Since it rains so much in late April, is Versaille still a top pick of day trips?
You may be able to pick a day where it is not forecast to rain. I've been to Paris a few times in late April and did not have rain every day. And I guess going when it rains depends on what they are calling for....if it would be really windy, I'd probably pick another location because I like the gardens and Hamlet best. If it were just intermittent showers, I'd probably go, wear a rainjacket with hood and take an umbrella and enjoy myself.
I'd not book this far out for late April. I'd wait until closer to the time.
I'll add that days of continuous rain are quite rare here in Paris. Showers are more typical. Weather so bad that it would ruin a trip to Versailles is uncommon.
I stopped over in Paris for a weekend in April after a work trip in Germany. I remember Saturday morning being pouring rain, so I went over to the Orangerie. By the time I finished, it was a nice day. (And the next day was beautiful weather.). So, you might want to linger inside Versailles if it’s raining and hope for some clearings to enjoy the gardens. Also have a Plan B, so if the weather is really bad, you already have some ideas of your second option.
Versailles is mostly an indoor experience -- so a shower here or there shouldn't stop you.
I've heard the gardens are just as great as the palace.
Mlw5000, for myself, I like the gardens and outlying buildings better than the Palace. The times I was in the Palace (pre-Covid) it was always a mob scene, hot, had to be on the alert for pickpockets, etc. I do think if you are going to go you should see the inside, especially the Hall of Mirrors, but then head out and about. I like the area around the Hamlet and the garden features out that way. There is a lot of walking!
You will have fun deciding which area you like best!
Thanks everyone. I look forward to Versaille on a nice day!