Bois de Boulogne and the Jardin d'Acclimatation amusement park

Your trip to Paris would be incomplete without spending at least some time exploring the immense park of Bois de Boulogne

View of Bois de Boulogne near Port Dauphine
View of Bois de Boulogne near Port Dauphine cc licensed photo by niall62

The Bois de Boulogne is a large recreational park that is situated in the 16th arrondissement. This is definitely a must-see for all those travelling to Paris, France. The park is often buzzing with social activity and a range of different recreational offerings. Your trip to Paris would be incomplete without spending at least some time in this magnificent park.

One of the biggest attractions in Bois de Boulogne would be the amusement park which is located in the North section of the park. A few of the best features of the Jardin d'Acclimatation amusement park would include the archery range, house of mirrors, pitch-and-putt course, science museum and the thoroughly entertaining puppet shows. Visitors need a full day just to explore the amusement park in Bois de Boulogne. It would be a good idea to plan on spending one day enjoying the amusement park and another exploring the more southern section of the park. This way, you get to experience everything Bois de Boulogne has to offer during your stay in Paris.

The Bois de Boulogne is more than double the size of the famous Central Park of New York. It spans across a whopping two thousand acres of land. Events and festivals are often arranged and held in the park. It is generally buzzing with people enjoying all sorts of activities. A few examples of common activities that may be seen when visiting Bois de Boulogne would include rowing, picnicking, exercising and enjoying remote-controlled speed boats. It is important to note that taking part in any of these activities will cost an additional fee so come prepared with a bit of spare cash. There are also a number of activities and workshops that the whole family can take part in if you are not content to simply enjoy the park as it is.

It is important to note that the park can become a bit unsavoury after dark. It is notorious for the prostitution that takes place after the sun goes down, however, the French authorities are taking necessary action to get this problem under control. Visitors are generally advised to visit the park during the day time.

Nearby attractions: Musée Marmottan-Monet


Metro / RER Line Nearest Station Walking Time
M 1Porte Maillot‎5 minutes
M 2Porte Dauphine‎‎4 minutes
M10Porte d'Auteuil‎10 minutes

How to get to Bois de Boulogne by Metro / RER

By Metro: From Metro Line 1 exit at Portes Maillot via the Terre plein central exit and use the crosswalk at the south edge of the traffic circle to cross over. Take the crosswalk to your right from the traffic island on the other side and follow the pathways west into the Bois de Boulogne (5 minutes to entrance).

From Metro Line 2 exit at Porte Dauphine and make your way around the perimeter of the traffic circle directly west of the station. There are several pathways leading into the forest from the far side of the traffic circle.

From Metro Line 10 exit at Porte d'Auteuil and take the Hippodrome d'Auteuil Exit. From there follow the pathway that parallels Route d'Auteuil aux Lacs west into the Bois de Boulogne.

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