The romance capital of the World has plenty of things to see and do, many of which come at a price. For example, reaching the top of the famous Eiffel Tower will set you back €25.50 per adult (approximately $28) and the Louvre Museum costs €17 per person (roughly equivalent to $19) but this doesn’t include the finer exhibits. All these splendid attractions are must-visit sites, but the price of admission soon adds up.
One great way to explore the city is to mix up special tourist destinations with free attractions often favored by locals. Here are some of our favorite activities in order for you to get a pure feel of Paris.
Free Museums in Paris
Some museums in Paris are free to enter every day, while others offer a particular day of the month. Which will you choose to visit, our favorites are in bold:
- Louvre, free on the first Sunday of the month
- Musée d’Orsay, free every first Sunday of the month
- Museum of Paris History
- Paris Modern Art Museum
- Paris Fine Arts Museum
- Maison Victor Hugo, home of the Les Miserable and The Hunchback of Notre Dame author.
- Museum of Romantic Life
- Fragonard Fragrance Museum
Free Paris Tours
As Paris attracts such a large number of tourists, many companies have been set up to help you see the best parts and unique parts of the city. FreeTour.com has a list of free walking tours, so check them out, one of them may be perfect for you and your travel buddies.
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Free Annual Events in Paris
Paris has a strong sense of community and a passion for culture, and as a result of the local councils and businesses often arrange entertaining, inspiring and interesting events that celebrate music, art, food and more. See, what free annual event coincides with your visit to Paris.
- Carnaval de Paris is a fancy-dress carnival that takes place in February
- Cinema du Réel takes place in the last week of March and is also known as the international festival of documentary films
- Enjoy all things Circus, at Le Printemps Des Rues in May
- The Paris Music Festival – June 21st
- Citywide events on Bastille Day on July 14
- Paris Gay Pride takes place at the end of June
- Paris Plages is a pop-up beach in the city along the banks of the Seine every summer.
- European Heritage Days (Journées du Patrimoine) – a weekend in mid-September.
- If you have an interest in Science don’t miss the Fête de la science, which offers free events in October
For more event information visit Parisinfo.com
Free Parks in Paris
Paris is home to more than 10 beautiful parks. Unfortunately, many of us don’t have the time to visit them all so here are the 3 most popular and spectacular ones. To enjoy them to their full potential we suggest wearing comfortable shoes and taking a packed lunch or romantic picnic.
Luxemburg Gardens at Rue de Medicis/Rue de Vaugirard, 75006 Paris, France
You can walk in the steps of royalty at this park, as it was once exclusive to French royalty, pre-French Revolution. A trip advisor review describes Luxemburg Gardens as “One of our favorite places on Earth.” You can expect to spend 2-3 hours in the gardens if you want to explore its 25 hectares, which includes an orchard, ponds, and forests.
Parc des Buttes-Chaumont at 1 rue Botzaris, 75019 Paris, France
Open from 7am-10pm, Parc des Buttes-Chaumont will require approximately 90 minutes of your time to fully admire and appreciate the lovely views, waterfall, and lake. To get here you can take bus numbers 48, 26, 60, 71, 75.
Parc Montsouris at 2 rue Gazan, 75014 Paris, France
This lovely park has a great lake, that has created a plentiful ecosystem. If you want to escape the busy streets full of tourists Parc Montsouris is the place to go, as it is one of the major green spaces in Paris. To enjoy a spring, summer, autumn or winter afternoon here, you can take buses 21, 67 or 216.
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The Ultimate Free Activity in Paris
One memorable activity that every visitor to Paris must partake in is walking along the Seine River. Not experiencing part of this historically relevant 483-mile-long river, that runs through the heart of the city is like visiting London and not seeing the Thames.
Along the riverside you will see some splendid Paris landmarks and architecture, for example:
- National Library
- Théâtre du Châtelet
- Palais de Tokyo
- Petit Bain
- Eiffel Tower
If you have the time, walk during the day and night, as once the evening lights of the city are turned on the ambiance is totally different and romance is soon to follow.