Get Out in the Fresh Air and Explore Paris in a Different Way!
Paris is home to the Louvre Museum and other great museums and art galleries but when the weather is nice, it is hard to stay indoors in the City of Lights!
Also, Paris history and culture is not something exclusive of the city’s museums, churches, and palaces. You can also learn about Paris and its history through some cool outdoor activities in Paris like a Paris Treasure Hunt.
Treasure Hunts are a great way to explore the city, especially if you are looking for alternative or unusual things to do in Paris. Treasure Hunts take you past many local attractions, opening your eyes to so many things you would ordinarily just walk straight past.
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 Parisians do!
World in Paris has launched The Queen’s Hidden Treasures in Luxembourg Gardens, a Paris Treasure Hunt for adults and families in the 6th Arrondissement of Paris for those who want to explore Paris differently whilst having fun.
About the Paris Treasure Hunt
Let’s meet Queen Marie de Médicis, she is still watching over her beautiful Luxembourg Gardens!
Jardin du Luxembourg (Paris 6) was created in 1612 by Queen Marie de Médicis, King Henri IV’s wife, as part of her palace. When King Henri IV died she decided to leave the boring Louvre Palace for a better place and she ordered to build a magnificent palace surrounded by beautiful gardens at the outskirts of Paris (at that time Paris 6 was out of the city, in the countryside), the Luxembourg Palace. The Gardens surrounding the Palace were inspired by Boboli Gardens in Florence (Italy), the city where she grew up.
The Queen’s Hidden Treasures in Luxembourg Gardens is half Paris Themed Scavenger Hunt – half Treasure Hunt. 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. Look for her hidden, sometimes quirky, treasures whilst completing fun challenges to reach Queen Marie’s final and most precious treasure!
Why this Outdoor Treasure Hunt in Paris is so great…
» TREASURE HUNTS & SCAVENGER HUNTS ARE THE LATEST TRENDS IN PARIS
Parisians love to organize and participate in Treasure Hunts and Scavenger Hunts. Treasure Hunts are fun things to do in Paris 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 cool 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 DIY TREASURE HUNT IN PARIS IN A TOTALLY SAFE AREA
The Treasure Hunt is pre-written so all that you have to do is download your Paris Treasure Hunt and print it and you’re set with everything you need including Luxembourg Gardens map, clues, and a table score with the answers. Jardin du Luxembourg 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 approx). We have classed it as Treasure Hunt for Adults but you can do it also alone or with your family.
The Queen’s Treasures in Luxembourg Gardens (English or French) - What You’ll Get
1 PDF file containing your Treasure Hunt to be printed onto A4 paper. There are 20 treasures to find and some bonus questions to get extra points. The Treasure Hunt is available in English or French.
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!
About the Authors
World in Paris
Quirky Parisian explorers with a preference for the less 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?
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:
Is this Treasure Hunt in Paris Kid-friendly?
We have tried to design a Treasure Hunt where adults and kids can have fun. The hunt comes with challenges like counting things, or drawing things or taking selfies. In addition, we have created 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 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 hours? How much does it cost?
It depends on the season. Luxembourg Gardens open between 7.30am and 8.15 am, and close between 4.30pm and 9.30pm according to season. The entrance to Luxembourg Gardens is FREE so there are no additional costs for the hunt.
Do I need extra tools for the Treasure Hunt?
You 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 points of water (public fountains) in the park, 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 need to find things (treasures) but there are also challenges and tests so we’d say it is a mix of a Treasure Hunt in Paris and a Paris Scavenger Hunt.
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!”
Valérie (Paris) >> FTC Disclosure: Valérie received a free copy of the Treasure Hunt.
Don’t miss this quirky way to explore Paris, get your Paris Treasure Hunt today!
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