Parc de la Villette


Address: 211 Avenue Jean Jaurès, Paris , FR
Phone: +33 01 44 03 75 75

This sprawling park is northeast of the city center—a perk for those looking to escape—but not so far away that it’s not easy to get to via the Métro. Visitors use various follies to navigate the space, which includes ten themed gardens designed around different deconstructionist interpretations. The Jardin du Dragon is a favorite with kids. Additionally, the park is home to a number of cultural institutions, from the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie to the Conservatoire de Paris. “They have the most amazing workshops for kids,” says Caroline Christiansson-Gallois, who recommends getting your tickets ahead of time online.