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In Pictures: Elegant Parisian Parks and Gardens

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Jardin des Plantes: A Great Educational Experience for Kids and Adults
In Pictures: Elegant Parisian Parks and Gardens
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The Jardin des Plantes is an ideal spot for those who want to both admire natural surroundings and understand the science behind them. The site of Paris' National Museum of Natural History, the expansive gardens here display countless varieties of plants, including tropical plants. An edifying experience that's sure to capture your senses. Admission to the gardens is free, but there is an admission fee for the museum.

Location: Place Valhubert, 5th arrondissement
Metro: Gare d'Austerlitz (Line 5, 10)
RER: Gare d'Austerlitz (Line C)
Bus: Line 24, 57, 61, 63, 67, 91

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Highlights:

  • A labyrinth makes exploring the gardens especially stimulating. At the center of the labyrinth, a gazebo affords noteworthy views of the surrounding gardens.
     
  • The gardens are divided into several themed sections, including:
    • Tropical garden
    • Alpine garden
    • Rose garden
    • Botanical garden-- featuring thousands of varieties of medicinal plants
    • Irises and climbing plants

Picture Gallery: Zoo (Menagerie) at the Jardin des Plantes

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