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Parc de la Villette

#130 of 912 things to do in Paris
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Address: Ave. Corentin-Cariou or Ave. Jean-Jaures, Paris, France
Phone Number: 33-8-03-30-63-06
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This 130-acre park in northeast Paris is home to a music academy, a science...

This 130-acre park in northeast Paris is home to a music academy, a science museum and an IMAX theater.

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What a strange Parc, such a huge contrast with the old part around the seine. You have lots of space, modern architecture, even a Submarine. The walk next to the seine starting at... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 weeks ago
Bart D
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Mechelen, Belgium
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Mechelen, Belgium
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51 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

What a strange Parc, such a huge contrast with the old part around the seine. You have lots of space, modern architecture, even a Submarine. The walk next to the seine starting at juares is also worth the effort

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Maastricht, The Netherlands
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33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

Having not been in Paris for 8 years,I had never visited this parc before. I was surprised and delighted to walk and stroll through it and enjoy the people, their activities and the atmosphere as a whole.

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San Francisco, California, United States
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555 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 276 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015 via mobile

I came for attending a conference being held here and stayed at a nearby apartment and enjoyed walking along the canals in the park and enjoying the interesting architecture. Unless you are already in the neighborhood it probably isn't worth a visit just to see the space given the abundance of things to see in Paris.

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Porto Alegre, RS
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167 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

I am and architect and in college my teachers mentioned this parc the whole time, as a exemple of good urban space. Indeed, it is a beautiful place. But not that special as I thought t was... It was no bid deal actually. I wish I spent that time visiting something else in Paris...

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015 via mobile

We stayed at a hotel which backed into the park, and spent half a day wondering around the park. The architecture of the gardens is fantastic, loads of separate places in a vast park. Going in Autumn made it even more beautiful. The kids loved it, we loved it. Wanted to visit the museum and Geode, however there was a... More 

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Pasadena, California
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48 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

If you want to get away and pretend you are a Parisian for a while, come here...its a park in the 19th, and its here where you will see the people of Paris at play. Start at Metro stop Stalingrad and walk up to the park, a few blocks along the canal, visit the Geode . If you have kids,... More 

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Huntington Beach, California
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

I walked the Canal St. Martin, ending up here. On a nice sunny Saturday, the park was full of joggers, cyclists, families, boaters, and people out for a stroll, as well as firefighters running in platoon formation and a couple of football games. If you're not coming here for one of the park's attractions, like the science museum, the City... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015 via mobile

This is a lovely place that really doesn't look like the rest of Paris, Wide open spaces ,lots of water and boats going everywhere. People were relaxing all around the world away and enjoying a meal .it's a very nice place to visit

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Richmond, VA
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51 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

On 5 September, we attended a concert which was part of the Jazz a la Villette series. The performer was Cecile McLorin Salvant. This was one of the best concerts I have attended. Cecile is a wonderful jazz vocalist. She is garnering numerous awards and they are well deserved. The Paris audience loved the show and Cecile responded by singing... More 

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Merstham, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015 via mobile

The park itself is all we visited. The large structural pieces on display were quite interesting and it was the first thing we did when we got off the coach so it was a nice icebreaker. The museums and theatres in the park looked like they were worth a visit and if you're going for a picnic then it's a... More 

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La Villette
This futuristic landscape has come to define the northeast of Paris. The Saint-Denis canal is framed with luscious lawns and metallic buildings over a wide-open space. Home to Europe's largest science museum, this area rewards daytime and nighttime explorations; there are three concert spaces, plus cinemas and bars, and even open-air cinema in the summer. The surrounding homes are a sharp contrast to the futuristic space. Though on the outskirts of Paris, La Villette is worth the short Metro ride from the center.
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