Sporting and leisure activities

Greater Paris has many green spaces where you can play your favourite sport

Running au bois de Vincennes © OTCP - Marc Bertrand

You can enjoy a variety of sporting activities in any of the green spaces in GreaterParis. If you’re in the mood for a serious workout, take your pick from an array of free sports facilities at different parks, depending on what you feel like doing: cycle paths, football pitches, tennis courts, golf courses, fitness trails, waymarked hikingpaths, ping-pong tables, boules pitches, skate parks and water sports centres.
Runners have plenty of choice, as all the green spaces, riverbanks and towpaths in Greater Paris are possible routes. Get your running shoes on and hit the trail!

If you prefer to work out with a qualified instructor, that’s possible too. A number of fitness activities are organized in Greater Paris parks and gardens throughout the year. These include Sunday morning sport sessions in some of the capital’s green spaces: e.g. the Jardin du Luxembourg (6th), Parc André Citröen (15th) and the Parc Rives de Seine.

In western Paris, as part of the ‘Parcs courons dans les Hauts-de-Seine’ initiative, free fitness lessons are offered every weekend from June to September in many green spaces in the Hauts-de-Seine département, such as the Parc départemental de l’Île Saint-Germain in Issy-les-Moulineaux, the Parc départemental des Chanteraines in Villeneuve-la-Garenne and the Domaine départemental de Sceaux.

And if you enjoy dancing, you’ll be glad to hear that the Jardin Tino-Rossi on Quai Saint-Bernard turns into a giant outdoor dance floor on some weekday evenings in summertime.

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Parc de La Villette - Plein Air

Exhibition and Trade Show venue
211 avenue Jean Jaurès, Paris, 75019

Built on the site of former abattoirs and designed by the architect Bernard Tschumi, the Parc de la Villette is the largest urban......

Bois de Vincennes

Park, garden, promenade
Bois de Vincennes, Paris, 75012

The Bois de Vincennes is the capital's second largest 'green lung', after the Bois de Boulogne. It is located in the east of......

Bois de Boulogne

Park, garden, promenade
Bois de Boulogne, Paris, 75016

A former hunting ground for the Kings of France, the Bois de Boulogne has become the largest spot for relaxation in the west of......

Canal Saint-Denis

Street, area of interest
Quai de la Gironde, Paris, 75019

The Canal Saint-Denis links the Canal de l’Ourcq to the Seine in front of the Ile Saint-Denis. A river shuttle boat service......

Canal de l'Ourcq

Street, area of interest
Bassin de la Villette, Paris, 75019

The Canal de l’Ourcq is part of the Parisian canal network. Drawing its source from the Ourcq, the canal joins the La Villette......

Canal Saint-Martin

Street, area of interest
Quai de Jemmapes, Paris, 75010

Extending over 4.5 km, of which 2 are underground, the canal has linked the Port de l’Arsenal to the La Villette canal basin......

Coulée verte René-Dumont

Park, garden, promenade
Avenue Daumesnil, Paris, 75012

Created in 1988 by Philippe Mathieux and Jacques Vergely on the former railway line, which linked Place de la Bastille to......

Domaine départemental de la Vallée-aux-Loups

87 rue de Chateaubriand, Châtenay-Malabry, 92290

The Maison de Chateaubriand, where the author lived from 1807-1817, continues the memory of its illustrious owner. Chateaubriand......

Domaine national de Saint-Cloud

Domaine national de Saint-Cloud, Saint-Cloud, 92210

Overlooking the Seine and Paris, the Domaine National de Saint-Cloud offers fans of garden art, a 460 hectare park designed by Le......

Île de loisirs de Créteil

Leisure park
9 rue Jean Gabin, Créteil, 94000

Looking for adventure and excitement? Head over to the Créteil outdoor activities centre, just outside Paris. Sailing, wave pool,......

Jardin des Tuileries

Park, garden, promenade
Place de la Concorde, Paris, 75001

The Tuileries Gardens take their name from the tile factories which previously stood on the site where Queen Catherine de Medici......

Jardin du Luxembourg

Park, garden, promenade
Rue de Médicis - Rue de Vaugirard, Paris, 75006

Situated on the border between Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Latin Quarter, the Luxembourg Gardens, inspired by the Boboli......

Jardin Tino Rossi

Park, garden, promenade
2 quai Saint-Bernard, Paris, 75005

You can enjoy a walk along the waterfront at the Jardin Tino Rossi. It stretches along the Seine riverbanks, from the Institut du......

Parc André Citroën

Park, garden, promenade
2 rue Cauchy, Paris, 75015

The Parc André Citroën is located on the site of the former Parisian Citroën factory. Opened in 1992, with a surface area of 14......

Parc Clichy-Batignolles - Martin Luther King

Park, garden, promenade
147 rue Cardinet, Paris, 75017

A park full of surprises: laid out with many original areas, like the Jardin du rail, with its deckchairs, a play area for......

Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

Park, garden, promenade
1-7 rue Botzaris, Paris, 75019

The Buttes-Chaumont Park, in the north-east of Paris, is one of the biggest and original green spaces in Paris, measuring 25......

Parc du Champ-de-Mars

Park, garden, promenade
Quai Branly - Avenue de la Motte Picquet, Paris, 75007

Opened in 1780, the Parc du Champ-de-Mars extends from the École Militaire to the Eiffel Tower. A hotspot for national events, it......

Parc Monceau

Park, garden, promenade
35 boulevard de Courcelles, Paris, 75008

The construction of Parc Monceau dates back to the 17th century, under the orders of the Duke of Chartres. Situated in the 8th......

Parc Montsouris

Park, garden, promenade
2 rue Gazan, Paris, 75014

The Parc Montsouris is one of the largest green spaces in Paris. It is located in the 14th arrondissement, between rue d'Alésia......

La Petite Ceinture

Park, garden, promenade
Dans les 12e, 13e, 14e, 15e, 16e, 17e, 18e, 19e et 20e arrondissements, Paris, 75

The Petite Ceinture is a former double-track railway line that used to run around Paris within the boulevards des Maréchaux. Its......