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. Ornate fountains and lush lawns set against the backdrop of a palace look no less than magical. With a truly beautiful layout, the park is popular with students and residents in the city's Latin Quarter. Children can go on the vintage style carousel, play on swings and sail their toy boats on the octagonal pond. This park is a much-loved and popular meeting place.
Parc de la Villette is spread over three kilometers (one-and-a-half miles), is first and foremost a park where both children and parents can play and relax. With its wooded glens, a canal winding through the lawns, staircases climbing up the hillsides to lovely views, and flat lots for roller blading, this place is very popular on sunny Sundays. Children of all ages are invited to unleash their imaginations here: dragon gardens, astounding acrobatics, gentle dunes, and rolling fog set the stage. Linger for awhile in the Bamboo Garden to hear the wind blowing through these enormous grasses and imagine you are surrounded by jungle!
Set against an adventurous backdrop where both kids and adults can enjoy, Davy Crockett's Adventure Park makes for a perfect weekend outing. A tight rope bridges the gap between two trees in the park, and visitors can traverse this distance in the utmost safe and fun manner. The park comprises of several play areas, with varying difficulty levels for adults and kids. There is also a zip-line suspension for a more thrilling experience.
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 geometrical lines of the carrés de la perspective garden greet visitors upon entering the Jardin des Plantes with marvelous effects of perspective created through careful planning and maintenance. In the 65-acre (26-hectare) botanical garden, bejeweled by flowerbeds, you'll find several attractions, including an alpine garden, a greenhouse split between a tropical winter garden, a Mexican desert ecosystem, and a rose and iris garden. Also visit the small zoo and explore one of the museums on site, which include the Grande Galerie de l'Evolution and the Galerie de Paléontologie. The garden was first created in 1635 by Louis XIII's physician Guy de la Brosse to illustrate plants' medicinal properties to medical students. It opened to the public in 1640.
Located in the picturesque commune of Bussy Saint-Martin, Parc Culturel de Rentilly has plenty to offer to its neighboring residents. While a chateau occupies a major part of the property, the landscaped gardens surrounding it offer plenty of tranquil spaces to visitors. The culturally inclined will love the regular exhibits on display in the chateau, while kids can enjoy the occasional live performances held here. If you're lucky, you might just see a deer peeping from behind the bushes.
Champagne & Brie Region encompasses a massive area in Northern France. The Champagne Wine region covers major towns like Reims and Épernay. While wine growing, viticulture, and vineyards dominate the landscape, the presence of big cities like Reims ensure sightseeing opportunities too, such as the Reims Cathedral, a medieval landmark of legendary beauty, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From villas, estates and cottage getaways where you can experience the complete process of making champagne, the region is a oenophiles dream. Brie on the other hand, is known for Brie cheese, a dish which goes exceptionally well with the champagne. History buffs can enjoy to their heart's content here with stunning landmarks like Angouleme, Chateau de La Rochefoucauld, scenic village of Tusson and much more. Together, the Champagne & Brie Region becomes one of the most sought after destinations in Europe, much like the combination of their wine and cheese in kitchens around the world.
Nestled close to the Castle of Chessy and the fairytalesque Disneyland, Le Bicheret is one of the most idyllic spots one can come across. A glistening pond acts as the centerpiece of the verdant expanse which is riddled with trails and swaying trees. Turning into a winter wonderland during winters, this picturesque park plays host to numerous local and cultural events. Enjoy a music festival or come for a pleasant morning stroll at this lovely park.
The Parc Arboretum de Montfermeil is a beautiful park located in Montfermeil. Operating since 2006 this park houses two older gardens; namely, Parc Jean Valjean and the lands around Chateau des Cedres. A large dike curves through the area, separating it into distinct segments arranged according to the chronology of evolution: origins, living fossils, dinosaurs, tertiary era and finally mankind. Besides, the park is equipped with several walking and cycling trails and has benches to relax at perfect for a weekend evening with your loved ones.
Offering a variety of sporting and gaming options the Tremblay Park is located in the municipality of Champigny-sur-Marne in the Val-de-Marne department. The park used to be a horse racing arena which was opened in 1906. Plans were drawn up to transform the track into an Olympic ground with a very high seating capacity. However, after France lost out on the bid to host Olympics, plans were dropped and instead was made into a sports and leisure park. Today the park offers facilities for sports like golf, volleyball, rugby, soccer, archery, and track field.