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!
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.
The Bois de Boulogne stretches over 863 hectares (2132 acres). It was named after the sanctuary Notre-Dame de Boulogne le Petit under the reign of Philippe IV, who was known as Philippe le Bel. The park was then partly converted to a royal hunting ground before being redesigned to include wide alleyways, inviting elegant Parisians to take a stroll. Lovers can peddle across lakes in rented boats, sports enthusiasts can race with rented bikes, nature lovers can fish for fun and kids can play on the expansive playgrounds; there is truly something for everyone at this magnificent park. Complete with a swimming pool, cafés and restaurants, it is a great place to spend an entire day with friends and family.
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.
Situated just west of the Bois de Boulogne, Musée Albert-Kahn possesses one of the richest archives of early true-color photographs in the world. The former estate and collection of 20th Century banker and world traveler Albert Kahn became a museum in 1986, undergoing major renovations in 1990 and 2006. Rotating exhibitions of the color photographs Kahn had commissioned for his Archive of the Planet from 1909 to 1931 provide exciting glimpses into early 20th century life in many parts of the world. His love of travel and other cultures is also manifest in the themed gardens, where one can stroll through a forest of the Vosges, a Japanese village, a prairie, or an English garden, to name a few corners.
Visit the Square René Viviani to see the oldest tree in Paris. Planted in 1601, the locust tree now relies on concrete beams for support, and you'll find a plaque at the base of the tree denoting its importance. During World War I, some of the upper branches of the tree were lost, but it still blooms every year. Jean Robin, a botanist, is believed to be the person who planted it.
Built in 2007, the Francs Bourgeois-Rosier Garden is an enclosed one, created from the jointures of the private gardens owned by three 16th-century hotels: Hôtel de Coulanges, Hôtel des Barbes and Hôtel d’Albret. The entrance is located in the courtyard of Hôtel de Coulanges, on Rue des Francs Bourgeois. The style shows great sobriety. A large lawn, with wooden games for small children is surrounded by a walkway, bordered by shrubs and grass. You can walk and sit on the lawn during the summer. The garden boasts different types of vegetation, such as Choisya ternata (Mexican Orange Blossom), Ceanothus (American vines and shrubs), Festuca (perennial tufted grass) etc. Four birches decorate the central courtyard. This garden is a peaceful place, far from the streets’ hustle and bustle. To know more, call +33 8 3668 3112 (Tourist Information)
Built in 1925, Square Henri Galli is a beautiful park which is perfect for all. The park has a playground for children, benches and plenty of green landscape, making this place ideal for families. This park is named after Henri Galli who was a French journalist and a politician and is located just across the Seine river and the Place de la Bastille. Visitors can find many exotic and rare plants here which are just beautiful to look at while they are taking a leisure stroll around the park.
The Square Du Temple is an exotic garden which was has seen a lot of historical events. These gardens were previously occupied by the Knights of the round table in the 13th century and now, the gardens have been maintained well and are opened to the public. There are plenty of rare and exotic trees and flowers here which are surrounded by a lush green landscape and there is also a small pond which adds charm to the place. Visitors can take a leisure stroll around the park and kids can play on the slides and swings in the playground while the adults can indulge in a game of chess while sitting in the park. There is also a memorial statue of Elie Wiesel who was a Jewish writer and Nobel Prize laureate. A perfect place for fun family outings and picnics.
La Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes comprises the Jardin Des Plants' zoological display area, continually operating since its construction in 1794. The lengthy history of one of the world's oldest zoos is reflected in the architectural styles of animal enclosures. Small log cabins are still used to house the more diminutive animal displays while newer additions such as the aviary (inspired by Marie Antoinette's farm displays and constructed 1888) and the vivarium (1926) trace a legacy from Beaux Arts to deco. The sheer amount of animals on display here, clocking in around 1800, is impressive enough, only augmented by the fact that 30 percent of the menagerie consists of near-extinct species. A site of inspiration and conservation, this zoological treasure relies on ticket sales to help acclimate endangered animals and return them to their natural habitats.