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Jardin des Plantes

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Address: rue Cuvier, rue Buffon, rue Geoffroy-Saint-Hilaire, place Valhubert, 75005 Paris, France
Phone Number: 33 1 40 79 30 00
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Description: In addition to serving as the site for the city's huge Museum of Natural...
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.
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Very pretty and nice variety

There are beautiful gardens scattered throughout this space, with a nice mix of natural, formal, and botanic for education. Absolutely worth a visit if you like gardens, but not... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 12, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

The first of the greenhouses was built in 1714 and the others around 1830. All of them are magnificent backdrops to the plants being showcased. I missed the greenhouses when for several years they were closed for renovation. It is always a pleasure to experience the magic of their atmosphere.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

These lovely gardens house the Museum and a small zoo which currently has a primate display, most of the plants are labelled which is nice and a fine display of tulips and summer flowers are displayed, this is a popular jogging and lunchtime spot, though not very big, set on the side of the Seine it is very easy to... More 

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Paris, France
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Getting in takes ages. Slow service, no option to buy tickets online up-front. Inside-tour: 4 themes guiding you from tropical garden to desert. Nice but nothing fancy. Go only there if you into botanics, flowers etc. Texts are only in french. All screens are turned off and it's a little dirty. I personally recommend to have a nice walk in... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

There are beautiful gardens scattered throughout this space, with a nice mix of natural, formal, and botanic for education. Absolutely worth a visit if you like gardens, but not worth seeking out if you only want to see one (I'd recommend Luxembourg for formal gardens and Butte Charmont for natural ones, if you just want one green space).

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

The Jardin was very close to the apartment we rented so we went frequently. It is a beautiful horticultural park with a small zoo.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Jardin des Plantes is easily accessible from Jussieu metro station, and has several entry points. There is a labyrinth, a zoo, various places to eat, a greenhouse, the Natural History Museum, a rose garden, a tropical garden as well as many others. There are some beautiful plants and flowers, and very picturesque scenes to be seen! It is very peaceful... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Below-average city park, but with a true hidden gem: a very beautiful, small scale, sunken Alpine garden ('Jardin alpine')!

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Jardin des Plantes is a garden for all tastes. There is a greenhouse, formal gardens, a zoo and natural history museum. I was surprised to find kangaroos in the park and happily chatted to a French family about them. I visited at the end of winter so the garden was not so lush but it was definitely a relaxing place... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

We wandered through these beautiful gardens one spring afternoon ,surrounded by masses of artistically decorated flower beds of almost every colour and massive flowering blossom trees.Many people were strolling or sitting and children playing.It was a lovely relaxing time for us and obviously many others. I don't know what it would be like in other seasons but it was magnificent... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Jardin des Plantes is possibly one of those places that doesn't make people's initial list of things to do in Paris, but that is a mistake. This garden/park is gorgeous without being crowded. And it contains so many unique attractions.

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The Latin Quarter bursts with intellectual life, architectural splendor and ongoing merriment. The small streets are filled with classical buildings, student bars and lively eateries while the squares are dominated by historic monuments. The area is defined by the 800-year-old Sorbonne University, where Latin once prevailed, and is famous for the Pantheon which celebrates the great men and women of France. During the day students rush from classes to the library and intellectuals people watch from the terraced cafés. As night time falls the surrounding establishments fill up and the merriment really begins. The liveliest parts are around Rue Mouffetard, lined with crêperies and international street food eateries, and Place de la Contrescarpe characterised by terraced brasseries, this neighborhood provides real nourishment for the mind, belly, and soul.
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