These Are The 15 Most Beautiful Parks Around The World
Parks can often make the difference between a good city and a great one.
Inner city parks are a haven for city dwellers, particularly when you’ve had an extra stressful day at work, and just need somewhere to relax and take in natural scenery.
There’s something really special about finding a tranquil place for peace and quiet in the middle of a bustling urban centre; whether it’s a small green block, or rolling hills, complete with wildlife and a river, inner city parks often hold an incredible sense of value and importance – perhaps even more so than a regular park.
Parks can often make the difference between a good city and a great one. Now, thanks to Fodors Travel, the top city parks around the world have been revealed.
#15 Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne
Melbourne’s famous Royal Botanic Gardens offer a beautiful, sprawling city escape. At more than 100 acres large, a myriad flora and fauna from Australia, and exotic species from across the globe, are all on offer, including black swans, bellbirds and kookaburras.
#14 Villa Doria Pamphili, Rome
The Villa Doria Pamphili is Rome’s largest landscaped public park in the city, filled with stunning architecture, carefully designed and meticulously manicures gardens, large pathways and more, including statues and vases which remind visitors of Rome’s majestic history.
#13 Ibirapuera Park, São Paulo
This Brazilian inner city park is one of the most popular spots in São Paulo for outdoor activities and events. First built in 1954, it’s often compared to New York’s world famous Central Park. Not only does the park offer an escape from the busy surrounds, it also houses lakes, an open air museum and more.
#12 Forest Park, St Louis
Situated in St Louis, Missouri, Forest Park spans a massive 1371 acres (5.5 kilometres), and acts as the city’s cultural hub, including an art museum, history museum, science centre, zoo and ice rink, as well as duck ponds and running paths among other attractions.
#11 Luxembourg Garden, Paris
There’s so much to do and see in Paris that it can feel impossible to enjoy a simple moment of peace. Luckily, the Latin Quarter is home to Luxembourg Gardens, all flowerbeds, apple and pear orchards, greenhouses and more. The perfect place to relax in the city of love.
#10 Stanley Park, Vancouver
Possibly Canada’s greatest inner city park, the thousand acre Stanley Park is equally beloved by locals and visitors. A hub of activity, from rollerblading and hiking to outdoor theatre performances and a moonlight cinema, there’s also lakes, forest trails, water lilies and more to enjoy.
#9 Central Park, New York City
It wouldn’t be a list of inner city parks without the most well-known one on the planet. Central Park is home to countless tourists, horse carriages, street vendors and more, including an ice rink during winter and Strawberry Fields, a tribute to John Lennon tribute.
#8 Balboa Park, San Diego
Though situated in Southern California, Balboa Park will make you feel like you’ve entered a totally different world. There, you’ll find the San Diego Zoo, a rose garden, beautiful fountains, performing arts centres and a blue-tiled bell tower which rings out each hour.
#7 Hibiya Park, Tokyo
Though Tokyo is best known for being one of the most populated cities in the world, it’s also home to spectacular parks, with Hibiya Park being the most beautiful of them all. A stunning, tranquil city retreat, you’ll find everything from flowerbeds and cherry blossoms to live music and theatre.
#6 Park Güell, Barcelona
Designed by the great architect Antoni Gaudì, Barcelona’s Parl Güell is one of the most unique parks around the world, filled with gorgeous gardens and Art Nouveau architecture. Situated on Carmel Hill with two large buildings signifying the entrance, you could easily find yourself lost among Park Güell.
#5 Griffith Park, Los Angeles
Another city known for being busy and bustling 24 hours a day, Los Angeles is one of the most famous cities in the US, and Griffith Park is one the country’s largest urban parks, spanning more than 4300 acres (17.4 km), including the Los Angeles Zoo and Griffith Observatory.
#4 Royal National City Park, Stockholm
One of the most wildlife-heavy urban parks on the list, this Swedish city escape covers 27 square kilometres, and is home to elk, deer, hares, and many rare species of birds. The park is also used by community groups including scouts, sports groups, allotments, birdwatching and more.
#3 Lumphini Park, Bangkok
Bangkok isn’t primarily known for its parklands, but Lumphini Park is an incredible urban park, including peaceful lakes, running paths, hundreds of trees and more. Though small, it’s incredibly important for locals as it offers a rare escape from the busy Thai capital.
#2 Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
This massive stretch of parkland is one of San Francisco‘s most important cultural hubs, home to music festivals, a Japanese garden and more, offering the busy Northern California city an urban retreat so large that it feels like you’re somewhere completely different.
#1 Hyde Park, London
Hyde Park overlooks just about everything famous in London, from Buckingham Palace to Big Ben. There’s a lake filled with Swans, cafes, lakes and more. As iconic as its architectural surrounds, it wouldn’t be London without Hyde Park.
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