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Parc de la Villette

Ave. Corentin-Cariou or Ave. Jean-Jaures, Paris, France (Buttes Chaumont / La Villette)
33-8-03-30-63-06
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Ranked #208 of 733 attractions in Paris
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Type: Parks
Description: This 130-acre park in northeast Paris is home to a music academy, a science museum and an IMAX theater.
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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385 reviews 385 reviews
249 attraction reviews
282 helpful votes 282 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

There are many places to explore here and endless spots to sit and read, picnic or just chill out. Great for kids as there are sheep in an enclosure, games areas and workout areas for grown up kids and even a vineyard and bamboo grove area. The many pathways and trees offer places to sit in the cool and, there... More

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London, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

This is a fairly bonkers idea from the start. Lets find an abandoned abattoir and meat market, preferably sandwiched between the Road from Hell and one of the most sophisticated capitals in the world and turn it into a cultural centre. Ooh no, a children's play area. How about making it educational? No no, it's in a city, let's make... More

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Richmond, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

we visited in April 2014 with 8 and 11 year olds...the "park" is basically not there any more. The dragon slide that is promoted in all the tour books is closed and does not look like it will reopen. The open space is largely just some walking paths from the main street to the science museum. The science museum is... More

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Cheshire
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

What a strange place! I can only assume that when we visited (Feb) it's out of season and the everything was shut or being replaced. One carousel and a play area with some very odd characters in the public toilets! Not what the guide book had led us to believe. Left me with one very disappointed nine year old!

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

Nestled in the north of Paris,is an under-appreciated park that is at the centre of the Cite des Sciences et de l'Industrie. Built on a former slaughter-house,its a great place to explore with its multi-themed gardens,open prairies,culture centre and an open-air cinema. The park is the largest in Paris,at the intersection of two canals,St.Denis and the Ourq. The highlights are... More

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London
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

What a waste of time. This sounded good in the website but when we got there almost everything was shut. It would be nice if they gave some warning to visitors before turning the place into a building site. Very good bookshop though (for French books) with an excellent children's section.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

I first visited this attraction 20 years ago and was bowled over by the open spaces and whimsical architecture. A return visit with my young son revealed closed structures, areas in major disrepair, and a general sense of disinterest. The science museum and the library may be the only institutions of any lasting merit. Elsewhere, I hope the wait for... More

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New York City, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

If you like architecture, and are not some conservative neoclassicist Louis Kahn worshipping fool busy making diamonds from charcoal with your sphincter and lamenting the "glory days," you will be absolutely awestruck.

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Vostok
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62 reviews 62 reviews
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

We were enjoying the park and found the Argonaute a submarine from the 1950s. For only 3 Euro admission fee you can enter a small museum and the submarine itself. It was not crowed at all, audio guides are avilable (English, French, Italian, Spanish). Great fun and worth to go!

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Curitiba, PR
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

While certainly not a must see for a first time all-cliché-conqueror in Paris, Parc de La Villette is a nice place to go to take a rest from super crowded Paris. Been there a couple of times and it was really a smooth walk, nice scenario and everything. If you have kids, they will freak out (in the best manner... More

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