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Bois de Vincennes

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Address: 293 avenue Dausmenil, Paris, France
Activities: Running, Biking
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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Natural preserve forest in the Parisienne suburb

Bois de Viencennes has a natural touch of forest ,little rivers and lake ,the air is fantastic there because it's located in the surburbs of Paris. It has a zoo as well but... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Bois de Viencennes has a natural touch of forest ,little rivers and lake ,the air is fantastic there because it's located in the surburbs of Paris. It has a zoo as well but before visiting you must check the right location of the zoo and the hours that it's open. Bois Viencennes is a large piece of natural preserved nature... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

This is a unique place. In Paris you can find a real forest not far from the city center. Here a lot of really wild trees and some animals can be found. Go there both during daytime and evenings. A part of it is an amusement park now, which also can be very interesting for both adults and children.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

This is one of the most genuinely idyllic places I have ever had the pleasure of visiting, both as a younger man with my former gay lover, Jean-Jacques, and recently when I returned to Paris. I was worried that the sprawling grassy verges of my memory would not be what I found as I stepped off the metro at the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

The Bois de Vincennes is located on the eastern outskirts of Paris at the frontiers of the 12th arrondissement. A humongous park with large green spaces, beautiful gardens and wonderful trees, it is a fantastic place to spend a day out. On site, the park has a zoo, four lakes, a bicycle circuit, a horse racing track, and a 'Temple... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

For centuries this was the hunting grounds for the Kings of France. Today it lies, in its 2,100 acres south-east of the city limits, marked by the ring motorway. Footpaths and bridle paths lead you around the two lakes in the park. It's easy to hop on a train from central Paris to the Metro station of the same name... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

I visited the park in a Fall day, and it was a great relaxing experience. It is a huge park inside (almost) Paris which has many things to offer. I saw two of the lakes (the one on the north-west and the one of the west). They are both beautiful. You can rent a boat or pony for you kids.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We loved being able to rent cycles right outside. We went through the park and covered most of it because of the bike. There are a few places you cannot cycle in there. It's one of the most beautiful parks I've been to - outside Paris. You can row, you can have picnics, the flowers are so lovely. Try to... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I don't recommend you to in the wood of Vincennes because you have a lot of pick pocket and homeless and young people, that's scare tourist, I prefer the wood of Boulogne !

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Bios de Vincennes has a Botonical Gardens which is wonderful relaxing park to walk and enjoy the day. Birding here has been good also. We have I.D. over 40 bird species here in just four days. Today there was a no charge Jazz concert the performer was Didert Lockwood a violinist.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

I have never been to Bois de Vincennes, and have fallen in love with it on the first visit. If you do not have your own bike, there is a bike rental possibility near Lac Dore. We took bikes out for 2 hour cycling and loved every second of it. Around the lake there is quite a few people (you... More 

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Bercy / Nation
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.