10 Top Things to See and Do in Montpellier with Kids

Montpellier Zoo
Montpellier Zoo | © Yves Tennevin / Flickr

Montpellier is a vibrant city in the South of France and one that features a wide selection of activities and sights for kids. For a wealth of family fun, follow Culture Trip’s 10 things to see and do and you’ll have some happy kiddos on your hands.

City Playgrounds

If you want to plan a walk around Montpellier but you’re keen to know where you will be able to find places to play and take a break nearby, then you’re in luck. The city has some excellent playgrounds where you can escape the hustle and bustle. One such place is the Esplanade Charles de Gaulle which is a gorgeously leafy area of the city next to the tourist information centre.

1. Aquarium Mare Nostrum


Aquarium Mare Nostrum
© Shayne Fergusson / Flickr
Montpellier’s aquarium is ace. It has a wide collection of hands-on, high-tech exhibits that will keep the little ones entertained for hours. A popular ride is the 3D ocean simulator, but, of course, there are also plenty of colourful fish, sharks, penguins and more to see as well.

Porte du Peyrou

The Porte du Peyrou is Montpellier’s very own Arc de Triomphe and well worth a visit with the kids as you can climb to the top for incredible views over the city. Visit the Tourist Office for information on the guided tour. You can wander the through the gardens behind the Porte du Peyrou and you’ll come to the Saint-Clément Aqueduct (pictured below) which offers great views to the east of Montpellier. There are just enough impressive big buildings and landmarks to point out to the little ones to keep them engaged.

Beach and Coastline

Only about 13km away from the hustle and bustle of Montpellier is the Mediterranean Sea in all its sparkling glory. Once you’ve seen the city’s sights, pack a bag and head to one of the beaches along this stretch of coast. Carnon plage is the closest beach to Montpellier and one of the most accessible by public transport. If you are happy to travel a little further, then beach gems such as Espiguette really show off the Mediterranean in the right, sun-drenched light.

Beach Close to Montpellier

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