Paris in the Spring
Any time of year I can find things to love about every corner in Paris. But Spring in Paris calls for delightful discoveries of hidden courtyards, blossoming gardens, city fairs and even the architecture comes alive. Sure the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral and Louvre Museum are a must see, but with longer days and warmer temperatures among the beautiful cobblestone streets of Paris you can take pleasure in many sunny outdoor activities.
Cycle through Paris Tour
Cycling through Paris is an incredible way to tour some of the cities most charming streets you might have missed on foot, metro or bus. Bikeabouttours has a variety of tour options which takes you beyond the typical Paris–local markets, wine shops, patisseries and more.
Indulge in Paris Outdoor Cafe Culture
Countless museums, historic buildings and monuments aren’t the only attractions in Paris. Parisians have that Je ne Sais Quoi about them. People watching is a lifestyle in Paris, and one of my top 3 favorite things to do.
Enjoy an Outdoor Festival or City Fair
In June, the Paris Jazz Festival at the floral gardens at Bois de Vincennes begins in the outskirts of the city. For about 6-weeks you can enjoy talented jazz performers on an open air stage, while picnicking in this post card worthy botanical garden.
City Fairs are also a great way to mingle with the locals. In April, The Paris Spring Farmers’ Fair offers organic and/or homegrown food available for sampling or purchase, events and activities held in the heart of Paris.
Picnic in the Park
I admire how Parisians know how to sit back, eat and enjoy. One of my favorite picnic spots is the Champ de Marsis which is at the foot of Eiffel Tower, perfect for enjoying simple moments in Paris. Check out this list of Paris’s best picnic spots.
Cruise the Canal
The Batobus, is an excellent way to tour 8 of the city’s most world known attractions including-the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. But take note, this hop on hop off boat is not a guided tour, there is no commentary and is not meant to be a substitute for street level touring. For about $15 Euros per person, you get a fantastic scenic boat ride on the River Seine.
Spend a Night at the Museum Night
For only 1-night in May (the date changes every year) museums and galleries all over Paris open from 6 til midnight to host art, culture and infotainment—oh did I mention its FREE!
Enjoy the French Open tennis tournament
Even if you’re not a sports fan (like myself), an opportunity to watch the top tennis players in the world play at the Stade Roland Garros arena, surrounded by the beauty of Paris is nothing short of amazing!
- Make sure you plan around the Paris Marathon as some streets like the famous Champs-Élysées boulevard, may be closed, overcrowded and interfere with your ability to get around the city.
- Check the dates for Easter in Paris (the exact date changes each year). This is a major holiday and some restaurants and attractions may be closed.
- For the best prices on your airfare, book in March or early April.
- Temperatures fluctuate between warm and brisk so check the weather forecasts before your depart.