If you go to Paris you must do the boats at Luxembourg Gardens.

Finland and Belgium ready to sail
Finland and Belgium ready to sail

You have a pole and a model boat. The boats are little sail boats like the ones used in racing, except miniature and made of wood. The poles are long wooden poles with a rubber end. There is a little block on the boat so the stick can push on it. You use the pole to push the boat and then it sails across the lake. You wait until the boat goes to the side and you push it again.

Ready to launch, captain.
Ready to launch, captain.

Each boat is named after a different country or group of countries. For example, GB is Great Britain and AU is Australia. My boat was Finland. The only downsides are you only get 30 minutes and if your boat gets stuck in the middle of the lake, that’s your 30 minutes up. All together I think every child and adult visiting Paris have to go to the best boat place in the world, Luxembourg Gardens.

Tips

If you do rent a boat, don’t push your boat near the duck’s hut in the middle of the lake

Push your boat the way of the wind so it goes straight.

Oli surveys his fleet
Oli surveys his fleet

Cost

The boat costs 4€ for half an hour so spend your time wisely.

How to get there

The location of the pond is the very centre of the Luxembourg garden. The location of the garden is on rue Guynemer and rue de Vaugirard. There are heaps of bus stations next to the garden. Two of them are Auguste Comete, which takes the number 82 and and Musee du Luxembourg which takes the 58, 84, 89 bus lines. The Metro station Rennes takes the line 12 as well. It is not too far.  And then the RER station, which has the RER B train, is right there.