Things to do in Paris

Climb the stairs up the Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is one of the must-see landmarks when looking for things to do in Paris.  This tower is located on one end of the Champ de Mars and was named after its main engineer, Gustave Eiffel.  It was constructed in 1889 and served as the entrance for the 1889 World’s Fair.  The Eiffel Tower is 1,063 ft tall and accessible by both stairs and elevator.  You can save some money and take the stairs up to the second floor.  To reach the top you will need to wait in line on the second floor and take an elevator.

Eiffel Tower Official Website

Address: Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France

Walk to the Louvre and see the Mona Lisa

The Louvre Museum has nearly 35,000 objects and pieces on exhibit.  A central landmark in Paris and one of the most renown museums in the world, the Louvre Museum will be sure to have plenty of things to do and see in Paris.  If you don’t have a Paris Pass we recommend you skip the line and opt for a secret entrance.  There are two lesser known entrances on each side of the Arc de Triomphe de Carrousel which is facing the Louvre Museum’s Pyramid Entrance.

The Louvre Museums Official Website

Address: Musée du Louvre, 75058 Paris – France

Attend mass at Notre Dame de Paris

Notre Dame de Paris is a well known landmark and cathedral in Paris.  If you visit on a Sunday and the weather is nice, take the Metro station over to the Pont Neuf stop and walk to Notre Dame de Paris for Sunday mass.  The cathedral doesn’t get completely full and you can walk around the edge while mass is being held.  You can climb the 387 steps to reach the top of several spiral staircases; along the climb it is possible to view its most famous bell and its gargoyles in close quarters, as well as having a spectacular view across Paris when reaching the top.

Notre Dame de Paris Official Website

Address: 6 Parvis Notre-Dame, Parvis Notre-Dame – place Jean-Paul-II, 75004 Paris, France

Climb the steps at Sacré-Cœur

This popular landmark in Paris sits on top of the butte Montmartre, the tallest point in Paris.  You can take the Paris Metro to the Anvers stop and from there walk up to the church.    When you reach the top you will have a great panoramic view of Paris and free entrance to Sacré-Cœur.  After you walk through Sacré-Cœur you can then walk to Van Gogh’s house and the Moulin Rouge.  There will be plenty of things to do as Montmartre is bustling with many restaurants, cafes, and shops.

Sacré-Cœur Official Website

Address: 35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre  75018 Paris, France

Take a day trip to Omaha Beach

Driving out to Normandy from Paris takes about 2 hours but provides a full day of great things to do just outside of Paris.  Start your journey taking the A13 to Caen.  There is a great D-Day museum in Caen that offers a great starting point for your trip.  After going through the Museum we recommend driving west along the N13 to Bayeux.   This brings you close to Omaha Beach and the Normandy American Cemetary and Memorial.  Continue your drive along the D514 and there are multiple stops to see German Artillery, Juno Beach, and then make a final stop at Arromanches-les-Bains (Gold Beach) where one of two Mulberry Harbour’s are located.

Walk through the Rosin Museum gardens

Opened in 1919, the Rodin Museum is dedicated to the works of French sculptor Auguste Rodin. The Hôtel Biron and surrounding grounds in central Paris offer a look at some of Rodin’s most famous works such as The Thinker and The Gates of Hell.  There is a rose garden between the main entrance and the gallery where you can see some of his works.  You will get free admission after 4 or you can enter free if you pre-purchase a Paris Pass.  The Rodin Museum is a short walk from the Invalides Metro stop.

Rodin Museum Official Website

Address: 79 Rue de Varenne  75007 Paris, France