Paris might be known as the city of lights but it has an abundance of parks that it could easily be called the city of parks. The city has a wealth of interesting parks where you could relax, do a short picnic, or indulge in various outdoor activities. These are well maintained and are ideal to spend your time on a break day during your Paris tours. Below is a discussion on some of the best parts you can visit on your tours to the French capital.
Parc Des Buttes-Chaumont
With a variety of attractions like cliffs, Waterfalls, and temples, this place is ideal for a day out in the outdoors in Paris. It is situated in the 19th arrondissement and is one of the largest parks in the city. The best thing is that not many tourists are aware of the presence of such a beautiful place in the city. Hence, it is ideal if you want to spend time away from the usual crowds you may find in most places in the city. Walk through the numerous paths you may find in the city and explore the different attractions while you are here.
Jardin du Luxembourg
If you want to do a jogging workout on one of your days in Paris, you can head to Jardin du Luxembourg which is also the locals’ favorite for jogging. The place offers several running paths along with admirable artworks and statues spread all around. It started operating since 1612. Further, you can play tennis in one of the six playgrounds offered. Do not forget to sail the sailboat in the central fountain and try a pony ride through the park.
Jardin des Tuileries
The largest and oldest public garden of Paris, the Jardin des Tuileries is ideal for a calm and relaxed day outside in Paris. It features a formal garden with well-manicured lawns, gravel paths, and excellent views of the Arc de Triomphe and Place de la Concorde. Note that this was designed by the same architect that designed the Versailles. Its beauty is well known and it was acknowledged as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991.
Jardin des Plantes
This is probably the most important botanical garden of the country and one among the top in the French capital. It houses four museums and a functional botanical school. The place was developed in order to serve the French royalty by supplying medicinal herbs. Quickly, it became the huge botanical garden that it is currently. There are thousands of plant species to walk around and observe here.
Parc André Citroën
Situated on the banks of the River Seine and at the place of former Citroën car manufacturing unit, the Parc André Citroën is a modern park to hang out in the city. It is fitted with modern features like gardens with artificial sounds, waterfalls, dancing fountains, glass houses and more. You can also find an elevated pool which casts reflections. There are smaller gardens which are themed in different colors like gold, silver, red, orange, green, and blue. The most attractive feature is the hot air balloon ride you can get here. This will give you a beautiful panoramic view of the Sacré Coeur, Notre Dame, the Seine, and Champs de Mars.
Parc Monceau is easily one of the most diverse gardens of the city— it features Corinthian pillars, a Chinese pagoda, a Venetian bridge, and an Egyptian pyramid. The history of the park could be traced back to the time of Duke of Chartres. It is located in the 8th arrondissement and is constructed in the English style. It is loved by locals who visit the place regularly. Spend some quality time appreciating the beauty in the shades of the 200-year old trees that spread out within the park.
Parc Floral de Paris
This is a public park situated on the royal estate of Vincennes and was opened as a part of the garden festival of 1969. It is a recent addition to the parks of Paris and occupied a considerable amount of space in the Bois de Vincennes. It is also the fourth largest park in the French capital. There are a series of activities you can participate here. The place hosts annual flower shows and has a miniature railway, an art gallery, a café, a restaurant, and an outdoor concert stage
This is a lesser-known park in Paris inaugurated in 2007. It is a beautiful place to hang out away from the crowds of Paris. It might be small but it is peaceful and is located in Marais. The place has an attractive pond in the center with seats surrounding it. It sometimes hosts fine art exhibitions along the garden walls, adding another layer to the beauty of the place.
With a number of beautiful parks situated around Paris, you can easily spend a day or two relaxing in one of these during your Paris tours.