Top 5 outdoor activities in Paris

Paris plages, photo by besopha/Flickr

For many people Paris means romance, restaurants, historic buildings and museums, sightseeing or shopping. But what about the lovers of outdoor activities? Should they choose another destination instead of Paris? Absolutely not! Paris is a great place for practicing some interesting and even unique activities. If I say “outdoor activities”, you don’t have to think about sports only. There are numerous possibilities for practicing outdoor activities in the magnificent city of romance. What do you say of riding a pony, punting, cycling, canal cruising, swimming, rollerblading or just lying on Parisian plages? All sound mouth-watering, am I right? Read on to find out which are the top 5 outdoor activities in the magnificent city of Paris.




There are two woods in Paris’ surroundings. In the western part of the city is the Bois de Boulogne wood, while in the eastern part the Bois de Vincennes wood. In the previous one there are four lakes. One of these lakes is the Lac Daumesnil. It is one of the favorite spots for Parisians for punting. It is a very relaxing outdoor activity, being a perfect day out for nature lovers. The Bois de Vincennes wood is also a great place for jogging, cycling and bird watching, there is also a bird reserve here. You can hire a boat daily from 9:30 to 20:00 €11 per hour which accommodates up to four persons. (August 2012)


Punting, photo by Arenamontanus/Flickr


Lying on Paris plages


It was created about ten years ago. They brought over 1.000 tons of sand, palm trees and placed deckchairs. Parisians love it and so do the tourists. Lying on the plages had become one of the most popular outdoor activities in the city during the summer months. You can read a good book or attend a yoga class at dawn. You stay on a deckchair placed over soft sand, but you are not on the seaside. It is a gorgeous idea! The “beach” can be visited between the 20th of July and the 30th of August. It is free. (August 2012)


Paris plages, photo by besopha/Flickr


A day out to Buttes Chaumont


Buttes Chaumont is a magnificent park located in the northeastern part of Paris. It was created in 1867, today being one of the biggest green spaces of the city. Spending a day in the park is a great activity for the family. There are lakes and islands which were built for the purpose of giving the park a more natural touch. The park even features a spectacular suspended bridge. There is a hill here of which you can have magnificent views over the city. Children will also adore it, as there is a climbing wall in the park which is great entertainment for them.


Pony riding


Riding a pony is a perfect outdoor activity especially for little children. There are many places in the French capital where you can ride a pony, such as the two woods, Buttes Chaumont park, Parc Monceau, Luxembourg Gardens or the Jardin des Tuileries which is also famous for its carousels. Jardin des Tuileries can be found in the heart of the city. Pony ridings are available from May to September, every day (except when it is raining), from 10:00 to 17:30. The tax fro one ride is €2.50. (August 2012)


Pony riding, photo by Sids1/Flickr




There is a “tradition” of rollerblading in Paris which was started by a group of twelve people in 1993. Today, there are thousands of roller-lovers who get out every Friday night between 10:00 to 01:00. It is a great night activity for sport-lovers. Anyone can join the Parisian roller-lovers. There is even an association created by them, it is named the Pari Roller.

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