Get Out in the Fresh Air and Explore Paris in a Different Way!
Paris is home to many great museums and art galleries, but when the sun shines, it is hard to stay indoors in the City of Lights!
If you are blessed with a day of sunshine and blue sky in Paris, by all means, take full advantage of it and head outdoors to get the most out of the city, that’s what locals do!
Paris’ history is not something exclusive to the city’s museums, churches, or royal palaces; you can also learn about the city through fun activities in the most beautiful gardens in Paris, like treasure hunts.
What is a Treasure Hunt?
Treasure Hunts are self-guided treasure trails, real-life adventures that fire up the imagination and get you exploring the most interesting parts of a city, town, or neighborhood.
Treasure Hunts are exciting challenges that combine mind-twisting clues and fascinating stories for anyone with a sense of adventure.
Treasure Hunts take you past many local attractions, opening your eyes to so many things you would ordinarily just walk straight past.
Our treasure hunts in Paris are great for individuals, families, and groups of friends. They are all outdoors, in public parks open all year round, and perfect for a socially distanced adventure.
AVAILABLE PARIS TREASURE HUNTS:
Paris Treasure Hunt #1: The Queen’s Hidden Treasures in Luxembourg Gardens
Let’s meet Queen Marie de Médicis; she is still watching over her beautiful Luxembourg Gardens!
When his husband (King Henri IV) died, she decided to leave the boring Louvre Palace for a better place far from the court. She ordered to build a magnificent palace surrounded by beautiful gardens, the Luxembourg Palace.
At that time (1612), Paris was much smaller than today, and the area where the Luxembourg Palace was built (Paris 6) was the countryside. Queen Marie’s new palace was magnificent, and the gardens surrounding the palace – the Luxembourg Gardens – were inspired by the Boboli Gardens in Florence (Italy), the city where she grew up.
Queen Marie was too bossy, and in 1630 she was sent into exile by Cardinal Richelieu. She had to leave her dear Luxembourg Gardens, but some of her most precious treasures still remain…
The Queen’s Hidden Treasures in Luxembourg Gardens is half scavenger hunt – half treasure hunt in the famous Luxembourg Gardens in Paris 6. Throughout this brain-teasing expedition, you will learn about one of the most famous parks in Paris and its first owner, Queen Marie de Médicis.
Complete fun challenges and crack the clues around the park to unlock incredible stories from the past to find Queen Marie’s most precious treasure at the end.
This fun Treasure Hunt in Paris is available in English and French. It is self-guided, and it lasts 1- 1.5 hours.
Why this Self-Guided Treasure Hunt in Paris is so Great…
Are you looking for something to do with family and friends or seeking a fun day out with the kids in Paris? Then, why not explore the beautiful Luxembourg Gardens on this self-guided Paris Treasure Hunt?
» TREASURE HUNTS & SCAVENGER HUNTS ARE THE LATEST TREND IN PARIS
Parisians love to organize and participate in treasure hunts and scavenger hunts. Treasure hunts are fun things to do in Paris outdoors and a great way to explore a totally new area in Paris or see a familiar territory in a completely new light.
» A UNIQUE VIEW OF LUXEMBOURG GARDENS PARIS
Looking for fun things to do in Luxembourg Gardens? Throughout this brain-teasing expedition, you will learn about one of the most famous parks in Paris and its first owner, Queen Marie de Médicis, whilst looking for her hidden, sometimes quirky, treasures and completing fun challenges to reach Queen Marie’s final and most precious treasure.
» A SELF-GUIDED TREASURE HUNT IN PARIS IN A TOTALLY SAFE AREA
This Paris Treasure Hunt is pre-written, so all that you have to do is download the treasure hunt and print it, and you’re set with everything you need, including the Luxembourg Gardens map, clues, and a table score with the answers.
The Luxembourg Gardens is located in the heart of Paris. It is a public park (no entrance fee), fenced, and car-free.
» GREAT FOR ADULTS ALONE OR FAMILIES. WITH YOUR COUPLE, FRIENDS, KIDS, OR EVEN ALONE!
The Queen’s Hidden Treasures in Luxembourg Gardens is a treasure hunt against the clock (1h 30 min), so you can look for the treasures alone or with your tribe. It is a treasure hunt in Paris for all ages, kids included.
The Queen’s Treasures in Luxembourg Gardens (English or French) - What You’ll Get
1 PDF file with the treasure hunt to be printed onto A4 paper. There are 20 treasures to find and some bonus questions to get extra points.
The Treasure Map (a sketch of Luxembourg Gardens Map). We have divided the map into sectors (smaller areas), and for each treasure, we tell you the area where it is located, so you don’t get totally lost!
A Score Table with the answers. This is a top-secret document that you cannot read until the end of the hunt!
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Luxembourg Gardens Paris Treasure Hunt – How it Works
» As you are placing your order, when you arrive at the confirmation of payment page, there will be a button which says, ‘click here to get your invoice and download links’. This will take you to a page containing the links to download your Treasure Hunt in Paris. We will also email you a copy of your invoice, below which you can find your downloadable treasure hunt links.
» Download and print your Treasure Hunt. Please note that if you prefer to view it on a smartphone, you will need a pen and paper to write the answers on and note your final score at the end.
» Before starting, when you are on-site, read the short introduction included in the Treasure Hunt to learn about the history of Luxembourg Gardens and Queen Marie de Médicis. Also, study the Luxembourg Garden Map (the sketch) to find your bearings.
»This Outdoor Treasure Hunt in Paris has a total of 20 hidden treasures. A series of things to find, fun challenges, and bonus questions around the park will take you to Queen Marie’s final and most precious treasure. Please follow the order of the treasures to optimize your walking in the park.
» The Hunt finishes when you find Queen Marie’s most precious treasure, treasure #20! Open the Score Table with the answers and calculate your total score. Aim for 200 points minimum and a total time of less than 1 hr 30 min to make the Queen happy!
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Quirky Parisian explorers with a preference for the lesser-known sights and unusual things to do in Paris, we are continuously looking for new ideas and tips to bring you the best of the City of Light. Find out more on worldinparis.com
Is This Treasure Hunt in Paris Right for You?
Who is this for
- You are looking for fun outdoor activities in Paris, and you like walking.
- You like the idea of exploring Paris differently.
- You are looking for team-building Paris activities, couple activities, family activities, or even something cool to do it alone.
- You are traveling on a budget. You can share the cost of the hunt with your group.
Who is this not for
- You think you are not fit for walking 1 hr – 1.30 hrs.
- You are not available during the Luxembourg Gardens opening hours (check FAQs).
- You are not interested in visiting the Luxembourg Gardens.
- You prefer visiting Paris in a more traditional way.
Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions:
Is this Treasure Hunt in Paris Kid-friendly?
We have tried to design a Paris Treasure Hunt where adults and kids can have fun. The hunt comes with challenges like counting things, drawing things, or taking selfies. Also, there’s a shortcut for kids or people that cannot walk that long. Like this, you are sure not to miss Queen Marie’s final treasure!
Is this Hunt suitable for wheelchair users?
YES! Paris Luxembourg Gardens and this Treasure Hunt are suitable for wheelchair users but, in this case, allow extra time for doing the hunt. To access the park, prioritize the gates at boulevard Saint-Michel, rue du Vaugirard, rue Guyenemer, rue Auguste-Comte, and rue Médicis. There are two accessible toilets at the Auguste-Comte entrance (11 am to 1 pm and 1.45 pm to 7 pm) and next to the Sénat (9 am to 7 pm).
What are the Luxembourg Garden opening hours? How much does it cost?
The opening hours at the Luxembourg Gardens depend on the season. According to season, the Luxembourg Gardens open between 7.30 am, and 8.15 am and close between 4.30 pm and 9.30 pm. The entrance to Luxembourg Gardens is FREE, so there are no additional costs for the hunt.
Do I need extra tools for this Paris Treasure Hunt?
You will need a pencil or pen and a camera, as there will be some selfies to take. If you don’t have a camera, your phone camera will be more than enough. Also, it is important to wear comfortable shoes and carry some water, especially if the weather is hot.
Can I buy water or food in the park?
There are some water points (public fountains) in the park, and we have marked them in your Treasure Map. There are also some kiosks to buy snacks and water.
Is this a Scavenger Hunt in Paris or a Treasure Hunt in Paris?
Both! You will need to find things (treasures), but there are also challenges and riddles, so we’d say it is a mix of a treasure hunt and a scavenger hunt in Paris.
Didn’t find the answer you’re looking for?
You can send us an email to bonjour [at] worldinparis.com, and we will be happy to answer it for you.
Here’s what Other Treasure Hunters Have Said…
‘I had visited Luxembourg Gardens in the past, but with the treasure hunt, I could see this beautiful place with different eyes, and I learned many interesting things about it.’
Norbert (Germany) >> FTC Disclosure: Norbert received a free copy of the Treasure Hunt.
A funny day in Paris
‘I spent a nice afternoon doing this treasure hunt in Luxembourg Gardens. I found it instructive and funny at the same time. I totally recommend it!’
Véronique (Paris) >> FTC Disclosure: Véronique received a free copy of the Treasure Hunt.
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