Hit the beach! Not all Parisians are able to quit the city in August, so Mayor Delanoë brings the and to them with Paris Plages, a boon for summer visitors as well. There is something for everyone at Paris’ two man-made plages (beaches) – one located in the city center on the Right Bank of the Seine, the other at the Bassin de La Villette – everything, that is, except a swimmable body of water. But never fear! Misting machines keep the population cool between games of petanque, trips to the awesome pirate playground, dancing lessons, foosball tournaments, reading at the free library, or just plain hanging in the quintessential striped beach chairs reminiscent of the Cote d’Azur, set up on the tons of soft sand floated down the Seine just for the occasion. This is a great way to spend a cheap, restful day amongst real Parisians.
If it's summer, head down to the Seine and put your feet in the sand. The only thing missing is the swimming.
If you are lucky enough to visit Paris in the summer time, head towards the Seine and relax on le plage de Paris! The city brings in tons of sand and makes a pseudo beach right along the water. So take a break from museum hopping and relax on one of the provided lounge chairs ( if you can snag one!) or indulge in the 1€ scoops of ice cream and the free water fountain (cups provided)!
Every summer (mid July to end Aug) the berges/banks of the Seine beneath Ile Saint Louis are converted to a beach with all the seaside amenities from deck chairs to ice cream vendors - bring your swim wear ! - read more about it in my blog - http://parisapartmentsbynumbers.wordpress.com/2011/08/02/paris-plage-july-20th-to-august-20th/
Every summer the city trucks in tons of sand into the city to make beaches along the Seine. Great fun!
I've always thought that the one thing missing from Paris is a beach. Well from mid-July to mid-August (this year it's from July 19th to August 17th) Paris makes its own beach by shipping in sand and deck chairs and setting them up along the riverbanks of the Seine. While it's a good idea, it is mostly tourists and non-Parisians that end up using this attraction (as most Parisians have fled the city by August...they do have 5 weeks annual holiday!) and there is still no sea or ocean to swim in! Still, this is a really great place for kids, with picnic areas, ice cream stands, water fountains, dancing demonstrations and other activities to keep the whole family occupied!
Paris Beach is a temporary artificial beach built along the Seine River in downtown Paris. Every July and August, roads along the Seine River are blocked and various activities are held to make visitors feel like they are in a fantastic space, rippling along the riverside scenery, while feeling the hot summer scenery on the beach.