What to do in Paris

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Paris Attractions

As Audrey Hepburn once mused, a visit to Paris is always a good idea. The City of Lights certainly has a lot to offer nearly any type of tourist, from families and couples to independent travelers on a self-guided jaunt. Things to do in Paris, France, range from taste testing every baguette sandwich along the Champs -Élysées to eating up the artistic experience offered by the Musée d’Orsay. When you’re not sure where to start when it comes to tackling this French metropolis, Paris tours are a good place to start. Embarking on a single tour will serve up a stop at many local landmarks and Parisian points of interest.

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Cabinet of Coins, Medals and Antiquities - Whether you're old or young, this gallery will inspire your imagination and grip your attention.

Pavillon Davioud - Spend some time here and discover the cultural and artistic side of the region.

Piscine Municipale Gerard Durant - A swimming costume and a sense of fun are all you need for a whale of a time here.

Pont des Arts - Architecture buff or not, you're certain to be awed by this landmark's modern-day design.

Bourse de Commerce - Amble through this historic site and uncover a few secrets from long ago.

Les Halles - Meet some locals and seek out the true character and vibrancy of this special place.

Ile de la Cite - Find a nice place to sit and enjoy the tranquility that goes hand in hand with being near the water.

Centre Pompidou - If you'd like to explore some of the more important or unique places in the community, start here.

Eglise Saint-Eustache - Connect with your spiritual side or simply savor the tranquil atmosphere at this sacred site.

Sentier du Douanier - Relax and let the rugged natural beauty quieten your mind.

Jardin du Palais Royal - Grab your rug, pack some finger food and find a comfortable spot to be at one with nature.

Areas & Neighborhoods in Paris

Paris neighborhood offerings vary from the outdoor to the artistic, and everything in between. Whether you are in France on a romantic getaway, family trip, or in the company of friends, there is a neighborhood brimming with things for you to see and do.

Montmartre — While this hilltop community was once a small, quiet village, it’s now a tourist hub. Along the cobblestone streets you will find historical sites like windmills and the Sacre Coeur basilica. You can also take advantage of the many shops and eateries.

Right Bank (La Rive Droite) — Head to this part of Paris, along the north side of the Seine River, if you are in the market for a chic experience. Famous shopping strips, The Louvre museum, and other high-society venues are found here.

Left Bank (La Rive Gauche) — The southern side of the Seine River is known as the Left Bank, and exhibits a far more bohemian vibe than the Right Bank. Also considered the Latin Quarter, this part of the city is home to The Sorbonne University and preserved Roman ruins.

Things to See in Paris

Before you set out to experience the more active side of the city, considering exploring the spectacular things to see in Paris, many of which present awesome photo opportunities. The Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, and Arc de Triomphe are just a few of the top spots in Paris to capture photos worthy of your holiday cards or a spot on the mantle. Paris art and culture activities are also very much alive. If you want to be entertained, snag tickets to a cabaret show or French theater production at venues like Moulin Rouge.

Sightseeing in Paris

Paris is known as fashion-forward city, but visitors should still pack a pair of walking shoes to truly experience the best activities and attractions in Paris. Spend your morning perusing the Bastille Market and shopping at fine boutiques along the Champs-Élysées. In the afternoon, venture down into The Catacombs, which contain millions of human remains and a bit of a spooky atmosphere. If you want to burn a few calories in the spirit of working off your morning croissant, try a bike tour. In the evening, sign up for an escape game, where you and your friends must use your wits to find your way out of a locked room. Day trips from Paris can land you in places like the Palace of Versailles in just a few hours.

Things to Do in Paris with Kids

There's fun for the entire family wherever you wander in Paris. Here are a few family friendly experiences you can do together that'll make your break a blast:


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Frequently asked questions

What to do in Paris on a sunny day?
What to do in Paris on a rainy day?
What is Paris famous for?
You’ll be kept busy with all of these big-name sights to cross off your checklist:

  • Eiffel Tower
  • Louvre Museum
  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Notre-Dame

What should I not miss in Paris?
Don’t return home without ticking off the following list of incredible attractions:

  • Disneyland® Paris
  • La Machine du Moulin Rouge
  • Palais Garnier
  • Paris Expo Porte de Versailles

Are there cheap things to do in Paris?
What can you do in Paris for free?
You could leave your credit card in the hotel safe for the day, because these fantastic attractions can be seen for nothing:

  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Luxembourg Gardens
  • Place de la Concorde
  • Galeries Lafayette

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