The parks and gardens of Paris, France

Parks in downtown Paris

Seine River Seine River - Yes, there are those classic Seine cruises, but there is also an ongoing inititiave to transform the banks into a kind of elongated public park running through the heart of the city, with beaches, bike paths, pedestrian zones, swimming pools, floating gardens, foot bridges, and more... » more

Tuileries Gardens, Paris Jardin de Tuileries - These meticulously planned gravel pathways, statue lined promenades, perfectly placed fountains, regimentally planted gardens, and astoundingly awful crêpe stands extends right through the heart of Paris, along the banks of the Seine from the Louvre to place de la Concorde... » more

Jardin de Luxembourg - Regimented 18th century paths, gardens, and fountains around a grand Italianate palace in the upper reaches of the Latin Quarter on the Left Bank... » more

Jardin des Plantes, Paris Jardin des Plantes - This 1640 park is my favorite in Paris: a small, tidy series of fenced-in gardens divided by wide gravel paths and hiding a secret garden in its core... » more

Bois de Boulogne - By far Paris's largest greensward, this vast, forest-like park is that giant blob of green running north-south along the western edge of your city map... » more

Parks in the Paris suburbs

★★ The Park at Versailles - Yes, those fab gardens at the grandest palace in the world are actually open for free (usually) to the public—it's just the palace itself you have to pay to get into (though not always)... » more

Bois de Vincennes - More a tamed wood than a formal garden, this park at the city's eastern edge incorporates small lakes, a royal château, a flower garden, and a small flock of out-of-place but interesting monuments... » more

Parc André Citroën - An avant-garde urban park of oddball thematic gardens... » more

Parc de Bercy - Traditional themed gardens—aromatic, roses, orchards, a "philosophers' garden" and, of course, a jardin romantique—set amid abandoned wine warehouses... » more

Parc de Buttes-Chaumont - Great city vistas from the faux temple in Baron Haussmann's 19th century, Romantic-era park... » more