100+ Free Things To Do in Paris, France

100+ Free Things to Do In Paris, France

Kerwin McKenzie100+ Free Things, Travel Information

Discovering Paris France: 100+ Free Things to Do

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Paris, often referred to as the “City of Light,” is a hub of history, romance, and beauty. Despite its reputation as a pricey destination, there are numerous free things to do that allow visitors and locals alike to soak in its charm without spending a euro.

Here’s your guide to experiencing Paris on a budget, rich with cultural, historical, and natural attractions.

Note: While this guide highlights free activities, always check the latest details on opening hours and any temporary closures by visiting official sites or directly contacting the venues. If you notice any errors, feel free to contact me.

Getting Around Paris

Before diving into what Paris has to offer for free, understanding the local transportation can significantly enhance your experience. Paris is served by an extensive public transport system including metros, buses, and the RER train network. Walking and cycling are also excellent ways to discover hidden gems throughout the city.

Metro and RER

Website: RATP – Paris Public Transport

The Paris Metro and RER trains are efficient ways to travel longer distances quickly across the city.

Bicycles (Vélib’)

Website: Vélib’ Métropole

Vélib’ is Paris’ bike-sharing service, with thousands of bikes available across the city. While there’s a small fee for usage, it’s a cost-effective and enjoyable way to see Paris.

Walking

Paris is extensively walkable, and many of its most beautiful areas are best explored on foot. Just always watch your step as you may step in dog poop.

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100+ Free Things to Do in Paris, France

1. Stroll Along the Seine River

Address: Banks of the Seine, Paris
RER/Metro/Bus: Metro Line 1 (Stations along the Seine such as Pont Neuf, St-Michel, or Châtelet)
Website: Paris Tourist Office

Walk along the River Seine to enjoy stunning views of Paris’s historic bridges and iconic landmarks. Watch the boats go along the river and if you’re there in the summer, bring some lunch and enjoy it along the banks.

2. Relax at the Square du Vert-Galant

Address: Pont Neuf, 75001 Paris
Metro: Line 7 (Pont Neuf station)
Website: Square du Vert-Galant

This charming garden is situated on the western tip of the Île de la Cité and offers peaceful views of the Seine. It’s a romantic spot, especially at sunset. It’s free to enter.

3. Watch the Sunset from Pont Neuf

Address: Pont Neuf, Paris
Metro: Line 7 (Pont Neuf station)
Website: Pont Neuf

Experience one of the most beautiful sunsets in Paris from the city’s oldest standing bridge, offering panoramic views of the Seine. This is the oldest stone bridge in all of Paris across the Seine.

4. Visit Notre-Dame Cathedral (Exterior)

Address: 6 Parvis Notre-Dame – Pl. Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris
RER/Metro/Bus: Metro Line 4 (Cité or Saint-Michel stations)
Website:** Notre-Dame Cathedral

Admire the magnificent facade of Notre-Dame and explore the surrounding Ile de la Cité. You can’t enter as yet as it’s still being restored, but feel free to explore the exterior with hundreds of other visitors too. Note that once it’s open, you can attend Mass on Sundays for free.

Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France

Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France

5. Louvre Museum (Free Admission Times)

Address:** Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
RER/Metro/Bus: Metro Line 1 (Palais Royal Musée du Louvre station)
Website: Louvre Museum

Visit the world’s largest art museum for free on the on the first Friday of the month after 6 p.m. (except in July and August). It’s also free for select EU citizens. You can also walk around outside the Louvre and enjoy the architecture.

The Louvre, Paris France

The Louvre, Paris France

6. Relax In The Luxembourg Gardens

Address: 75006 Paris
RER/Metro/Bus: RER B (Luxembourg station)
Website: Luxembourg Gardens

Enjoy a relaxing walk in this iconic beautifully manicured Parisian garden, perfect for a leisurely stroll, jog, or simply relaxing beside its famous fountain or in front of the Senate building.

7. Le Marais District

Address: Le Marais, 75003 Paris
Metro: Line 1 (Saint-Paul station)
Website: Paris Marais

Stroll through one of Paris’s oldest and most fascinating districts, full of history and trendy shops and bars at night.

8. Enjoy a Walk through the Place des Vosges

Address: Place des Vosges, 75004 Paris
Metro: Line 1 (Saint-Paul station) or Line 8 (Chemin Vert station)
Website: Place des Vosges

Visit the oldest planned square in Paris, known for its beautiful symmetrical architecture and vibrant history. It’s a perfect spot for relaxation and people-watching.

9. Visit The Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris

Address: 11 Avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris
RER/Metro/Bus: Metro Line 9 (Iéna or Alma-Marceau stations)
Website: Musée d’Art Moderne

Explore the museum’s permanent collection of modern and contemporary art for free.

10. Père Lachaise Cemetery

Address: 16 Rue du Repos, 75020 Paris
Metro: Line 2 or 3 (Père Lachaise station)
Website: Père Lachaise Cemetery Schedule Information

Visit the final resting place of famous figures such as Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison. I always beleive that cemeteries are great to visit as they hold so much history about a place and its people.

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11. Free Concerts in Parks and Churches

Various Locations: Throughout Paris
Website: Open Air Concerts | Free Classical Music 

There are many bandstands around Paris, so you can enjoy seasonal free concerts and cultural performances in various venues around the city.

12. Attend the Fête de la Musique

Various Locations: Throughout Paris
Date: Annually on June 21
Website: Fête de la Musique

Typically, it’s not allowed to play loud music all over the streets of Paris, but just one a year you can. So, experience live music performances across every genre at this annual music festival. Streets, parks, and venues throughout Paris host free concerts, making music accessible to all. It’s loud and spectacular.

13. Eiffel Tower Light Show

Address: Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris
RER/Metro/Bus: Metro Line 6 (Bir-Hakeim station) or RER C (Champ de Mars-Tour Eiffel station)
Website: Eiffel Tower Official

Watch the Eiffel Tower’s sparkling lights every hour on the hour during the evening, a magical sight from many spots across the city.

These activities offer a blend of cultural, historical, and natural experiences, providing both visitors and locals with a rich palette of things to do in Paris without spending a single euro. Whether it’s your first visit or you’re rediscovering the city, these free offerings are a great way to enjoy Paris’s endless charm.

Eiffel Tower in Paris, France

Eiffel Tower in Paris, France

14. Visit the Musée Carnavalet

Address: 23 Rue de Sévigné, 75003 Paris
Metro: Line 1 (Saint-Paul station) or Line 8 (Chemin Vert station)
Website: Musée Carnavalet

Explore the history of Paris from its origins to the present day in this museum dedicated to the city’s heritage.

15. Stroll Through the Tuileries Garden

Address: Place de la Concorde, 75001 Paris
Metro: Line 1 (Tuileries station or Concorde station)
Website: Tuileries Garden

Wander through this historic park, which offers beautiful statues, fountains, and walking paths right in the heart of Paris.

Jardin des Tuileries, Paris France

Jardin des Tuileries, Paris France

16. Explore the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

Address: 1 Rue Botzaris, 75019 Paris
Metro: Line 7bis (Buttes Chaumont station) or Line 11 (Pyrénées station)
Website: Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

Visit one of the largest and most original parks in Paris, known for its steep hills and beautiful views.

17. Explore Street Art on the Butte Bergeyre

Address: Butte Bergeyre, 75019 Paris
Metro: Line 7bis (Botzaris station)

This hidden hilltop neighborhood offers panoramic views of Paris and a collection of street art by local and international artists.

18. Participate in Free Yoga Classes at the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

Address: 1 Rue Botzaris, 75019 Paris
Metro: Line 7bis (Buttes Chaumont station)

Join free yoga sessions offered by local studios and community groups in one of Paris’s most beautiful parks.

19. Visit the Fragonard Perfume Museum

Address: 3-5 Square de l’Opéra-Louis Jouvet, 75009 Paris
Metro: Line 8 or 9 (Opéra station)
Website: Fragonard Perfume Museum

Discover the secrets of perfume making from ancient times to the present day.

20. Explore the Markets of Belleville

Address: Belleville neighborhood, 75020 Paris
Metro: Line 2 or 11 (Belleville station)
Website: Belleville Markets

Dive into the vibrant atmosphere of Belleville’s outdoor markets, where locals shop for fresh produce and eclectic goods.

21. Take in the View from Parc de Belleville

Address: 47 Rue des Couronnes, 75020 Paris
Metro: Line 2 (Couronnes station) or Line 11 (Pyrénées station)
Website: Parc de Belleville

Enjoy one of the best views of Paris from the highest park in the city, complete with beautiful green spaces and public art.

22. Visit the Promenade Plantée (Coulée Verte René-Dumont)

Address: 1 Coulée verte René-Dumont, 75012 Paris; Starts from Bastille Opera to Vincennes
Metro: Line 6 or 8 (Daumesnil station), Line 1 (Bastille station)
Website: Promenade Plantée or Coulée Verte René-Dumont

Stroll along this elevated park that runs through the 12th arrondissement on an old railway line, offering unique views and lush plantings.

23. Participate in Free Language Exchange Evenings

Various Locations: Bars and cafés across Paris
Website: Meetup.com

Practice speaking French and other languages with locals and fellow travelers at fun and informal language exchange events.

This list of free activities in Paris demonstrates that the city offers a wealth of experiences that don’t have to cost anything. From historical sites to cultural activities and beautiful parks, there’s something in Paris for everyone to enjoy without spending a euro. Whether exploring as a tourist or rediscovering the city as a local, these activities ensure a memorable and affordable experience.

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24. Explore the Musée d’Orsay’s Free Admission Evening

Address: 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007 Paris
RER/Metro/Bus: RER C (Musée d’Orsay station)
Website: Musée d’Orsay

On the first Sunday of each month, access to this museum’s impressive collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces is free. A reservation is required.

25. Picnic at Champ de Mars

Address: 2 Allée Adrienne Lecouvreur, 75007 Paris
RER/Metro/Bus: RER C (Champ de Mars-Tour Eiffel station)
Website: Champ de Mars

Enjoy a picnic with a view of the Eiffel Tower at this expansive green park, a favorite among locals and tourists alike.

26. Visit the Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris

Address: 11 Avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris
Metro: Line 9 (Iéna or Alma-Marceau stations)
Website: Museum of Modern Art

Explore modern and contemporary art collections for free, including works by Picasso and Modigliani. The permanent collections are accessible without booking and free of charge.

27. Visit the Panthéon

Address: Place du Panthéon, 75005 Paris
Metro: Line 10 (Cardinal Lemoine or Luxembourg station)
Website: Panthéon Paris

Explore the iconic mausoleum where notable French figures such as Voltaire, Rousseau, and Marie Curie are buried. Free entry on the first Sunday of the month from November to March.

The Panthéon is free and accessible to everyone on July 14th (Bastille Day). Be aware that there may be a wait and a crowd in order to enter. Admission is also free during the European Heritage Days on September 21-24, 2024 as well as the first Sundays of the month from November to March.

28. Enjoy the Views from the Parc de la Villette

Address: 211 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris
Metro: Line 5 (Porte de Pantin station)
Website: Parc de la Villette

Discover one of Paris’ largest parks, featuring architectural follies, themed gardens, and expansive lawns for leisure and picnics. There every summer, they hosts free outdoor movie screenings. This large urban park in northeastern Paris features a science museum, music venues, and thematic gardens that are mostly free to visit, offering a variety of leisure activities.

29. Visit the Musée de la Vie Romantique

Address: 16 Rue Chaptal, 75009 Paris
Metro: Line 2 (Pigalle station) or Line 12 (Saint-Georges station)
Website: Musée de la Vie Romantique

Step into the romantic era of Paris in this charming museum set in a historic home. Free admission to the permanent collections.

30. Stroll Through the Jardin des Plantes

Address: 57 Rue Cuvier, 75005 Paris
Metro: Line 5 (Gare d’Austerlitz station) or Line 7 (Censier Daubenton station)
Website: Jardin des Plantes

Walk among thousands of plant species in the main botanical garden in France, which includes beautiful landscapes and greenhouses.

31. Visit the Jardin des Plantes Libraries

Address: 38 rue Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 75005 Paris
Metro: Line 10 (Jussieu station) or Line 7 (Place Monge station)
Website: Jardin des Plantes

Open year round always free. Spend some time reading and enjoying the architecture.

32. Experience Historical Paris at the Arènes de Lutèce

Address: 49 Rue Monge, 75005 Paris
Metro: Line 7 (Place Monge station) or Line 10 (Jussieu station)
Website: Arènes de Lutèce

Visit one of the oldest monuments in Paris, an ancient Roman amphitheater that offers a glimpse into the city’s early history.

33. Discover the Canals of Paris with a Stroll Along Canal Saint-Martin

Address: Canal Saint-Martin, 75010 Paris
Metro: Line 5 (République station) or Line 11 (Goncourt station)
Website: Canal Saint-Martin

Enjoy the picturesque waterways, watch the boats navigate through locks, and explore the trendy boutiques and cafes along the canal. Great nightlife too.

34. Explore the Musée Curie

Address: 1 Rue Pierre et Marie Curie, 75005 Paris
Metro: Line 10 (Cardinal Lemoine station) or Line 7 (Place Monge station)
Website: Musée Curie

Dive into the world of Marie Curie and learn about her groundbreaking research in radioactivity. Free admission. May be crowded a times, so there may be a wait.

35. Explore Montmartre

Address: Montmartre, 75018 Paris
Metro: Line 12 (Abbesses or Lamarck – Caulaincourt stations)
Website: Montmartre Tourist Information

Discover the artistic streets of Montmartre and visit the Basilica of the Sacré-Cœur.

36. Watch the Sunset from the steps of Sacré-Cœur

Address: 35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre, 75018 Paris
Metro: Line 2 (Anvers station) then Funicular to Montmartre
Website: Sacré-Cœur Basilica

Take in panoramic views of Paris while enjoying the sunset from the steps of the iconic Sacré-Cœur Basilica in Montmartre.

37. Attend Mass at the Basilique du Sacré-Cœur

Address: 35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre, 75018 Paris
Metro: Line 2 (Anvers station) then Funicular to Montmartre
Website: Sacré-Cœur Basilica

Partake in the spiritual ambiance of this historic basilica, which offers one of the most panoramic views of the capital.

38. Visit the Basilique du Sacré-Cœur

Address: 35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre, 75018 Paris
Metro: Line 2 (Anvers station) then Funicular to Montmartre
Website: Sacré-Cœur Basilica

Visit the historic basilica, and enjoy the architecture and the ambience of the building.

39. Discover the Musée de Montmartre

Address: 12 Rue Cortot, 75018 Paris
Metro: Line 12 (Lamarck – Caulaincourt station)
Website: Musée de Montmartre

Explore the charming museum that celebrates Montmartre’s artistic history. The garden offers stunning views of the vineyard and the city. Free access to the gardens; a ticket is required for the museum.

40. Visit the Wall of Love (Le Mur des Je t’aime)

Address: Square Jehan Rictus, Place des Abbesses, 75018 Paris
Metro: Line 12 (Abbesses station)
Website: Le Mur des Je t’aime

Discover this artistic monument where ‘I love you’ is featured in over 250 languages, a must-see for lovers and art enthusiasts alike.

41. Tour the Assemblée Nationale

Address: 126 Rue de l’Université, 75355 Paris
Metro: Line 12 (Assemblée Nationale station)
Website: Assemblée Nationale

Visit the French National Assembly for free. You must make an appointment though.

42. Relax in the Parc Monceau

Address: 35 Boulevard de Courcelles, 75008 Paris
Metro: Line 2 (Monceau station) or Line 3 (Malesherbes)
Website: Parc Monceau

Stroll through one of Paris’ most elegant parks, known for its classical statues, Renaissance arch, and picturesque ponds.

43. Explore the Bibliothèque Nationale de France

Address: Quai François Mauriac, 75706 Paris
Metro: Line 6 (Quai de la Gare station) or Line 14 (Bibliothèque François Mitterrand station)
Website: Bibliothèque Nationale de France

Visit one of the biggest libraries in the world and explore its vast collections and impressive architecture. Entry to the public library is from from 5p to 8p

44. Visit the Musée Cognacq-Jay

Address: 8 Rue Elzévir, 75003 Paris
Metro: Line 1 (Saint-Paul station) or Line 8 (Chemin Vert station)
Website: Musée Cognacq-Jay

Explore this museum located in the Marais district that houses a fine collection of French 18th-century art and furnishings, free admission to permanent collections.

45. Discover Street Art in Paris

Various Locations: Butte-aux-Cailles, Belleville, and Marais neighborhoods
Website: Best Street Art In Paris

Paris boasts several districts vibrant with colorful street art which reflects the city’s dynamic art scene; walking these neighborhoods can be like visiting an open-air gallery. Explore on your own or check for guided tour information.

46. Tour the Hôtel de Ville (City Hall)

Address: Place de l’Hôtel de Ville, 75004 Paris
Metro: Line 1 or 11 (Hôtel de Ville station)
Website: Hôtel de Ville Tours

Experience the grandeur of Paris’s City Hall with a free guided tour of its lavish interiors, which include reception halls and the mayor’s office. Check their website for tour availability.

47. Visit the Petit Palais

Address: Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris
Metro: Line 1 or 13 (Champs-Élysées – Clemenceau station)
Website: Petit Palais

Explore an extensive collection of fine arts, from antiquity to the early 20th century, housed in a stunning Beaux-Arts building. Admission to the permanent collections is free.

48. Jog or Walk in the Bois de Boulogne

Address: Bois de Boulogne, 75016 Paris
Metro: Line 1 (Porte Maillot station) or Line 10 (Porte d’Auteuil station)
Website: Bois de Boulogne

This large park, located on the western edge of the city, offers numerous walking and jogging trails, lakes, and gardens, making it a popular escape for nature lovers. Entrance is free.

49. Attend a Free Organ Concert at Saint-Eustache Church

Address: 2 Impasse Saint-Eustache, 75001 Paris
Metro: Line 4 (Les Halles station)
Website: Saint-Eustache

Experience the powerful sound of one of the largest pipe organs in France with free organ recitals at this Gothic church, usually held on Sunday afternoons.

50. Explore the Parc Montsouris

Address: 2 Rue Gazan, 75014 Paris
RER/Metro: RER B (Cité Universitaire station)
Website: Parc Montsouris

Enjoy one of the city’s largest green spaces, featuring extensive lawns, a lake, and a variety of statues and exotic trees, ideal for a leisurely day out.

51. Visit the Maison de Balzac

Address: 47 Rue Raynouard, 75016 Paris
Metro: Line 9 (La Muette station)
Website: Maison de Balzac

Explore the house where the famous French novelist Honoré de Balzac lived and wrote some of his finest works. Admission is free.

52. Stroll through the Viaduc des Arts

Address: Avenue Daumesnil, 75012 Paris
Metro: Line 1 or 8 (Bastille station) or Line 6 (Bel-Air station)
Website: Viaduc des Arts

Walk along this elevated greenway that sits atop a series of arches housing artisan workshops. Below the promenade, you can explore galleries, shops, and cafes housed in the arches.

53. Tour the Musée de l’Orangerie

Address: Jardin Tuileries, 75001 Paris
Metro: Line 1 or 12 (Concorde station)
Website: Musée de l’Orangerie

Discover Monet’s Water Lilies and works by other Impressionist and post-Impressionist artists. The museum offers free admission on the first Sunday of each month. You must reserve a ticket online.

54. Visit the Musée Delacroix

Address: 6 Rue de Furstenberg, 75006 Paris
Metro: Line 4 (Saint-Germain-des-Prés station) or Line 10 (Mabillon station)
Website: Musée Delacroix

Explore the last apartment of the famous painter Eugène Delacroix, which now serves as a museum to his life and work. Admission is free on the first Sunday of each month, plus Bastille Day, July 14.

55. Participate in Paris Plages

Various Locations: Along the Seine and the Bassin de la Villette
Website: Paris Plages

Every summer, sections of the Seine River are transformed into temporary beaches where visitors can relax, play sand sports, and enjoy various free activities and concerts. Note that in 2024, this will not occur due to the Summer Olympics, but look out for it in 2025.

56. Explore the Musée Carnavalet

Address: 23 Rue de Sévigné, 75003 Paris
Metro: Line 1 (Saint-Paul station) or Line 8 (Chemin Vert station)
Website: Musée Carnavalet

Dive into the history of Paris at this museum dedicated to the city’s past, from its origins to the present day. Admission to the permanent collections is free.

57. Visit The Galeries Lafayette

Address: 40 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris
Metro: Line 7 or 9 (Chaussée d’Antin – La Fayette station)
Website: Galeries Lafayette

Check out this trendy mall in Paris for free. Visit the roof terrace for one of the best free views of Paris, including sights like the Eiffel Tower and the Opera Garnier.

Check out the Glasswalk too, a 9-meter (~29′) long glass walkway suspended in mid-air 16 meters (~52′) off the ground. and it’s free, but you must make a reservation.

You can also catch a glimpse of the latest fashion trends at a weekly fashion show held weekly at this famous department store. The fashion show is not free though and advance reservation is recommended.

58. Explore the Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen

Address: Avenue de la Porte de Clignancourt, 93400 Saint-Ouen
Metro: Line 4 (Porte de Clignancourt station)
Website: Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen

Wander through one of the largest antique markets in the world, a haven for vintage lovers and bargain hunters. Flea market is Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays.

59. Experience the Shakespeare and Company Bookstore

Address: 37 Rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris
Metro: Line 4 (Saint-Michel station)
Website: Shakespeare and Company

Visit this iconic English-language bookstore with a rich literary history. Attend free evening readings and events; be early as they fill up fast.

Continuing this list provides even more ways to enjoy Paris’s vast cultural landscape and stunning architecture without spending money, ensuring a rich and fulfilling travel experience.

60. Attend a Workshop at the Apple Store

Address: Multiple locations including Champs-Élysées
Website: Today at Apple in the Paris Region

Participate in free creative sessions on photography, video, music, coding, art, and design at Apple’s flagship stores around Paris.

61. Explore La Défense Art Collection

Address: La Défense, 92800 Puteaux, Paris
Metro: Line 1 (La Défense station)
Website: Paris La Défense Art

Walk among modern architectural marvels and view an impressive collection of contemporary art and sculptures displayed in Europe’s largest business district.

62. Take a Self-guided Walking Tour of Historical Paris

Various Routes Available
Website: Paris Info Walking Tours

Download a map or app and explore Paris at your own pace, discovering hidden gems and famous landmarks throughout the city.

63. Visit the Musée de la Préfecture de Police

Address: 4 Rue de la Montagne Sainte-Geneviève, 75005 Paris
Metro: Line 10 (Maubert-Mutualité station)
Website: Musée de la Préfecture de Police

Learn about the history of the Paris police force, including infamous criminals and notable law enforcement techniques from the past. Some visits may be restricted to younger children accompanied by their parents or guardians.

64. Relax at the Square René-Le Gall (Jardin des Gobelins)

Address: 28 Rue de Croulebarbe, 75013 Paris
Metro: Line 7 (Les Gobelins station)
Website: Square René-Le Gall

Enjoy a quiet afternoon in this hidden garden that features a charming bridge, sculptures, and a playground, making it ideal for families.

65. Visit the Jardin Atlantique

Address: Above Montparnasse Station, 75015 Paris
Metro: Line 4, 6, 12, or 13 (Montparnasse-Bienvenüe station)
Website: Jardin Atlantique

Relax in this modern park situated on the roof of the Montparnasse train station, offering greenery, fountains, and areas for sports.

This continuation of free activities in Paris offers a blend of cultural, historical, and recreational experiences, ensuring visitors can immerse themselves in all that the city has to offer without spending a dime.

66. Explore the Jardin des Serres d’Auteuil

Address: 3 Avenue de la Porte d’Auteuil, 75016 Paris
Metro: Line 10 (Porte d’Auteuil station)
Website: Jardin des Serres d’Auteuil

Wander through this botanical garden with greenhouses that contain a variety of rare plants and flowers, as well as beautiful sculptures and fountains.

67. Visit the Musée Zadkine

Address: 100bis Rue d’Assas, 75006 Paris
RER/Metro: RER B (Port-Royal station) or Metro Line 4 (Vavin station)
Website: Musée Zadkine

Discover the works of Russian sculptor Ossip Zadkine in his former home and studio, set in a lovely garden. Admission is free to the permanent collections unless there are temporary collections being exhibited.

68. Attend a Free Lecture at the Collège de France

Address: 11 Place Marcelin Berthelot, 75005 Paris
Metro: Line 10 (Maubert-Mutualité station)
Website: Collège de France

Learn from some of the best minds in science, literature, and art at free public lectures offered by this prestigious institution. There are also free tours available to tour the college.

69. Enjoy Versailles

Address: Palace of Versailles, Place d’Armes, 78000 Versailles
RER: RER C (Versailles Château Rive Gauche station)
Website: Palace of Versailles

While entrance to the Palace itself is paid, the Park and Gardens are open daily and free from November to March. Plus you can admire the exterior of the palace for free at anytime.

70. Take in a Free Performance at the Conservatoire de Paris

Address: 209 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris
Metro: Line 5 (Porte de Pantin station)
Website: Conservatoire de Paris

Enjoy concerts, recitals, and operas performed by students and faculty of one of the world’s leading music and dance schools. Use the link above to find the schedule of events.

71. Visit the Musée Bourdelle

Address: 18 Rue Antoine Bourdelle, 75015 Paris
Metro: Line 12 (Falguière station)
Website: Musée Bourdelle

Explore the studio and sculptures of Antoine Bourdelle, a notable French sculptor, in this museum tucked away in the 15th arrondissement. Admission to the permanent collections is free; no reservations is required.

72. Visit The Forum des Images

Address: Forum des Halles, 2 Rue du Cinéma, 75001Paris
Metro: Line 4 (Les Halles station)
Website: Forum des Images

Discover a wide range of film genres focusing on Paris and urban themes at this cultural institution that frequently hosts free screenings and events. You can partake in cinema classes, round tables, conferences and debates as wel as meetings at the François Truffaut library. Plus you have free access to the the viewing stations installed in the areas of the Forum and the François Truffaut library for the Collections.

This continuation enriches the list of activities available in Paris that require no monetary investment but offer substantial cultural enrichment and entertainment opportunities.

Let’s look at some more.

73. Explore the Musée de la Libération de Paris

Address: 4 Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, 75014 Paris
Metro: Line 4 or 6 (Denfert-Rochereau station)
Website: Musée de la Libération de Paris

Dive into the history of Paris during WWII at this museum dedicated to the city’s liberation and the figures central to the resistance movement. Admission to the permanent collection is free.

74. Visit Sainte-Chapelle

Address: 8 Boulevard du Palais, 75001 Paris
Metro: Line 4 (Cité station)
Website: Sainte-Chapelle

Explore the breathtaking Sainte-Chapelle, known for its stunning stained glass windows that depict 1,113 scenes from the Old and New Testaments. This Gothic chapel is located within the medieval Palais de la Cité, the former royal palace, is a masterpiece of French Gothic architecture. You can visit for free on the first Sunday of the month in November, December, January, February and March.

75. Visit the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature

Address: 62 Rue des Archives, 75003 Paris
Metro: Line 3 (Temple station) or Line 11 (Rambuteau station)
Website: Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature

Explore this intriguing museum dedicated to the relationships between humans and their environments, focusing on art and artifacts related to hunting and nature. Free admission on the first Sunday of every month.

76. Attend Free Events at the Parc Floral de Paris

Address: Route de la Pyramide, 75012 Paris
Metro: Line 1 (Château de Vincennes station)
Website: Parc Floral de Paris

Participate in various free events, including concerts and floral shows, held throughout the year in this beautiful park located within the Bois de Vincennes. They also have free guided tours from time to time. Free entry from October 1 to March 31. Additional information can be found here.

77. Explore the Musée Cernuschi

Address: 7 Avenue Vélasquez, 75008 Paris
Metro: Line 2 (Villiers station) or Line 3 (Monceau station)
Website: Musée Cernuschi

Visit this museum specializing in Asian arts, particularly those from China, Japan, and Korea. It’s one of the city’s oldest museums and offers free admission to its permanent collections.

78. Take a Guided Tour of La Gaîté Lyrique

Address: 3bis Rue Papin, 75003 Paris
Metro: Line 3 or 11 (Arts et Métiers station)
Website: La Gaîté Lyrique

Explore this venue dedicated to digital arts and modern music through free guided tours that showcase its history, architecture, and current exhibitions. Check the website for dates and times of free events. A ticket may be required even if the event is free.

79. Visit the Fragonard Perfume Museum

Address: 9 Rue Scribe, 75009 Paris
Metro: Line 7 or 9 (Chaussée d’Antin – La Fayette station)
Website: Fragonard Perfume Museum

Learn about the art of perfume making through a free guided tour that delves into the process, history, and science behind fragrance production. Museum entrance is free.

80. Explore the Albert-Kahn Museum and Gardens

Address: 10-14 Rue du Port, 92100 Boulogne-Billancourt, Paris
Metro: Line 10 (Boulogne – Pont de Saint-Cloud station)
Website: Albert-Kahn Museum and Gardens

Discover the serene beauty of the Japanese, French, and English gardens inspired by banker and philanthropist Albert Kahn’s travels, alongside his fascinating collection of early color photographs from around the world. On the first Sunday of each month, entry to the site is free for all, but booking a ticket using their online ticketing service is highly  recommended (remember to choose the 1st Sunday fee).  

81. Visit the Maison de Victor Hugo

Address: 6 Place des Vosges, 75004 Paris
Metro: Line 1 (Saint-Paul station) or Line 5 (Bastille station)
Website: Maison de Victor Hugo

Tour the home where the famous French writer Victor Hugo once lived, now a museum dedicated to his life and works. Admission is free for the permanent collection.

82. Stroll Through the Parc André Citroën

Address: 2 Rue Cauchy, 75015 Paris
Metro: Line 8 (Balard station)
Website: Parc André Citroën

Visit this modern park known for its architectural design, thematic gardens, and large greenhouses. Access to the park is free.

Here are 25 additional unique free things to do in Paris, France, maintaining the format and ensuring they are distinct from previous suggestions:

83. Explore the Musée d’Archéologie Nationale

Address* Place Charles de Gaulle, 78100 Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Paris
RER: RER A (Saint-Germain-en-Laye station)
Website: Musée d’Archéologie Nationale

Discover France’s rich archaeological past from prehistoric times to the Middle Ages in this museum located in the Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye. Free admission on the first Sunday of each month.

84. Relax at the Parc de la Butte-du-Chapeau-Rouge

Address: 5 Avenue Debidour, 75019 Paris
Metro: Line 7B (Pré Saint-Gervais station)
Website: Parc de la Butte-du-Chapeau-Rouge

Enjoy this lesser-known hilltop park that offers stunning views of the city and beautifully landscaped gardens, a perfect spot for a peaceful retreat.

85. Visit the Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace

Address: Avenue Jean Gonord, 93350 Le Bourget, Paris
RER: RER B (Le Bourget station) + Bus 152, Metro N°7 La courneuve-8 mai 1945 + Bus 152
Website: Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace

This leading aviation and space museum in France opens its doors for free to the museum’s permanent exhibitions. However, you do have to pay to board the planes (such as Concorde and the Boeing 747-100). Museum entrance is free on the first Sunday of the month. Explore aircraft displays, space exhibits, and learn about the history of aviation.

Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace


Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace

86. Explore the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts

Address: 14 Rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris
Metro: Line 4 (Saint-Germain-des-Prés station)
Website: Ecole des Beaux-Arts

Visit one of France’s most prestigious art schools and explore the student art exhibitions, which are often open to the public for free.

87. Discover the Musée des Plans-Reliefs

Address: Hôtel des Invalides, 129 Rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris
Metro: Line 8 (La Tour-Maubourg station)
Website: Musée des Plans-Reliefs

Explore a unique collection of three-dimensional models depicting French fortified cities, made for military planning since the 17th century. The museum have free admissions from time to time, check their schedule.

88. Visit the Mémorial de la Shoah

Address: 17 Rue Geoffroy l’Asnier, 75004 Paris
Metro: Line 7 (Pont Marie station)
Website: Mémorial de la Shoah

Dive deep into the history of the Holocaust through exhibits and archives. Admission is free, and it includes access to temporary exhibitions.

89. Stroll Through the Parc de Bercy

Address: 128 Quai de Bercy, 75012 Paris
Metro: Line 14 (Cour Saint-Émilion station)
Website: Parc de Bercy

Enjoy the thematic gardens, vineyard, and peaceful ponds in this modern park, which connects to Bercy Village, a popular shopping and dining area.

90. Explore the Maison de Victor Hugo’s Temporary Exhibitions

Address: 6 Place des Vosges, 75004 Paris
Metro: Line 1 (Saint-Paul station)
Website: Maison de Victor Hugo

Access to the Permanent exhibitions are free.

91. Wander the Promenade des Berges de la Seine

Address: Port de Solférino to Port de l’Alma, 75007 Paris
Metro: Line 12 (Assemblée Nationale station)

Walk along this scenic riverbank promenade between the Pont de l’Alma and the Musée d’Orsay.

92. Attend an Open Air Opera

Various Locations: Throughout Paris
Website: Paris Opéra

Experience opera under the stars with free live performances broadcast in various public spaces throughout Paris during the summer.

93. Explore the Historical Archives of Paris

Address: 18 Boulevard Sérurier, 75019 Paris
Metro: Line 3bis, 11 (Porte des Lilas station)
Website: Archives de Paris

Dive into Paris’s past through its extensive archives, which are open to the public and free to access. Perfect for history buffs wanting a deeper understanding of the city’s history.

94. Experience the Vibrant Atmosphere at Les Docks – Cité de la Mode et du Design

Address: 34 Quai d’Austerlitz, 75013 Paris
Metro: Line 5 ((Gare d’Austerlitz station); Line 6 (Quai de la Gare station); Line 1, 14 (Gare de Lyon station)
RER: RER C (Gare d’Austerlitz station); RER A, D (Gare de Lyon station)
Website: Les Docks

This trendy spot along the Seine offers not only fashion and design workshops but also public spaces where you can relax and enjoy the riverside views for free.

95. Visit the Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac on First Sundays

Address: 37 Quai Branly, 75007 Paris
Metro: Line 9 (Alma – Marceau station)

Website: Musée du Quai Branly

Free on the first Sunday of each month (tickets required), explore this museum dedicated to indigenous art and cultures from Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas for free.

96. Participate in Free Dance Classes at the Carreau du Temple

Address: 4 Rue Eugène Spuller, 75003 Paris
Metro: Line 3 (Temple station) or Line 11 (Arts et Métiers station)
Website: Carreau du Temple

Engage in free dance workshops offered periodically at this historical venue, covering various dance styles from hip-hop to ballet.

97. Visit the Arènes de Montmartre

Address: 25 Rue Chappe, 75018 Paris
Metro: Line 2 (Anvers station)
Website: Arènes de Montmarte

Discover this lesser-known historic site in Montmartre, where you can see traces of a Roman amphitheater in the heart of Paris. You can attend a concert here; check the website for free times.

98. Participate in Free Astronomy Observations at the Observatoire de Paris

Address: 77 Avenue Denfert-Rochereau, 75014 Paris
RER: RER B (Port-Royal station)
Website: Observatoire de Paris

Join free public observations and explore the stars through telescopes, available during specific open house events.

99. Attend a Free Choir Performance at the American Cathedral in Paris

Address: 23 Avenue George V, 75008 Paris
Metro: Line 9 (Alma – Marceau station)
RER: RER C (Pont de l’Alma station)
Website: American Cathedral in Paris

Enjoy magnificent choir performances in a stunning historic setting, often open to the public for free.

Here are five additional free activities to add to your list of things to do in Paris:

100. Explore the Musée de l’Armée’s Exterior and Grounds

Address: 129 Rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris
Metro: Line 8 (La Tour-Maubourg station)
Website: Musée de l’Armée

While the museum itself has an admission fee, exploring its grand exterior and the extensive grounds of Les Invalides is free. This site offers stunning architecture and a glimpse into France’s military history.

101. Visit the Parisian Metro Art Installations

Various Locations: Throughout Parisian metro stations
Website: RATP Art in the Metro

Discover art installations scattered throughout various metro stations in Paris. Each station features unique artworks, from mosaics to sculptures, that turn these public spaces into art galleries.

102. Walk Through the Covered Passages of Paris

Various Locations: Including
Passage Jouffroy (10-12 boulevard Montmartre 75009 Paris) and Passage des Panoramas (11 boulevard Montmartre 75002 Paris)
Metro: Line 8 or 9 (Grands Boulevards station)
Galerie Vivienne (4 rue des Petits-Champs
75002 Paris)
Metro: Line 3  (Bourse station)
RER: RER A and B (Châtelet-Les Halles station)

These historic covered passages offer a picturesque stroll through glass-roofed arcades filled with quaint shops and cafes, providing a glimpse into 19th-century Paris.

103. Attend Free Lectures at Université Paris-Sorbonne

Address: 17 Rue de la Sorbonne, 75005 Paris
Metro: Line 10 (Cluny – La Sorbonne station)
Website: Sorbonne University

Participate in free public lectures and seminars on topics ranging from literature to science, offered by one of France’s oldest and most prestigious universities.

These additions provide a mix of cultural, historical, and educational experiences, enriching your comprehensive guide to enjoying Paris without spending a euro.