Cherry Blossoms at Parc de Sceaux near Paris

Day Trip to Parc de Sceaux

If you can bear to leave Paris for the day but still want a typically French experience, Parc de Sceaux is a great spot for a classic picnic of baguette, cheese and wine. Although the park is a popular weekend destination for Parisians, it’s not widely known to visitors of the city. It’s worth a trip if you’ve already visited much of Paris and are looking for something different or if you want to see the stunning cherry blossoms in spring.

Waterfall and Fountain at Parc de Sceaux

Designed by famous French landscape architect Andre Le Notre, the Parc de Sceaux is almost as impressive as his other famous gardens at Versailles, Fontainebleau and beautiful Chantilly. The park has that typical structured, symmetrical design French gardens are known for as well as grand canals, waterfalls and fountains.

Grand Canal at Parc de Sceaux near Paris

Topiary at Parc de Sceaux, France

Cherry Blossoms at Parc de Sceaux

If you are visiting Paris in April, a day trip to Parc de Sceaux will reward you with one of the most beautiful displays of cherry blossoms in the Paris region. Fluffy pink blossoms as far as the eye can see. Not to be missed if you’re a fan of spring flowering trees.

Cherry Blossoms at Parc de Sceaux

Photo credit: hien_it

Chateau de Sceaux

The 19th century Chateau de Sceaux replaces a much older castle and now houses the Museum of Ile de France. I haven’t visited the museum and if it’s a sunny day I don’t see why you would bother. Enjoy the beautiful gardens instead.

Chateau de Sceaux in Antony, France

Photo credit: BurgTender

This video gives a better idea of what the castle and gardens are like.

Video Credit: François Kolaczek

Visiting Parc de Sceaux

Parc de Sceaux is a 30 minute drive south of Paris in the suburb of Antony or you can take the RER B to Bourg-la-Reine, Sceaux ou Parc de Sceaux stations. April is cherry blossom season and one of the best times to visit. Visit the official park site for information on opening times. Entry to the museum is €3 except for the 1st Sunday of the month when entry is free (as are all public museums in France). The park also has its own iPhone app which is handy if you’re planning a visit.

Castle of Sceaux and the park from above.

Photo credit: Domaine de Sceaux
About Andrea

Andrea Anastasakis is the founder and author of road trip blog Rear View Mirror. She is currently driving her Fiat 500 around Europe. Follow her travel adventures on Instagram.


Comments

  1. Amazing. France is just so packed with fantastic places to visit. I hope to spend a month there in the not-too-distant future.

    • I do think I took France for granted when I lived there. It really is one of the most amazing countries in the world and I miss it.

  2. OMG! This park looks gorgeous! We’re hoping to be back in Paris in April, so this is totally on the list. Thanks!

    • Let me know how you like it! It’s a great spot for a picnic or have a toasted panini from the little cafe near the chateau, they are delicious!

  3. I love those cherry blossoms. However, they are very short-lived so you have to watch out for similar trees in Paris and then go out to the park.

  4. Thanks for the tip. Planning on heading there tomorrow, are the blossoms out yet? I had noticed some opening somewhere around Paris a couple of days ago but would love to see this park in full bloom