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My wife and I and 2 of our kids recently returned from a trip to Europe. We spent a few days in London and then took the Eurostar train from London to Paris. A full table of contents of our trip is at the bottom of our post. While in Paris, we worked with the Go City team and they gave us 2 adult Paris Go City passes, which we used as part of our trip planning as we decided on the things to see and do in Paris that we were going to do. Here’s a look at some of the things that we did in Paris during our time there – you can use that to help decide what things that you want to do.

What Is The Paris Go City Pass And How Does It Work?

The Paris Go City pass is part of the Go City brand of passes. These Go City passes typically come in two different forms – either an Explorer pass where you can pick a certain number of activities to be included or an all-inclusive pass where you can do as many of the listed activities as possible. These passes typically also come for a certain number of days, which starts when you do your first activity.

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The passes are accessed with the Go City app, which provides a QR code that you can use at certain activities. It’s also important to understand that some of the activities do require you to book in advance. As I mentioned, Go City provided us with two 2-day 3-activity Explorer passes.

The Eiffel Tower

Of course deciding on the best things to do in Paris is going to depend on if you’ve ever been to Paris and what types of things your kids or family enjoy, but one thing that has to be near the top of most people’s Paris bucket lists is visiting the Eiffel Tower. The Paris Go City pass does have an Eiffel Tower Guided Climb activity that is available on all passes, though this does require prebooking. We did schedule an Eiffel Tower tour but unfortunately, the day that we were scheduled to go to the top, the workers were on strike and so the Eiffel Tower was closed :-(. They offered to rebook us, but tragically it was our last day in Paris (or so we thought!) so that wasn’t an option

a group of people taking a selfie in front of a metal tower

Tragically, this was as close to the Eiffel Tower as we were able to get…

The Louvre

Another great option for things to do in Paris with kids and families is visiting The Louvre. The Go City pass does have a Louvre Museum pass included, but only on the all-inclusive pass. That’s because the Go City all-inclusive pass also includes a Paris Museum pass, which is one of our best tips for saving money in Paris. On this trip though, we paid for 2 adult tickets and the kids got in for free. When you get to the Louvre, keep in mind that there are 2 lines – one for people that have already bought tickets and one to buy tickets. You will save a ton of time by buying tickets in advance. We ended up connecting to the Louvre wifi and buying tickets while we stood in line.

The Louvre is probably most well-known for having the Mona Lisa in it, and that was definitely something that we wanted to see. Though I will say (knowing this makes me seem uncultured and a slovenly American) that the rest of the art was not really my bag. I have heard that some of the other museums in Paris (such as the Musee d’Orsay) are “better”, at least for some definitions of the word.

A Seine River Cruise

One of the things that I find most interesting about the Go City passes and other types of Paris activity passes is that they can sometimes provide inspiration for things to do that you might not otherwise take advantage of. One of these is a Seine River cruise, which is included in the Explorer pass and offered by Bateaux Parisiens. It was a close walk after our failed Eiffel Tower visit, and it was a nice way to see some of Paris.

The kids’ favorite part was seeing a mini-Statue of Liberty on the river with the Eiffel Tower in the background.

a statue of a woman on a small island with a bridge and a tower

Crepes at a Bistro

Another example of discovering new things was the Sweet Crepes at Bistro Marbeuf, which was included on our Paris Go City Explorer Pass. We stopped by this Bistro and they quickly seated us and we were served a 3 course experience at a traditional French bistro. We had orange juice, a hot drink (we had hot chocolate) and your choice of 4 different crepes – we had one chocolate and one Nutella.

a man and woman sitting at a table with cups of coffee

It was a nice afternoon break on a rainy day.

Notre Dame

The Go City Paris pass does offer a few different Notre Dame tours, though as of the time of our trip, you weren’t able to go inside (it’s currently scheduled to reopen in December 2024 after the fire a few years ago). Still, it is definitely worth a visit to the area.

The Arc d’Triomphe

The Arc d’ Triomphe is included in the Paris Go City pass but we decided to do other things and instead just visit the outside of it and the Champs-Élysées.

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Paris Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

The Go City Paris pass does include as an option a 1 day Paris hop-on / hop-off bus tour. Personally, these types of bus tours are not my preferred way to see a city, but some people must like them as they always seem full whenever I see them out and about.

The Bottom Line – Is The Paris Go City Pass Worth It?

Whether the Paris Go City pass is worth it is going to depend a lot on how long you’re in Paris, what types of attractions that you like to see, and your overall travel style. There are almost certainly ways to visit Paris cheaper than doing a Go City Pass, but for some people, you may enjoy the convenience of having one pass that can get you into several different attractions. Be sure to weigh the costs of the different activities that you are planning on doing with the overall cost of the Paris Go City pass to decide if the Paris Go City pass is worth it to you.

What are your best things to do in Paris? Leave them in the comments below


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