La Fête Foraine des Tuileries
12 May 2016
Enjoy Rides, Games and Outdoor Fun During a Family Day Out in the Heart of Paris
Is there any other attraction that can entertain every member of the family better than a fairground? For thrill-seekers and side-line spectators alike, the La Fête Foraine des Tuileries can provide a perfect day out for those visiting Paris this summer. Just a short 20 minute ride between the George V and Tuileries Metro stops, the beautiful gardens the fairground is situation in are very convenient to guests staying at Amarante Champs Élysées. Grab your ride tokens, feast on candyfloss and pray the sunshine stays out long enough to dry you off after the log flume!
Gentle Rides of Yester-Year
For over 30 years, this summertime fairground has been a popular attraction for visitors and local Parisians alike. This year promises to be bigger and better than ever with over 80 rides, games and activities to try. Entry to the Jardin des Tuileries is free, so if you just want to wander around (and be in charge of holding bags and coats) then it’s a low-cost afternoon! For those seeking thrills and spills on the rides, they are individually priced but at a reasonable rate.
Quintessentially classic rides can be found at La Fête Foraine des Tuileries, so whether you’re 10 or just feel like you are, you’re sure to find plenty of exciting attractions. Take a step back to the rides of yesteryear with a turn on the vintage 1900 carousel. This beautiful, hand-painted merry-go-round is the perfect way to watch the world go by and well-suited to those with a less than daredevil attitude to rides. Other gentler alternatives include the endlessly-amusing Hall of Mirrors, ring tossing and hook-a-duck games. Even ‘people-watching’ while wandering through the crowds is an excellent pastime here – seeing families delighting in each other’s company and enjoying the sunshine.
Something For Thrill-Seekers
For those who prefer being hurled around at breakneck speeds, there are plenty of alternatives to the milder family rides. These visitors can enjoy the commotion of the bumper cars, jump on giant trampolines, zip wire over the park or take a spin on the 6G – a sort of modern merry-go-round that flings you around at 140km per hour. There are also climbing walls for those who enjoy a challenge and giant slides to help you feel like a big kid. Try your luck in the shooting gallery to win stuffed animal prizes and see just how brave you really are when you take a spin on the ghost train.
No fairground experience would be complete without indulging in a sweet treat or two. Being Paris, of course even the fast food shacks take on a French twist – try crêpes with a range of delicious fillings or icing sugar dusted beignets with lashings of glace. The enticing smell of other European treats such as Belgian waffles and Spanish churros floats on the air all around the fairground. However, perhaps it’s wise to go easy on the candyfloss and toffee apples right before one of the larger rides…
Stunning Surroundings in Historic Gardens
Set inside the Jardin des Tuileries, the outer gardens are worth a visit too. These grounds are named after the former tile – or ‘tuileries’ – factory that was on this site. Planned in a classic, formal style, these typically French gardens were designed by the gardener of King Louis XIV in the 17th century and have remained similar ever since. With its central location, close to the Louvre and Place de la Concorde, this park couldn’t be more convenient for visitors craving some green space. The funfair lasts from June 25th to August 22nd 2016 and the gardens are open year-round.
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