Last Updated on 2nd July 2017 by Sophie Nadeau
Is there anything more relaxing than being on the water? Whether it be at sea, on a lake or floating in the swimming pool, there is just something to alluring about spending time on the water. If you’re looking for something to do on the weekend in Paris but don’t fancy straying too far from the city, then you need look no further! Bois de Boulogne boat rental is the perfect activity for a Sunday afternoon…
If you don’t feel like going for a Sunday Brunch in Paris, or for one of the matcha lattés at Palais Royal, then why not try your hand at paddling your way around the largest lake in Bois de Boulogne for a couple of hours?
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Bois de Boulogne: A History…
The park of Bois de Boulogne is one of the most famous in the city. With little parks like Parc Monceau being the norm, larger parks like Bois de Boulogne and Bois de Vincennes are harder to find. Declared a public park under the reign of Emperor Napoleon in 1852, it’s about 2.5x larger than Central Park in New York.
Very much unlike Central Park in New York, Bois de Boulogne is home to a Château (named Bagatelle), and English Landscape Garden, an amusement park and the tennis courts. I say ‘the’ because it’s where the French Open is held! The wood also happens to be home to the chic art collection and museum, the Louis Vuitton Foundation.
Bois de Boulogne Boat Rental:
So not only is there a palatial garden and a château, there’s also the chance to row on the largest lake in the park (obviously the best bit)!
Picture below: you can see the Eiffel Tower in the background, just to the left of the boat office!
Cost & Visit.
Although it is free to visit Bois de Boulogne, you have to pay to rent the boats. When you rent a boat, you have to put down a €50 deposit in cash (or a cheque). It’s a pretty steep sum and so I highly recommend going with a group of friends- you can sit up to 4 people per boat. However, don’t panic about getting your money back as this is returned promptly with the return of the boat!
Boats cost €10 for the first hour. You can rent boats from mid-February to late October: 12 midday – 5pm Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm at weekends.
What do you need to rent a boat? Well, I’d suggest wearing comfortable shoes as you have to climb into the boats! I’d also recommend clothes you don’t mind getting wet as how much you get splashed definitely depends on the rowing ability of your boat crew!
On a side note, when I went with my boyfriend and his family, I noticed that a number of people had definitely come prepared. People had brought Parisian picnics complete with wine and cheese. To be honest, it didn’t look like a bad idea!