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Parc de la Villette, activities and info

Parc de la Villette is one of the best parks in Paris to visit. That is because it is fascinating both for adults and kids!
It is huge, about 55 hectares, and it is between two gates of Paris. Between Porte de la Villette and Porte de Pantin, there is the park!

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Here’s why Parc de la Villette is one of my favorite parks!

 

Parc de la Villette activities

This park in Paris is very famous because of its architecture. Bernard Tschumi designed it to be a beautiful park with many activities to go into it. In Parc de la Villette you find the Cité des Sciences et de l’Intrustrie and the Cité de la Musique.

  • Cité des Sciences et de l’Intrustrie is the biggest museum of Science in Europe!
  • Cité de la Musique comprehends a museum of musical instruments, a concert hall, and part of the Conservatory of Paris!

In Parc de la Villette you can also visit Géode, a semi-circular cinema, and Zénith, an arena with 6300 seats. Plus, you can also go to the fairs that take place in Grande Halle, the dedicated space in the park.

In many times of the year, in Parc de la Villette there are many events in Paris. The one I love the most is the cinema en plein air! Since many movies are projected in the original language, you can enjoy it even if you don’t speak French!

 

Thematic gardens in the same park

Another feature of Parc de la Villette is that it is made of thematic gardens. Some of them are designed for kids, that is why I also recommend going there to who is coming to Paris with kids.

If you want to relax while your kids are playing around, I recommend going to the Jardin du Dragon, where there’s a huge steel dragon that is also an 80-meters slide!

For adults interested in the great architecture of the park, I suggest visiting the Jardin de Bambou. It is a garden designed by Alexandre Chemetoff who won the Grand Prix de l’urbanisme in 2000.

 

Useful information

Let’s note down opening hours, access and transports info. The park is open every day but some thematic gardens might close. If you want to be 100% sure, check always the official site.

You can get to the precise address – 211, avenue Jean Jaurès – by metro or by bus. If you prefer to move around by metro, I suggest take the metro line 4 and then get off at Place d’Italie. Or, you can take the metro line 7 and get off at Villejuif-Louis Aragon / La Courneve.
If you prefer to take the bus, you can take line 75 or 151 (final destination Grande Halle) and get off at Porte de Pantin. Or, you can take line 139, 150 or 152 and get off at Cité des Sciences which is its destination anyway.

  • My Tips

     Take always small change with you! If you will need a public bathroom, you will probably pay 0.50 € to enter. 

     

    Remember that floor numbers aren't the same of U.S. ones. In Europe we have ground floor / floor 0. It is the corresponding of the 1st floor in U.S.!

     

     French people are nationalists: try to speak few French words. You will make them very happy!

     

     Check the weather forecast in advance so you will know what to put in your luggage!

     

     Even if they say it will be sunny all the time, take your umbrella with you anyway.

     

     Read my article about transports pass to know which one is the best for you!

     

     If you want to buy something very luxurious, go to Lafayette Galleries.

     

     Don't be worried about the need for a car in Paris. Taxis and Uber are a lot!

     

     For your safety, provide you a travel insurance

     

     Study everything about transports in Paris reading the transports page of this site