It has taken a year and a half to return to its former glory! The Jardin d’Acclimatation, now completely modernized, is a true haven of calm and amusement on the edge of Paris, and is back to delight young and old.
An extraordinary green space
Extending over more than 18 hectares, the Jardin d’Acclimatation is a one-of-a-kind space for relaxation. Long winding paths, ancient oaks, rolling lawns, and banks lined with cherry trees come together to create a natural world that will appeal to those in search of peace as well as sporty types.
The Jardin d’Acclimatation, oldest leisure park in Paris, is now reconnecting with its long past. A relic of the Second Empire, opened by Napoléon III, it is full of remarkable architecture, with bronze and copper structures as well as 19th-century-style metal beams. In addition to these features, it now resembles how it looked during the belle époque, when the Jardin d’Acclimatation was made up of large open or shaded expanses of grass, for Parisians to get some fresh air and children to amuse themselves.
The perfect place to relax and walk on fine days!
An amusement park unlike any other
With its 40 rides that have been both preserved and improved, the Jardin d’Acclimatation is home to a unique amusement park like the Universal Exhibition, all blended into the landscape: the legendary little train (which dates from 1878!) is in service again, starting from Porte Maillot, and there is also the possibility of renting a boat on the beautiful Enchanted River or taking a balloon ride. The rides area is brand new: the roller coaster has become a steam engine, and the iconic dragon ride is back.
Apart from the period attractions, the Jardin d’Acclimatation now has 17 new rides! As fun as they are varied, some notable rides for visitors to discover include ‘Astrolabe’, ‘Crazy Frogs’, ‘Speed Rockets’ (a new roller coaster), Sidecars, Flying Boats...! Not for the faint-hearted!
Activities for every age
For younger visitors, there are outdoor play areas all over the park: a paddling pool, the Dry Fountain, the Bear’s Den, crazy mirrors, and forest adventures will keep kids entertained for hours.
Other activities offer fun and delightful discoveries in a calm and serene environment. These include a small farm, and an equestrian centre for pony, donkey, and camel rides. An apiary, an alpine rock garden, and the Empress’s Belvedere all host themed workshops based around discovering animals and how nature works. The Grande Volière (a series of large aviaries) also has information inside so that visitors can better understand the exotic species.
Finally, there are two shows for audiences to laugh and marvel at, thanks to Guignol (a puppet show), and magic! And for a cultural escape into the world of contemporary art, visitors can take a quick walk to the nearby Fondation Louis Vuitton.
Good to know: several eateries have opened, and some 500 events have been planned during the year.
Bois de Boulogne, Paris 16th
From 10 AM to 7 PM monday to friday
From 10 AM to 8 PM saturday, sunday, bank holidays and holiday
Closing of the attractions queues 30 mins prior the closing of the park.