2. What are the best things to do in Paris Outside?
We have already listed on BabyBreaks our Top 5 Outdoor Activities to Do in Paris that you can explore all year round. But I am going to let you in on some more hidden gems that are not necessarily in the guidebooks. And of course I will stick to the places where your children will have fun, as well as you.
In the South of Paris between the 13th and the 14th district lies a beautiful park called Parc Montsouris. This big green area has a lake with black swans, beautiful Chinese and Japanese trees, a children’s playground, a small theatre with puppet shows and even pony rides.
Not too far away, you can let your children run wild for the afternoon at the Square René le Gall. From the entrance you can stroll with the pram all the way down to the playground, which offers multiple activities for different age groups. The park is especially beautiful when the roses are in bloom, and you can stop for lunch on one of the picnic tables..
Arènes de Lutèce: a place to visit
I have already mentioned to you about Lutèce, and if you want to know more about this fascinating Roman city you can visit the Arènes de Lutèce, an arena where gladiators and lions would fight for their life in front of baying crowds. Roman men would sit at the lower tier of the theatre, close to the action, while poor people, slaves and women were relegated to the top. In spite of its grizzly past, this atmospheric site is well worth a visit to soak up the ancient history. Constructed in the 1st century AD, you can almost see the lions and hear the crowds as you stand in the huge open-air theatre. A fantastic place to get kids excited about history.
Jardin des Plantes: a lovely green area to spend time with your kids
Still in the same area, a lovely afternoon can be spent at the Botanical Gardens: le Jardin des Plantes. You can admire the rich diversity of flowers and plants while your kids spot frogs and feed ducks in the ponds. There’s even a small zoo here – the Ménagerie is one of the oldest zoos in the world, opening during the French Revolution in 1794. If you visit in the spring there is a good chance your children can see some newborn animals, which they will be enchanted by.
Last but not least, on the North West side of Paris, there are 2 great gardens loved by the locals, Jardin des Batignolles and Martin Luther King garden. On sunny weekends, these parks are full of people soaking up the sun and letting their kids burn off some energy in the playgrounds. The Luther King garden is quite a recent addition to the numerous green areas of Paris. It has plenty of space to sunbathe, kids playgrounds, Ping-Pong tables and even a large skate park.
Are you still in two minds about a week in Paris with your children? Let me tell you about all the things to do Indoors then…
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