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Last updated date : 16/05/2024

Whether in the heart of Lyon or a few minutes outside the city centre, there is no shortage of things to see and do outdoors with your children.

Parc de loisirs City Aventure Lyon - Sainte-Foy-lès-Lyon © City Aventure

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Lyon is a fantastic city to explore and experience as a family!

Tree-climbing adventure courses

Accessible for children aged two and above, the tree-climbing adventure courses in Lyon and the surrounding area offer a treetop adventure in a safe environment. For an active family outing in a green setting, head to the City Aventure leisure park in Sainte-Foy-lès-Lyon.

Puzzle-solving games and treasure hunts

For budding investigators and anyone who loves to solve puzzles, City in My Bag, Lyon Secret Défense, Quiveutpister Lyon, Hally Event and Kopajoy offer a chance to explore the city as a family, with fun puzzle-solving games and treasure hunts that have many surprises in store.

Water activities

Looking for coolness and a change of scenery? Take a river cruise with Les Bateaux Lyonnais, or enjoy a spot of canoeing or stand-up paddleboarding (with teenagers) with Lyon Canoë. You can also rent an electric boat with Cap Confluent or GoCaptain and explore Lyon from the river Saône, for one or several hours, or even a whole day. Whichever option you choose, the views of Lyon will be exceptional!

Croisière promenade sur la Saône avec les Bateaux Lyonnais

Guided tours

What better way to discover Lyon than a guided tour? There are many tours for children and adults available all year round. They cover many themes: History, architecture, street art, Lyon’s silk industry and more. Follow the guide to learn about Lyon as a family.

Parks and gardens

Looking for a spot of greenery? Lyon’s superb parks and gardens await you for a relaxing break and/or delicious picnic.

Zoo du Parc de la Tête d’Or - © Métropole de Lyon - Laurence Daniere


Ten parks and gardens for a green break in Lyon

Whether you are looking for a green space to go for a walk, do some sport, tire out the children, or read a book in a calm setting, our little guide to Lyon’s parks and gardens has the perfect spot for you.


There are loads of ideas to keep your kids busy and enjoy good times as a family. The only difficulty is choosing!