Category: Parks and Gardens

12 Beautiful City Parks to Visit in Your Travels

City parks may not be on many tourists’ list of must-see places, but there are several of these urban oases worth exploring. Here are twelve of the world’s most beautiful city parks to visit on your travels.

Balboa Park
Balboa Park
Location: San Diego, California, USA
Top attractions: A 1910 carousel, Botanical Building, hiking and cycling trails, lily pond, museums, rose garden, and the San Diego Zoo

Central Park
Central Park
Location: New York City, USA
Top attractions: Belvedere Castle, Bethesda Fountain, Bow Bridge, the Carousel, Central Park Reservoir, Central Park Zoo and Tisch Children’s Zoo, Conservatory Garden, Conservatory Water, Imagine Mosaic, Wollman Rink, the woodlands and trails

Chapultepec Park
Chapultepec Park
Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Top attractions: Botanical Gardens, Castillo de Chapultepec (Chapultepec Castle), Chapultepec Zoo, El Caballito, La Diana Cazadora, Modern Art Museum, Monumento a la Independencia, National Museum of Anthropology, rite of the voladores (cultural performance), and Tamayo Museum

Hyde Park
Hyde Park
Location: London, England, UK
Top attractions: Diana Memorial Fountain, Hyde Park Corner, Hyde Park Riding Stables, Lido Bar and Cafe, the Rose Garden, Serpentine, Speakers’ Corner, tennis and sports centre, wildlife, a wide array of memorials, fountains, and statues

Ibirapuera Park
Ibirapuera Park
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
Top attractions: Duck pond at the Bosque da Leitura, Ginásio Estadual Geraldo José de Almeida, Museum of Contemporary Art, the Planetarium, São Paulo’s Modern Art Museum, and Viveiro Manequinho

Lumpini Park
Lumpini Park
Loction: Bangkok, Thailand
Top attractions: A lake, outdoor leisure activities, tree-line pathways, and street foot vendors

Luxembourg Gardens
Luxembourg Gardens
Where: Paris, France
Top attractions: Davioud pavilion, fountains, greenhouses, an orangery, playgrounds, statues, and more

Park Güell
Park Güell
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Top attractions: Mosaic salamander fountain, pavilions that look like gingerbread houses, and more

Royal Botanic Gardens
Royal Botanic Gardens
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Top attractions: Canna Bed Rain Garden, Guilfoyle’s Volcano, Herbarium Discovery Walk, lakes and islands, Nareeb Gates, National Herbarium of Victoria, Observatory Gates, pavilions and rest houses, Plant Craft Cottage, sculptures, Tropical Glasshouse, thousands of plants, and more

Stanley Park
Stanley Park
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Top attractions: Beaches, gardens, Hollow Tree, Lost Lagoon, Miniature Train, Seawall, Stanley Park Horse-Drawn Tours, Totem poles, and the Vancouver Aquarium

Ueno Park
Ueno Park
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Top attractions: Bentendo Temple, Hanami (more than a thousand sakura trees), Kaneiji Temple, Kiyomizu Kannon Temple, National Museum of Nature and Science, National Museum of Western Art, Shinobazu Pond, Shitamachi Museum, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo National Museum, Ueno Daibutsu, Ueno Toshogu Shrine, Ueno Zoo, and University Of Tokyo

Villa Doria Pamphili
Villa Doria Pamphili
Location: Rome, Italy
Top attractions: Arch of the Four Winds, fountains, intricate gardens, pathways for jogging or walking, statues, a villa, and waterfalls