Located at the very edge of Paris city proper, just inside the Boulevard Periphérique, the Parc de la Villette is one of the city’s newest. It was built between 1984 and 1987 as part of an urban redevelopment project on the site of Paris’ old slaughterhouses and meat market. The park is notable for its unique architecture and is one of the best places in the city for kids.
There are many acres of gardens and a conservatory, but the real attraction of the park is the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie, the biggest science museum in Europe. The crux of the museum is the Explora exhibit which examines four central themes: communication, life, matter, and the universe. There’s also the largest 3-D IMAX Screen in Europe in the La Géode domed theatre. Both kids and adults will enjoy all of the interactive exhibits and science projects. Just a warning: not everything is in English, though you should still be able to enjoy the museum.
Telephone: +33 01 40 05 70 00
Metro: Porte de Pantin (5), Porte de la Villette (7)
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 09:30-18:00
€20.50 Adult Comprehensive Admission