Outdoor activities for all the family

Special events, workshops and fun activities outdoors with the family, in Parisian parks and gardens.

Parks and gardens in Paris

Paris has many parks and gardens and these are fantastic places for families. The Tuileries Gardens has 18th-century statues to discover and there are many spots to relax in around the ornamental ponds.

The Luxembourg Gardens has tons of attractions for children: pony or carriage rides, swings and traditional wooden merry-go-rounds ... The outdoor puppet show also keeps little ones amused in the afternoon. Other enjoyable parks for family outings are the Jardin des Plantes, the Parc Monceau, the Parc Georges Brassens and the Parc André-Citroën.

Enfant devant le bassin du jardin du Luxembourg, Paris © Mary Quincy

Finally, the Jardin d’Acclimatation is a firm favourite with children, who love seeing their reflection in the distorting mirrors, discovering unusual animal species and enjoying the amazing rides and attractions.

Just outside Paris, the Parc de Sceaux with its extensive lawns is a pleasant place to walk. Fountains and copses embellish the avenues and ornamental ponds are a refreshing sight in summer. The jewel in the crown of the estate is the 17th-century-style garden, which transforms a stroll into a historical escapade. The Domaine de Villarceaux, an idyllic place to stroll, is a cultural gem comprising of a manor house, an orangery, a main courtyard, outstanding gardens and even a maze!

Finally, the Grande Promenade d’Auteuil is a Parisian walk par excellence linking Passy to Auteuil via three recreational areas – ideal for families. Football and rugby pitches, open to everyone, also enable walkers to stop and burn off some energy with the kids.

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Gardening and fruit-picking workshops with the family

Gardening for children

All year round the Parc de la Villette organizes ‘Le Club des Jardiniers’, a children’s gardening club, and ‘Les insectes jardiniers’, a children’s nature club. They learn to identify seeds, flowers and plants, and especially the basics of gardening.

The Maison du Jardinage in the Parc de Bercy has a wonderful vegetable garden. The many varieties of vegetables here are grown using organic gardening techniques. The Maison also puts on temporary exhibitions to familiarize children with gardening and ecological issues. An enjoyable eco-friendly afternoon in a lovely green setting for all the family.

Enfant qui jardine © Fotolia

Pick-your-own fruit and vegetables

Some 10 different farmers and producers in the Parisian region are now opening their fields and orchards to the public for ‘pick your own’ fruit and vegetables with the family.

Baskets in hand, little gardeners and food lovers alike can come and have fun with their parents gathering their own seasonal fruit and vegetables. It’s a perfect day out with the family, where you can pick delicious products in a rural setting from spring through to autumn. Some sites are open all year round.

Ferme de Viltain, cueillette des pommes, Paris © OTCP - DR

Beekeeping for kids

Open to the public since 2008, the Miellerie du Gâtinais is a beekeeping and honey making enterprise that offers families the chance to see an exceptional collection of bee hives. Every year, the bees produce delicately perfumed honey. Lucky kids are even allowed a taste of this nectar during their visit.

Marin d'eau douce

Incentive activities | Guided tours
  • République - Gares de l'Est et du Nord

Marin D'Eau Douce rents out electric boats in Paris that don't require a license, from the Bassin de la Villette. You have access......

Jardin d'Acclimatation

Leisure park
Bois de Boulogne, Paris, 75016

Enjoy a unique experience at the new Jardin d'Acclimatation. Situated between Porte de Neuilly and Porte des Sablons, at the edge......

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......

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......

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 Georges Brassens

Park, garden, promenade
2 place Jacques Marette, Paris, 75015

The Parc George Brassens is named after the famous singer and poet, who lived nearby. It is located in the 15th arrondissement,......

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......

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......

Domaine départemental de Sceaux

Domaine départemental de Sceaux, Sceaux, 92330

The Musée du Domaine Départemental de Sceaux opened in 1973 in the middle of the Sceaux estate, and displays its collections in 4......

Maison du Jardinage

Park, garden, promenade
41 rue Paul Belmondo - Parc de Bercy, Paris, 75012

Opened in September 1997, the Maison du Jardinage is a reference point in Paris. Located in the heart of the modern Bercy......

Cueillette de Torfou

Park, garden, promenade
N20 sortie Torfou / D99 entre Torfou et Lardy, Torfou, 91730

Cueillette de Torfou opens its fields and orchard to the public from May to November for visitors to pick and gather their own......

Ferme de Viltain

Zoo & aquarium
Chemin de Viltain, Jouy-en-Josas, 78350

Viltain farm, located in Jouy en Josas in Yvelines, is a dairy farm with a herd of 600 cows. Visitors can see the cows being......

Ferme de Gally - Saint-Cyr

Zoo & aquarium
Route de Bailly à Saint-Cyr-l'Ecole, Saint-Cyr-l'Ecole, 78210

The Ferme Ouverte de Gally, located between Bailly and Saint-Cyr l’Ecole in the Yvelines region (post code 78) offers an......

V'Île Fertile

Park, garden, promenade
45 avenue de la Belle Gabrielle, Paris, 75012

V'Île Fertile est une ferme maraîchère située dans le bois de Vincennes, au cœur du jardin d'Agronomie Tropicale René Dumont.......