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A city gym which stands out for its athletics course, the Centre Sportif Elisabeth is easily accessible by public transportation.
The main asset of this swimming pool is its location, opposite the 14th arrondissement's town hall, on the pretty Square de l'Aspirant. The pool measures 25 meters (82 feet) by 12.5 meters (41 feet), half the length of an Olympic sized pool. It is better avoided at lunchtime (from noon to 2p) and early evenings, since it gets very busy with the local workers during these times. Ten-session passes are available here, which also gives you access to other pools managed by the City of Paris.
The Foundation of the Institut Océanographique has a deceptively simple mission: to know and develop understanding of the ocean. It was created in 1906 by Albert I, the Prince of Monaco. The Institut in Paris is the seat of the Foundation and serves as a center of research for students, professionals, and anyone interested in the sea. Conferences, lectures, and exhibits are hosted at the site, and a bookshop at the pedagogic Centre de la Mer provides materials to carry the experience and education home!
The Gymnase Marcel-Cerdan contains two multipurpose sports rooms, a martial arts room, and two additional sports rooms for tennis, volleyball, and basketball. Yoga and martial arts classes are offered. It is part of the Marcel-Cerdan Sports Complex along with the Marcel-Cerdan Stadium located on the Boulevard de Stalingrad, where two soccer fields, a racetrack, a bowling pitch, a climbing wall, and two more multipurpose sports rooms are available for patrons' active enjoyment.
The cavernous Palais des Sports (Sports Arena) hosts hockey and basketball games, as well as large-scale musicals and rock concerts. Not to be confused (especially the night of the show!) with the Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy, or POPB, whose administration runs the Palais des Sports, the venue is one of the primary spots for large-scale culture in Paris. The place can also be changed into a conference and meeting room.
Lagardere Paris Racing is one of the primer sports facilities in the city. The place offers several sporting options like Tennis, Judo, Karate, Bridge and more. If you are a sports enthusiast and are looking to explore the sports culture of the city, this is one place to go.
Located in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, this swimming pool is said to be one of the nicest in town. Its location certainly helps with so many cafés and cinemas nearby to relax in after a good workout! Swimming and diving lessons are available with the recent addition of water gymnastics sessions. Hours vary during school breaks; call for details.
Few cities can say they have an aqua park right in the City Center, but that's exactly where Paris has had one for over ten years. Situated within a huge sports complex offering a number of other activities including tennis and weight training, the aqua park is equipped with hot tubs, sauna, wave pool and water slides. Try to avoid the busiest times (Wednesdays and weekends) for a splashtastic day out! Check out their website for detailed information.
Swimming at midnight right in Paris is possible! The Pontoise swimming pool, located near Boulevard Saint-Germain in the heart of the capital, offers this possibility thanks to late night openings from Monday to Friday. The swimming pool dates from the 1930s and is listed as Historical Monument. It is one of the most beautiful and famous pools in Paris. There is a 33-meter (108-foot) long pool, and there are individual cabins over two floors, and all of this is covered by a glass roof providing natural light. Besides water activities, you can enjoy squash classes, a body building space, and a sauna. The night ticket (from 8p) provides access to the pool and all other spaces. After your sporting efforts, you can relax at the bar.
The geometrical lines of the carrés de la perspective garden greet visitors upon entering the Jardin des Plantes with marvelous effects of perspective created through careful planning and maintenance. In the 65-acre (26-hectare) botanical garden, bejeweled by flowerbeds, you'll find several attractions, including an alpine garden, a greenhouse split between a tropical winter garden, a Mexican desert ecosystem, and a rose and iris garden. Also visit the small zoo and explore one of the museums on site, which include the Grande Galerie de l'Evolution and the Galerie de Paléontologie. The garden was first created in 1635 by Louis XIII's physician Guy de la Brosse to illustrate plants' medicinal properties to medical students. It opened to the public in 1640.
If you're looking for an ultimate partying experience on a barge in Paris, La Balle au Bond will help you accomplish this mission! With a cafe, concerts and cultural events, this barge is never a boring place. Its terrace offers a magnificent view of the Musée du Louvre, the Passerelle des Arts and the Seine with space for up to 200 people. Moreover, La Balle au Bond can be rented for private receptions. Check the website for additional information like hours.
Each summer, Parisians and tourists can enjoy the sand, palm trees, and beach umbrellas installed along the banks of the Seine - but the river is much too murky and dirty for swimming. Enter Piscine Joséphine Baker to the rescue. The public pool, which can be found in the 13th arrondissement on a boat floating on the Seine, makes it nearly possible to really swim in the river. The boat boasts a retractable roof, swimming and wading pools, a sauna and hot tub, and plenty of deck space for sunbathing. As the pool has only been open since summer 2008, everything is new. - Betsy Mikel