While the parks and gardens of central Paris are pretty and peaceful places for getting away from the busyness of it all, the Park André Citroën is somewhat the opposite. Near the outer edge of Paris in the 15th Arrondissement, this modern park is a hub of activity in an otherwise calm, residential area. Sure, there are spots to picnic, nap, or admire the gardens, but you really come here to have fun and feel like a kid again.
When the weather’s nice, this is the place to go to throw around a frisbee, test your ping-pong skills, or, on a really hot day, play in the fountains! Et oui !, you can actually run through the fountains here – definitely good to know if you’re in Paris in July or August! And even if you don’t join in, watching the sopping wet little Parisians run around is sure to put a smile on your face.
Along with a sprawling green lawn that reaches all the way to the Seine, the park has a large playground with separate areas for kids of different ages. There’s even a miniature hot air balloon that you can go up in, weather permitting. You do need tickets for the Ballon de Paris, but I’d recommend purchasing them on site since the balloon doesn’t fly every day and there’s no guarantee the weather will cooperate during your stay in Paris. If you or your children work up an appetite with a game of soccer, there’s also a large concession stand in the middle of the park to grab a snack.