Le Jardin des Plantes – Paris

Paris can get pretty wet and cold in the winter and sometimes it is nice to be able to seek refuge inside. One of our favourite city adventures in the winter time is a visit to the Jardin des Plantes. It is one of Paris’ largest parks (which does not mean a lot ;)) and also one of its oldest, as it has been around for more than 400 years. It houses the botanical gardens and green houses, a little zoo (la Menagerie), the Palaeontology Museum and the Natural History Museum (Galerie de l’Evolution). I have been told it also has one of the best merry-go-rounds in Paris as you get to ride on the back of a Dodo, an Ostrich and a Gorilla. It means that there is always something to do and visit, no matter the weather.


The buildings themselves are steeped in history and I always feel like I am on a film set when we wander around the large galleries full of exotic objects, plants and bones.


We often grab a pen and a pad and try to sketch some of the animals, which we are not particularly good at but it is kind of fun. ; )



Now try as I might, I have not found an English version of the Jardin des Plantes website (with is quite astonishing in 2016) so do feel free to leave me a comment if you have any questions!


Oh and one more thing —  in the winter the park and the museums close at 5pm so the last entry is around 4pm. Good to know when planning your outing.


Comments (4)

February 9, 2016

I need to go there ASAP with my little animal nerds! Fab!!!!

February 9, 2016

Love that place! Also recently read an AMAZING [adult] book called “All the Light we Cannot See” that partially takes place at the Galerie and neighborhood nearby. x

Catherine Bell
February 9, 2016

We are going to Paris this week for half term and have already planned to go here. I think our 5 year old daughter is going to LOVE it! Thank you for the article. x

June 9, 2016

We went to Paris and LOVED it there x

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