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In fact, when it comes to the gardens, there are coming up to around 3,000 trees in addition to numerous different species of plants and flowers, plus vines in the Jardin de la Treille.  But to visit the park at night is also a fantastic experience, especially in the Jardin des Iles, the Jardin des Ombres and the Jardin des Equilibres, as these were designed with special lighting effects.

And for those of you that enjoy being near water, you will be pleased to hear that the Canal de l’Ourcq also runs through the park plus there are numerous different water features such as fountains, ornamental ponds and waterfalls, which make this a tranquil and serene area to enjoy.

You will also find a paved blue path that meanders through the park between the ten themed gardens, which also include three play areas for children, one of which is called the Jardin du Dragon that is home to a large steel sculptured dragon that has a 24m slide.  But for those in a hurry there are two walkways and the first runs across the park from the Porte de la Villette to the Porte de Pantin and the other is elevated and runs along the south bank of the canal.

Yet there are also 26 follies, that are basically a contemporary version of a traditional gazebo, and these bright red follies in all different shapes have become the architectural hallmarks of the Parc de la Villette and were all meant to be just purely ornamental, whereas some of these today now have functional uses such as an information centre.

Plus there are also two large green open spaces known as the triangle and the circle, which provide lovely grass areas for people to relax, have a picnic or just watch the world go by.

Visiting the tourist attractions at the Parc de la Villette

There are so many different places to discover at the Parc de la Villette that you will guarantee to be able to please any member of the family, young or old.

To start with you have the Grande Halle, which as we mentioned earlier, is the old slaughterhouse and has been classed as a historical monument in Paris, but even this building has been completely renovated and now plays host to fairs and exhibitions.

Then you have the decommissioned submarine called the Argonaute, which is now a museum that you can discover and it also has a visitors centre to provide more information about the French navy, submarines, etc.

Opposite the Argonaute you have the Cite des Sciences et de l’Industrie, which is often just known as the Cite des Sciences, and this is the largest science museum in Europe with a planetarium, dedicated areas for children and teenagers, and it is here that you can discover anything from weightlessness and outer space through to microbiology, go on a simulator, and much, much more.

Yet just outside there is the Geode, which is a large sphere that shimmers from its polished stainless steel and it holds the most attended cinema in France for large format films.  Plus it is a unique movie theatre that has one of the largest hemispherical screens in the world and is an architectural feat of engineering that is a sight not to be missed.

You then have the prestigious Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, which translates to the National Conservatory of Music and Dance which accommodates over 1,000 students, studios, a library and much more.

Then opposite this there is the Cite de la Musique that hosts over 250 concerts each year with a very wide variety of different performances from Baroque to hip hop and classical to contemporary, plus there is a media library.

Also linked with the Cite de la Musique is another museum in Paris called the Musee de la Musique, which is home to one of the richest collections of musical instruments in the world.  Yet you can also listen to musicians actually playing on some of these fabulous instruments along with learning more about their history, different types of music, composers, instrument makers such as Stradivarius, etc.

Now talking of music, there are also other venues at the Parc de la Villette that you may wish to experience such as the Zenith, which is a concert arena located at the edge of the Canal de l’Ourcq or the Cabaret Sauvage.  You also have the Trabendo with different concerts and international stars appearing like Kevin Costner and the Theatre Paris-Villette.

So as you can tell, there is something to interest everyone at this park in Paris, not forgetting that there are plenty of places to get something to eat while you are here.

Access to the Parc de la Villette

Located in the 19th Arrondissement this park in Paris is open all year round and the nearest Metro stations are either the Porte de la Villette or the Porte de Pantin stops plus the bus numbers 75 and 151 will also get you here.

You will be pleased to know that the park is accessible to the disabled, although there are a few spots that may require the aid of an additional person to help, yet there is street level access from the Porte de la Villette, plus there are disabled toilets dotted throughout this large park as well.

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  -  Photos of S636 Argonaute Submarine
  -  Photos of the Geode Cinema
  -  Photos of Peniche Cinema
  -  Photos of Jardin de la Treille
  -  Photos of Philharmonie de Paris 2014
  -  Photos of Fontaine aux Lions de Nubie
  -  Photos of Cite de la Musique
  -  Photos of Canal de l'Ourcq
  -  Photos of Grande Halle
  -  Photos of Pont Flottant de la Villette

Address Details

Parc de la Villette
211 Avenue Jean Jaures
Ile de France

More information and attractions in Parc de la Villette

  -  History On The Parc de la Villette
  -  Argonaute Submarine In Paris
  -  Cabaret Sauvage Shows in Paris
  -  Cite de la Musique Music Hall In Paris
  -  Philharmonie de Paris Concert Hall
  -  Le Trabendo Concert And Music Venue
  -  Musee de la Musique Museum
  -  Cafe de la Musique - Now Cafe des Concerts
  -  Cite des Sciences et de l’Industrie
  -  The Geode Cinema
  -  The Peniche Cinema
  -  The Fontaine aux Lions de Nubie
  -  Le Hall de la Chanson
  -  Canal de l'Ourcq
  -  La Grande Halle de la Villette
  -  Centre Equestre de la Villette horse riding school
  -  Le Zenith De Paris La Villette
  -  My Boat restaurant
  -  Pavillon Paul Delouvrier
  -  Theatre Paris-Villette
  -  Tartes Kluger
  -  Pont Flottant Villette

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Parc de la Villette Park in Paris

The Parc de la Villette is one of the largest parks in Paris that extends over 55 hectares and 35 hectares are outdoors and it has the largest green area in the city, yet there are many different cultural places to visit from theatres to themed gardens and a cinema through to two incredible museums in Paris as well.

About the Gardens at Parc de la Villette

When you look back at the history of the Parc de la Villette, this area was once the scene of the cattle markets and abattoirs, yet all that remains of its past is the Grande Halle that has now been put onto the supplementary list of historical monuments in Paris.

The Park was designed by Bernard Tschumi and provides a place where people can go to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, whether it be taking a stroll, a gentle cycle ride or maybe just admiring the themed gardens such as the Jardin des Bambous that has over 30 different species of bamboo planted.