Leisure and fun activities

Discover what's new in Paris regarding activities and leisure tourism.

Horse race at Longchamp racecourse, Paris © OTCP - Marc Bertrand
Internationaux de France de tennis - Roland Garros © FFT / Christophe Saïdi
  • Until 2017: closure for renovation and extension of the historical (1857) Longchamp race course by architect Dominique Perrault: new lobby, brasseries, panoramic restaurant, meeting rooms, garden with a view. The 96th Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe will exceptionnally take place at Chantilly racecourse on October 1, 2017.
  • Opening of a former station on avenue de Saint-Ouen, converted into a cultural venue: Le Hasard Ludique (April 29, 2017)
  • Opening in the Bois de Boulogne of Domaine de Longchamp by GoodPlanet, a historic mansion and park dedicated to sustainability and ecology: exhibitions, walking paths, cooking school and restaurant etc. (May 13, 2017)
  • Opening of Grand Verger behind Gare de Lyon: ancient train depot turned into an urban farm with leisure activities (June 2017-2019)
  • Opening of open-air 3 swimming pools in La Villette basin (July 15 - Septembre 5, 2017 then from June throughout September as of 2018)
  • Reopening after transformation of Electric Paris, club on the top floor of 7 of Paris Expo exhibition center at Porte de Versailles (September 1, 2017)
  • Opening in the Batignolles area in the 17th arrondissement of a 7-screen / 1,200-seat cinema Cinémovida (September 2017)
  • Inauguration in Nanterre of U Arena, indoor 32,000-seater stadium / 40,000 seats for concerts (October 2017)
  • Creation of ariver marina at l'Isle-Adam, to the north of Paris, with 120 dock side places for boats, shops, restaurants and a hotel, on the edge of the largest river beach in France (2018)
  • Launch of the first hydrogen-powered boat on the Seine by the Bateaux-Mouches®, a sustainable development initiative (2018-2019) ; eventually, the whole fleet will be replaced.
  • Transformation of a former electrical station, in an early-20th-century industrial building, into a popular and innovating cinema, Avenue Parmentier in the 11th arrondissement (2019)
  • Opening of a new entrance for the Catacombs through a Ledoux pavilion on Place Denfert-Rochereau (2019)
  • Creation of a swimming area on the Daumesnil Lake in the Bois de Vincennes (summer 2019)
  • Extension and renovation work to the Roland-Garros Tennis Stadium for the French Open, the Masters Series and the Fed Cup (construction 2015-2019)
  • Creation near AccorHotels Arena in the 12th arrondissement of a 7 000 / 8 000-seat arena mostly dedicated to handball and basket-ball (2020-2021)
  • Creation of EuropaCity, in the north of Paris; a gigantic theme park with commercial and leisure activities including water park, covered theme park, permanent circus, 500- and 2 000-seater concert halls, exhibition hall, 10 hotels with a total of 2,700 bedrooms, a 230,000-m² shopping gallery within an 80-hectare landscaped park, serviced by a station for the Grand Paris Express (2024)
  • Opening of a concert hall in the 13th arrondissement, place d’Italie (date to be announced)
  • Transformation of the former Masséna train station, in the 13th arrondissement, into a cultural site (date to be announced)
  • Opening to the south of Paris in Mémorant of Pinderland,first theme park dedicated to circus in Europe. On a 130-hectare landscaped site, 1,500-seat big tops, circus academy, circus animal zoo, permanent fair, exhibition and circus museum under a 1,235-m² big tops (date to be announced)
  • Reopening of the historical cinema theater La Pagode in the 7th arrondissement (date to be announced)