10 activities to do with the family on the French Riviera !

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The Lérins islands in front of the bay of Cannes.

10 activities to do with the family on the French Riviera! On vacation, at the weekend, or to occupy a Wednesday, Prestigia advises you: Leisure, visits, walks, sports…

A selection of outings for all tastes and all ages, with very useful information when you have children. Most outdoors, just to take advantage of the good weather enjoyed by our beautiful region.


1- Explore the Monts d’Azur Biological Reserve

A return to the wilderness. This biological reserve is the wildest territory in the Alpes-Maritimes. A few kilometers from Cannes, the Mont d’Azur Reserve is an exceptional model for the re-rescue of certain species. In the Reserve, the man is only one guest among the others. Here, the animals are wild and free. It is the European bison, deer, wild boar, elk and Przewalski’s horses that welcome you to a wild territory of 700 hectares.
The Monts d’Azur Reserve offers many activities for the whole family: safaris on foot or by horse-drawn carriage in summer, snowshoeing or sledding in winter, photo hides, natural swimming pool, climbing wall, workshops and playgrounds for the children.


The Reserve is open every day of the year from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.. With the exception of the annual closing on November 7 to December 3.

Guided walking safari of 2 hours at the price of 25€/adult, 22€/12-17 years old and 15€/6-11 years old. The safari is not accessible to children under 6 years old.

From the ecolodges to the bioclimatic villa, you will also have the possibility of staying at the Reserve if you wish.

2651 route des Châteaux, 06750 Thorenc.

More informations.

The Monts d’Azur Biological Reserve.


Maison Duplanteur, chocolate maker and roofer

2- Visit the Maison Duplanteur, famous chocolatier in Grasse

The weather is not there and you are looking for an indoor activity to occupy your toddlers?

What could be better than visiting a chocolate factory and leaving with some sweets. Yes, because what child doesn’t like chocolate? Personally here we do not count a single one !

You can see the chocolatiers at work, the machines used throughout the bean transformation process and discover the history of chocolate. The factory is open every day of the year from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. from April to December.

The rest of the year, from Tuesday to Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Free visit and without reservation.

22 rue Marcel Journet, 06130 Grasse.

More informations.


3- Discover the aquariums of the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco

Pretty corals, beautiful fish, starfish, living giant clams, the aquariums are diverse and varied. In addition to the aquarium part, there is an interesting museum part with a very beautiful giant “cabinet of curiosities”! With one fish per square meter on an area of ​​6000m², your children will love it !

As for you parents, you will have the privilege of appreciating the architecture of this magnificent museum. It is one of the largest buildings on the Rock, the first being the Royal Palace. Like the latter, it is located on the side of a cliff. Impressive !

On the top floor, you will find on a superb terrace, a small restaurant that allows you to take a break when the weather is nice. There is also a playground for children.

Allow around 2 hours for the visit to fully experience the experience.


The oceanographic museum is open every day of the year.

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in January/February/March/October/November/December. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in April/May/June. 9.30 a.m. to 8 p.m. in July/August.

Price of €18/adult, €12/4-17 years old and free for children under 4 years old.

Avenue Saint-Martin, 98000 Monaco.

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Oceanographic museum of Monaco.


4- Escape for a day on the Lérins Islands

Off the bay of Cannes, the Lérins Islands are definitely one of our favourites! The water there is pure blue and heavenly. Every year, as soon as the fine weather arrives, we enjoy rediscovering this sumptuous little archipelago under the song of the cicadas. Located only a few minutes away by boat, access is very simple. The archipelago is made up of two islands: Sainte-Marguerite and Saint-Honorat.


Sainte-Marguerite, the largest island of the archipelago is made up of a forest of pines, oaks, eucalyptus and a royal fort. It is particularly famous for its fort which would have housed the Man in the Iron Mask.


Smaller, Saint-Honorat Island is no less pretty. Ocher landscapes, old stones and small coves tinged with the turquoise blue of the sea, these are two of our favorite islands. You can discover a monastery with a very pretty abbey where a community of Cistercian monks still lives today. Much of the island is covered with vineyards and the monks produce excellent wines there that you will be able to taste.

To conclude, the best time to go there is in May/June and September. You will avoid the crowds of tourists and will have no trouble finding a nice little spot to spend the day there. We advise you to plan your small picnic and other drinks, the places to eat being few and relatively expensive.

An unforgettable day for sure. In our opinion, this is one of the best activities to do with the family on the French Riviera !


The Lérins Islands are accessible every day of the year.

Departures and returns approximately every hour, variable depending on the time of year.

Price of €16.50/adult, €14.50/special price (student, disabled, etc.), €13.50/group from 10 people, €9/8-13 years old, 6€/4-8 years old and free for children under 4 years old.

Quai des îles, Port de Cannes, 06400 Cannes.

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Lérins islands in front of the bay of Cannes.


Soirée ciel ouvert à Èze.

5- Spend an open-air evening in Èze

Go and enjoy an evening of initiation to astronomy with your family by attending scientific mediation activities, and discover how to observe the sky with the naked eye and with the help of instruments.

Guided by animators, you can, depending on the weather conditions and the evening program concocted by the team, have the chance to take a trip to the solar system.



You will apprehend the distances in the universe, observe the sun, the moon and the visible planets, hear legends of the sky, understand the physical principles governing orbiting and gravitation, etc.

A successful evening for sure in front of the amazed eyes of your children !


All year. January 1 to March 31 and November 1 to December 31: Friday and/or Saturday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. April 1 to June 26 and September 2 to October 30 on Friday and/or Saturday from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. July 12 to August 27: Tuesday to Saturday from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m..

These dates are subject to change depending on weather conditions.

Price of €11.00/adult, €9.00/6-18 years and students, free for children under 6.

Route de la Revère, 06360 Èze.

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6- Climb aboard the Pignes steam train

Embark on a total change of scenery aboard cars that are more than a hundred years old and relive the journeys of yesteryear to the rhythm of steam.. A timeless journey for young and old alike!

Discovering the landscapes of the hinterland. From the County of Nice to Haute Provence, from the land of olive trees to that of chestnut trees, passing through the ancient border town of Entrevaux and discovering Annot, land of sandstone…


From May 8, 2022, board the steam Pignes train! Schedules RIGHT HERE.

Price of €29.00/adult, €24.00/4-18 years old and free for children under 4 years old.

Avenue Alexandre Barety, 06260 Puget-Théniers.

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Steam train in Tignes.


7- Tribe sleep in the Cabane du Val in Tournefort

Children love cabins, it’s one of their favorite pastimes! What could be better than enjoying a fun family stay for your toddlers and well-being for you. Only 1 hour from Nice, give yourself a break in the heart of nature.

Find a natural cycle punctuated by sunrise and sunset, breathe and live the present moment. Walks, visits to old villages, viewpoints and swimming in the river, the area is full of activities.

In addition, the cabin is magnificent and the view splendid from the terrace, special mention for the jacuzzi. The food is excellent, we loved the original and hearty breakfast. Calm and comfort are at the rendezvous and the hosts take great care.


Minimum stay of 2 nights in May, June and September, 3 nights on weekends in July and August (Friday, Saturday, Sunday). Arrivals from 4 p.m., departures at 11 a.m.

Rate from €120.00/night.

350 chemin de Ciambonson, 06420 Tournefort.

More informations.

Huts in the trees, Tournefort.


9- Meet Mercantour wolves in their natural environment

It is 1 hour from Nice in the Parc du Mercantour that the Parc Alpha is located. The park offers an exceptional setting for a rare encounter with the mythical animal that is the wolf. Only a few meters from the animals, you will have the chance to observe them in their natural habitat. Guaranteed emotions for young and old alike.

Parc Alpha is the first French establishment to obtain the Guaranteed Animal Welfare Label (BEAG). Issued for 5 years, it certifies compliance with good professional conduct and optimal conditions of well-being for animals.

The park offers to see three packs of wolves, all different from each other: – Pelago, they are European wolves with light fur, – Boréon, they are black wolves from Canada, – Erps, here too we find a fairly light fur.

Finally, in addition to being able to see wolves very closely, it is possible to put yourself in the shoes of a trainer for a day. Count between 120 and 150 euros for this fun activity.

Definitely one of the most incredible activities to do with the family on the French Riviera.


The park welcomes you from April to November every day from 10 am to 5 pm.

Single price of €12.00/guided tour.

Boréon reception chalet, Departmental road 89, 06450 Saint-Martin-Vésubie.

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The Alpha Park and its wolves, Mercantour.


Activité paddle en famille.

10- Rent a giant paddle and explore the bay of Cannes

Have fun with the family on a large paddle that can accommodate up to 8 people for maximum fun! An incredible aquatic experience at Mouré Rouge, a little corner of paradise facing the Lérins Islands.

The rental point also offers pedal boats and kayaks.


Cannes stand up paddle welcomes you every day from 08:00 to 21:00.

Big paddle price of €20.00/half hour and €40.00/hour.

5 place Franklin Roosevelt, 06400 Cannes.

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