Jardin du Luxembourg
Jardin du Luxembourg
2 rue Auguste Compte
75006 Paris, France
Jardin du Luxembourg Description
There's something impossibly romantic about the Jardin du Luxembourg, the largest park in Paris's 6th arrondissement. As the gravel crunches under your feet, the 1873 Fontaine de l'Observatoire froths water in wide arcs before you, and lovers whisper secrets to each other, your family can't help but feel lighthearted and happy to be admiring the rich history and culture of Paris. Here you'll find chess tables, lots of benches, beautiful alleys of sycamore, gingko, and other trees, and topiary, as well as a charming 19th-century carousel, fountains, and little wooden sailboats to rent to push across the water.
Toddlers & Pre-K: Youngsters will love the weekend and Wednesday afternoon pony rides, the puppet shows, the playgrounds, and the carousel.
School-Age Kids: Amble over to the Grand Bassin, where kids can rent model sailboats to float on the water.
Pre-Teens & Teens: There are chess tables throughout the park, as well as bacci (they call it "boule" or "petanques" in France) courts if you want to try your hand at this European lawn bowling game.
- Guided tours. You come here to enjoy the ambiance and explore the park, and you can learn even more about the park's rich history by going on a guided tour, which take place the first Wednesday of every month from April to October. In June there are tours every Wednesday. For more information, see the placard by André Honorat place.
- Visit the statutes. There are more than 100 statutes, fountains, and monuments in the jardin. Don't miss the first model of the Statute of Liberty and the busts of Charles Baudelaire and George Sands.
- Bring a snack. Though there are plenty of restaurants near the Jardin, they tend to be pricey and touristy.
- Don't bring a blanket. While you are allowed to sit on the benches and the chairs throughout the park, the wide, inviting lawns are off-limits.
Just the Facts
Hours: Daily: dawn to dusk
Recommended Time: 2 - 4 hours