Visiting Paris in March: What To See and Do

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    Quietly Sublime, March Offers a Gentle Thaw

    Jardin du Luxembourg in spring, Paris
    ••• Jardin du Luxembourg in spring, Paris. Angelita Niedziejko/Getty Images

    Unless you're a subtle soul who finds true poetry in winter landscapes and activities, Paris in March comes as a relief after months of dark, cold days. It may not be the mad symphony of blossoms and whirling pollen that April and May so often bring, but March in Paris offers a gentle thaw. You'll see it in both the flora and in the faces of the locals, who seem to all hopefully creep out of hibernation. This is the period when Parisians get back their joie de vivre and hit the town again. Accordingly, this is a great time to explore a few beautiful Paris parks and gardens, soak up any available sun and warmth on a cafe terrace, or fully enjoy walking around in one of the city's charming neighborhoods.

    There's also plenty on around Paris in March, from festivals to exhibits and shows. If you're in town on St. Patrick's Day, consider joining in on the celebration and get a glimpse of Paris' ever-expanding Irish community. (See March Events Calendar for more...MORE details)

    The March Thermometer:

    • Minimum temperature: 5 degrees C (41 degrees F)
    • Maximum temperature: 11 degrees C (51.8 degrees F)
    • Average temperature: 7 degrees C (44.6 degrees F)
    • Average rainfall: 41 millimeters (1.6 inches)

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    How to Pack for Your March Trip in the French Capital?

    Springtime at the Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris: always divine.
    ••• Springtime at the Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris: always divine. Linh Nguyen/Some rights reserved under Creative Commons license.

    One of the first questions you're likely to have about your sojourn concerns the weather-- and concerns about how to pack your suitcase. 

    The most important thing to remember is that spring is not entirely sprung at this time of year. As a general rule, March in Paris remains somewhat chilly, with temperatures hovering at around 45 degrees F on average. It's a good idea to pack clothes that you can layer in case an unusually cool or warm day sneaks up on you. You can bring light cotton shirts, shorts, skirts and pants in hopes of sun, but it's also highly advisable to pack a few sweaters, warm socks, a springtime scarf or two and a light coat.

    March can be a wet month, and the French capital is well-known for its erratic and sudden downpours. So make sure to pack an umbrella that can withstand strong rain and wind.

    Make sure to pack a good pair of waterproof shoes. Rain during a March trip to Paris is likely, and you don't want to ruin your excursions with sloshy shoes and...MORE cold, wet socks. Also be sure to bring along a pair of shoes that are comfortable to walk in-- Paris is a city where going by foot is often the best option.

    Bring a pair of light gloves as the mercury may still err on the cold side at this time of year, especially after dusk. 

    Think about packing a hat and other sun gear in case a sunny day comes along and you wish to spend time lazing in one of Paris' best parks and gardens.