Looking for things to do in Paris? Off the top of my head, I’d say you’re going to want to catch a show at Moulin Rouge. Sure, it’s kind of touristy, but if you think about it, so is catching a Broadway show during a trip to New York. Anyway, there are all kinds of packages that include a show at Moulin Rouge that vary in both price and what’s included—a lot of them involve trips to the Eiffel tower, so if you’ve planned on a Paris tour or day trip that includes the famous landmark, you can save some money and go for one of the less extensive Moulin Rouge packages.
Of course, you might be planning a family vacation to Paris (insert Home Alone joke here), and a Moulin Rouge show might not be up your alley. In that case, you’ll want to look into a theme park. Now of course, there’s Disneyland Resort Paris. Sure, Disneyland is fun, but for my money (and about half the price of Disneyland), there’s Parc Asterix. Now granted, your kids probably won’t know who any of the costumed characters are, but it’s a good way to get in a good dose of French popular culture while turning loops in rides. Years later, your kids will ask each other, “Remember that French amusement park we went to in Paris?” You’ll just smile and say, “Oui.”
If you have a teenage girl in your family, there’s also a Teen Shopping and Accessories Tour in Paris. From $105 USD per person, you get a tour of the hippest French Teen fashion boutiques with an English-speaking guide. I’d say that if you’re a mom taking a special trip with your daughter, this tour is a must.
Finally, you’d be doing yourself a disservice if you opted out of the chance to sample Parisian cuisine. Lucky for you, there are tours for this, too (Paris kind of has it all, it seems). I found a three-hour walking tour guided by expert gourmands that leads you through several Parisian neighborhoods, visiting various bakeries, caterers and wine shops along the way. It’s a great way to taste the best of Parisian cooking and burn some of the calories while you’re at it.