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Parc de la Villette Paris Overview

Parc de la Villette is 137 acres of land holding a variety of major cultural grounds of France. The park is organized in a way that holds all types of major activities from engaging entertainment events to educational events and industrial work along its side. Parc de la villette paris possesses three popular concert halls, the prestigious Conservatoire de Paris and the City of Science and Industry-Europe’s largest science museum. There are 10 beautiful gardens for people belonging to every age group to relax, enjoy and spend their leisure time.

Spreading across 137 acres, Parc de la Villette is the third largest park in Paris homing a major cultural venue in the country. Started as an urban redevelopment project, this park was built on the grounds of meat houses after their clearance by Napoleon 3. Parc de la Villette was majorly designed by Bernard Tschumi from 1984 to 1987, who had won a design contest during those days.

The park was made to cater to the cultural needs of the city as the development of Paris was focused on becoming a tourist city. Explore the cultural wonders of the park with our Best Europe packages. The popular park houses Europe’s largest science museum - the City of Science and Industry, the magnificent Conservatoire de Paris, and three concert grounds along with many other attractions. Owing to the City of Science, this park is frequently visited by students and learners. The presence of the concert halls invites a lot of musicians and performers to amuse the spectators. The whole area encompassing all the attractions is organized via 35 grid points, termed follies. All of them lead to a unique place where people belonging to any age group enjoy their time to interact, relax, and have fun.

Parc de la Villette comprises 10 beautiful gardens, each of their own kind. The gardens are created in a minimalist style possessing various sculptures. One such figurine is a steel dragon, mainly made to attract and entertain children. Another garden includes the bamboo garden, a popular spot for relaxation and exploration.

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Highlights

• Enjoy 10 of the lush green gardens of Parc de la Villette with your loved ones to feel the freshness of the air.
• Watch your favorite movies sitting on the grass in an open-air theater through the big screen.
• Fulfill your quest for knowledge through the City of Science and industry exhibitions and workshops.
• Learn about the interesting fields of astronomy, biology, and botany through various workshops.
• Groove in the beats of Paris through the Philharmonic Concert Hall hosting international music acts.
• Indulge yourself in the rhythm of the jazz festival by witnessing performances of the finest artists.
• See your captivating reflection through the Mirror-Dome mimicking a sense of Utopia.
• Level up your kid’s knowledge through workshops in Parc de la Villette.
• Let your kid enjoy the thrilling rides in the garden- the rides of the carousel, dragon slide, and carnival.Suggested Read: Activities To Do In Paris In MarchAlso Checkout : Seine River Cruise Paris

How To Reach

  • By Bus: You can take bus lines 54, 60, and 71 to reach Flandre-Alphonse Karr, a bus stop away at a distance of 69 meters, reachable in 2 minutes. Bus lines 75, 151, PC2, and PC3 to get to the Porte de Pantin stop, which is 609 meters away. Also, bus lines 139, 150, and 152 can be taken to reach Porte de la Villette, situated at a distance of 698 meters.
  • By Metro: You can take Metro line 5 from Porte de Pantin and line 7 from Porte de la Villette to reach the venue.
  • By Tram: You can take Tram line 3b from Porte de Pantin, Ella Fitzgerald, and Porte de la Villette to reach Parc de la Villette. 
  • By Boat: You can take crudités from the harbors of Bassin de la Villette, Arsenal Harbor, the Parc de la Villette and the Musée d’Orsay.

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Best Time To Visit

The best time to visit Parc de la Villette is during the evening hours. Later hours of the day create an exciting atmosphere for you to enjoy various events. Entertainment events are held in the place mostly during the evening hours around 5-6 PM, making your visit a happening one.

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Other Essential Information

  • There are two playgrounds on both sides of the park, be careful as both of them need to be explored.
  • Watch your steps as a canal runs through the Center of the park.
  • If you are accompanied by kids, make sure to check out the Cites fed science children’s museum for their enjoyment. 
  • Use a short rope course to tie yourself with the kid for having fun at the colorful Dragon Garden playground slide as it is slippery. 
  • There are a variety of toddler rides at the gardens, like the carousel through the Garden of Winds and Dunes playground.
  • There are a total of 10 gardens, don’t forget to check out the popular ones-Garden of Bamboo, Garden of Mirrors, Garden of Balance, Garden of Winds and Dunes, Garden of Acrobatics, and Fright Garden for Children.

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Point of Interest for Parc de la Villette Paris
Thematic Gardens
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Thematic Gardens

There are 10 gardens to adore and play Parc de la Villette Jeux. The popular ones are Garden of Acrobatics, Garden of Bamboo, Garden of Balance, Garden of Winds and Dunes, Garden of Mirrors, and Fright Garden for Children. Each garden is in a different theme possessing lush greenery through dense growth. The gardens comprise beautiful sculptures and are separated by a canal that runs through the park.

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City of Science and Industry
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City of Science and Industry

Spreading across 1.6 million square feet of exhibition space, a large number of temporary and permanent educational exhibitions are run here every day. Engaging workshops related to astronomy, biology, and aviation are there to keep your knowledge up to the date. Cite des Enfants are a series of workshops held every 20 minutes to educate kids from the age of 2!

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New Paris Philharmonic Concert Hall
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New Paris Philharmonic Concert Hall

A hub of 3 major concert halls, Parc de la Villette is known to host international acts. Philharmonic Concert Hall Is visited by large crowds to experience the tunes of the melodious jazz festival each summer.

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Mirror-Dome
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Mirror-Dome

Made from 6,400 triangular pieces of stainless steel, the dome will showcase your beautiful reflection. The diameter of this dome is equal to a whopping 12-story building. The mirrored dome dates back to the 1960s Utopian era.

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Fun Park for kids
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Fun Park for kids

Parc de la Villette treats kids with utmost joy as there are a lot of rides to experience in the garden. Children are known to be happily riding the carousel, dragon garden slide, and carnival rides.

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