A wonderful and large park on the east side of Paris in France. It is the site of a 14th-century fortified chateau known as the Chateau de Vincennes dating back to the 14th century and once was a residence of the Kings of France and offers Parisians and tourists plenty of space to walk about, to picnic, to go boating, and to relax. This park was once created by Emperor Louis Napoleon.
Special features of the park include:
- Lake Daumesnil which is a man-made lake that is located near the woods at the west end of the park and has two islands. One of the islands has a cafe and it is also a great place to picnic. One of the islands is also home to the Temple d’Amour.
- On this same side, there is a Buddhist Center which is only open during the spring and summer. One can see a Buddha statue and there is also a colonial type wood pavilion.
- At the east end of the park, there is the Parc Floral where one can see hundreds of different kinds of flowers and botanical plants. Among all of the flowers are contemporary statues and in the spring and summer visitors can listen to jazz concerts and watch plays on the park’s central stage.
- Also on the east side, one can find the Lac des Minimes which is a poetic-looking lake and there is a bridge which leads to an island on the lake housing a restaurant for scenic dining. There are also two more islands one of which has a Medieval Monastery.
- The Jardin Tropical de Paris a garden which includes different kinds of plants as well as tropical plants.
- Bois de Vincennes also includes a zoo at the Parc Zoologique de Paris. It is grouped into five bio-zones – Madagascar, Guyana, Europe, Sahel-Sudan and Patagonia. A lot of the animals are allowed to wander free within their own territories. Visitors can get up close to such animals as giraffes, jaguars, wolves, rhinos, walruses and sea turtles. There are also birds, reptiles, and exotic insects. The zoo has two restaurants for refreshments.
- Among other interesting features of the park is the Hippodrome of Vincennes which was used for harness racing. Its tribunes can hold up to 35,000 spectators and at one time it offered concerts by such greats as Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, the Grateful Dead, and Michael Jackson.
- The Velodrome Jacques-Anquetil which is a cycling stadium is able to hold 40,000 spectators.
Even children have their special place the Ferme Georges Ville named after a French agronomist who was the one to introduce chemical fertilizer to French farming.
This is a small farm which was created to introduce schoolchildren to a real working farm. Among the farm animals are sheep and pigs and there are small fields of wheat, corn and other corps.