Free things to do in Paris and Ile-de-France

Museums, events, walks, visit: good plans !

Ideas for a money-free visit

Do not wait for the Music festival on the 14th July or Heritage days out for money free visits! Paris is full of free activities throughout the year which outlines the idea that you can not only save money but also entertain yourself without spending any money at all. You can find free visit suggestions for tours and visits which are just a few steps away from the center of Paris.

1. Free admission at Air and Espace museum

Few Parisian museums are free, but the Air and Space Museum at Le Bourget is one of them. The museum features a unique timeless collection of aircrafts and spaceships. Admission to the permanent collection hall for the story of air and space is absolutely free.

2. Free visit of Puces de Saint-Ouen Flea Market

It is certainly worth a trip to one of the largest antique flea markets in the world : Paris’ most famous and largest flea market spanning fifteen antique markets. All of these bustling lively markets make the flea market scene come to life every Saturday, Sunday and Monday for antique bargain hunter enthusiasts to discover different antiquarians at work. Take the alleys down the paths of each market to feel the atmosphere of those very genuine antique and collectible markets.

3. Free visit of Parc de la Villette

Parc de la Villette is open free to the public throughout the year. Enjoy scenes of the open-air-cinema and the open access to discover the other free resources in the park : Libraries, City of Music for children and adults at "Cité des Sciences".  Spend a fun afternoon out with families at the "Dunes Garden" and the free playground space for games.

4. Mémorial de la Shoah Drancy free of charge

Discover the tragic story of Cité de la Muette transformed into an internment and transit camp headed by the Nazi Aloïs Brunner at the Shoah memorial camp inaugurated in 2012 at Drancy. Free admission. 

5. Basilique Saint-Denis free visit

Even if the crypt is fee-paying, it is possible to visit and admire the nave of Basilica of Saint Denis, the first Gothic masterpiece of architecture. Do not forget to admire it from the outside also. The Basilica is a major pilgrimage cathedral as it links its destiny to that of the royalties’ recumbent tombs. Basilica Saint Denis relates France’s historical heritage and the necropolis of recumbent tombs sculptures of the monarch and the realm of several kings and queens of France.

6. Greeters free tours "Douce Banlieue"

Visit Grand Paris accompanied by a greeter who will help you visit the true side of Paris, his city and hobbies as well as word of mouth addresses for a Parisian visit unknown to tourists. And of course it is free; you just have to take a rendezvous with a Parisian Greeter!

7. National Archives for free

A not to be missed-rendezvous with French national history since the revolution awaits you just a metro-ticket away with your identity card. Step in Pierrefitte to discover the latest work of the Italian architect Massimilliano Fuksas, he designed this sumptuous building storing "the National archives department".

8. Free visit in Saint-Denis

On your way to the medieval town Saint-Denis, do not miss the "Historical road". It runs through two kilometers between Pierre de Montreuil garden and Stade de France.

9. Free cruises to the Millenaire shopping center

Free shuttles sail back and forth on Canal Saint Denis between Porte de la Villette at the level of Corentin Cariou metro and tramway station to the commercial center and mall Le Millenaire. A 10 minutes mini sailing trip, enjoy a little sun-tanning session or the scenery, before the joys of window-shopping.

10. Saint-Denis market tour

Welcome to Saint Denis market! No need to buy anything, just enjoy a stroll among the stalls of this astonishing marketplace for a taste of a truly multicultural flavor where a myriad of languages are spoken. Open three days a week, enjoy this interesting experience of the unique market atmosphere on any Tuesday, Friday or Sunday from 7.30 am. To 1.30 pm.

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