Best Gardens in Paris? We rate the Jardin du Luxembourg!
Here are our Top 10 Things to do with Kids in these best gardens in Paris.
1. Go on a Sculpture Walk
There are more than one hundred statues, monuments, and fountains in Jardin du Luxembourg. Pick your favourites.
2. Play at the Fabulous Fenced Playground
My boys and Roam the Gnome agree – this playground one of the best we’ve found in Paris, a HUGE fenced space for climbing, swinging and play.
3. Play Tennis – there’s SIX courts.
Or join a game of chess, go for a run, kick a ball in a game of soccer, or shoot hoops. It’s all there – join in.
4. Float a Boat on the Pond
For years, children have been prodding wooden sailboats with long sticks on the octagonal pond. Join in the fun too! Hire one from the little kiosk nearby. (Available during warmer months only.)
5. Play hide and seek in amongst the trees
The tree forest over near the playground is the perfect spot for a little hide ‘n seek. Who can resist trying to stand up straight and tall as their brothers and sisters try to find them?
6. Stop for a snack
While there’s a number of restaurants in the garden, the most people-watching friendly one is the Pavillon de la Fontaine Paris. Go by early to beat the crowds and enjoy a delicious coffee and a pastry treat.
7. Watch a Marionette Show at the Puppet Theatre
Every week, there are multiple opportunities to enjoy a simple marionette puppet show. Check the times and shows here. The theatre opens its’ doors 30 minutes before show time. Be there or be square. Puppet theatre: Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 2pm and everyday from 4pm during the school holidays.
8. Visit the Apple Orchard
Down in the southern part of the garden, you can find an English style garden which contains an orchard of ancient and forgotten varieties of apples and pears.
9. Ride a Pony
In the warmer months, you can find Pony Ride operators ready to take the little ones for a ride around the promenade for under 5,00 Euro.
10. Watch the fish in the ornate Fontaine des Medici
East of the palace is the Italianate, 1630-built Fontaine des Médici fish pond. It’s worth a squizz.
The Inside Scoop – The Best Gardens in Paris
Correct at time of publication
- All year round. Daily, Open 7am to 1 hour before sunset in summer, Open 8am to 1 hour before sunset in winter
- Entrance is FREE!
- Phone: +33 (0) 1 42 64 33 99
Location and Map
Rue de Médicis – Rue de Vaugirard, 75006 Paris
How to get to Jardin du Luxembourg Gardens
- Metro line 4 or 10 to Odeon station or line B to Luxembourg station.
- RER – Luxembourg
- 21, 27, 38, 58, 82, 83, 84, 85, 89
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