Outdoor and Adventure Activities in Paris  

by Pool Builders on 09-12-2013 in Articles

Paris, the romantic capital of France, seduces visitors no matter the weather or season. Visit Paris' iconic landmarks - the wrought iron Eiffel Tower and its lightshow after dark, the mighty Arc de Triomphe standing proud above the elegant avenue of the Champs-Elysees and the stunning Notre Dame cathedral. Wander the leafy banks and bridges of the Seine, eat your heart out at a cosy bistro, shop at designer boutiques, visit exceptional museums and galleries, cycle, walk, swim or try some of Paris' outdoor and adventure activities. Stay at one of the many luxury hotels in Paris and enjoy their extensive facilities and activities.

The glamorous, cosmopolitan city of Paris is ahead in intellectual, literary and artistic life. It is divided into quartiers, each with its own feel, compact enough to explore by foot. Visit the beautiful Tulleries gardens, the splendid parks of the Quartier Latin, the giant works of art at the Louvre and Musee d'Orsay, the lesser known treasures of the Picasso and Rodin museums, the dazzlingly flamboyant Opera-Garnier in the Opera District or the nearby large department stores.

At first glance, Paris is perhaps not a centre for adventure activities, but there are plenty of outdoor adventures and sports that young people can take part in. A fun way to explore is to rent a bike or go on a guided bike tour and tackle the busy streets of Paris to discover hidden treasures; not for the faint hearted. If you're dying to get out those running shoes, then Paris is a fantastic place to run and there's nothing quite like an early morning jog along the beautiful Seine. For those seeking more of a thrill, hire some inline skates and rollerblade through the city, one of Paris' favourite pastimes. You can join hundreds of other skaters on a group ride or join the wild weekly night time rollerblade excursion.

For a taxing city walk, hike up to the pale dome of the Sacre-Coeur perching atop Paris' highest hill, Montmartre, and gaze at magnificent views over Paris or have a go on the climbing wall in Parc de Buttes-Chaumont. The Bois de Boulogne, a 2,000-acre park on the western edge of Paris has numerous trails to walk and run on, as well as rowing, punting and horseriding. Bois de Vincennes, the largest public park in Paris is perfect for outdoor activities with a number of lakes to boat on, a horse racing track and a velodrome for bike races. For a gentler activity, go on a pony or donkey ride around one of ParisâEUR(TM)s lovely gardens.

For some sun and sand, youngsters will love the Paris Plages where they can play volleyball or do fencing classes. You can also head to the outdoor Josephine Baker swimming pool and solarium, anchored to the Seine River, with its saunas, jacuzzi, cafe, gym and children's water pad. A creepy adventure activity in Paris is a tour through Les Catacombes, a series of dark tunnels lying beneath the city streets; an underground tomb with appropriately scary piles of skulls and hooded figures lurking in the shadows.

If you're looking for some adrenaline, head to the Aerokart's free fall wind tunnel, the most powerful in the world, simulating jumping out of an aeroplane at 12,000 feet.
Many of the luxury hotels in Paris provide amenities for the young and active, including swimming pools, spas, gymnasiums, bike hire, horseriding, boating and adventure tours of the city. They are often located in a central location and close to numerous cafes and bars.

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