Couple dans une barque sur le Lac Daumesnil, Bois de Vincennes, 2017.

Bois de Vincennes

On the Eastern tip of Paris, the Bois de Vincennes stretches across 995 hectares of lush woods and meadows ideal for family picnics, bike rides and reconnecting with nature.

  1. What to see and do
  2. Parks and gardens
  3. Nature spots and forests
  4. Bois de Vincennes


Once the hunting grounds of French kings, these woodlands have since become a beloved destination for outdoor leisure activities of all kinds and an escape into nature from the capital, easily accessible via public transport.

Discover Paris’ wild flora on well-marked paths you can explore on foot or bicycle, and check out the informative exhibits on the importance of protecting the environment at the Maison du Bois et du Parc. For a romantic jaunt, grab a small rowboat and explore the peaceful Minimes Lake.

Children are especially welcome in the park, which offers pony rides and playgrounds. They can also learn about farming at the Ferme de Paris, or join in the various activities and events for the whole family - and especially gardeners at heart - in the botanical gardens of the Parc Floral.

Discover the Bois de Vincennes through one of the treasure hunts in the Paris Region Adventures application specially designed for families and downloadable free of charge.

Don’t miss the glorious medieval castle and former royal residence, the Château de Vincennes, open to the public and located near the city entrance to the park.

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Community facilities

Access and contact

75012 Paris 12ème

    Days and opening hours

    All year round.


    • Free


    • Picnic area


    • Boat hire


    Spoken languages

    • French
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    • Accessible for wheelchairs with assistance

    75012 Paris 12ème

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    • Maisant / Hemis / CRT Paris Ile-de-France