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Parc de la Villette

Ave. Corentin-Cariou or Ave. Jean-Jaures, Paris, France (Buttes Chaumont / La Villette)
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Ranked #231 of 692 attractions in Paris
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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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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827 reviews 827 reviews
568 attraction reviews
574 helpful votes 574 helpful votes
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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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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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SF Bay Area
1 review
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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Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
11 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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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82 reviews 82 reviews
46 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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Paris, Ile-de-France, France
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5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

Good For Children. Especially 3D Cinema is worth seeing. There are differents sections like Science section. Military Secions. You can pass your whole day with full of fun.

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Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
20 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

As my daughter said, this was a good idea gone horribly wrong. Too big, too empty. The trail from attraction to attraction is too long and all those attractions, like the Garden of Mirrors and Garden of Childhood Frights, are laughably lame. The science museum and submarine are pretty good but not worth the long trip to get there.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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135 reviews 135 reviews
54 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

This park is not an ordinary park with greens and trees, it has many attraction inside and it's very suitable or families with childrens. It has an amazing 3D and 180 IMAX cinema. It has also silence museum and aquarium. Yo can spend hours if you wish to enjoy the whole park

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