Considered France's principle botanical garden, the Jardin des Plantes was established in the 17th century under the reign of Louis XIII. What began as an herb garden now includes different species... Read More
Considered France's principle botanical garden, the Jardin des Plantes was established in the 17th century under the reign of Louis XIII. What began as an herb garden now includes different species from all over the world. Travelers even visited countries around the globe and brought back seeds to enhance the Paris collection. Among the specimens are an American sequoia and a laricio pine from Corsica. The garden also contains Paris's oldest tree, an acacia brought back from America in the early 1600s. In the 17th c. much focus was put into planting species with therapeutic properties and in the 18th c. it was a place of botanical/natural medicinal research. Also on the site are the Ménagerie zoo and the natural history museum. METRO: Place Monge or Gare d'Austerlitz
57, rue Cuvier
- Daily 7:30am-6:30pm
- Outdoor Activities: "These gardens have been open for public viewing for 400 years and counting. There are at least 390 different species of flowers, both simple and those that have been achieved through man's cross-breeding."
- Best for Outdoor Activities Because: This museum covers nearly 70 acres and is France's principle botanical garden.