Attractions & Things to Do in Paris

Attractions & Things to Do in Paris
With over 45 million tourists visiting each year, Paris is one of the world's most popular tourist destinations. If you're planning a visit to Paris, but don't want to spend all of your time in museums, these attractions give you a good variety of indoor and outdoor Parisian fun.

Eiffel Tower

Built for the 1889 World's Fair, the Eiffel Tower is the tallest structure in Paris and one of the most popular attractions in the world. The 1,063-foot Eiffel Tower has three levels open to the public, with 300 stairs between each level. Outdoor and sports enthusiasts can experience the challenge of climbing the Eiffel Tower's many stairs while enjoying one of the best views in Paris.

Eiffel Tower
5 avenue Anatole France
Champs de Mars
75007 Paris
+33 (0) 1 44 11 23 23
tour-eiffel.fr/teiffel/uk/

Biking Tours

What better way for an outdoor enthusiast to see Paris than with a guided bike tour of the city. Paris' Fat Tire Bike Tours offer English-speaking day and night bike tours of the city, as well as bike tours of Versailles and Monet's garden at Giverny. Fat Tire Bike Tours also rents bicycles to travelers who would rather explore Paris independently.

Fat Tire Bike Tours
24, rue Edgar Faure
75015 Paris
(866) 614-6218
fattirebiketours.com/paris

Catacombs Tour

In 18th century Paris, overcrowded cemeteries led city officials to order the transfer of several million human skeletons to underground quarries. The catacombs, with their strangely arranged skeletons, were first opened to the public in 1810. The Catacombs were closed as a burial ground by the prefect of Paris in 1830. During World War II, the Catacombs served as the headquarters of the French Resistance. Today, it is one of Paris' most ghoulish attractions, with guided tours that take visitors through almost 3,000 feet of tunnels filled with human bones.

Catacombs of Paris
1, avenue of Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy
75014 Paris
+01 43 22 47 63
catacombes-de-paris.fr/english.htm

Louvre

Built as a fortress in the days of Charles V, the Palais du Louvre was rebuilt as a palace by Francois I. Today the Louvre is a museum that houses one of the world's most impressive art collections. Notable art works featured at the Louvre include Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa and Virgin of the Rocks, as well as the famous Venus de Milo sculpture. With over 30,000 art works exhibited, you want to give yourself plenty of time to explore when visiting the Louvre.

Musee du Louvre
34, Rue du Louvre
75001 Paris, France
+33 (0)1 40 20 57 60
louvre.fr/llv/commun/home.jsp?bmLocale=en

Bois de Boulogne

Bois de Boulogne, the large park on Paris' western edge, is a place to get away and relax when you need a break from the typical tourist attractions. The park features three gardens, two horse-racing tracks, lakes and waterfalls. Visitors can rub elbows with local Parisians while biking, jogging or strolling through one of Paris' most beautiful parks.

Article Written By Megan Mattingly-Arthur

Megan Mattingly-Arthur has been writing professionally since 1998. She has contributed to various publications, including "Teen Voices" and "Positive Teens" magazines, as well as a book, "The Young Writer's Guide to Getting Published." Mattingly-Arthur is studying travel and tourism through Penn Foster Career School.

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