There's nothing like going to the beach in Paris. For anyone stuck in the city (or getting a hot and cheap ticket to Paris in the off-season), the Paris Plages are a great way to pretend you're both in one of the most beautiful inland cities in the world and oceanside at the same time.
Around 1,300 tons of sand are brought into Paris and dispersed along the banks of the Seine and the Canal St-Martin to transform our humble bodies of water into sunning stations. In addition to rows of shading umbrellas and lounging chairs, the Paris Plages also offer games, mini zip-lines and sprinkler stations for the kids, beer and ice cream stands, tai chi and dance lessons, boat rentals, and concerts both live and broadcast in collaboration with Culturebox. This annual stretch of summer worship is one of the best free things to do in Paris, and I highly recommend you throw on your swim suit and make like you're on the Côte d'Azur. Just watch out for guys like this on the way:
- Voie de George Pompidou (along the right bank of the Seine)
Métro: M1 to Louvre/Rivoli; M7 to Pont Neuf; M1, M4, M7, M11, M14 to Châtelet; M1, M11 to Hôtel de Ville
Métro: M2, M5, M7 bis to Jaurès; M7 to Crimée; M5 to Laumière