Self-Guided Kid's Entertainment Tour of Lyon, Lyon (Self Guided)

Lyon is an interesting destination not only for adults, but for kids as well. Parents that decide to take their children to Lyon will not regret it. There are a number of family-oriented places to visit, including beautiful gardens, fascinating museums, sports clubs and more. Take this tour to discover the most interesting places to visit with your kids in Lyon.
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Self-Guided Kid's Entertainment Tour of Lyon Map

Guide Name: Self-Guided Kid's Entertainment Tour of Lyon
Guide Location: France » Lyon (See other walking tours in Lyon)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
Author: jenny
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Amphitheatre Gallo-Romain

1) Amphitheatre Gallo-Romain (must see)

There are a lot of interesting vestiges of ancient Lyon to visit and one of the best of them is the Amphitheatre Gallo-Romain at the foot of the Croix-Rousse Hill.

The theatre, which was first built in around 19AD, during the reign of Emperor Tiberius, was also called the Amphitheatre des Trois Gaules, as one of its purposes was to serve as a federal sanctuary of the Three Gauls. Each tribe was represented, which helped keep them loyal to the Roman emperor.

Other than that, the theatre was used as were all such places in Roman times – as a place of entertainment. Plays were put on and famous battles or important events were acted out. The theatre was also used for public executions.

The original amphitheatre wasn’t very large; it had room for about 1800 spectators. The basement was made up of three elliptical walls joined by cross-walls and a channel around the oval central space.

In around 230 the theatre was enlarged, with two new galleries being added, bringing the seating area up to 20,000 places. At the end of the Gallo-Roman era the theatre was abandoned and fell into ruin, with parts of it being built on.

Archaeological digs between 1956 and 1976 uncovered the remains that you can visit today in the Jardin des Plantes.
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Jardin des Plantes

2) Jardin des Plantes

Jardin des Plantes is a small garden where you can observe a wide variety of plants. The beauty of the garden and the scent of the flowers are truly delightful. Stroll through the garden with your family and enjoy the fresh air. It is a great place to teach small children about various plant species.
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UFCV

3) UFCV

UFCV organizes sports-centered trips and lessons for the children aged 4 to 18. Activities include diving, horseback riding, skiing, climbing, walking and more. There are experienced teachers that guide children in learning a particular sport. Join this organization in their mission to keep children healthy and active by signing up your child for an activity.
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Musée International de la Marionnette

4) Musée International de la Marionnette (must see)

Musée International de la Marionnette displays puppets from France known as Guignol. These puppets have been created in Lyon since 1908. They were first made by Laurent Moutguet, who got his inspiration from street actors. This museum contains every model of Guignol puppets ever made.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Musée Cinéma et Miniature

5) Musée Cinéma et Miniature (must see)

Musée Cinéma et Miniature is a private museum created by miniaturist Dan Ohlmann. The museum showcases a wide collection of miniatures, over 100 different scenes. The museum also features an extensive collection of different movie props from many famous movies, this exhibition is one of the kind in Europe.

Operation hours: Monday – Friday 10 am - 6.30 pm; Saturday – Sunday 10 am - 7 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Jardin du Rosaire

6) Jardin du Rosaire

Jardin du Rosaire is a great place for the whole family to visit. The fresh breeze and calming green colors provide a relaxing atmosphere. This garden is particularly recommended for kids, as there are playgrounds for them to enjoy. There are also benches surrounding the playground area, so you can relax while keeping an eye on your kids.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Lyon, France

Create Your Own Walk in Lyon

Create Your Own Walk in Lyon

Creating your own self-guided walk in Lyon is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

The city of Lyon, found at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers in what is today the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of France, has been around for 2,000 years. The city center breathes history set in stone of the Roman Amphitheatre des Trois Gaules, medieval and Renaissance architecture in Vieux (Old) Lyon, and Traboules de la Croix Rousse. If you wish to explore some of the most notable...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km
Self-Guided Religious Buildings Tour of Lyon, Part 1

Self-Guided Religious Buildings Tour of Lyon, Part 1

Up until the 19th century, 98% of Lyon residents were Catholics. Because religion had such a profound influence on Lyon locals, many beautiful and unique places of worship can be found in the city to this day. Take this tour to discover some of Lyon's most fascinating and historic religious buildings.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Self-Guided Religious Buildings Tour of Lyon, Part 2

Self-Guided Religious Buildings Tour of Lyon, Part 2

Lyon's beautiful religious buildings showcase the richness of the city's culture and architecture. All the churches on this tour date back centuries and capture the architectural style popular at the time when they were built. Take this tour to discover the best-known and the most beautiful religious buildings in Lyon.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.9 km
Self-Guided Museums Tour of Lyon

Self-Guided Museums Tour of Lyon

Lyon is very beautiful city, the second-largest in France after Paris. It has many interesting, historic places to visit. Lyon has a number of museums set to educate the public on the history of France and Lyon. Many of the museums preserve and display works by French artists, as they represent the rich cultural heritage of the country. Take this tour to discover the beauty and historic importance...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 km
Self-Guided Galleries Tour of Lyon

Self-Guided Galleries Tour of Lyon

Lyon is home to some truly impressive art galleries that contain fabulous collections of paintings, sculptures and modern art. Young and talented artists from France and around the world present their art here. Take this tour to discover the most impressive and unique galleries in Lyon.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
Self-Guided Nightlife Tour of Lyon

Self-Guided Nightlife Tour of Lyon

Lyon is considered the youngest city in France, which is evident when you venture out into the city at night. Lyon has great bars, pubs, and night clubs that cater to both the young and old. Live music, endless varieties of drinks, outdoor terraces, and busy dance floors can all be found in Lyon. Take this tour to discover the best nightlife spots the city has to offer.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km

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Gastronomic Delights: 10 Places to Buy Great Food in Lyon, France

Gastronomic Delights: 10 Places to Buy Great Food in Lyon, France

The city of Lyon is famous for its contribution to the culinary arts. Here food lovers will find hundreds of specialty shops throughout the city offering some of the world's finest and award-winning products fit to delight any epicurean palate. Let your taste buds lead you on this voyage into...

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Lyon for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Lyon has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Lyon, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.