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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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