A summer day in Paris is really something everyone should try, at least once in their lives. It’s beautiful, colorful and lively. The sun shines, there’s lots to do and people in general seem really happy. It’s an inspiring atmosphere for sure, as long as the heat doesn’t get to you. Hot weather in summer is obviously inevitable and on some level appreciated, but this is not the season to stomp around Paris and see every single attraction in one or two days. You have to take your time, and make sure to work in activities that are relaxing enough to enjoy everything around you without feeling like you’re melting into the pavement. Here are five suggestions for things to do on a summer day in Paris.

1. Picnic at the Champ de Mars:

Grab a baguette to go and lay back in the grass under the shade of the Eiffel Tower and enjoy the view.

champ de mars

Photo via Flickr/Jean-Pierre

2. Keep cool in a museum:

Have you ever seen Mona Lisa frantically trying to hide sweat stains on a hot August day? Nope, because girl knows where the AC is at.

lourve

Photo via Flickr/Giang

3. Visit Disneyland Paris:

There is hardly a better time of year to hop on a coaster and have your hair whipped around in 80 directions and wind in your face than summer. Plus, after the fun in the sun, you know Disney is going to be all about the AC in their restaurants.

disney paris

Photo via Flickr/David Jafra

4. Take a breezy bike ride:

Rent a bike with an adorable basket for your baguette and/or small dog and go for a ride along the shady, tree-lined Canal Saint-Martin.

st martin

Photo via Flickr/La Citta Vita

5. Relax on an evening river cruise:

As any summer day in Paris nears its end, the heat and excitement will surly have gotten to you, so best thing to do is wind down with a cruise on the Seine River and watch as Paris drifts on by.

seine cruise

Photo via Flickr/Viator.com

What will you do on your summer trip to Paris?

American by chance, but Roman by choice, Sarah is currently feeding her adventurous soul with expatriatism and pizza. Her finest moments are always on the wrong bus with a backpack and an upside down map, waiting to see what the world’s got for her next, so long as she can blog about it. She likes writing more than talking, dolphins more than humans, old movies more than new, and Rome more than anything else.

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