Opened in 1867, this park was built by Jean-Charles Alphand who designed a number of parks during the reign of Napoleon III. Parc des Buttes-Chaumont is spread over 24.7 hectares (61.03 acres) and features an artificial lake, a rocky island, exotic trees, bridges, waterfalls and a grotto. The most significant part of the park is the Temple de la Sibylle which is a scaled-down replica of the iconic Roman Temple of Vesta. The public park also has restaurants, puppet theaters and other facilities making it very popular among locals and tourists alike. A stroll through the historic Parc des Buttes-Chaumont is definitely worthwhile.
The ground on which the Jardin du Luxembourg and the Palais du Luxembourg stand was originally the site of a Roman camp. In 1257, the Chartreux religious order bought the land and built a monastery here, while the princess regent Marie de Médicis had the palace built in 1615. This is one of Paris' favorite gardens. With a truly beautiful layout, the park is popular with students and residents in the city's Latin Quarter. Children can go on pony rides, play on swings and sail their toy boats on the octagonal pond. This park is a much-loved and popular meeting place.
Block’Out is one of the most complete and unique indoor sports facilities in Paris. Visitor can take advantage of a fully equipped gym, an osteopathy-care center, a sauna and Turkish bath, and a challenging bouldering gym. Access to the Turkish baths and sauna is included in the price of your climbing and body-building ticket. A brasserie serves lunch and dinner in full view of the boulders and climbers. Block’Out is also designed for all kinds of climbers, with lessons for individuals, couples, and children.
Le Jardin des Halles is a contemporary garden divided into several parts, created in 1988, and located behind the forum des Halles. It is a nice place to relax after a shopping trip, or to walk and discover alleys lined with lime trees and trellis and arbors covered by climbing plants. There are also eleven fountains, sculptures and pools. You will also see beds of gorgeous plants and a flower garden in terrace around the tropical greenhouse. A government sanctioned project of renovating the garden that began in 2011 created a single, unified green space where the fragmented garden used to be. Its architect David Mangin described the new garden as something "between Wizard of Oz and Warner Bros" incorporating many innovative play areas that are accessible to everyone.
Created in 1629 for Cardinal de Richelieu, this garden has witnessed many of the events that have marked the Palais-Royal's history. Redesigned in the 18th Century by landscape gardener Desgots, it was made smaller by Louis-Philippe d'Orléans in order to accommodate buildings and arcades where merchants were to set up their stalls. Later, in the 20th Century, famous writers Colette and Cocteau lived here, enjoying the greenery. Today, with its statues, bushes and trees, the garden has become a favorite meeting place where visitors can relax right in the heart of the capital.