Top 70 Things to do in Paris, France
What to do in Paris?
61 (22) Disneyland Paris
Mouse town Disneyland in Paris is just like the Disney theme parks in the States with a dash of french finesse. Some of the detail and finishing touches in theme parks is very impressive and adds to the experience.
The Disneyland Paris branch is divided into three distinct regions. Disneyland Park which has a variety of challenging and not so scary rides. Walt Disney Studios Park which is all about the technology, fantasy and wonder of cartoon film-making with a few rides thrown in. Disney Village, as the name implies, contains the complex's resort hotels and restaurants.
Europe's leading tourist destination
Children love Disneyland Paris. Over 15 million mums, dads, kids and even some singles visit Disneyland Paris every year making it one of Europe's leading tourist destinations. Being a mere 32ks from the centre of Paris, Disneyland is very day trip-able.
62 (30) France Miniature (Little France)
Get an overview. See all of France extremely quickly. A CEO approach to travel. At 1/30th the original size here’s a real chance to ‘take-it-all-in’. Some might say less impressive, perhaps not as solid or inspiring but they may have fallen into the trap of being sizeist. Small is beautiful. Petite is cute. Size isn't everything.
Miniature French Alps
Little France includes the French Alps, Versailles and Roman aqueducts and Mont St. Michel on an island (little of course).
Eiffel Tower - 25 feet tall
Of the 116 miniature sites the Eiffel Tower stands out at about 25 ft high. Model trains, boats, miniature trees and landscaping add to the small celebration of France. Bring some little people with you if you have any.
63 (78) The Château de Rambouillet
What a picture - The Château de Rambouillet
The exquisite looking Château de Rambouillet is where French Presidents go for a holiday.
The Chateau does not appeal to everyone. Louis XVI gave the Chateau as a gift to the Marie-Antoinette. She hated it. She said 'Am I Queen or Milkmaid!'. The King did what any King would do. He built her the famous Dairy (La Laiterie), where the buckets were made from porcelain, painted and grained to imitate wood.
While you are there admiring the Queen's Dairy make sure you take a stroll by the canals, fountains and ornamental lakes in the splendid grounds of the Château de Rambouillet. This is a spectacular château which should not be missed on your Paris Pass sightseeing tour.
64 Arc du Carrousel
The relatively small 19m (63 ft) high treble archway Arc du Carrousel is belittled by fellow Triumphal Way arches Grande Arche de la Défense and the Arc de Triomphe between the Louvre and La Défense.
65 Jardin des Plantes
This popular botanical garden containing the Natural History Museum covers a total of 28 hectares (about 69 acres) on the Left Bank of the River Seine in the 5th arrondissement. The Jardin des Plantes hothouses are home to a variety of Mexico and Australia plants. You can also look to an Alpine garden, a charming rose garden, and an Art Deco-style wintergarden.
66 Place de la Concorde
The octagonal Place de la Concorde is the largest square in Paris. It is situated between the Tuileries and the Champs-Elysées. Over a thousand bodies lost their heads during the height of the French Revolution under its old name 'Place de la Révolution'. The 3000 year old, 75 foot Obelisk at the centre of the square is from the temple of Ramses II.
67 (105) National Museum of the Renaissance
The Renaissance was a period of time when art and new ideas were held in the highest regard and importance. The world was changing.
The Renaissance museum contains examples of decorative painting from the French Renaissance, of Germanic goldsmithery and of sculptures, in particular by Jacques Goujon and German Rammer. The Musée National de la Renaissance owes most of its fame to the tapestries entitled “David and Bethsabée”, widely considered as masterpieces. A Paris Pass will get you in for free
68 Forum des Halles
A combination park, underground mall, and huge subway station, the Forum des Halles sits on land that for centuries was home to Paris’ central marketplace. There are plans to further revamp the Forum des Halles and rename it 'Carreau des Halles'.
69 (37) Place Vendome
Place Vendôme is a square in all but shape. The rectangular Place Vendôme has the appearance of an octagon. The 17th century buildings surrounding the Square contain some of the most expensive hotels and shops in Paris. Visit Place Vendome's famous jewelers "les Diamantaires" at your own risk. Many a credit card has been maxed out in this part of town.
Napoleon stands on top of the bronze column in the middle of the square. The cannons belong to Austria and Russia. They were taken by Napoleon's Army in 1250. So far they haven't asked for them back.
70 Musee National du Moyen Age
Apart from its fabulous history the Hôtel de Cluny has substantial leftovers form the Gallo-Roman baths, Thermes de Cluny and impressive art collections. The building itself is worth a picture or few. Try the nearby park for a more leafy prospective.