So you brought your child to Cannes? Forget the festival.
Unlike Berlin, there’s no Cannes creche to park the wee ones and, with the exception of the occasional DreamWorks or Disney special screening, most films are rated 18 and over.
Still, they’ve got plenty to see during your downtime between meeting and screenings. Here’s what to plan.
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For small parties, charter a classic ’60s-style Riva motorboat (fits four, plus a skipper, for $2,400 per day) and jetty out to the Ile Sainte-Marguerite (home to the former prison of the Man in the Iron Mask) or Ile Saint-Honorat. 212-yachts.com
A minimal entrance fee ($3.50 for adults, kids are free) buys you access to Parc Phoenix, a botanical garden featuring six different climatic zones, from tropical to desert, including one of Europe’s largest greenhouses. All of this tranquility is just minutes from the Nice airport. parc-phoenix.org
Up, Up and Hooray
Helicopter tours, starting from a six-minute flyby of the Lerins Islands off the coast for $130 to an hour tour of Cannes’ back country and the stunning Verdon Gorge for $1,800, can be booked at the Nice airport. Terminal 1 and 2, 33-04-9390-4070
A very French theme park, Le Village des Fous (literally, “crazy village”) is a family-friendly amalgam of water slides, go-karts, giant tire toboggans and obstacle courses through the trees. $17 for adults, $15 for kids. levillagedesfous.com