Bordeaux with toddlers

We are a family of four who lived for a year in France.

Child splash puddle france
Photo by Jordan Whitt on Unsplash

My youngest was 2 at the time and needed things to explore, play with, touch. There are so many great things for little kids to do in Bordeaux and surrounds. This is my guide of what to do with toddlers.

Many of these are free or cheap activities.


Jardin Public
- Playgrounds
- See my post about the gardens

Parc du Majolan
- Playground
- See my post about this beautiful park

Parc Floral
- Lovely park to walk in with international gardens
- Great for picnics

Parc de l'Ermitage
- Hillside park with bike tracks

Parc at Ecosite du Bourghail, Pessac
- Forest park with heaps to explore, walks, look for the tiny trunk house

Rives d'Arcins
- Walks by the river
- See my post about the tiny owl house

Photo by Maxime Bhm on Unsplash  

Play parks (covered):

Perfect on a wet day: ball pits, slides, climbing frames.

Happy Park

Youpi Park


Begles Beach

Plage du Lac - the beach beside the lake has a playground, walks, picnic tables

Swimming pools:

- Remember swimming caps must be worn
- No board shorts/ trunks. Speedos only for men.

- There are 4 public covered pools
Piscine Judaique
Piscine du Grand Parc
Piscine Tues or
Piscine Galin

- Piscine Stehelin - open air, only open in summer

Fair: (summer)

Foire de Bordeaux at certain times in the Place des Quinconces, Centre Ville.

Toy libraries:

You can play on-site as well as borrow toys. The staff are knowledgeable about which games and toys are best for different age groups. You might have to sign up but it was definitely worth it for us.

Ludotheques are at the following locations:
- Berges du Lac (Ginko)
- Interlude (Bastille)
- Interlude (Chartrons)
- Ludo Ludik (Gare St Jean)
- Bouliac

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- Meriadeck have a good Childrens section


Zoo de Bordeaux-Pessac
- See the site for more information

Ferme Exotique de Cadaujac
- See the site here

Also see my post on Bordeaux with Kids (click here) for lots more free or cheap activities for families.

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