With so much to choose from, it can be difficult to decide what to do in the City of Fun while you're there. Of course, there's the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre Museum, and all that, but here we'd also like to share with you some of the the things we love about Paris.
Paris is home to many cultural activities like ballet, opera and classic music concerts held in some of the most historic buildings in Europe — Palais Garnier, Opera de Bastille, and the Gothic churches. Our goal is to show you how to get inside those landmark buildings and experience Paris like a native. By the way, we'll also tell you what to do on your Paris Honeymoon and later on, what to do with your kids in Paris1
There are a lot of things to do and see in Paris, and when you're coming to the city for the first time (or you haven't been here for a while) it's sometimes hard to know which activities to choose.
If that's you, we've got help — our handy guide to the Paris attractions that first-time visitors don't want to miss. The things you're going to talk about when you get home. The things you'll remember for years to come. So, come on, let's do Paris the easy way!
One of the best ways to plan your trip is by finding out what's going to be happening during the time of your visit. Every month we organize all the best activities and events into a handy monthly calendar. It's the one place to go to discover what's on — current things to do, ballets, concerts, museum exhibits, and other events.
For first-timers and those who just want to have a fun experience, we like the hop-on open-air bus tours. You really get a feeling for Paris in just a short time. And the buses go all over the place, so you can see a lot. The great thing is that you can get off whenever you want and then hop back on when you're done exploring that quartier. Sure, it may be a bit touristy, but what a blast.
It's the City of Love, so could there possibly be a better place to propose? We don't think so, and we've collected some positively romantic ideas to help get your new life together started. How about this idea — propose during a private horse-and-carriage ride through Paris, complete with champagne, roses, and a professional photographer to capture the moment?
We also like the idea of popping the question during a dinner cruise on a private yacht. But, we're just getting started, so find out more. Did we mention the vintage Rolls Royce?
If you've already seen the Louvre, already visited Versailles, already ridden on the open-top buses, what's next? The great thing about Paris is that it is absolutely filled with things to do and see, so you never run out of new choices. And that's true for these five unusual activities that take you beyond the ordinary visitor experience — like a World War II tour of Paris, a hot-air balloon extravaganza at nearby Chateau de Fontainebleau, even cruising around Paris is a vintage Rolls Royce.
Beyond art, museums and monuments, Paris culture lives in opera, ballet and classical music concerts held in historic venues. Attending a cultural event in Paris will get you inside many landmark buildings that otherwise you would just walk by.
There's the majestic Palais Garnier, the modernistic Opera de la Bastille, or a classical music concert held in one of the city's beautiful historic churches and cathedrals. It's easy to buy tickets on-line, but you need to do it in advance, before you leave home. Our readers' absolute favorite venue for classical music concerts is the Gothic masterpiece La Sainte-Chapelle. Hear Vivaldi, Bach and other master composers surrounded by gilt, stained glass, and Renaissance architecture.
Paris is a busy place, and there are definitely going to be lines at the most popular museums. Long lines, more often than not. If you know us, you'll know that we really do not like standing in line. Hate it, in fact. So we do whatever we can to avoid it.
We've gotten to really enjoy skip-the-line guided museum tours. We meet the expert guide at the museum door and she leads us past the ticket lines and directly to the most famous works of art. It's not available at all museums, but we certainly recommend you visit the Louvre and d'Orsay this way.
The other technique we use is to put a Paris Museum Pass in our pocket. This lets us bypass the ticket lines (the museums are free with the museum pass) and go directly to the entry door. You can learn more in our review.
Moulin Rouge Dinner, Show & Hotel Return
Eiffel Tower Dinner, River Cruise & Moulin Rouge Show
It's the most romantic city in the world, right? So, where else would you go for your honeymoon, or to celebrate a special wedding anniversary?
You'll want to learn about romantic hotels and romantic things to do. But you'll also want to know about the extra-special private proposal activities that can be arranged for you by our Paris Concierge. How about a champagne-fuelled horse-drawn carriage ride past the Eiffel Tower, with roses, champagne and photographs to keep the memory alive?
Looking for kid-friendly things to do in Paris? That's good because there's plenty to see and do for children.
We've been traveling to the City of Fun with our son since he was a toddler, and over the years we've sourced some of the funnest places & activities that make kids happy — hands-on science museums and two great zoos top the list.
The large zoo on the east side of Paris has been completely remade during a multi-year, 200 million Euro renovation. The Paris Zoo is now a world-class animal park with 40 acres of additional space, cleverly designed biozones, and programs to preserve and protect endangered animals.
Let's take a trip on Metro Line 1 to Vincennes (the zoo provides no parking facilites) to wander the paths, visit the habitats, and marvel at the wildlife.
Best of Versailles. Skip the Line, with Hotel Pick-up & Lunch
VIP Versailles Tour with Private Viewing of the Royal Quarters
Paris is, of course, a great city for shopping and has some of the finest department stores in the world. n fact, you could say that department stores were invented here. The large department store Printemps opened its doors in 1865 and has remained a popular destination for Parisiens as well as travelers. We'll take you shopping at Printemps and three other fab department stores, including our personal favorite, Le Bon Marché.
In the 12th Arrondissement, under the brick arches of an abandoned rail line, is a kilometer-long row of workshops and retail spaces featuring some of the most interesting artisans and designers working in Paris today. Creating the Viaduct des Arts revived this abandoned strip and turned it into a fascinating shopping mecca.
By the way, above the arches there is now a verdant pedestrian trail where there once were railway tracks.
What to Do in Paris While You're Here
• First-Timers Guide to Paris…
• Open-Air Bus Tours…
• Proposing in Paris…
• 5 Unusual Things To Do…
• Ballet at Palais Garnier…
• Paris for Kids…
• Paris Zoological Park…
• Skip-the-Line Museum Tours…
• Paris Honeymoon Planning…
• Paris Department Stores…
• Viaduc des Arts…
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