10 minutes really!
- 3-5 years
- 6-9 years
Pros and Cons
- Activities specifically for kids
- Possible to bring your own food