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Parks and gardens: Parisian strolls of the Second Empire

 


 
Park Hours

The capital's squares and gardens are open every day throughout the year from 7am to 9:30pm in the summer, and from 9am to 8 or 9pm in the winter. Many parks close at sundown during the winter season.
- Jardin des Tuileries: 7:30am - 7:30pm in the winter; 7am - 9pm in the summer
- Parc Monceau: 7am - 8pm (Nov. 1 to March 31); 7am - 10pm (April 1 to Oct. 31)
- Parc Montsouris: 7am - 8pm (Nov. 1 to March 31); 7am - 9pm (April 1 to Oct. 31)
- Parc des Buttes-Chaumont: 7am - 9pm (Nov. 1 to March 31); 7am - 10pm (April 1 to Oct. 31)

Addresses

Jardins des Tuileries et du Carrousel - Main Entrances: Place de la Concorde or Place du Carrousel 75001 Paris
Metro: Tuileries or Concorde
 
Square Louvois, rue de Richelieu, rue Rameau, rue de Louvois 75002 Paris
Metro: Quatre - Septembre
 
Square Emile-Chautemps, boulevard de Sébastopol, rue Saint-Martin, rue Papin 75003 Paris
Metro: Réaumur - Sébastopol
 
Square du Temple, rue du Temple 75003 Paris
Metro: Temple or Arts et Métiers
 
Square des Innocents, place Joachim du Bellay, rue des Innocents 75001 Paris
Metro: Châtelet - les Halles
 
Square de la Tour Saint-Jacques, boulevard de Sébastopol, avenue Victoria, rue de Rivoli 75003 Paris
Metro : Châtelet
 
Square Paul Langevin, rue Monge, rue des Ecoles 75005 Paris
Metro: Cardinal Lemoine
 
Jardin du Luxembourg, boulevard Saint-Michel, rue de Vaugirard, rue Guynemer, rue Auguste-Comte, rue de Médicis 75006 Paris
RER : Luxembourg
 
Square de l'Observatoire, avenue de l'Observatoire 75006 Paris
RER: Luxembourg or Port-Royal
 
Square Boucicaut, rue de Babylone, rue Velpeau, boulevard Raspail 75007 Paris
Metro: Sèvres - Babylone
 
Square Samuel Rousseau, rue de Martignac, rue Casimir Perrier 75007 Paris
Metro: Solférino
 
Square d'Ajaccio, boulevard des Invalides, rue de Grenelle 75007 Paris
Metro: Varennes
 
Square Santiago du Chili, avenue de la Motte-Picquet, boulevard de la Tour-Maubourg 75007 Paris
Metro: La Tour - Maubourg
 
Jardins des Champs-Elysées, avenue des Champs-Elysées, Cours la Reine, avenue Franklin-D-Roosevelt, avenue Matignon, avenue Gabriel 75008 Paris
Metro: Champs-Elysées-Clémenceau or Concorde
 
Square Louis XVI, boulevard Haussmann, rue des Mathurins 75008 Paris
Metro: Saint-Augustin or Saint-Lazare
 
Square Marcel Pagnol, place Henri Bergson 75008 Paris
Metro: Saint-Augustin
 
Parc Monceau, boulevard de Courcelles 75008 Paris
Metro: Monceau
 
Square des Batignolles, place Charles Fillion 75017 Paris
Metro: Brochant
 
Square Berlioz, place Adolphe Max 75009 Paris
Metro: Place de Clichy
 
Square de la Trinité, place d'Estienne-d'Orves 75009 Paris
Metro: Trinité
 
Square Montholon, rue Rochambeau, rue Pierre Semard, rue Lafayette, rue Mayran 75009 Paris
Metro: Poissonnière
 
Square Saint-Vincent-de-Paul, place Franz Liszt 75010 Paris
Metro: Poissonnière
 
Square de la Chapelle, place de la Chapelle 75018 Paris
Metro: La Chapelle
 
Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, avenue Simon Bolivar, rue de Crimée 75019 Paris
Metro: Buttes-Chaumont or Botzaris
 
Square Monseigneur Maillet, place des Fêtes 75019 Paris
Metro: Place des fêtes
 
Bois de Vincennes, avenue de Daumesnil, avenue de Gravelles 75012 Paris
Metro: Porte Dorée or Château de Vincennes
 
Parc Montsouris, 2 rue Gazan 75014 Paris
Metro: Cité Universitaire
 
Square Ferdinand Brunot, place Ferdinand Brunot 75014 Paris
Metro: Mouton-Duvernet
 
Square Lamartine, avenue Victor Hugo, avenue Henri Martin 75016 Paris
Metro: Rue de la Pompe
 
Parc du Ranelagh, avenue du Ranelagh, avenue Ingrès 75016 Paris
Metro: La Muette
 
Jardins de l'avenue Foch, avenue Foch 75016 Paris
Metro: Porte Dauphine or Charles-de-Gaulle-Etoile
 
Bois de Boulogne, Porte Maillot, Porte Dauphine, Porte d'Auteuil 75016 Paris
Metro: Porte Maillot, Porte Dauphine or Porte d'Auteuil

Activities

In all Parisian squares, gardens and parks you will find areas reserved for children with playgrounds, sandboxes, see-saws, swings, and all sorts of merry-go-rounds. Some spaces offer a wider range of activities: toy boats to sail, sulky and go-cart rentals in the Jardin du Luxembourg; ping-pong tables in the Square Emile-Chautemps and the Jardin de l'Observatoire; pony or carriage rides at Parc Monceau and the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont; tennis courts, boules, réal (royal) tennis and croquet at the Jardin du Luxembourg; Guignol marionette puppet shows at the Jardin du Ranelagh, the Jardin des Champs-Elysées, the Tuileries, the Jardin du Luxembourg, Parc Montsouris and the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont; roller skating at Parc Monceau, Parc Montsouris, the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont and the Square de l'Observatoire; a bee-keeping school at the Jardin du Luxembourg; bandstands featuring spring and summer concerts at the Square du Temple, the Jardin du Luxembourg, Parc Montsouris and the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont.
 
These open spaces also beckon visitors just to wander and daydream, and many offer lush green lawns for sitting or taking a rest. Just make sure to watch for signs posted on lawns that are accessible to the public: "pelouses autorisées" and "pelouses au repos".
 
The Bois de Boulogne and the Bois de Vincennes offer a wide range of activities with something for everyone, from botany to cultural and athletic pursuits.

Bois de Vincennes
 
Botany
The Nature Path (Sentier Nature) takes you on an hour-and-a-half stroll, with twelve stopping places for discovering the park's fauna and flora. The walk starts along the banks of Lac Daumesnil, at the Carrefour de la Conservation. A guide is available from Paris-Nature.
Tel: 01 40 71 74 00
The Parc Floral de Paris is located across from the Château de Vincennes on the Esplanade.
Tel: 01 40 71 75 23
This 75 acre (30 hectare) park hosts an impressive collection of camelias, bulbs and perennial flowers. Not to be missed are the sweet aromas of the Jardin des Senteurs and the pine grove planted with rhododendrons and shady plants.
Arboretum of the Ecole de Breuil, Rue de la Ferme
Tel: 01 43 28 28 94
 
Culture
Théâtre du Soleil-Cartoucherie, bois de Vincennes
Tel: 01 43 74 87 63
Marionette puppet shows at the Théâtre des Marionnettes, 5 Avenue du Belair (behind the City Hall in St. Mandé, next to the Châlet du Lac).
Tel: 01 60 22 78 34

Sports
Club Vaillard UCPA, Bois de Vincennes-Avenue du Polygone
Tel: 01 43 65 46 87
Horse riding at the Centre Equestre de la Cartoucherie, Bois de Vincennes
Tel: 01 43 74 61 25

Bois de Boulogne
 
Botany
Parc de Bagatelle - Route de Sèvres,
Tel: 01 45 71 75 23
Famous for its XVIIIth century folly and its rose garden, Bagatelle also boasts an English Garden and a superb array of flowers (irises, peonies, clematis, etc.).
Serres d'Auteuil, 3 avenue de la Porte d'Auteuil
Tel: 01 40 71 74 00
The greenhouse displays a collection of exotic plants, azaleas and orchids against the backdrop of a sumptuous park. Look no further for a change of scenery!
 
Culture
Musée Marmottan, 2 rue Louis Boilly
Tel: 01 42 24 07 02
An art and history expert of the First Empire lived in this beautiful mansion which now houses a major collection of impressionist paintings and medieval illuminations.
Musée des Arts et Traditions Populaires,
6 avenue du Mahatma Gandhi
Tel: 01 40 67 90 00
The museum displays a panorama of traditional French folk art and works by regional artisans.
Musée en herbe, Jardin d'Acclimatation
Tel: 01 40 67 97 66
A museum especially geared towards children, complete with interactive games to test their knowledge.
Children's theatre at the Théâtre du Jardin pour l'Enfance et la Jeunesse, Jardin d'Acclimatation
Tel: 01 40 67 93 72
 
Sports
Nature Walk, Sport Nature/Paris City Hall
Tel: 01 42 76 54 54
A 1.6 mile (2.5 kilometre) footpath for walkers of all ages. Several starting points including the Porte de Boulogne, the Carrefour de Longchamp, the Carrefour des Cascades, between the Lac Inférieur and the Lac Supérieur.
Paris Poney-Club, Bois de Boulogne - Route de la Muette in Neuilly
Tel: 01 45 01 20 06
Swimming at the Piscine d'Auteuil, Route des Lacs in Passy, Carrefour de Passy
Tel: 01 42 24 07 59
Boat rentals at the Lac Inférieur
Tel: 01 45 25 44 01
Bowling, Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi
Tel: 014067 94 00
Soccer fields open to the public are located across from the Jardin de Bagatelle.
 
Bike Rentals:
PARIS VELO - 2-4, rue du Fer à Moulin 75005 PARIS
Tel: 01 43 37 59 22 - Fax: 01 47 07 67 45
Bicycle rentals for individuals or groups by the day, week or month, as well as guided bicycle tours of Paris.
Pamphlets available through the Paris Tourist Office.
PARIS A VELO C'EST SYMPA - 37, Boulevard Bourdon 75004 PARIS
Tel: 01 48 87 60 01 - Fax: 01 48 87 61 01. Metro : Bastille.
Guided bicycle tours for seeing Paris by day or by night.
Pamphlets available through the Paris Tourist Office.
ESCAPADE NATURE - 3, rue Antoine Vollon 75012 PARIS
Tel: 01 53 17 03 18
Guided bicycle tours of Paris.
BICYCLUB "ROUE LIBRE" - le Relais du Bois, route de Suresnes, Bois de Boulogne
Tel: 01 45 20 60 33
Open 9am to 7pm on Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
CONCESSION DU LAC DES MINIMES - Bois de Vincennes
 
For further information :
Contact the Park Management office:
DIRECTION DES PARCS, JARDINS ET ESPACES VERTS DE LA MAIRIE DE PARIS
Office Visits: 3 Avenue de la Porte d'Auteuil 75016 Paris
Tel: 01 40 71 75 23 - Fax: 01 40 71 93 56
Walks, run by the City of Paris, led by expert tour guides for individuals and groups through the gardens and cemeteries. Tours in foreign languages by request. Thematic tours, exhibits and programs also by request (Tel: 01 40 71 76 47 or Minitel 3615). Information also available through the Paris Tourist Office.
 
The City of Paris holds free concerts in over twenty parks and gardens throughout the capital from May to September. Programs available through the City Hall in each arrondissement, in the main entrance hall of the Hôtel de Ville and at the Paris Tourist Office.
For information by telephone: 01 40 71 76 47 or by Minitel 3615 Paris.


 

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