Paris has several public parks and gardens, some of which are full of wonderful experiences for tourists to enjoy. Some of these scenic locations are nestled away in major tourist areas of the City of Lights, while are off the beaten path. Make sure to visit some of these when on Paris private tours to make your trip to the nation’s capital worthwhile.
Jardin des Tuileries
The beautiful Tuileries Garden designed by André Le Nôtre, the same architect behind the Garden of Versailles, is situated amidst the Place de la Concorde and Louvre Museum. The Jardin des Tuileries is the oldest and biggest garden in Paris. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the garden is replete with manicured lawns and graveled and tree-lined paths. It is home to a reflection pond with a water fountain, surrounded by mysterious sculptures.
Parc des Buttes-Chaumont
This public park is rife with verdant greenery, a lake, a waterfall cave, cliffs, and a cliffside temple. It is located in the nineteenth arrondissement, away from the hustle and bustle of central Paris. When in this park you can read a book, have a picnic, or stroll through the paths for a relaxing retreat. What’s more, you can get picturesque views of the Sacre Coeur basilica from here, making it a must-visit during your private tours Paris.
Jardin du Luxembourg
The Luxembourg Garden situated in the sixth arrondissement is where the French people go for early-morning jogs. Why not join the natives and discover sculptures and works of art in the garden, while burning some extra pounds of weight? The garden is home to tennis courts, statues, and a playground. Children can enjoy pony rides here, sail model sailboats in the fountain, ride a carousel, and enjoy a puppet show in the theater it is home to.
Jardin Anne Frank
This garden, situated in the Marais district, is relatively less well-known, and a unique location for that fact. It is not crowded compared to some of the other parks in France; yet, it is enchanting. It is home to a beautiful central pond, trellis-enclosed seats, and the sculpture titled “Hommage à Paul Celan” sculpted by Alexander Polzin. Anyone on Paris private tours would appreciate the calmness of the garden. Sometimes you can find art exhibits on the garden’s walls.
Jardin des Plantes
This botanical garden in the City of Lights is home to the Natural History Museum, three galleries, and the School of Botany. One of the galleries in the garden is devoted to paleontology and comparative anatomy, the other stages specimens of thousands of animals, and another is devoted to mineralogy and geology. There is also a garden at the botanical school, where you can discover an array of plants.
This public park in the eighth arrondissement is home to a rotunda, corinthian columns, a pyramid, a small bridge that sails over a pond, a pagoda, and a small temple. The tranquil beauty of the park is sure to enchant visitors, and the same goes for its architectural features. It is considered an English style park popular among the natives, whose kids come here to play among trees.
Bois de Vincennes
This public park in the twelfth arrondissement is considered the biggest of its kind in Paris. It is home to the Palais de la Porte Dorée, a building housing an aquarium and a museum, another park named Parc Floral de Paris, the Chateau de Vincennes, and several other highlights. The Parc Floral hosts summertime festivals. Besides, it is home to a concert stage, a café, a restaurant, and an art gallery. Thus, you would have plenty of things to do on your Paris private tours.
Parc de Belleville
This park in the twentieth arrondissement has skyline views of the Eiffel Tower. It is home to a waterfall, ping-pong tables, an open-air theater, and a museum devoted to educating visitors on the perils of pollution and the significance of fresh air. Besides large lawns, where you can have an outdoor picnic, the most notable aspect of the park is the flowers.
Parc André Citroën
This park opened in 1992 resides nearby the Seine River and is set in the former factory of the car company, Citroën. It is home to a reflecting pond, small gardens, ping-pong tables, and offers a hot air balloon ride named Ballon Generali. The rides in the balloon last a few minutes each, and rise up to an altitude of 150 meters, giving skyline views of the Parisian cityscape.
The Garden of Albert Kahn Museum
The Albert Kahn Musée et Jardins has different sections modeled after distinct gardens from other nations. For instance, the museum’s property has a Japanese garden, meant to metaphorize the life of Albert Kahn. On Tuesdays and Sundays between April and September months, except for July and August, you can participate in a Japanese tea ceremony held in a pavilion.