Since it was founded in 600 B.C., Marseille has seen an ever-changing demographic that gives this port town the big-city swagger and fishing-village sociability. It's a city that locals flock to see more sun and escape the hustle and bustle.
Unlike other places in France, the oldest city does not have monumental sights. However, it does excel in simple views, such as outdoor terraces and street art that provides a unique experience.
If you are a nanny who is planning a trip to Marseille with the children, here are five great destinations you should include in your travel itinerary.
The Château d'If is a beautiful and well-preserved historic castle overlooking the island of the same name. This 16th-century fortress is known for being the primary setting of Alexandre Dumas' novel, the Count of Monte Cristo.
Getting to the chateau provides children and adult visitors a pleasant mini-adventure. There is also a restaurant with an outdoor terrace that offers tourists a scenic place for lunch.
The Château d'If is open to the public every Tuesday to Sunday from 10 AM to 5 PM during October through March. From April through September, it is open daily from 10 AM to 6 PM.
Petit Train de Marseille
Discover everything the French city has to offer by taking a ride on the Petit Train de Marseille. Tourists are given a choice of 3 itineraries—one of which takes you along the coast of the Basilica of Notre-Dame de la Garde.
This small but comfy train travels through the city's hilly landscape and treats visitors to the history of Marseille along the way.
The Little Train of Marseille is open daily from 10 AM to 12:20 PM, and 1:40 PM to 6:20 PM.
Take the children on a trip to the past by visiting OK Corral. This massive amusement park lets tourists visit the Wild West of the United States through its 30 carousel ride and waterslides. The central area of the park also features a western town where the children can watch shows about cowboys, bandits, and Native Americans.
The park is not open every day. Visitors are advised to call ahead to find out the schedule.
Musée d'Histoire de Marseille
The Marseille History Museum or the Musée d'Histoire de Marseille contains thousands of archaeological pieces, including six Roman and Greek shipwrecks. This site offers interactive courses where young children can learn about the long history of the Phocean City in an engaging way.
The Musée d'Histoire de Marseille is open on Tuesdays to Sundays from 9:30 AM to 6 PM.
Ecopark Adventures – Marseille Saint-Jérôme
This treetop adventure park at 20 Boulevard Madeleine Rémusat features eight treetop rope courses that teach visitors the basics of tree trekking and offer an increasing level of thrill. Ecopark Adventures also offer a mini-park where toddlers can stretch and partake in their own little adventure.
There is no need to worry about the children's safety at the park because all the courses are equipped lifelines.
Ecopark Adventures – Marseille Saint-Jérôme is open every Wednesday and the weekends from 1 PM to 7 PM.
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