Parks are an excellent place for people to come together—whether it’s to play a game of catch, relax, or to just take in the beauty and nature away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Although all parks should be appreciated, some of them are unmatched in terms of their beauty. Here’s a list of some of the most gorgeous city parks in the world. You won’t believe some of these places are real…and free of charge!
Keukenhof Park, Lisse, Netherlands
When it comes to Keukenhof Park, timing is a major factor. Between mid-March and mid-May, the park comes to life in an explosion of colors and defines the meaning of spring. Over 7 million flower bulbs are planted annually which covers a total of 79 acres. It is a popular park for many dignitaries throughout Europe as well as visitors from around the world.
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
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The Golden Gate Park draws up to 13 million people annually and was built from more than 1,000 acres of sand dunes in the 1870s. There are numerous attractions such as the De Young Museum, the Japanese Tea Garden, and Conservatory of flowers. Being 1,017 acres, there no limited amount of space and even holds a yearly music festival.
Forest Park, St. Louis
Forest Park formerly hosted the 1904 Summer Olympics and the World Fair. Today, it has a zoo, numerous art and history museums, and even the science center. There are also more than 100 species of wild birds documented on the grounds. It is sometimes referred to as the “Heart of St. Louis” and covers 1,371 acres.
Park Güell, Barcelona
Located on Carmel Hill in Barcelona, the park was built between 1900 and 1914 and designed by the renown architect Antonio Gaudi. Although the park officially opened as a public park, it has since been declared as a World Heritage site by the UNESCO under the works of Antonio Gaudi with reasonable prices varying upon entry.
City Park, New Orleans
The City Park in New Orleans is a public park with the world’s largest collection of matured live oaks with some over 600 years old. The park itself is 1,300 acres and is the 20th-most-visited urban park in the United States. There is available horseback riding, a sculpture park, as well as Botanical Gardens.
Stanley Park, Vancouver
Stanley Park is described as being a temperate rainforest that is almost completely surrounded by water. It is home to a wild forest of over 500,000 cedar, fir, and hemlock trees with views of the skyline of Vancouver. Main attractions include a small golf course, outdoor theatre, seaside swimming pool, large lawn areas and more.
Namba Parks, Osaka, Japan
Namba Parks opened in 2003 and is an urban oasis with terraces, shops, entertainment, vegetable gardens, waterfalls and more. It is where what used to be Osaka’s baseball stadium and spans across eight levels of 30-story office towers and a mall with each level having different attractions.
Ibirapuera Park, São Paulo, Brazil
Ibirapuera Park opened in 1954 and was the vision of Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer who worked with landscape architect Burle Max in order to complete it. The importance of it to São Paulo is that of Central Park to New York and is one of Latin America’s biggest urban parks.
Englischer Garten, Munich
In the 1790s, Munich city officials set aside more than 900 acres for one of Europe’s largest parks. With many activities ranging from bike riding, sunbathing (in the nude) and paddle boats, there’s something for everybody. The most popular attraction known is the Chinese Tower which is a beer garden which has room for 7,000 thirsty guests!
Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, Paris
Parc des Buttes-Chaumont is the steepest park out of the many in Paris. Dynamite was used to in order create the waterfall,s grotto, and lakes within the park. The park opened in 1867 during the reign of Napoleon III with the Temple of Sybil which is a Roman-inspired structure in the park.
Balboa Park, San Diego
In sunny San Diego, California, Balboa Park is a must-see. In the park, there are so many attractions that it’s impossible to do them all in one day. There is the San Diego Zoo, 15 different museums, and endless activities. The park is 1,200 acres and has 65 miles of trails for hikers and cyclists.
Griffith Park, Los Angeles
Opened in 1896, another major city park in Southern California is Griffith Park. The park is famous for being in numerous movies, its 53 miles of trails, and its size being over 4,310 acres. One of its biggest attractions in the Griffith Observatory with a large planetarium and the highest point in the park is the classic Hollywood sign.
Ueno Park, Tokyo
Ueno Park was established in 1873 and formerly belonged to the temple Kan’ei-ji. It was one of the countries first public parks and is home to many major museums and is well-known for its thousands of cherry trees, and the zoo which houses Japan’s first pandas.
Civic Space Park, Phoenix
The Civic Space Park opened in 2009 and helped to initiate the rebirth and redevelopment of downtown Phoenix in Arizona. The park brings food trucks, concerts, open lawns, and access to many forms of public transportation. It is also located directly across from the ASU Downtown Campus.
Central Park, New York City
Established in 1857, Central Park is 843 acres and is located in between the Upper West Side and Upper East Side of Manhattan. The park receives around 40 million visitors annually and is one of the most filmed locations in the world. it is a popular place for running, cycling, and everything in between. It is regarded as “the shared backyard of every New Yorker.”
Mount Faber Park, Singapore
Mount Faber is the second highest hill in the city and overlooks the Keppel Harbour and southern Singapore. Here, you can take a cable car to the Sentosa Island resort complex with theme parks and other attractions. There are also many trails in the park itself leading to the scenic view at the top.
Shanghai Houtan Park, Shanghai
Shanghai Houtan Park is built on a brownfield of a former industrial site and is now a regenerative living landscape on the Huangpu riverfront. In 2010, the project was started, and a wetland was constructed with ecological flood control, urban agriculture, and more. It is a green space to help with the surrounding industries waste.
Parque Quinta Normal, Santiago, Chile
Parque Quinto sometimes goes unnoticed compared to some of the other city parks that provide amazing views of the city. However, the local-packed museum is full of hands-on museums, a Railway Museum, lagoon, and a variety of trees and architecture. It is considered to be underrated but beautiful, to say the least.
Hyde Park, London
Hyde Park is the largest of the four Royal Parks that form a chain in London. It was established in 1536 by Henry VIII who used it as a hunting ground. It opened to the public in 1637 and since has become a great tourist attraction full of leisure, activities, and sanctioned events.
Beihai Park, Beijing
Beihai Park is located near the Forbidden City and is from the 10th Century, dating back to imperial China. Within the park, there are very well-preserved landscaping, pavilions, Buddhist temples complete with a lake. The Jingxin room is a garden inside of a garden with famous ponds where former Chinese emperors used to go to relax.