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Parc de la Villette

Holding the title of Paris’ largest park at around 25 hectares, Parc de la Villette is made up of a series of themed gardens, known as ‘prairies’, set around the banks of the l'Ourq Canal. There’s more on offer than just an idyllic setting, though – the park’s interactive play areas, cycle paths and event spaces, along with one of the city’s most popular museums offer plenty of options for a family day out.

The park is characterized by its modernist sculptures and installations, including around 35 fire-engine red follies dotted along the canal banks, a striking sight against the futuristic silhouettes of the park’s buildings. Three concert halls reside in the park – the Zenith Concert Hall and the Cite de la Musique, both important music halls, and the striking Grand Hall, a former livestock showground transformed by architects Bernard Reichen and Philippe Robert into a popular cultural center and performance arena. The City of Science and Industry, Europe’s largest science museum, is also on-site, fronted by the iconic Omnimax cinema, La Géode - a building constructed inside a giant silver ball. Film and music fans can even enjoy alfresco entertainment during the summer months, when the nearby Prairie du Triangle is transformed into an open-air cinema, and a number of music concerts and festivals are held in the park grounds.

Even the gardens themselves continue the postmodernist theme, designed by renowned architect Bernard Tschumi and including a Dragon garden, presided over by a towering ‘Dragon slide’, a firm favorite among visiting children; a Mirror Garden, where mirrored panels have been erected among the trees to dramatic effect and a pretty Bamboo Garden where shaded paths trace a scenic walk through the woodlands.

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2.5H Saint-Martin Canal Morning Cruise from Marina Arsenal to the Bassin de la Villette, Paris, null
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2.5H Saint-Martin Canal Morning Cruise from Marina Arsenal to the Bassin de la Villette

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

A romantic and out of the ordinary trip in the heart of Parisians Paris!

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $20.53
2.5 Hours Saint-Martin Canal Cruise Morning Tour: from Bassin de la Villette to the Marina Arsenal, ... 
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2.5 Hours Saint-Martin Canal Cruise Morning Tour: from Bassin de la Villette to the Marina Arsenal

4.5 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

A romantic and out of the ordinary trip in the heart of « Parisians’ Paris »..!

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $20.53
19th District's Paris Small Group Bike Tour, Paris, Day Cruises
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19th District's Paris Small Group Bike Tour

Let your local bike you through Paris with a small group using Velib: Paris'public bike sharing system, so you can keep biking on your own for the rest of your ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $57.04
Seine River Cruise and Paris Canals Tour, Paris, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Seine River Cruise and Paris Canals Tour

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Cruise the waters of the River Seine before enjoying a unique view of old Paris from the Canal Saint Martin. See many of the major attractions of Paris from ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 2.5 hours

From USD $22.81

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