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Paris in Spring

By Viator, April 2016

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Springtime in Paris is pure happiness with people emerging from their winter hibernation, venturing back onto the streets and into parks and cafes. While a jacket and scarf may be handy come nightfall, spring is a great time to visit the City of Light thanks to an abundance of blooming flowers and new positive energy following the thaw. Here are our top 6 spots for a spring adventure in Paris:

Luxembourg Gardens (Jardin du Luxembourg)
Set on the grounds of Marie de Medici’s royal residence during the Renaissance, Luxembourg Gardens make for a great place to enjoy a sunny spring day. With 60 acres of blooms, gardens, fountains, statues and a pond, there’s plenty of room to run around and numerous quiet spots to find. Head to the Grand Basin to rent small remote-control boats to launch; to the orchard for a wander among the trees; or to the tiny Theatre du Luxembourg for children’s shows.

Jardin des Tuileries
Laid out by André Le Nôtre, the green thumb behind the Palace of Versailles, this 70-acre UNESCO World Heritage site is quintessentially French. The Jardin des Tuileries grounds are maintained in a meticulous manner, with no trees taller than seven feet and planned color schemes for the flower gardens, so visitors have plenty to admire on a stroll. After a visit to one of the cafes lining the park, stop in at the Orangerie Museum or take a look at the sculptures among the hedges. The garden’s sprawling lawns, paths and ponds can be found between the Louvre and the Place de la Concorde.

Promenade Plantée
Hidden above the Viaduc des Arts on a defunct elevated railway, the Promenade Plantée is lined with springtime cherry blossoms, chestnut trees, bamboo and colorful flower gardens. Its beautiful views and 2.9-mile scenic pathway make it a popular spot for joggers, city explorers and even budget-conscious travelers looking to get some fresh air. Visit as the sun rises or settle in among the couples that gather to watch the evening sunset over the Parisian streets, and don’t miss the artisan studios and shops below.

The Seine River
Seeing Paris from the sinuous Seine gives travelers a whole new perspective on the City of Light. Travelers can immerse themselves in the romance, cruising under iconic bridges and past the numerous architectural wonders and monuments of Paris, including the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower and the Musée d'Orsay. Book a Seine River cruise for an afternoon or evening out on the water with unobstructed views of the riverside, perhaps with fine cuisine or champagne, and then head to Parc des Buttes Chaumont for a picnic on the grass. 

Jardin des Plantes
The Jardin des Plantes isn't just a pretty place to spend an afternoon. From its ‘humble’ beginnings as King Louis XIII’s herb garden, it has grown to well over 7,000 plants, with a botanical garden, a tropical garden, an iris garden and one for roses. In addition to housing a small zoo, the site is also a working laboratory for a highly respected botanical school. With four museums from the National Museum of Natural History onsite, a day at the park won’t be ruined by any spring showers; just head inside.

Musée Rodin
An accessible haven of green space surrounds the polished Musée Rodin, which houses a large collection of world-famous works of art from famed sculptor August Rodin, including his The Thinker sculpture. Travelers to Paris love this landmark museum for its gorgeous grounds, the romantic 18th-century architecture in the mansion and the garden sculptures set among blooming roses in spring. Stop by this 7th Arrondissement museum with a city pass, on a walking tour or on a hop on, hop off bus tour.

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