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Jardin des Plantes

rue Cuvier, rue Buffon, rue Geoffroy-Saint-Hilaire, place Valhubert, 75005 Paris, France (Panthéon)
33 1 40 79 30 00
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Ranked #94 of 752 Attractions in Paris
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Gardens, Zoos
Description: In addition to serving as the site for the city's huge Museum of Natural History, this park is also home to a small zoo.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

I hadn't even known this place existed until we saw the stop on the Batobus. It was a our last day and we wanted to just have a chilled out few hours before heading home. We got off at the stop and found that there was a small zoo. It was very nice and a fun place to be, especially... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

This park is really lovely there are nearby attractions and although when we went to visit the zoo we were told it was small, but to us it was just right it had a wonderful display of animals and birds. In addition there is an insect themed corner. The kids loved the park and the plants outside were exquisite with... More

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Devon, UK
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76 reviews 76 reviews
24 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We came back to this small, historic, city-centre zoo, after it had been closed for some time for restoration. And we could barely discern the changes - paths uneven signs only in French very poor cafe areas generally unkempt air The zoo in the Bois de Vincennes looks a better bet, and more child-friendly?

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25 reviews 25 reviews
20 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

If you're a big time gardener you will love this place. Most of the plants have the biological names so you can notate the ones you'd like to have in your own garden. They are also thoughtfully arranged. The garden wasn't overly crowded on the day we visited and we could walk each row of plant displays at our leisure.... More

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Salt Lake City
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51 reviews 51 reviews
17 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I'm not a big "gardens" kinda guy, but I'm also not a big crowds guy. Paris is obviously a busy city with lots of folks so the Botanical Garden was a nice quiet getaway in the city where we stopped in twice to walk the grounds, enjoy some shade form the trees and relax in between doing all the other... More

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Sydney, Australia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Wow we were not expecting what we got... Really beautiful and interesting! I had not heard anyone say that they had visited so when I decide to take the 12 year old I wasn't sure how good it would be and it was a pleasant surprise. Located in the park are the Natural History Museum and a few others. ...... More

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Oakville, Ontario
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We paid a visit to the insect Museum and the conservatory with the tropical plants. For what it was, I think the price was a bit steep. I was especially disappointed in the plant conservatory. Maybe I shouldn't have compared it to Allen Gardens in Toronto, which has a huge number of tropical plants which are really well tended and... More

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London UK
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48 reviews 48 reviews
5 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Slightly off the beaten track in Austerlitz area, but worth the trip. The main glass house is the inspiration for Franceur's house in the Monster In Paris kids movie. My kids ADORE that film and was so thrilled to see 'Franceur's house'. Lovely inside too. Lots of great ponds outside filled with frogs and bugs- my two aged 4 and... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

I was expecting something on a par with Kew Gardens and was a little disapointed. However it is free entrance and has some lovely shady areas. You pay 5 euros to go in theglass houses. toilets are hard to find and the restUrant would not let us in for drinks and ice creams,only if we were having a full meal.... More

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Ontario Canada
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221 attraction reviews
590 helpful votes 590 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

It was just OK, nothing spectacular. I guess it also depends what time of the year you are going, but we were there at the end of May and lots of the flower beds were bare. If you are in the area, you can go in and out, but I wouldn't do a detour to visit. No entry cost for... More

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