Things to do in Paris in August
Coming in the French capital in August, you won’t be the only tourist, so you will have to struggle a bit to see the landmarks, and escape from the crowd from time to time. Most of us, Parisians, are on holidays, away from the city. But, some of us prefer to stay because it is much quieter and calmer. Me, for instance, I’m spending the summer in Paris, so here are a few tips from a local on the things to do in Paris in August!
August is one of the most tourist filled months in Paris. The Eiffel tower is crowded. The Notre Dame Cathedral is crowded. Restaurants are crowded. You are going to hustle around. Yet, if you are a bit prepared, August can also be the best time to come and visit the French capital: because the Seine river and the sun are a perfect march!
A good stay in Paris is all about having a tour of the landmarks in the best conditions possible, avoiding long queues and tourist traps, and try to have a look at more “typically Parisian” places, such as Montmartre, Le Marais, the Latin Quarter and many other areas!
To help you make the most of your trip to Paris, here is an overview of the best things to do in Paris in August.
Do not miss the landmarks
Visiting the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel tower is one of the first things to do in Paris in August… well actually, all year long! Every time one comes to Paris, he has to see the Eiffel Tower. Of course, these places are the ones that are going to be the most crowded and touristy, but it would be a shame to miss it just because you are not the only one wanting to see them. You are going to need a strategy. For example, going to the Eiffel Tower at 2 pm when the sun is high in the sky is the worst idea ever, unless you are looking for the most efficient way to sunburn!
Prefer to come on mornings or evenings, watching the sunset from the third floor of the tower is awesome! And on mornings, the Eiffel Tower is much lesser crowded, the weather is cooler and nicer! And if you have the possibility to prepare your stay in Paris a little bit, you can buy your tickets online for the Eiffel tower, and a lot of other landmarks and museums, which will prove to be a precious time-saver. Just have a look at their websites before you go! As for the museums, note that the vast majority of them are closed on Tuesdays…
If you want, you can join our tours and skip the line to the Orsay Museum and to the Picasso Museum, or let us know your interests and we will take care of everything for you to enjoy the best of Paris in August!
Have a walk along the Seine
Wandering along the river is one of the best things to do in Paris in August. On warm days, Parisians are used to have a sit by the Seine and sometimes to have a nice after work or evening picnic. Our River walking tour is a good way to learn more about the history of Île de la Cité. It is where the city was born. You will also discover the neighborhoods of Saint Michel and Odeon next to the Seine. Plus you can end your day at some terrace or having a walk in the gorgeous Luxembourg gardens.
Another awesome thing to do in Paris in August is to have a walk along the Seine river. As the sun sets, and little by little Paris greatest landmarks are lighting up, it is one of my favourite Paris walks. The nights in August are much warmer and the sky is even prettier! Everyone is in a good mood. Paris at night is the best Paris! And the best way to fully experience it and to enjoy a Parisian night is to follow the locals. My best advice is to join a Night tour, and let a local show you the best places to have a drink and explain the Parisian lifestyle!
Have fun like a kid
Some of my favourite things to do in Paris in August is to go to three places: Aquaboulevard, Disneyland, and Parc Astérix! I feel much happier every time I go to these places. I feel like a kid again and it feels so good!
To go to Aquaboulevard in August is a must, especially if you’re coming with kids or friends. The weather is so hot, so one obviously needs to cool off and to get freshened up! In Aquaboulevard, you will get to try the funniest slides. And whenever the alarm rings, the gigantic swimming pool starts making waves!
Coming to Paris and not visiting Disneyland is a shame because it really is a unique experience! In case you’re in a bad mood, everything will be solved as soon as you land your feet at Disneyland. Everything at Disneyland puts a smile on your face! This place is truly magical.
You can also go to Parc Astérix, there are a little more attractions designed for adults and some water attractions that are simply the best! To go to Parc Astérix on a hot summer day is so much fun!
Attend some exhibitions
If the days are too hot, and you’re looking for an inside activity to get in the shade and to freshen up, attend some exhibitions. This summer, very promising exhibitions are happening in Paris and it’s really worth a visit. Every true Parisian attends exhibitions from time to time, so you should also do it, to fully live the Parisian experience. It doesn’t matter if you’re coming with your lover, with your family or with your friends, each of you will likely find an exhibition that perfectly suits your interests. From Impressionism art to videogames and comics, there is one for every taste and for every age!
For instance, at the Fondation Custodia, located at 121 rue de Lille, next to the Invalides, you will be able to attend the “Le Rêve américain : du pop art à nos jours” which studies artists such as Jim Dine, Jasper Johns, Kara Walker and Andy Warhol.
Then, you also have an exhibition dedicated to Diego Giacometti at the Musée Picasso. In the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie, located at 30 avenue Corentin-Cariou Parc de La Villette, you will learn everything about movie special effects. This one is a great exhibition if you’re coming with kids!
If you appreciate the Impressionism art movement, you will like the “Les Impressionnistes à Londres” exhibition at the Petit Palais. This exhibition is dedicated to the French artists who fled to London during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870.
Watch a movie outdoors
As soon as it gets dark, the Parc de la Villette turns into an Open Air Cinema! From July, 18th until August, 19th, one of the greatest Parisian events is happening. From 7 pm, movies in their original language (with french subtitles) will be broadcasted in Parc de la Villette. How cool is that? From classic movies to best releases from recent years, this is a chance to spend a great moment in front of the big screen showing all time high-rated movies. Bring a blanket, a bottle of wine or some popcorns for example. It is an uncommon wonderful way of spending an August night in Paris! Plus, it’s free, so you really have no excuses!
Go to a festival
In August, during three days, from the 24th to the 26th, Paris will be Parisian-free. Why? They will all be le Domaine national de Saint-Cloud for the Rock en Seine Festival! The line-up is quite amazing! Justice, Macklemore, Post Malone, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Die Antwood, are just some of the artists performing during the festival. Hurry up to buy your tickets because it will soon be sold out!
My suggestions of things to do in Paris in August is now over, I hope you’ ve enjoyed it! And I hope I will be seeing you in Paris this August!
À bientôt :D