Seine boat rides are well known, but for something different, take a canal cruise. Two companies run seasonal 2½-hour trips along the Canal St-Martin between central Paris and Parc de la Villette. Boats pass through four double locks, two swing bridges and an underground section with an art installation.
- Canauxrama Cruises depart from the Bassin de la Villette near Parc de la Villette and from the Port de l'Arsenal; summertime evening weekend cruises are particularly enchanting. Gourmand and thematic cruises too.
- Paris Canal Croisières Cruises depart from Parc de la Villette and from quai Anatole France near the Musée d’Orsay.