With its seemingly endless, silky-smooth riverside quays and treasure chest of towers to climb and museums to explore, Bordeaux is a superb city to explore en famille. Be it energy-burning tots or tech-smart teens, all ages are well catered for.
History, Science & Nature
- CAP Sciences
Robotics, digital art, astrology…temporary exhibitions and hands-on workshops at Bordeaux's science museum are second-to-none (from three to 18 years).
- Musée d'Aquitaine
This colourful curated history museum brims with fascinating exhibits, captivating for children aged six and up.
- Site Archéologique de St-Seurin
Uncover ghoulish finds in this ancient necropolis in the grounds of Basilique St-Seurin.
- Musée de la Mer et de la Marine
Touting the very latest in museum technology, Bordeaux's most recent museum promises to be a fascinating experience for budding young seafarers and wannabe pirates.
- Miroir d'Eau
What's not to love about dancing and scampering barefoot in the world's largest reflecting pool on place de la Bourse?
Cruise along the river aboard the city's fleet of river boats, run by local public transport company TMB.
- Skate Parc des Chartrons
This open-air, riverside skatepark is a mecca for young rollerbladers, skateboarders and BMX bikers.
- Jardin Public
If it's endless space to charge around and a maze of hiding places to place hide-and-seek that your child wants, hit this elegant city park.
- La Cité du Vin
Kids (from eight years) get their own 'digital companion' to tour the interactive world of wine at La Cité du Vin; otherwise, reserve a spot on a themed, family-discovery workshop.
- Wave Surf Café
Ride artificial waves at this urban surfing cafe (from age eight years); there are trampolines as well, for those six years and older.
- Hangar Darwin
Rent a skateboard in situ and join local riders at Bordeaux's hip skate park, in an industrial hangar in La Bastide on the Rive Droite.
- Magasin Général
Join other savvy parents at France's largest organic restaurant for an artisan beer brewed on-site while the kids play ping pong or table football; young children can play with various toys in a tent erected inside the cavernous lounge.
Show the kids how to make the cake of their dreams with a hands-on patisserie lesson (2½ hours; €30) with pastry masters Labo&Gato.
Towers to Climb
The kids get to count the steps and play 'I Spy' at the top; les parents get the most wonderful city view.
- Tour Pey Berland
Climbing the bell tower of the city cathedral is a perfect energy burner and a Bordeaux essential.
- Basilique St-Michel
Test your child's stamina with a stiff scamper up the belfry of St-Michel's landmark church, appropriately nicknamed la flèche ('the arrow').
- Porte Cailhau
The tamest of Bordeaux's tower trio, inside a medieval city gate, with no more than a couple of dozen steps to scale.