What to do on this May 1, 2018 in Paris?

What to do on this May 1, 2018 in Paris? It is a bank holiday so; many places are closed. And because it is French Labor Day, there are even more closed places than usual. Are you looking for how to spend a good day? Check our ideas to be sure you will not find a closed door.

Open or not open? That is the question because on Tuesday May 1, 2018 it is French Labor Day. In order to make the right call, here is a list of good ideas for an outing or to have fun during this bank holiday:

May 1 in Paris is lily of the valley day!
On May 1, giving each other lily of the valley for good luck is a tradition because these little bell-shape flowers are considered as lucky charms. Lily of the valley also means that spring has sprung in the forests too. For this special day, you have two options: you can become a lily of the valley amateur seller and earn a little stipend or you and your family can take a walk in the forests surrounding Paris to look for these precious lucky flowers.

1er mai : fête du muguet

Museums and Monuments open on May 1, 2018
On this bank holiday spent in Paris, you can whether have a walk in a garden, visit a monument or a temporary exhibition. To make the right call, check the list of museums and monuments open on this May 1, 2018.

Le Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte présente les Jeux de la Fontaine : Gagnez vos places !

Shopping malls open on May 1, 2018 in Paris and in Île de France
Are you on the look for a shopping mall open on Tuesday May 1, 2018? We’ve got you covered with this list. 

Les Centres Commerciaux ouverts le lundi de Pâques, 6 avril 2015

Amusement parks in Paris and its surroundings
Here is the right day to have some fun. Discover what amusement parks and theme parks have in store in Paris and its surroundings. Parks and rides are waiting for you to make you experience fun times with your friends and family, and be ready to be surprised!

La Foire du Trône

Opening of Paris Jardin d'Acclimatation new theme park
Paris Jardin d’Acclimatation is getting a makeover and opens from May 1, 2018, a new park featuring 40 attractions including 17 unique rides. The whole in a SteamPunk atmosphere like old-fashioned Paris. Rides for teens too, a park with preserved nature with animals and a sporting tour, as many arguments to renew this theme park, the leisure spot you can’t miss in Paris.

Le nouveau Parc d'Attraction du Jardin d'Acclimatation

Foire de Paris
Foire de Paris is an event well known among Parisians returning this Tuesday May 1 at Parc des Expositions, Porte de Versailles. Once again, Foire de Paris offers many decoration, home organization, activities and gastronomy ideas including the service that comes with it!

La Foire de Paris 2015 : gagnez vos entrées !

A giant ball pool atop the Montparnasse Tower
From April 13 to May 1, 2018, a giant ball pool awaits you atop the Montparnasse Tower Panoramic Observation Deck. Children and the adults in full regression that we are, are expected to jump and laze around, 210-m above the ground, with Paris in the background. Original, isn’t it?

Une piscine à balle géante sur la Tour Montparnasse

Special effects at the Eiffel Tower
From April 17 to July 1, 2018, the event “Effets spéciaux: ça tourne à la Tour!” storms the first floor of the Eiffel Tower. Related to the exhibition “Special effects, steal the scene!” of the Cité des Sciences, this animation takes us to the heart of a movie set and invites you to become an actor through 3 participate workshops.

Effets Spéciaux à la Tour Effel

LEGO® elebrates its 60th anniversay at Aquarium de Paris
From March 10 to May 6, 2018, Aquarium de Paris is getting a makeover and is adorned with thousands of tiny and colorful bricks to celebrate 60 years of the cult construction game, LEGO®.

Les 60 ans de LEGO® à l'Aquarium de Paris

Jurassic World, the exhibition at the Cité du Cinéma
From April 14 to September 2, 2018, Paris Cité du Cinéma dedicates an exhibition around the movie Jurassic World and its extended universe. A visit into the bowels of the park, discovering the greatest moments of the movie and of course, dinosaurs.

Jurassic World, l'exposition à la cité du cinéma

The Art of the Brick LEGO®, DC Super Heroes, a Nathan Sawaya exhibition at La Villette
DC Super Heroes and LEGO® fans, from April 29 to August 19, 2018, you have to go to La Villette for the extraordinary LEGO® exhibition with DC Super Heroes by Nathan Sawaya. This incredible exhibition displays DC Comics super heroes in 100% unique sculptures, LEGO® sculpture made by Nathan Sawaya: we already love it!

Les Super-héros en LEGO®, la belle expo de Nathan Sawaya à la Villette

What about swimming: check the opening times
Are you fancying swimming? Which swimming pools are open on this day? Check the list of possibilities:

Que faire ce 1er Mai 2017 à Paris ?
Opening of parks and gardens: Parc FloralJardin des Plantes and the Ménagerie are open.
For over 350, the Palace of Versailles and its royal gardens have been delighting visitors’ eyes. From March 27 to October 30, 2018, come and discover a new season of strolls around the estate thickets and fountains. The Musical Fountains shows, the Musical Gardens, the Night Fountains Show and the Royal Serenade expect you. In the weekend, at the pace of music, 55 fountains scattered across the 850-acre Versailles gardens offer an incredible show inherited from the Sun King!

Les Grandes Eaux Musicales 2018 au Château de Versailles

Parc Zoologique de Paris turns you into a budding explorer
Last day to discover the budding explorers’ program at Parc Zoologique de Paris. Biodiversity’s worst enemy is the city: pollution, warmth, strong frequentation, it seriously jeopardizes plant and animal species diversity. This is the reason Parc Zoologique de Paris is committed to an approach to preserving the local biodiversity and more specifically to popularizing it through special activities.

Zoo de Vincennes, Parc Zoologique de Paris 2017

Thoiry Zoo
Thoiry Zoo will reopen from Wednesday February 17 to Monday December 31, 2018. For this new season, the team in Thoiry domain is happy to celebrate its 50th birthday with its public and presents its novelties!

Zoo de Thoiry et ses nouveautés 2018

The most beautiful terraces in Paris
Sunny days are here again and summer will be here before you know it! So what could be more appropriate than enjoying the city’s terrace spaces? For a little spot surrounded by greenery, an unobstructed view of the Paris rooftops or secret spots, we have it all in this guide to Parisian terraces!

Que faire ce 1er Mai 2018 à Paris ?

In short, the choice is all yours if you want to spend a very pleasant May 1, in Paris!

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