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Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes

Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes Karl Blackwell / Time Out

Paris is an urban jungle in every sense of the term: from zoos and aquariums to museums and parks, you and your family are never far from a feathered friend, a creepy crawly or a even a Billy Goats Gruff. Check out this list of petting opportunities...

Grande Galerie de l'Evolution

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One of the city's most child-friendly attractions, this is guaranteed to bowl adults over too. Located within the Jardin des Plantes, this beauty of a 19th-century iron-framed, glass-roofed structure has been modernised with lifts, galleries and false floors, and filled with life-size models of

  1. 36 rue Geoffroy-Saint-Hilaire, 5e
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Jardin d'Acclimatation

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Founded in 1860, this amusement park and garden has animals, a Normandy-style farm and an aviary, as well as boat rides, a funfair with mini rollercoasters, flying chairs, the Enchanted House for children aged two to four and two playgrounds. There's also a place to steer radio-controlled boats and

  1. Bois de Boulogne, 16e
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Cinéaqua

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Aquarium de Paris - Cinéaqua (combining an aquarium and a two-screen cinema) is a wonderful attraction and a key element in the renaissance of the once moribund Trocadéro. Children in particular love the shark tunnel (home to 24 toothy harks), and the petting pool (bassin de caresses) where you

  1. 2 avenue des Nations Unies, 16e
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Palais de la Porte Dorée Aquarium Tropical

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The basement of this art deco palace, built for the Colonial Exhibition in 1931, contains the small but much-loved city aquarium and its crocodiles, brought from Dakar in 1948; other watery residents include cuttlefish, sharks, and luminous deep-water species. The Palais de la Porte Dorée is also

  1. 293 avenue Daumesnil, 12e
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Le Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil

These romantic glasshouses were opened in 1895 to cultivate plants for Paris parks and public spaces. Today there are seasonal displays of orchids and begonias. Look out for the steamy tropical pavilion, which is home to palms, birds and Japanese ornamental carp.

  1. 3 avenue de la Porte d'Auteuil, 16e
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Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes

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Heads rolled during the Terror, leaving many an aristocratic collection of exotic animals without a home. This ménagerie became the solution in 1794. Nowadays, its inhabitants include vultures, monkeys, orang-utans, ostriches, flamingos, a century-old turtle, plus another one rescued from the

  1. 57 rue Cuvier, 5e
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Carole
Carole

La ménagerie du jardin des plantes est une honte pour les animaux: les kangourous sont engrillagés à 4 dans 1m2 pour les empêcher de sauter. Les panthères des neiges sont enfermés dans une vitrine et elles marchent de long en large. C'est établissement n'a pas les conditions d'hébergement pour recevoir de tels animaux. C'est déprimant et angoissant. Informez la SPA . C'est ce que j'ai fait ainsi que les services vétérinaires

Salma
Salma

Thank You so much, I have been to Paris many times but this the first time to discover such a nice timeout