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- Posted:Wednesday, September 1, 2010
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One of our favourite free things to do when visiting a new city is to check out the public parks. These parks are a great way of escaping when the hustle and bustle of the city becomes too much. They are also a nice way of seeing the scenic side of a city without having to travel out of the area. We’ve been to a few city parks and have also had a few recommended to us, so here’s our list of some great public parks around the world and if you are in the area make sure you check them out.
Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland
Phoenix Park is one of the largest parks in a European city as it covers over 707 hectares. There are many important buildings in the park such as Aras an Uachtarain – home to the President of Ireland. Phoenix Park is also home to Dublin Zoo as well as many deer and other wildlife. Take a stroll around Phoenix Park next time you are in Dublin and see if tops your favourite parks list.
Central Park, New York, USA
When you are in one of the world’s most populated cities it can be nice to have a scenic escape close by. New Yorkers and tourists flock to Central Park on a nice day in New York City to escape the noise and fast paced atmosphere of this city. Manhattan’s Central Park is one New York’s top attractions and probably one of the world’s most famous parks. There’s lots to see in Central Park so take your time walking around the area and get all the sights in such as Sheep Meadow, Strawberry Fields or row a boat in the lake.
Parque del Buen Retiro, Madrid, Spain
At the edge of Madrid’s city centre you will find Parque del Buen Retiro. This is a favourite hang-out for locals in Madrid who want to escape the hot summer sun or even want to take in some scenery in a stunning setting. You will find lots to see around Retiro Park as it is filled with amazing sculptures and monuments, green spaces and a lake where you can row boats.
Hyde Park, London, England
London has always been proud of its many green spaces, particularly those parks known as the Royal Parks. Our favourite of these Royal Parks also happens to be the biggest Hyde Park. This public park covers over 350 acres including a lake, the historical Speaker’s Corner and lots of artwork around the area.
Hibiya Park, Tokyo, Japan
A lot of the public parks in Tokyo were once upon a time private gardens in ancient times. Close to the Imperial Palace you will find the Hibiya Park that is actually a Western-style park full of flowers, sculpture, walkways and also an open air concert venue. Hibiya covers up to 16 hectares and has a great atmosphere making it the perfect place to relax and hang out with some friends or take a peaceful stroll on your own.
If you have any of your favourite public parks to add to our list then leave a comment below!