I have been missing Paris and when I received my latest newsletter from bonjourparis.com they highlighted 10 favorite parks. I didn't realize there are 470 parks and gardens in Paris. In addition many of the larger parks offer free guided tours. Your favorites?
Thank you so much for posting this! I hope to take the Paris and the Heart of France tour in October of next year, stay an extra few days in Paris, and visit lots of parks, so this is just what I needed. Which parks are your favorites?
The Luxembourg because I have so many cherished memories there. My late husband and I shared many a picnic there. Back in the day before credit cards and computerized check outs. Just shopping was a challenge. We would just hand them our money and hope for the best.
Bookmarked. Thank you. Hoping to get to Paris next Spring.
My favorite Park so far is the beautiful Jardin du Luxembourg. In the future I want to visit Parc Monceau. We also missed Jardin Anne-Frank in the Le Marais District. I read that the Jardin Anne-Frank is relatively unknown, small & rarely crowded. It’s known more for a place of respite, rather than a garden.
Two of my favorites: Monceau and Jardin Ranelagh, just across street from the Marmottan museum. It used to have the most wonderful old children’s carousel (where the kids try to grab a brass ring with a baton as they swirl around), but it wasn’t there in 2018 or 2019 visits.
I love that carrousel and am sorry to hear it hasn't been there lately -- it was so charming and I hoped my granddaughter would be able to ride when we make our two year delayed trip this spring (we hope)
There is an antique carrousel of great charm in Square Batignolles as well - but entirely different -- old metal painted things to ride -- whereas the one you reference was wood and rather primitive with the kids waving little swords to spear the rings.
Thanks for sharing the carousels! Another attraction to add to the park experience. They are so unique. https://www.solosophie.com/carousels-in-paris-france/
There is a small carrousel in the Luxembourg. Judging by the size of the horses, it is only meant for smaller children. They are given a stick (sword) with which to grab a brass ring.
On one visit to the Ranelagh park, I was mesmerized by one little girl on the carousel — perhaps 6 years old, she was so ... fierce (in a good way!) and enthralled by her task: spear more rings than any other rider.
Ahh, hoping to make more Paris memories soon.
Here is a list of all the city parks, with the opening hours. It is ordered by arrondissement.