May 1st in Paris: activities and events

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One of the favorite destinations of Italians for the May 2st is Paris: about hours by plane from Italy, in that period you can experience the French capital with spring temperatures that stimulate the tourist visit.
There are many things to do in Paris: let's see 5 ideas for your May st weekend in Paris!


  1. What to see in Paris: the attractions and museums open on May 1st
  2. What to do: activities and events for May 1st in Paris
  3. Amusement parks for the little ones
  4. Plan your 1st May in Paris: useful information on flights, hotels and tours
  5. User questions and comments

What to see in Paris: the attractions and museums open on May 1st

Most museums and monuments in Paris are closed on May 1st, but some remain open.

  • Attractions and museums closed on May 1st: Louvre Museum, Orsay Museum, Arc de Triomphe, Sainte Chapelle and the Conciergerie, Disneyland.
  • Attractions and museums open on May 1st: Tour Eiffel, Tour Montparnasse, Bateaux Parisiens, Bateaux Mouches, Jacques-Mart-André Museum, Montmartre Museum, Paris Zoological Park, Park and gardens of the Palace of Versailles. Galeries Lafayette are also open.

What to do: activities and events for May 1st in Paris

1 - Aperitifs, city walks and cruises on the Seine

Generally in Paris the temperature in this period is pleasant, spring, around 18 degrees. There are all the conditions for a day like a true Parisian, walking around the most characteristic neighborhoods.
An aperitif is a must in the Marais district: here, along the Canal Saint Martin, Parisians of all ages usually meet for happy hour, between cocktails and beer accompanied by the ubiquitous baguette, cheeses and various snacks.
Before or after the aperitif, a walk in the neighborhood will take you pleasantly through the shopping streets (Rue des Francs Bourgeois) or antique markets, ateliers and Parisian cafes under the arcades of the Place des Vosges.
Green stop? Stop at the Jardin Franc Bourgeois-Rosiers, the lung of the Marais district complete with a playground for children.
If you want to stay more in the center without losing sight of the gourmet aspect, then you can go in half an hour from the Champ de Mars of the Eiffel Tower to the Grand Epicerie, a sort of department store of sweets and delicacies all made in Paris.

After so much walking, it's time to treat yourself to one mini cruise on the Seine aboard the Bateaux-mouches, these boats that cross the river, admiring the panorama of the city from a privileged position and lulled by good music and a glass of champagne.

In summary

  • Places visited: Marais district (Get directions), Champ de Mars (Get directions), River Seine

2 - Tour Eiffel and Champs-Élysées

We highly recommend one of the symbols of the city of Paris: the Eiffel Tower. To start, take metro 6 to the Trocadéro square, admire the tower from the terrace and then go down the steps: you will have reached the foot of the tower. Those who do not suffer from vertigo can take the elevators and go up high.
From the tower, walk for a couple of kilometers taking Avenue d'Iéna: at a certain point you will arrive at the magnificent Arch of Triumph. From there begins the renowned area of Champs-Élysées, for your unbridled shopping!

In summary

  • Places visited: Tour Eiffel (Get Directions), Arc de Triomphe (Get Directions), Champs Elysées (Get Directions)
  • The Eiffel Tower is open from 9:30 to 23:45

3 - Soirèe for adults at the Moulin Rouge and in the Pigalle district

La Montmartre hill and Pigalle red light district have an incredible charm: this area is capable of combining sweetness and malice, love for art and passion for transgression. Getting to the celebrated Moulin Rouge it is very simple: you have to get off at the Blanche metro stop and keep for bd. de Clichy. Numerous i evening cabaret, with prices ranging from € 100,00 to € 200,00: it is highly recommended to book and dress appropriately.

Continuing on the road towards Anvers, at a certain point you arrive at the splendid Church of the Sacred Heart, reachable on foot or by funicular: once you get to the top you can live one of the most beautiful views of Paris. In the evening we recommend walking around the alleys of Montmartre, full of restaurants and cabarets, places made famous by penniless artists ... but brilliant.

In summary

  • Places visited: Mouline Rouge (Get Directions), Sacre Coeur (Get Directions), Montmartre (Get Directions)
  • Cabaret shows start from 19pm

4 - Opéra and Shopping in Lafayette

Between the Louvre and Montmartre lies the beautiful Opéra de Paris, one of the most important theaters in the world located at 8 rue Scribe. There are numerous shopping streets around there, in particular the renowned one Lafayette warehouse, arranged on several floors and with all most famous brands in the world. If from there you take metro 7 towards La Courneuve, getting off at Louis Blanc and walking a few minutes you will arrive at the famous Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, an important public garden in Paris, ideal for a moment of relaxation.

In summary

  • Places visited: Opera de Paris (Get directions), Galeries Lafayette (Get directions), Parc des Buttes-Chaumont (Get directions)
  • Galeries Lafayette are open from 10:00 to 17:00

5 - Visit to the Gardens of Versailles

Not only on the occasion of May st, but in general for everything in spring, a visit to the royal gardens of Versailles is highly recommended. Even though the palace is closed for May 1st, park and gardens are open and free. 800 hectares of artwork, dotted with groves, fountains and sculptures, stretching along the Grand Canal.
The best way to visit them is on foot, but there is the possibility to go around the gardens also by bicycle (watch out because there are not many rented ones, you risk not finding any available) or on board electric karts, similar to those typical of golf courses.
After your tour in the park, you can also take a rowing boat ride along the Grand Canal.

In summary

  • Places visited: park and gardens of Versailles (Get directions)
  • the gardens are open from 9:00 to 20:00

Amusement parks for the little ones

On the occasion of May 1st, although Disneyland is closed, there are interesting alternatives in Paris for those looking for an amusement park to spend a day with the little ones.

  • The Foire du Trône: a playground that opens every spring from April to June with over 300 attractions for both the little ones and the eternal Peter Pan!
    Address: Pelouse de Reuilly (Get directions) / Hours: 12:00 to 23:00 / Ticket price: Free (attractions for a fee)
  • Jardin d'Acclimation: a very original amusement park that seems set in old paris, with roller coasters that look like steam engines but also a bio-park to immerse yourself in the wilderness!
    Address: Carrefour des Sablons, Bois de Boulogne (Get directions) / Hours: 10:00 to 18:00 / Ticket cost: € 5,00 admission (€ 2,50 reduced, free under 3 years) + paid attractions

Plan your 1st May in Paris: useful information on flights, hotels and tours

  • starting from € 27,98 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 55,00 per room -
  • How to get around: Paris: Passlib and Travelcard for 2-5 days

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