You'll probably (for the first time or again) want to spend some time at the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Musée d'Orsay, and Notre-Dame, but don't miss out on lesser-known jewels like the Musée Rodin, the Musée de l'Orangerie, and city's many markets. Fortunately, nowadays there are lots of opportunities to do it in the most pleasant and a little different way — treasure hunts and escape games — so plan your own itinerary and see Paris on your own terms:
1. Treasure Hunt - Great way to do the Louvre
Hunting for treasure is the most entertaining way to visit the Louvre! Going to the Louvre is a must, but kids get tired – and of course, bored. Try a treasure trail with THATLou, e.x All Things Gaul. All the hunts are themed, be it love, food, animals, or kings (among others). For those afraid to tackle the Louvre with the youngsters, this is the perfect alternative to a guided tour – a little competition with another family while exploring priceless works of art may be just what you need to create a memorable museum experience. Note that the price of the hunt does not include entry into the Louvre!
2. Be impressed by the Musée d'Orsay
THATd’Or is the ‘luxury line’ of THATLou, for the simple reason that the Musée d’Orsay changes their collection every two weeks. This is a rare and magnificent feature that few museums offer, however, it also means that the lifespan of a THATd’Or treasure hunt lasts only that long. That's why these hunts are customized for your visit, book in advance! Want to get out of the museum and treasure hunt in the Latin Quarter, there's a hunt for that now too!
3. Self-guided tours
X Marks The Spot offers an exciting range of treasure hunts in and around Paris for work colleagues, friends and family. CityExplorer® Mystery Tour Paris is a self-guided sightseeing travel guide that introduce you to 16 great locations in a way like no other. Ideal for first time visitors but equally suited to any returning curious traveller who wants a new angle and perspective on somewhere they've been before. Your team are given a map and a series of clues, questions and puzzles that send you on a journey of discovery of your chosen location's past and present.
4. Become the best detective
You think you have the makings of a detective? Join the Lock Academy and participate in an investigation where you are the hero! Live Escape Game Little Miss Lock in the heart of Paris, close to the Louvre and Châtelet, Les Halles is ideal for young detectives from 9+.
4. Travel back in time
If you are inspired by the works of Méliès, Jules Verne, Tolkien and JK Rowling, the live escape games at Gamescape make you travel back in time to experience the legends of Paris as if you were there. Would you like to work for the man who built the world's highest tower? Go with children to Exit Game Interview with Gustave Eiffel!
5. Take a deep breath
In 2015 HintHunt decided to raise the bar and flood the Earth with even higher quality games. The supernew mission game Submarine is an astonishing authentic submarine sinking. Teams of 3-5 people (children from 9+) can get inside at a time and they have 60 minutes to solve different missions inside of the Submarine. Please leave your testimonial about the experience!
5. Fun family day out
Exit Game Professor Zoltan’s Virus by Happy Hour Escape Game is an unforgettable experience, available to everyone. To win, you will need a strong sense of family and a dose of good humour. You have one hour to retrieve the virus strain, save the human race and escape the room!
6. Go Underground!
Escape game Pursuit in the Metropolitan by Escape Hunt. Metropolitan’s users deal with repetitive robberies for weeks. A mysterious pickpocket slips away every tails. Plunged at the heart of the underground network, would you be able to find his loot in no more than 60 minutes?
9. Destroy the zombie
A virus mutated in a lab and everyone in the lab got infected. Our best hope was a team of Russian scientists who were close to creating a breakthrough cure. But 24 hours ago we have lost all contact with the Russian lab. You are a team of scientists who were shipped to Russia to finish the cure. You have only 60 minutes to save yourselves and the whole world before the zombies break down the door to the lab... and eat you! Play exit game Zombie Lab by Fox in a Box.
7. Ghosts of Paris
For many, Paris by night is a place of romance and moonlit walks along the Seine. For others, it’s a place of mystery and the ghosts of the past that haunt city streets and houses. The exit game Ghost by L’Antichambre gives you a chance to solve the murder!
8. Visit the catacombs 12+
Dark, dangerous, gloomy and captivating. Since they were dug, the Paris catacombs have been fascinating numerous adventurers. Immerse yourself in a journey out of time and discover Paris’ underground world. If you are afraid of passing through ancient catacombs filled with bones, you can try the escape game The Catacombs by The Game.