Free Walking Tours Paris

Free Walking Tours Paris

This post lists all the free walking tours in Paris in different neighborhoods as well as various ways to get free tours included with your other Paris experiences. 

 


WHAT IS A FREE WALKING TOUR?

A free walking tour is actually a pay-what-you-wish tour in which there is no set, upfront pricing. After the walk with your tour guide is over, you can pay what you think the tour was worth.  Read more »

Things to Do in Paris in October

Things to Do in Paris in October

This post lists our top 10 suggestions for things to do in Paris, including popular events, attractions, and festivals that are happening October 2019. 

For more things to do, check out our popular Paris posts: 

 

 


TOP 10 THINGS TO DO

Our top 10 list includes some free things to do, family-friendly activities, and events happening in the evenings.

When planning your activities for the day or night, check out the weather in Paris in October.

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What's the Weather in Paris in September

What’s the Weather Like in Paris in September?

This post is an overview of the weather in Paris during September, including temperatures and rain forecasts, as well as things to do.


HOW HOT OR COLD IS PARIS DURING SEPTEMBER?

Paris in September offers comfortable to cool temperatures during the afternoon and early evening hours with cool to chilly late nights and early mornings. 

 

Average Temps in Paris in September

 

Daytime high temperatures tend to be in the low-mid 70s F (22-23C) early in the month falling into the mid-60s F (18-19C) near the end of the month. A few days, early in the month can reach up into the lower 80s F (27-28C).  The record high temperature for Paris during September is 90F (32C). 

Late night and early morning low temperatures will be mostly in the mid-50s F (13-14C) early this month, falling to near 50 F (about 10C) near the end of the month.  A few of the colder mornings, especially near the end of the month can dip down into the mid to upper 40s F (7-9C). The record low temperature for Paris during September is 41 F (5C).

 


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HOW MUCH SUN AND RAIN?

Skies will be sunny or at least partly sunny on 15-17 days offering ample time to get out and explore the city. Some rain falls on about 12 days, however, only 7 of these will record at least 1 mm (.04 inches) of rain. Overall, humidity levels are dry to comfortable with humid days rare.

 

September in Paris Weather Calendar

 

Daylight hours decrease through the month from about 13.5 hours on the 1st to about 11.7 hours on the 30th.

 


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WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

Fall attire is best this month, but bring at least one item of summer wear for that warmer afternoon early in the month. A light jacket or coat and a couple of sweaters will come in handy for the chilly nights and those cooler afternoons, especially during the second half of the month. 

 

What to Wear in Paris in September

 

Don’t forget a good pair of walking shoes and an umbrella or light raincoat for the rainy days. 

 


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WHAT TO DO IN PARIS IN SEPTEMBER

This section lists our top 10 suggestions on what to do in September in Paris. For more detail on these free things to do, family-friendly activities, and evening entertainment and events, read our full post for Paris activities this month.

 

 

TIP: When you purchase a tourist discount pass, you can see more while saving money on the most popular attractions. Some city passes will give up to 55% discounts!

Make sure you read our entire Things to Do in Paris in September post. 

 

 


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What's the Weather in Paris in August

What’s the Weather Like in Paris in August?

This post is an overview of the weather in Paris during August, including temperatures and rain forecasts, as well as things to do.


HOW HOT IS PARIS IN AUGUST?

Paris in August offers comfortable temperatures during the afternoons with some warm afternoons likely during the first half of the month.  Evening and early morning temperatures tend to be comfortable to cool.

 

Average Temps in Paris in August

 

Afternoon high temperatures during August average mostly in the mid-70s F (23-25C).  A few of the warmer afternoons can climb up in the mid to upper 80s F (30-32C), especially during the first half of the month.  The record high temperature in Pairs during August is 104F (40C).

Late night and early morning low temperatures tend to mostly in the mid to upper 50s F (13 -15C).  A few of the cooler mornings can dip down to around 50F (about 10C), especially near the end of the month. The record low temperature in Paris during August is 43F (6C).

 


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HOW MUCH SUN AND RAIN?

On average, about 18-19 days will have sunny or at least partly sunny skies so this is a great month to explore a great city.  Some rain falls on about 11-12 days, however, only 6-7 of these will record at least 1 mm (0.04 inches). Humidity levels tend to be comfortable with about 6 days considered humid. 

 

Paris in August Weather Calendar

 

Daylight hours early this month will decrease from a little over 15 hours on August 1st to about 13.5 hours by the 31st.

 


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WHAT TO WEAR DURING AUGUST IN PARIS?

A mix of summer and some fall attire is best this month.

 

What to Wear in Paris in August

 

A light jacket or windbreaker and a sweater will come in handy for the colder nights and mornings.  Don’t forget a good pair of walking shoes and an umbrella or light raincoat for the rainy days. 

 


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WHAT TO DO IN PARIS IN AUGUST?

This section outlines our top tips for things to do in August in Paris. Make sure to read our full post on free activities, family-friendly attractions, and events to attend in Paris this month.

TIP: When you purchase a tourist discount pass, you can see more while saving money on the most popular attractions. Some city passes will give up to 55% discounts!

 

 

To see more detail about the best activities in Paris this August, read our full post.

 


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Things to Do in Paris in September

Things to Do in Paris in September

This post lists our top 10 suggestions for things to do in Paris, including popular events, attractions, and festivals that are happening September 2019. Be sure to check the weather in Paris before you pack! 

For more things to do, check out our popular Paris posts: 

 

 


TOP 10 THINGS TO DO

Our top 10 list includes some free things to do, family-friendly activities, and events happening in the evenings. Read more »

Things to Do in Paris in August

Things to Do in Paris in August

This post contains our top 10 suggestions for things to do in Paris during the month of August, including concerts, events, sports, and popular attractions. If you’re wondering what the weather will be like, check our weather in August post here

 

 


TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN PARIS IN AUGUST

Our top 10 list helps you decide how to spend your time in Paris with the best concerts, events, attractions, and activities available in August.

Be sure to check out our other popular posts on Paris:

Be sure to also check out our master post on things to do in Paris for any time of the year.


(1) Attend a Concert

August has a few big-name artists and events coming through Paris, which is the perfect opportunity to get out and enjoy the evening.

 

 

If you want to see everything happening in Paris during August, check out the full concert lineup.

And for more evening activities ideas, check out our post on things to do at night in Paris.


(2) See a Major Sporting Event

Summertime is a great time to grab your friends or family and head out to a football game! Luckily, there are plenty of matches during the month of August.

 

 

Football (Soccer)

Pro Skating

If you want to see all the events in August, click here.

If you’re looking for more family-friendly activities in Paris, check out our full post.


(3) Take a Sightseeing Tour

August is a great time to get out and enjoy the City of Lights! You’ll have the sunniest weather all year, which means endless opportunities to enjoy a walking tour or bike tour.

 

 

If you’re interested in something like the popular hop-on-hop-off bus tours, check out our Paris bus tour comparison. 

TIP: You can find hop-on-hop-off bus tickets and other tours on several tourist attraction discount passes.


(4) Enjoy the Theatre

There are a few shows available to enjoy in Paris during August.

 

 

Moulin Rouge

What could be more Parisian than spending an evening at a cabaret? 

The Moulin Rouge is known for its live music, extravagant costumes, and beautiful performers in a luxurious environment.

Performances run regularly year-round, and we recommend getting your tickets a few months out as they do tend to sell out. 

How to Become a Parisian in 1 Hour

This one-hour comedy show has become a popular staple for visitors coming through the City of Lights.

Olivier Giraud performs his one-man show in English, giving hilarious lessons on how to interpret facial expressions and when to use specific phrases.

Note: This show is recommended for those aged 16+.


(5) Paris Plages City Beaches

Every summer between mid-July and early September, the banks of the River Seine become home to pop-up beaches in the middle of the city.

This annual, free summer fun is open to everyone and a draw for both locals and visitors.

 

 

The beaches are generally open from 9:00 am to midnight and you can find the main one on the right bank between the Louvre and City Hall.

You’ll see sand, swimming pools, and live music depending on the day. 


(6) The Liberation of Paris Festivities

2019 is the 74th anniversary of the celebration of the end of over four years of Nazi occupation during World War II.

 

 

On August 25, images will be projected on the side of Paris City Hall that illustrate the historical events and commemorate those who died fighting for the French Resistance from 17:00 – 18:00 (5:00 pm – 6:00 pm).

You’ll find music and dancing in front of Hotel de Ville that start at 21:00 (9:00 pm).  

It is free to participate in the festivities. Find more budget-friendly things to do in our free activities post.


(7) Movies on the Lawn

Enjoy Cinema en Plein Air at Parc de la Villette, which is a free outdoor cinema that runs through mid-August.

They show a combination of classic movies and new films in their original languages with French subtitles.

 

 

You can bring a blanket or your own chair, or rent a folding chair for €7. If you want the full French experience, pack your picnic!

English-Language Movie Lineup for August:

  • August 1: Captain Fantastic
  • August 2: Snowpiercer
  • August 4: And in the Middle is a River
  • August 9: Dog Island
  • August 10: Ready Player One
  • August 11: Lost Horizons
  • August 15: Erin Brockovich
  • August 16: The Children of Men
  • August 18: Blade Runner

If you’re looking for more cheap ways to have fun in Paris, check out our article on free things to do in Paris.


(8) Treteaux Nomades 

For the past 20 years, the Treteaux Nomades traveling festival has closed out the summer in Paris. This year, performances will happen from August 26 – September 8 in a variety of places.

 

 

You can find poetry readings, music concerts, burlesque theatre, plays, and other performances in venues such as Arenes de Montmartre, Hotel de Beauvais, and parks. There will surely be a show and an atmosphere to suit everyone.

While dialogue-heavy shows might be difficult to understand for those who don’t speak French, dances and concerts should be universally understandable.


(9) Take a Food Tour

French food is famous all over the world, and for good reason. So when you visit Paris it’s the perfect time to sample as many dishes as possible.

Food tours are the easiest way to get a local guide to point you in the direction of all the best food options.

 

 

Food Tours Available:

  • Dessert and Pastry Tours
  • Chocolate Tours
  • Wine Tours
  • Food and Bike Tours

For a comparison of the best food tours in Paris, take a look at our post.


(10) Save Money with a Tourist Attraction Discount Pass

With a tourist attraction discount pass, you’ll get to see much more at a bulk discount – up to 55% for some popular attractions!

These passes can also save you time with skip-the-queue privileges at select popular tourist attractions. 

 

 

Just Some of the Attractions Included in Discount Passes:

  • The Louvre Museum (Skip-the-Line)
  • Seine River Cruise (Fast Track)
  • Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour
  • Picasso Museum
  • Eiffel Tower

Take a look at our discount pass comparison post to see which one could save you the most time and money.

 


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HONORABLE MENTIONS

Here here are a few attractions that didn’t quite make the top 10 list but we couldn’t leave out. 


Visit the Eiffel Tower

Can you say you’ve visited Paris without a photo in front of the iconic Eiffel Tower?

August is a great time to see the famous landmark, while the skies are most likely to be clear to allow for a fantastic view from the top or a perfect picnic in the park below.

 

 

The crowds will likely be at their heaviest in August, so we recommend getting your tickets in advance.

Check out our tips on visiting the tower here.


Visit Versailles

Versailles is a palace on a large estate that has seen its share of historically significant events, such as the WWI Peace Treaty signing.

It is about 40 minutes from the center of Paris by train and a very popular destination. 

Check out our full post on Versailles tickets and tours to find the best deals and ways to see the massive estate.


Paris Museum of Modern Art

One of the best free museums in the city is the Paris Museum of Modern Art. This museum holds a wide array of impressive contemporary works, including paintings, mixed-media installations, and sculptures.

The permanent collection is always free to see. 

For more free things to do, check out our free activities in Paris post. 


See The Louvre

The Louvre started out as a palace for French royalty and is now one of the world’s most famous museum.

Almost everyone will recognize the glass pyramid outside the museum as well as the impressive architecture.

 

 

You can see the Mona Lisa and visit at almost any time of day, as they’re open late several days a week. If you want to see the most impressive view of the pyramid outside we recommend going after dark.

For more things to do in the evening, check out our activities in Paris at night post.

TIP: Entry to The Louvre is included on several tourist attraction discount passes in Paris.

 


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Best Paris Bike Tours

This post compares the various bike tours available in Paris, including city tours, alternative rides, night tours and bike tours of Versailles.

 

 


INTRODUCTION TO PARIS TOURS

These 3-4 hour orientation tours are the perfect options for anyone who wants to see all of the most important landmarks in Paris.

The cost of a ticket for these tours is fairly reasonable, with most hovering around the €29-€39 price range.

Each bike tour company is very well rated, indicating that their service is quite reliable. Read more »

8 Top Walking Tours of Montmartre

This is a comparison of the various Montmartre walking tours, including food and art walks. We also include a self-guided option to walk on your own. 

 

 

The neighborhood is a popular destination for visitors from around the world who are eager to follow in the footsteps of artistic legends such as Dali, Degas, and Hemingway, among several others.

The Moulin Rouge and Sacre Coeur Cathedral are especially famous attractions that have been attracting visitors, and tour companies, to the neighborhood for decades. Read more »

Best Things to Do in Paris

What to Do in Paris Today

The City of Lights certainly has no shortage of culture to explore, attractions to visit, and things to do. This post contains our top 10 list of things to do in Paris, as well as the best things to do for free, with your kids, and at night.

 

 


TOP 10 THINGS TO DO

Here is our list of the absolute top 10 best things to see and do in Paris, including tours, palaces, music, and other attractions. Don’t forget to look at our tour information if you want a guide to the city.


(1) Go on a Sightseeing Tour

There are many great guides ready to show you around Paris! One of the most popular options is to take a bus tour, like the Hop-On-Hop-Off buses that give you convenient transportation around the city complete with entertaining narration.  

 

 

Paris also has the River Seine running through it, which means there are fun boat tours give you a different perspective of the city.  

Of course, if you don’t want to be restricted to a specific start time, self-guided walking tours are always a good option.


(2) The Louvre Museum

The Louvre started out as a palace where French royalty lived, and is now one of the most famous museums in the world. It is instantly recognizable by the glass pyramid that sits in the courtyard and the lavish architecture that makes up the palace.

 

 

On the inside, you’ll find the famous Mona Lisa painting as well as other masterpeices. And the great thing about the Louvre is that you aren’t restricted to daytime entry! The museum is open late multiple days per week.

On Wednesdays and Fridays, they are open until 21:45. And although it can get crowded, the doors are open for free between 18:00 and 21:45 on the first Saturday of every month.

For a breathtaking view of the large pyramid, we recommend visiting after the sun goes down!


(3) See the Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is almost synonymous with Paris. It is a symbol of the city and one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world. You can get a great view of the tower from the grassy park that is right below it for free. If you go that route, bringing along a picnic to eat while admiring the view is the perfect way to spend a few hours.

 

 

The view from the observation decks are also impressive. You have the option of climbing the stairs or taking the elevators. In both cases, we recommend purchasing tickets in advance, or using a tourist pass that includes skip-the-line access, to avoid waiting in too many lines.


(4) Parisian Parks

There are a multitude of beautiful parks to visit in Paris. Whether you want to escape the crowded streets, eat a picnic lunch, or have kids who want to run around and play, there is a park for you to enjoy.

 

 

  • Parc du Champ de Mars is the green space next to the Eiffel Tower, and perfect for a picnic.
  • Jardin de Luxembourg is an impressive paid playground that many local children love.
  • Parc des Buttes-Chaumont has beautiful, shady footpaths for walking and running.
  • Le Petite Ceinture is an interesting former railway line that is now a lovely and less-well-known green space.

Most of these parks are completely free to enjoy, which is perfect if you’re on a budget! For more free attractions in Paris, check out the section below.


(5) Palace of Versailles

The Palace of Versailles is a massive estate approximately 40 minutes outside of Paris that is both beautiful and historically significant. It has seen many important events such as the Peace Treaty signing between the Germans and Allies for WWI.

 

 

Versailles is definitely worth seeing, but its popularity makes it likely you’ll have to wait in long lines unless you plan ahead.

For the most in-depth information regarding ticket types and how to purchase them or which tours might be best to take, head over to our comprehensive Versaille tickets and tours guide.


(6) Experience Paris Sports

Paris is a hub of top-level sports. All throughout the year, you can find championships, tournaments, and a wide number of sporting events.

Football (Soccer)

Basketball

Handball

Championship Events and Tournaments

If you’re with the family, keep in mind that many tournaments have play areas with games for the kids to enjoy. For more family-friendly outings, take a look at the section below.


(7) See the Moulin Rouge

That famous cabaret with the iconic windmill is still one of the most popular shows in Paris. The Moulin Rouge is defined by extravagant costumes and beautiful performers.

 

 

There are plenty of opportunities to see the show. We recommend booking a spot several months in advance as they usually sell out quickly.

Keep in mind that there is a dress code to enter the Moulin Rouge. No sports shoes or sportswear or shorts are allowed to be worn.  


(8) Find Live Music Every Day of the Week

Take a stroll down Champs-Elysees to see a wide variety of street performers singing or playing their instruments. If you enjoy what you hear, we recommend tipping!

 

 

Of course, Paris is a hub of cultural experiences. There are Opera and Ballet performances widely available almost every night of the week, and the artists are some of the best in the world.

If you’re looking to find a concert with someone like Maroon 5 or Elton John, take a look at the schedule of the AccorHotels Arena.  


(9) The Food Scene

French food is famous all over the world for being delicious, high-quality, and exotic. From crepes to Macarons, you won’t find a shortage of delicious pastries or sweets. And if you don’t know where to start, why not a Parisian food tour?

 

 

A Few Restaurants We Suggest:

Many of these places are great for family time or for entertainment at night.


(10) See More with a City Pass

Want to see it all in Paris? A tourist pass will allow you to save 50% or more by bundling up the attractions you want to see most and paying for just one pass. You can find all-inclusive packages which give you free entry to a number of locations, or passes that give you discounts to specific tours and locations.

 

 

Attractions and Features Included in Some Passes:

  • Hop-On-Hop-Off Big Bus Tour
  • Palace of Versailles
  • The Louvre
  • Picasso Museum
  • River Seine Cruise
  • The Aquarium
  • Fast Track Entry

See our Paris City Pass comparison here.

 


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FREE THINGS TO DO

While Paris is known for being classy, you don’t have to worry about busting your budget because there are plenty of free things to do! Here’s a list of our top 10 free things to do.

 

 

Our Free Things to Do in Paris post has even more detail about this top 10 list and even more ideas for the budget-conscious traveler.

  1. See the view from Basilique du Sacre Coeur.
  2. Listen to a free concert at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique.
  3. Find a free museum, like Musee Carnavalet or Museum of Modern Art.
  4. Explore the Parisian neighborhood of Montmartre.
  5. See the Eiffel Tower during the day or night.
  6. Find famous gravestones at Cemetery Pere Lachaise.
  7. Watch street performers on Champs-Elysees.
  8. Find a free, sidewalk wine tasting at Les Caves Auges.
  9. Relax in one of Paris’s many parks.
  10. Take a look at Marie Curie’s lab in Musee Curie.

For more inspiration, check out our Free Things to Do post.

 


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THINGS TO DO AT NIGHT

The City of Lights is even more beautiful at night! Here is our top 10 list of things to do at night in Paris.

 

 

For more things to do after dark in Paris, take a look at our Things to Do at Night post.

  1. Learn about Parisian murder mysteries through the ages.
  2. Catch a basketball game with Paris Basketball.
  3. Enjoy The Louvre while it is lit up at night.
  4. See a cabaret like the famous Moulin Rouge.
  5. Explore Parisian cuisine on a food tour.
  6. Find open-late museums on Sunday or Thursday nights.
  7. Go on a spooky walking tour with the kids.
  8. See the Eiffel Tower light show.
  9. Watch the Versaille Gardens fountain and fireworks show.
  10. Take a dinner cruise down the Seine River.

To see everything there is to do at night, check out our full post.

 


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FAMILY-FRIENDLY THINGS TO DO

Paris is an excellent city in which to have a family vacation. Here is our top 10 list for things to do with kids.

 

 

For a more detailed version of this family-friendly top 10 list, and even more ideas, check out our full post.

  1. Find the “I Love You” mural.
  2. Spend an afternoon at the Pompidou Centre.
  3. Enjoy a Paris Ballet or puppet performance.
  4. See a Saint-Germain football game.
  5. Learn about Parisian cuisine on a food tour.
  6. Enjoy the Parisian parks.
  7. Go on an evening coach tour of the city.
  8. See the Eiffel Tower from the ground or the observation deck.
  9. Take a guided cemetery tour of Pere Lachaise Cemetery.
  10. Go to the largest science museum in Europe.

Find even more things to do with your kids in the City of Lights on our full family-friendly post.

 


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