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5 free things to do in Paris that few know

5 free things to do in Paris that few know

We bring you a list of 5 activities to do completely free in Paris. What do you expect to start planning this trip? Then we name and deepen a little more about it.

1- Paris beach next to the Seine River

During the months of July and August, the bank of the Seine River between the Island of St. Louis and the Tuileries Garden is filled with sand to create the Plage de Paris. An experience highly recommended by travelers since spending a day at the beach in Paris is not something every day!

2- Free museums

Almost every first Sunday of each month most museum tickets are free, we exemplify some here:

  • Musée du Louvre:  Free admission for children under 25 (Europeans) and teachers. From October to March every first Sunday of the month is free for everyone.
  • Arc de Triomphe Museum:  Free the first Sunday of each month from November 1 to March 31 (both included).
  • Musee National D’Art Moderne-Center Pompidou: Free the first Sunday of each month throughout the year.

3- Paris from above

Seeing a city from above is always beautiful. In the case of Paris, you can do it for free at the Mirador del Sacré Coeur, a terrace located at the foot of this emblematic Byzantine-style temple, just above the square where Amélie’s roundabout is located.

Tip: approach this viewpoint before sunset and you will enjoy an unforgettable view.

4- Paris outdoors

Throughout the year there are many celebrations and festivals that take place in the city of Paris. You will find live music, art, outdoor cinemas or parades that you can enjoy for free. Here is a list of the festivals that take place in the city and the dates, you may want to plan your vacation to enjoy some of them.

  • JANUARY: New Year’s Eve
  • FEBRUARY: Valentine’s Day
  • MARCH: Paris Fashion Week
  • APRIL: The Paris Marathon
  • MAY: May 1
  • JUNE: The Music Festival
  • JULY: Bastille Day
  • AUGUST: Paris Plages
  • SEPTEMBER: La Villette Jazz Festival
  • OCTOBER: Fall Festival
  • NOVEMBER: All Saints Day
  • DECEMBER: Christmas Day

5- Parisian for a day

This non-profit association “Parisien d’un jour”. Through this curious initiative, you can see the capital of France through the eyes of one of its inhabitants who will be in charge of guiding you through not very typical itineraries.

Tip: reserve a place at least two weeks in advance on your website  “Parisien d’un jour” 

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Written by Fukiko Takisawa

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