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Jardin des Plantes

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Quartier Latin
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Address: 57 rue Cuvier, 75005 Paris, France
Phone Number: 33 1 40 79 30 00
7:30 am - 8:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:30 am - 8:00 pm

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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Don't step on the grass. 😬

This place was within 6 mins of where we were staying . It was such a nice break from the noise of the city. I enjoyed walking around looking at all the pretty plants. Just don't... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Mill Creek, Washington
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Mill Creek, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This place was within 6 mins of where we were staying . It was such a nice break from the noise of the city. I enjoyed walking around looking at all the pretty plants. Just don't touch the grass or you will get a whistle blown at you.

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Dunstable, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you have an hour or so to kill before your train from Gare Du Lyon this park is only 10/15 minutes walk away across the Charles De Gaul Bridge and past the Gare D; Austerlitz. It's well worth the walk and is beautiful on a sunny day. It's not in the "Paris Top Twenty" but you will be glad... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Going to the museum of natural history we discovered the garden between the different museums. It looked to be well kept and beautiful with many old growth trees as well as more formal gardens. Unfortunately it was a rainy day so we didn't get to spend the time there it deserved.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a really lovely place to visit. Being a botanical gardens, the plants are all labelled. The herb section was really interesting and smelt wonderful! There were a number of helpful information boards especially near the bee hotel (not that I saw any bees). There is a menagerie (small zoo) which we didn't pay to go in but saw... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This hidden gem is à real must see also. À bit of the regular route by many tourists but when you take the short walk along the Seine, this will surprise you. Lovely views and a real nice zoo.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a lovely place wth many interesting plantings. Mostly free it is a nice way to spend a few hours.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped in to just take a break from the usual sightseeing and were very impressed with the Gardens. As it was quite hot, the Jardin des Plantes offered plenty of shade that wandered around beautiful manicured flowers and plants. Free to visit, there is also a small restaurant if you need a snack or drinks.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome park with lovely gardens and beautiful historic buildings. Great to run through as when you get to the end you are at the river...

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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I don't know if it was just the time of year or where I happened to wander but I was fairly underwhelmed with this garden. It was nice to people watch in the evening though, as all the runners were out. There are a lot of places you can go to if you are willing to pay (greenhouses, zoo, etc)... More 

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Jardin des Plantes - created in 1635 and then called the King’s garden - is a lot more than just the biggest botanical garden in France. It is also a Musem of National History comprising: 1) a Galerie of Evolution with Anatomy and Paleontology sections with a collection of fossils from dinosaurs to recent animals showing the time frames... More 

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Quartier Latin
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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