The 12th Arrondissement offers families plenty to see, do and eat Next time you head to Paris, think about staying outside of the main tourist district. The 12th Arrondissement is a charming neighborhood with plenty to do and see--and it's family friendly to boot. Take the Metro on a 10-minute ride to see most famous city sites and then come back to the 12th to enjoy good food, a fun atmosphere and a lot of local sites and pleasures. While you're here, check out the aquarium in the Palais de la Porte Doree, the Bois de Vincennes, the Chateau de Vincennes and the Parc Floral. You can walk your heart out or take the local buses to get around.