Natura in the City – America’s Top 10 City Parks

Picture this: a beautiful sunny day, a blanket spread on the grass, a bottle of crisp sauvignon blanc, and you – all set in a relaxing urban oasis. If this sounds like a perfect day to you, it can be yours when you visit one of America’s top-rated city parks. Here are the top 10 city parks in the U.S. where you can make this fantasy a reality.

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  1. Central Park, New York City – Of course Central Park is #1! This park has it all – acres and acres of stunning natural beauty, museums, a zoo, an outdoor theatre, and tons more! And don’t even get us started on the primo people watching opportunities here!
  2. Golden Gate Park, San Francisco – On the opposite coast, you’ve got the 1,000-acre Golden Gate Park, which meets the Pacific Ocean on its western boundary. The park, which was once just lonely sand dunes, now features tons of trees, lakes, botanical gardens, a museum, conservatories, and even a bison habitat.
  3. Post Office Square, Boston – At 1.7 acres, Post Office Square may be small, but it’s a well-known local favorite. When the weather is nice, the place is crowded with employees and visitors of the city’s financial district, who appreciate the secluded, natural feel of the park.
  4. Encanto Park, Phoenix – This park may be in the desert Southwest, but it’s a lush, green paradise in the city. For those who crave natural beauty, there is a nature trail and lagoon, along with ample picnic space for enjoying the surroundings. Encanto Park also features boat rentals, a mini train, and even an amusement park.
  5. Grant Park, Chicago – There’s not a lot that beats sitting on a bench in Grant Park, downing a Chicago-style hot dog and chasing it with a nice glass of Natura sauvignon blanc. But there’s lots more to do here, including watching a fountain show, taking in the expansive views of Lake Michigan, or visiting the world-famous Art Institute of Chicago.
  6. Audubon Park, New Orleans – Named for naturalist John James Audubon, this New Orleans park is a favorite of birdwatchers and non-birdwatchers alike. The park is home to magnificent oak trees and water features, and it also include a golf course, zoo, and a winding path perfect for meandering.
  7. Boston Common, Boston – Another Boston hotspot, this park is as historical as it is fun. It was a gathering place for troops during the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, and both Martin Luther King, Jr. and Pope John Paul II made speeches here.
  8. Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NYC – Not too far from Central Park, Prospect Park sits as NYC’s simpler, but no less fantastic, option. There’s a natural forest and a gorgeous lake for those who want to appreciate nature in the city, and a zoo for animal-loving visitors.
  9. Cal Anderson Park, Seattle – Located in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, Cal Anderson Park looks like your typical park – until you realize you’re standing over a drinking water reservoir. With the reservoir deep below, park visitors can enjoy walking, biking, wading pools, and children’s play equipment.
  10. Patterson Park, Baltimore – Best known for the Pagoda, a Victorian-style observation tower, Patterson Park is more of a traditional park than some of the others on this list. There’s no zoo or amusement park; instead, visitors enjoy acres of fields, walking paths, athletic fields, and even a bit of historical significance as Patterson Park served as an important defensive position for troops during the War of 1812.