Jardin des Plantes
Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes
Like the Jardin des Plantes in which it’s located, this 1000-animal zoo is more than a tourist attraction, also doubling as a research...
Galerie d'Anatomie Comparée et de Paléontologie
Dinosaur skeletons and fossils fill the Galerie d’Anatomie Comparée et de Paléontologie .
École de Botanique
The gardens of the École de Botanique is where students of Paris’ Botany School ‘practise’.
Many of the jazz concerts aboard the barge containing this floating jazz club are free, including regular jam sessions.
Jardin des Plantes information
Lonely Planet review
Founded in 1626 as a medicinal herb garden for Louis XIII, Paris’ 24-hectare botanic gardens – visually defined by the double alley of plane trees that run the length of the park – are an idyllic spot to stroll around, break for a picnic (watch out for the automatic sprinklers!) and escape the city concrete for a spell. Upping its appeal are three museums from the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle and a small zoo .
Other attractions include peony and rose gardens, an alpine garden, and the gardens of the École de Botanique, used by students of the school and green-fingered Parisians. The beautiful glass-and-metal Grandes Serres (a series of four greenhouses) have been in use since 1714, and several of Henri Rousseau's jungle paintings (sometimes on display in the Musée d'Orsay ) were inspired by his frequent visits here.