Nestled in the far north of Paris is an under-appreciated park that is at the center of the Cité des Sciences et de L'Industrie, an ultramodern complex that itself encompasses a cultural center, a concert hall, a museum, and much more. The Parc de la Villette is a great place for kids and adults to explore and offers equal parts fun, beauty, and opportunities for learning. The Parc de la Villette's multi-themed gardens, open "prairies", and cultural center, and open-air cinema area are guaranteed to provide you with a memorable day in one of the city's less-explored areas.
Location: Main entrance at the Cité de Sciences et de L'Industrie, 30 rue Corentin-Cariou, 19th arrondissement.
Metro: Porte de la Villette or Porte de Pantin (Line 7, 5,)
Nearby Sights and Attractions:
- Canal Saint-Martin Neighborhood
- Buttes-Chaumont Park
- The Grand Hall is a former livestock hall which was redesigned by architects Bernard Reichen and Philippe Robert and re-imagined as a cultural center and performance hall. This multiform center is a hotspot for shows and cultural "happenings" of all kinds.
- The "Prairies" are vast open spaces which are ideal for games or picnics. Views of the nearby Canal de l'Ourq add to the charm. The Prairie du Triangle near the park's center hosts regular free open-air movie screenings during the summer..
- The Parc de la Villette have 10 thematic and original gardens that will easily amuse both adults and kids, including:
- Bamboo garden
- Dragon garden
- Fog garden
- Mirror garden
- Wind garden
- Dunes garden
- The Zenith concert hall at the Parc de la Villette's mid-east end is one of Paris' most important music venues.