When the Weather's Nice, Parisians Head Outdoors for Fun and Recreation

When you see that bit of sunshine overhead as you peek out your hotel window first thing in the morning, yes it is cause to celebrate. Weather patterns in Paris can be somewhat unpredictable, with clear skies as early as March, and gray and rain as late as August, so when you are blessed with a day of sunshine and clear skies, by all means, take full advantage of it and head outdoors. If you are on somewhat of a time budget, a brisk, or leisurely, stroll through your nearest garden will get the circulation going. And the way that Paris is laid out, there is always a garden, often even a fairly large garden, close by no matter what part of the city you are staying in. Some of the good walking gardens are the Tuileries, Parc Monceau, Jardin de Luxembourg and Champ de Mars. If you’ve got a whole day ahead of you then be sure to choose from any of these whole day outdoor excursions : Bois de Vincennes, where there is the Parc Floral, the Château de Vincennes and a small lake for rowing you and your kids around in a rental row boat; Bois de Boulogne, through which it is delightful to walk and often even more enjoyable to ride a bicycle (Velib’) through ; Promenade Planté, an elevated pedestrian and bicycle path that leads from the Bastille all the way to Vincennes, and offers the peculiar sensation of walking along the Paris rooftops.

5ème Arrondissement


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...  Read More

16ème Arrondissement


When it was created in 1860 it really was a zoological park. Today there are many other attractions - like the Exploradome, merry-go-rounds and puppet shows - especially for kids, but you can still see some of the tamer animals, such as deer,...  Read More

7th Arondissement - Eiffel Tower


First built in 1780, the parc du Champ-de-Mars is a large green space that stretches from the Eiiffel Tower all the way down to the Ecole Militaire to the southeast. It is a favored place for leisurely strolls, rain or shine. It is also one of...  Read More

12th Arrondissement - Nation


Get a kick out of walking along an old viaduct and train line that is elevated to the level of the building rooftops you pass. Only pedestrians and bicycles are allowed on this ancient pathway that spans 4.7 km (just about 2 miles) lined with...  Read More

12ème Arrondissement


The Bois de Vincennes, Paris's largest park, was originally fenced off as royal hunting grounds. Today, scattered among its trees and lawns are peaceful lakes, bird reserves, a farm and even a castle completed in 1370 under the reign of Charles...  Read More

8ème Arrondissement


In the late 18th century, Parc Monceau was created on the Monceau plain for the Duke of Chartres. It was filled with water features, statues and architectural elements from many other cultures, including a recreated pagoda and Roman temple....  Read More

7ème Arrondissement


This museum, set in the Hotel Biron, is a tribute to one of the world's finest sculptors. Thanks to Rodin's own donations, the facility offers a wealth of objects, including terra cotta, bronze and marble creations. Plaster and wax studies are...  Read More

L'Arc de Triomphe


This symbol of French victory was commissioned by Napoleon and completed in 1836. Adorned with sculpture and the names of military successes, the enormous arch features a small museum and rooftop viewing platform. At its base is the Tomb of the...  Read More

1er Arrondissement


Anyone can use the Velib' service which is a fleet of thousands of public bicycles positioned at 1,800 strategic points all around the city, as prolific as Métro stops. The first half-hour is free so if you get from point A to point B and...  Read More

7th Arondissement - Eiffel Tower
Les Berges de Seine
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Summer of 2014 was the first season people really got to enjoy this daring urban planning escapade undertaken by the city of Paris. What once was a freeway where speeding cars raced along the river embankment, is now a completely pedestrian...  Read More


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