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What to do in Paris during Easter holidays?

Easter weekend is a chance to discover some amazing events

Culture is everywhere in Paris! During the Easter holidays, there are lots of cultural activities, and indoor and outdoor exhibitions for the whole family to discover!

Culture in Paris

Explore ancient Egypt at the exhibition Ramses the Great. The Gold of the Pharaohs at the Grande Halle de la Villette, see classics again at the Manet / Degas exhibition at the Musée d'Orsay, or experience the wonderful and vast digital works of art by Chagall with your family at the Atelier des Lumières. You can also imagine yourself as a spy with the Top Secret exhibition at the Cinémathèque, immerse yourself in New York artistic creation with the two exhibitions Basquiat x Warhol, à quatre mains at the Fondation Louis Vuitton and Basquiat soundtracks at the Philharmonie de Paris or travel through the colours of Fauvism with the exhibition Matisse. Cahiers d'art, le tournant des années 30, at the Musée de l'Orangerie.

Book your tickets for the exhibition Ramses. The Gold of the Pharaohs at the Grande Halle de la Villette

Book your tickets for the Manet / Degas exhibition at the Musée d'Orsay

Book your tickets for the Atelier des Lumières

Book tickets for the Top Secret exhibition at the Cinémathèque

Book tickets for the Basquiat x Warhol, à quatre mains exhibition at the Fondation Louis Vuitton

Book your tickets for the exhibition Matisse. Cahiers d'art, le tournant des années 30 at the Musée de l'Orangerie

Further details about Paris and the Paris region

Book your tickets for the exhibitions to visit during the Easter holidays in Paris

A great family outing, the Foire du Trône funfair starts in springtime, and the Musical Fountains Show at the Palace of Versailles provides an amazing spectacle for kids and grown-ups!

Book your tickets for the Musical Fountains Show at the Palace of Versailles

Arts and crafts in Paris

Handicrafts, gardening, cooking and more – during the holidays kids and grown-ups alike can try out tons of new arts and crafts activities. WeCanDoo offers a varied programme for children on their own or with a parent, or for the whole family. Try your hand at cooking organic macarons, soap-making, pottery or weaving, or building a house for the three little pigs – there’s something for everyone. La Latteria, in the 9th arrondissement, is a 130m² urban dairy dedicated to making cheese, burrata or mozzarella! Workshops are offered for all types of groups up to 60 people! Les Inventeurs in the 18th arrondissement, the Ressourceries or the MJC (Maison des jeunes et de la culture) are also running workshops or taster sessions during the holidays. Pop in to your local associations and shops to see what’s on offer.

Wecandoo – arts and crafts with Parisian craftspeople

Nature on Paris’s doorstep

Rien de mieux que se dégourdir les jambes en plein air au printemps. En plus des classiques balades dans les plus beaux parcs parisiens comme Le Jardin des Plantes (et sa ménagerie !) Les Tuileries, le Luxembourg ou encore le Jardin Bagatelle ou le jardin du Musée Rodin pour admirer de magnifiques statues, ne manquez pas de partir à l’assaut des trésors du Grand Paris pour vous offrir une échappée verte. Ainsi, à moins d’une heure de Paris les Châteaux de Fontainebleau, Rambouillet ou encore Versailles vous ouvrent les portes de leur parc. La Cité Universitaire d’Orsay, le Parc de Sceaux ou encore l’Arboretum de Chèvreloup sont parfaits pour une journée pique-nique et détente. La Bergerie Nationale de Rambouillet et la Ferme de Gally de Saint-Cyr permettent, quant à elle, de se familiariser avec les animaux et la vie de la ferme pour apprendre en s’amusant.

Le Centre des monuments nationaux propose de passionnantes visites guidées extérieures dans les parcs et jardins de certains sites emblématiques. Ainsi, par petits groupes de cinq personnes - et sur réservation - les parcs des châteaux de Rambouillet, de Champs-sur-Marne, de Maisons et le jardin de la Villa Savoye vous ouvrent leurs portes pour des visites commentées exclusives.

The fine spring weather is an invitation to get out into the fresh air. Paris itself has many beautiful parks such as the Jardin des Plantes (and its zoo of course) Tuileries Gardens, Luxembourg Gardens, Parc de Bagatelle or the garden of the Rodin Museum where you can also admire the magnificent sculptures. But Greater Paris has plenty to offer in the way of green spaces too. The parks and gardens of the Châteaux of Fontainebleau, Rambouillet and Versailles, all within an hour of Paris, are open to visitors. The Cité Universitaire d’Orsay, Parc de Sceaux or Chèvreloup Arboretum are ideal spots for a picnic and a day out. Or take the kids on a fun day out to the farm and meet the animals at the Bergerie Nationale de Rambouillet or the Ferme de Gally de Saint-Cyr.

Some fascinating outdoor guided tours in the parks and gardens of a number of emblematic sites have been organized by the Centre des monuments nationaux. The parks of the Châteaux of Rambouillet, Champs-sur-Marne, and Maisons and the garden of the Villa Savoye are offering exclusive guided tours for small groups – limited to five people (by reservation only).

For an art-inspired outing, visit the Monet gardens at Giverny or walk along the River Marne and admire the views that inspired the Impressionist painters.

Fontainebleau Tourisme offers a wide choice of open-air activities during the Easter 2022 school holidays. Beautiful Fontainebleau forest has something for everyone, including guided biodiversity tours, storytelling walks for children, and forest bathing walks. If you’re looking for something more sporty or unusual, why not try a discovery session in dog sledding? The interior of the Château de Fontainebleau welcomes you for a visit, and the outdoor areas, with the park and gardens, form an inspiring setting for a nice walk!

Thrills and spills in Paris

Thrill-seekers won’t be disappointed during the Easter holidays. Hop into the basket of the Ballon de Paris Generali hot-air balloon at the Parc André-Citroën and rise 150 metres up in the air! The ten-minute ride offers a spectacular bird’s-eye view of the city.

Book your tickets for hot-air balloon Ballon de Paris Generali

De leur côté, les aventuriers dans l’âme ou les Indiana Jones en devenir profiteront de l’arrivée des beaux jours pour arpenter les forêts sous un angle original sur des parcours d’accrobranche. À seulement quelques minutes de Paris, les centres de Chaville, Rueil-Malmaison ou encore Saint-Germain-en-Laye offrent des parcours, tyroliennes et autres activités, entre sports et nature, adaptés à tous les âges.

Parcours d'accrobranches

Would-be adventurers or future Indiana Joneses can make the most of the fine spring weather to swing through the treetops on a high ropes course. Just a few minutes from Paris, tree-top adventure centres at Chaville, Rueil-Malmaison or Saint-Germain-en-Laye feature Himalayan bridges, zip wires and other activities that combine sport and nature – fun for all ages.

High ropes courses

Walks with a difference in Paris

Le temps d’une journée, partez à la découverte d’un quartier parisien pour admirer votre ville comme si vous en étiez des visiteurs : à la rencontre du street-art monumental dans le 13e, flânerie insolite dans le village des Batignolles ou de Charonne ou encore marche sur les traces de Ladybug, l’héroïne préférée des enfants. Laissez-vous aller à la balade et n’hésitez pas à vous perdre dans les rues pour vous laisser surprendre ! Il existe également des applications de visites guidées avec des parcours originaux et fascinants comme Rewind Stories. Avec votre téléphone en poche, vous pourrez donc en savoir plus sur le Paris des Artistes, des courtisanes ou encore de la Royauté. Et pour rendre vos déambulations encore plus ludiques, testez des visites entre découvertes et défi comme Explorhappy ou le jeu de piste 2.0 et immersif Mission Tuileries.

Visites guidées à pied

Spend a day exploring the lesser-known side of a district of Paris. Admire the monumental street art in the 13th arrondissement, stroll through the village of Batignolles or Charonne or follow in the footsteps of popular teenage female superhero Miraculous Ladybug. Don’t worry about losing your way – you might discover something surprising! Try one of the many self-guided walking tour apps that feature fascinating and unusual themed walks, such as Rewind Stories. With your smartphone in your pocket, discover Paris street art, scandalous Paris or royal Paris. Or, for a ready-to-go fun family outing including challenges and discoveries, why not test Explorhappy or the scavenger hunt and interactive immersive tour Mission Tuileries.

Tours of Paris - Rewind

Let’s bike!

Paris offers multiple opportunities for bike rides. The Seine riverbanks, the canals and the tree-lined alleys of the Bois de Boulogne and Vincennes make up just some of the more than 1,000 kilometres of cycle routes in and around the city. Paris à Vélo and Paris Bike Tours not only organize themed tours but also hire out any kind of bike you might need – city bike, e-bike or a bike with a trailer for kids.

Guided tours by bike

And if you want to move up a gear, take the family on a tour of the city’s most beautiful streets, squares and avenues in a legendary 2 CV. Tours are organized by Paris Authentic or 4 roues sous un parapluie. There’s also the side-car option with Retro Tour.

Guided tours of Paris in a 2CV

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