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Parc de la Villette

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Address: Parc de la Villette, 75019 Paris, France
Phone Number: 33-8-03-30-63-06
9:30 am - 6:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 6:30 pm

This 130-acre park in northeast Paris is home to a music academy, a science...

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An oasis of quiet in the city

A nice park to explore, with many things to see and do. Only visit when the weather is nice though. Don't forget to visit the old slaughterhouse, a locality that plays a key role... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 26, 2016
Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great place, people sitting at the quai, people dancing and drinking on the quai, pedal boats, party boats, a beach and cinemas, the Basin has got it all! You can hang out at this place all day without ever getting bored, nice!

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was such a warm day in Paris when we visited the park. It is a great place for kids and my little brother got to play in an awesome water park for kids to cool down. There's a science centre there too which the whole family enjoyed (especially the kid's area). Totally recommended for your stay!

Thank Breagha2006
Frederiksberg, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

We went to the parc to meet the 2016 delegation of TEAM Rynkeby from Denmark, and realised afterwards that we have a arrived in a true treasure of Paris. Things to do for all tastes and ages, with outdoor fitness, jam sessions, open air cinema and a kids' amusement park (temporary!). It was lovely to stroll through and soak it... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016

A nice park to explore, with many things to see and do. Only visit when the weather is nice though. Don't forget to visit the old slaughterhouse, a locality that plays a key role in The Saboteur computer game!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016

This parks works on many levels but totally fails on others. There are many interesting spaces for children to play and if you come on a weekend it may be filled with locals. We particularly liked the Dune and Wind Garden. There is also a Dragon Garden with unique slides and a mirror garden. On the fails part there are... More 

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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2016

Took a taxi out to this park expecting something special, only to find that it was pretty industrial and not very pretty at all. The best bit was the submarine which you could visit with an audio guide.

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Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2016

We combined a trip to the park with some time in the science museum and the geode. Our son loved playing on the dragon slide - and we sat in the sun. Relaxed, not busy at all (it wasn't the French holidays yet - I imagine it fills up when the kids are off school). Food was pretty expensive in... More 

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Mechelen, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2016 via mobile

What a strange Parc, such a huge contrast with the old part around the seine. You have lots of space, modern architecture, even a Submarine. The walk next to the seine starting at juares is also worth the effort

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Maastricht, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

Having not been in Paris for 8 years,I had never visited this parc before. I was surprised and delighted to walk and stroll through it and enjoy the people, their activities and the atmosphere as a whole.

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San Francisco, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015 via mobile

I came for attending a conference being held here and stayed at a nearby apartment and enjoyed walking along the canals in the park and enjoying the interesting architecture. Unless you are already in the neighborhood it probably isn't worth a visit just to see the space given the abundance of things to see in Paris.

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La Villette
This futuristic landscape has come to define the northeast of Paris. The Saint-Denis canal is framed with luscious lawns and metallic buildings over a wide-open space. Home to Europe's largest science museum, this area rewards daytime and nighttime explorations; there are three concert spaces, plus cinemas and bars, and even open-air cinema in the summer. The surrounding homes are a sharp contrast to the futuristic space. Though on the outskirts of Paris, La Villette is worth the short Metro ride from the center.
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