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Bois de Vincennes

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Address: 293 avenue Dausmenil, Paris, France
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Activities: Biking, Running
Description: This large park on Paris's eastern side includes the Château de Vincennes...
This large park on Paris's eastern side includes the Château de Vincennes and a popular zoo among its many attractions.
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Huge park with interesting variety of plants and features

Only saw a bit of the huge park, but it was a great way to spend a hot afternoon in Paris. Others had mentioned via online reviews some unsavory characters in the park, but I saw... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 11, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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101 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Bois de Vincennes is just that -- bois. It is a large wooded area with wide gravel/dirt paths that are good for jogging, dog-walking (mostly women for some reason with posh dogs), cycling and -- if a hot day -- for a picnic under the trees (no tables though). Since it is so large, I double-checked with one of the... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

This park is a quiet location away from the crowds. There is also a lot of birdlife. The park is relatively close to other sites of interest, including the Chateau de Vincennes.

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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Only saw a bit of the huge park, but it was a great way to spend a hot afternoon in Paris. Others had mentioned via online reviews some unsavory characters in the park, but I saw mostly families and groups of school children while I was there. I do think it would be easy to get lost here - lots... More 

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Pasadena, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Sadly, we waited until the last day of our 14 day trip to visit here. We thought "what the heck let's take Metro line #1 all the way to the east end and see what's there." Well, what's there is an amazing chateau that houses a museum and once you get through it and the grounds, you go around to... More 

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Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

We had some time in the morning to take a walk through this park and it was a delight. It has a lake in it where you can rent row boats, or plenty of grass that you can just lay on to soak up the sun. Even though there was a lot of activity, you could feel like you could... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

We rented bikes and rode round these woods. There are some very picturesque parts, but there seems to be a lot of prostitutes hanging round the south end of the park - even at midday.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Had brunch here one Sunday and spent the whole day in these delightful woods. Great to have such a place in a bit city like Paris. There are crowded parts (with legions of joggers) but also quiet stretches of woodland. Another highlight is the Parc Floral, which is part of the bois de Vincennes.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

The park is located on the eastside of Paris and occupies 10% of the total area of Paris (2459 acres or about 10 km2) To put this in perspective Richmond Park in London and Griffith Park in Los Angeles have 2091 and 2891 acres and Central Park in New York only 843 acres. The area was originally a forest and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Today, I spent a couple of hours walking in the Bois de Vincennes, on the eastern edge of Paris. Like the Bois de Boulogne, it was once a hunting reserve for the French nobility that was given over by Napoleon to the people of Paris for a recreation park. For whatever reason, it never had the cachet that the Bois... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

We walked into the park from our hotel (Hotel de la Porte Doree). We knew the park was large, but could never find a map inside the park to find the different sections I'd hoped to visit. The zoo is across the street, but we did not visit there. The paths through the woods are lovely. The lakes are very... More 

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Nestled between the Seine, Bastille, and Père Lachaise lies a peaceful side of town where wide avenues and impressive buildings accompany green spaces and small parks. Landscaped havens are plentiful, from the Bercy Park to La Coulée Verte and most impressively the Bois de Vincennes, which even contains a medieval castle on its doorstep. For an escape from the masses head to this calming neighborhood where real Parisians make their homes.
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