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Top 5 Free Things to Do in Paris - Student Travel

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The best free thing to do in any city is find a park and watch local life, but between bench-warmings in Paris, the best free things to do include visiting Jim Morrison's grave at Pere Lachaise cemetery or seeing free movies at Parc de la Villette. Those, plus the other top free things to do in Paris for student travelers, follow.

Carry a student ID of any kind and you're likely to find discounts at Paris sites charging admission, too.

1. Cimetiere Pere Lachaise

This famous cemetery at the Phillipe Auguste or Pere Lachaise metro stop is an excellent place to spend a quiet Sunday morning in reflection. Maps onsite show you graves of some of the notables resting among vast Pere Lachaise's trees and stones, such as writer Honore de Balzac, composer Frederic Chopin, Jim Morrison of '60's band the Doors, writer Marcel Proust and Oscar Wilde. Allot plenty of time to wander Pere Lachaise.
  • Cimetiere Mairie de Paris Pere Lachaise, 75020, Paris

2. See Free Movies at Parc de la Villette

Entrance to this 86+ acre park and gardens at the edge of the Paris suburbs is free. Check out street art, free music and, in summer, free movies where you'll meet a few Americans -- nice perk in this park if you're homesick. A great free thing to do in Paris for those in the know. Take the Line 5 metro to Porte de Pantin.
  • Parc de la Villette, 75019 Paris

3. Hit the Paris Beach

July-August, sand is loaded onto a bank of the Seine to create the "Paris Plage" along the road and river from Ile St. Louis to the Jardin des Tuileries. Umbrellas, concerts... park a picnic on this man-made beach to meet people and lounge. Remember that the Seine's water is not fit for swimming, though. Rouse yourself long enough to watch a wild bike ride-parade-street happening near nearby Hotel de Ville on summer Friday nights.
  • Jardins des Tuileries - Ile St. Louis, 75001 Paris

4. Fashion Gawk

Loiter on fashion aves Rue de Faubourg St. Honore ("Much to buy with lots of money," writes Paris Digest) or nearby Avenue Montaigne to see what really rich people are wearing. Wow. Even the most avowed non-fashionista will get a kick out of watching shoppers here -- check out feet for views of shoes that could stop a man's heart in more ways than one. Get a drink afterwards at an Avenue des Champs-Elysees cafe. Quick.
  • Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore, 75008 Paris

5. Free Friday Nights at the Louvre

If you want some culture with that travel, Musee de Orsay is free on first Sundays and the Louvre is free on Friday nights for folks under 26 from 6-9:45 p.m. This museum, once a palace with dungeon and moat, is the free thing to do in Paris.

The free Friday nights for younger folks might be a good time to visit the Louvre if you want to miss the Da Vinci Code crowd that's been descending on the Louvre since summer 2006.

  • 34, Rue du Louvre, 75001 Paris

Enjoy the free things to do in Paris!

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