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Bois de Boulogne

This little pocket of Parisian greenery is a must-visit place for sporting activities: open-air running, friendly football matches, walking, and relaxation.

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Bois de Boulogne
75016 Paris

Paris goes green

These former hunting grounds for French kings soon became a place for outings. The Bois de Boulogne is a combination of natural areas and developed spaces, with lakes, parks, and play areas.

The forest got its name when Philip the Fair built a chapel there, modelled on the church at Boulogne-sur-Mer. After it was destroyed during the Revolution, it was redesigned on orders of Napoleon III and completed with chalets, pavilions, kiosks, restaurants, and parks. There are many interesting things to discover along the riding paths, cycling trails, and numerous roller skating paths. Relax by paddling a small boat along the lakes. On weekends, the Bois fills with joggers, and athletes flock to the football fields.

With your children, don't forget the attractions and the animal area at the Jardin d'Acclimation. The pony rides are not to be missed. The Bagatelle Park and the Serres d'Auteuil garden are enchanting for flower lovers. There's also the open-air Shakespeare theatre.