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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 #85 of 733 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: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
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Ontario Canada
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305 reviews 305 reviews
208 attraction reviews
562 helpful votes 562 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

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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Sydney, Australia
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Stayed across from this recently and went to explore late in the afternoon. Was very beautiful and relaxing, there is also a small zoo as part of the area which I was unaware of. Lovely place for a walk, run or just to sit and read.

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Austin, Texas
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53 reviews 53 reviews
11 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I took my 6 year old and my 3 year old here while we were in Paris. I thought it would be a change from the luxemburg gardens and the Tuilleries that we had already seen. Well, I wish that I hadn't bothered. We trekked across town (we stayed in the 6th) and entered the Jardin des Plantes. I asked... More

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Thessaloniki Region, Greece
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275 attraction reviews
200 helpful votes 200 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

It is nice to stroll around, especially in spring time when the flower have actually flourished. There is no ticket entrance for the botanic garden except if you want to visit the museum or the zoo.

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Argyle, Texas
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68 attraction reviews
255 helpful votes 255 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Walking around this scenic park and visiting the menagerie on a pretty afternoon was pleasant and relaxing. We were looking for something nice to do with a group ranging in age from 11 to 70, and this fit the bill.

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

The gardens had a neglected feel to them with little colour, lots of weeds and little in the way of interesting plants. We visited the greenhouses where there was more to see but no english guide-map.

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Leuven, Belgium
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

You've got the real "garden" and 4 greenhouses (entrance fee! packed with tropical plants). The real garden is for free. They are trying to recreate the original planting in Paris (middle ages etc). Some plants are magnificent, and big some are smaller. But they are still working on it! It is BIG so, best take something to drink (water!!!) with... More

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London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Well worth a visit - not a great detour along the south bank. The grounds and buildings are very impressive. Threats a menagerie too, you pay to go in that bit and we didn't.

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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This is a lovely place that combines a lot for children: a zoo, an amazing garden, and a natural history museum. I am not a great fan of zoos so I usually give it a miss but I have walked through the gardens and have been to the museum many times. The kids love it. And for a treat with... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We were walking from Place d'Italie down the Boulevard de l'Hôpital in the 13th arrondissement to the pont d'Austerlitz, by the gare d'Austerlitz so our small dog could walk along the Seine River. To our pleasant surprise we passed the Jardin des Plantes. We just had to go in and take a slow stroll through the garden and it was... More

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