Unusual and original sports to try out in Paris and the Ile-de-France region

Published by Graziella de Sortiraparis · Photos by · Published on December 28th, 2022 at 03:15 p.m.
Parkour, chess, quidditch, surfing or even mermaids: here's our selection of the best unusual sports to try out in Paris and the Île-de-France region. If you're still curious about other disciplines, follow the guide!

Tired of signing up for the same sports sessions every year? Well, apart from running, soccer and yoga, the capital is full of absolutely amazing sports that you probably wouldn't have thought of! If you're in the mood to get away from it all, we recommend surfing at Wave in Paris, while if you're an intellectual, chess (yes, it's a sport!) will suit you better!

Some sports considered original in France may come from the traditions and culture of other parts of the world, where they are practiced regularly. Sometimes, they come from fiction, like Quidditch, from the world ofHarry Potter, that famous wizard with glasses. For others, they're simply little-known, and are starting to attract more and more fans, with clubs springing up across the country and in the Paris region.

Ready to discover all the unusual sports in Paris? There's something for everyone, from adults to children, from dreamers to big guys - there's something for everyone! For once, you'll have the chance to play sports and have fun at the same time, on your own or with your family. Perfect for keeping your New Year's resolutions , don't you think? Follow the guide!

Unusual sports in Paris and the Ile-de-France region

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Have you heard of Chase Tag? This sport, inspired by the famous game of cat and mouse, combines obstacles, jumps, speed and feints. Discover the discipline and test your aptitutudes from April 2024, in Evry! [Read more]

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Tired of just playing golf? Then try footgolf or disc-golf for a change of pace, and hit the ball with your foot or your hand - two fun family activities! [Read more]

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The Trampoline Park is the ideal place to let off steam, whether you're an adult or a child, when you feel the need to burn off some energy! Head for the nearest spot to practice your somersaults in complete safety! [Read more]

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Want to take up parkour? Take a trip to Blast, the obstacle course gym in Pantin. The ideal place to try your hand at this sport! WARNING: DEFINITIVE CLOSURE! [Read more]

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Are you familiar with the canne de combat? Discover this French combat sport, used by Sherlock Holmes and Arsène Lupin, at the 11th arrondissement's forum des associations, thanks to the Association Sportive de Canne d'Arme. [Read more]

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Would you like to throw yourself into the void in complete safety? Let yourself be tempted by a paramotor flight and admire the superb landscapes of the Île-de-France region! Discover the best spots in the area to try out this unusual sport. [Read more]

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How about surfing in the heart of Paris? The first indoor static wave sports complex awaits you in the capital's 15th arrondissement. A unique new venue, where you can experience unprecedented sliding sensations on flowboard and bodyboard boards, a mix of surf, snowboard and skateboard. [Read more]

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Head to Pantin to get your feet in the sand and try your hand at beach volleyball at Sand Fabrik, the indoor beach that also has a bar and restaurant, for a great sporting experience! [Read more]

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Centr’Halles Park us the sheltered gym devoted to urban parkour, in the heart of the Halles area. Learn and practice parkour and free-run safely! [Read more]

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Have you always dreamt of becoming a mermaid? In Paris and Ile-de-France, diving schools provide lessons to learn how to swim with a monofin, a mermaid or a merman tail. [Read more]

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And for more traditional sports

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From April 24th, 2022 to December 31th, 2027

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