Château de Chantilly is a princely domain just a few kilometers outside of Paris, which provides a great look into the life and loves of French VIPs. The castle houses the Condé Museum and its princely apartments, an impressive collection of paintings, a library, and archives holding over 13,000 books, including the most valuable manuscript in the world.
Parc Astérix is located roughly 30 kilometers from Paris, in the commune of Plailly. Based on the stories of the Asterix comics, this fun-packed theme park is famous for its roller coasters and makes for a great family day out from Paris.
One of the world's largest and most authoritative museums, the Louvre's magnificent classical silhouette (and funky glass pyramid) are well-known attractions in the center of Paris. But as nice as the Louvre is from the outside, its real magic is in the inside.
The Louvre's collection ranges from Mesopotamian, Egyptian, and Greek antiquities, with masterpieces by Da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Rembrandt. With 35,000 works of art (all created before 1848), it's a big, and worthwhile, commitment.
The Louvre is one of Paris's Big Three museums; the other two are the Musée d'Orsay (with Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art from the years 1848-1914) and the Centre Pompidou (with 20th-century works created after 1914).
Housed in the stunning Beaux-Arts style Gare d'Orsay railway station, The Musée d'Orsay is home to significant and stunning works by painters including Gauguin, Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, and Van Gogh. It's widely considered to be one of the most culturally important museums in the world.
Its entire collection is from the period 1848-1914, including many of the most significant Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings ever created. Chronologically, the works come after those of the neighboring Louvre, and before the collection of the nearby Pompidou Centre.
Sherwood Parc is a leisure park offering a Robin Hood-themed slant on adventures in the forest. Located in the heart of the Parc Naturel Régional Oise - Pays de France in Val-d'Oise, it's easily accessible from Paris.
Kids and adults alike can make their own band of merry men and experience many different activities, from rope bridges to paintball and interactive workshops in the trees. Kids will love the Fun Box, a net play-space across 7 floors!
The Arc de Triomphe is Napoleon's Neoclassical take on the ancient Roman triumphal arch. It's at the center of a square, with a dozen Parisian avenues radiating out from it into the rest of the City of Light.
At the base of the arch the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is rekindled at 6:30 each evening.
Europe's largest collection of modern and contemporary art (oh yes, there is a difference!) is housed in a building that was deemed to be architecturally daring in the 20th century. The building features plumbing and piping on the outside and Picasso and Pollock on the inside. And to top it all off, from the rooftop you'll find gorgeous views of Paris and the Eiffel Tower.
The Centre Pompidou is one of Paris's 'Big Three' museums – the other two being the Louvre and Musée d'Orsay. The Louvre holds art and artifacts from up until 1848. The Musée d'Orsay contains the world's greatest collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art, all produced between the years 1848-1914. The Centre Pompidou holds 20th and 21st-century works (created after 1914). Altogether, the three museums house a complete timeline of Western art history.