How do you keep cool when the summer heat engulfs Paris? Try Paris Plage. The annual event is family-friendly, low cost, and about 10º cooler than the street.
Paris Plage is the city’s beach. In central Paris, the beach follows Voie Georges Pompidou, near Métro Hôtel de Ville. Its 3 kilometers contain sand, palm trees, ice cream parlors, volleyball courts, tai chi, self-serve eau de Paris water fountains, a library, concert stage, and boules courts.
A giant screen will broadcast the Olympics from July 27-Aug 12. Dance lessons take place weekday evenings on Quai du Louvre – choose from rock, tango, salsa.
At Pont-au-Change, an area of the beach is reserved for children aged 3 to 6 – arrive with buckets and shovels for maximum enjoyment.
There are more kids events at Bassin de la Villette in the 19th arrondissement (Métro Stalingrad or Jaurès)—including slides, zip lines, pedal boats, dirt biking, drawing, and mini-golf.
About 150, 000 people cool off at Paris Plage daily. The beaches are open 8am – midnight through Aug 19, and events are free.
For schedules and more info, check the city’s website.
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