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Best Urban Parks to Explore

by Katie Skrzek

Apr 19, 2016

Stanley Park, Vancouver, Canada © Jamesvancouver | Dreamstime 28109940

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Exploring a National Park can be a breathtaking experience. City dwellers don’t always have that luxury. However, many cities around the world are home to stunning urban parks. These are our favorites.


Spring Morning in Central Park, New York City © Graemes | Dreamstime 17817321

© Graemes | Dreamstime


Central Park, New York City

This sprawling park in the center of Manhattan is a popular destination for locals and tourists. The space is ideal for outdoor activities like running, bicycling, rowboating, picnicking and sunbathing. Famous park landmarks include Strawberry Fields, Wollman Rink and Bethesda Fountain.


Civic Space Park, Phoenix

Opened in 2009, Civic Space Park is a modern urban escape. The artfully designed park draws energy from solar panels. Food trucks, concerts, art installations and a splash fountain draw visitors. Light rail and bus stations are located steps away.


Namba Parks, Osaka, Japan © Kam Lung Kong | Dreamstime 32864726

© Kam Lung Kong | Dreamstime


Namba Parks, Osaka

Namba Parks provides a contrast to Osaka’s dense urban environment. The structure spans eight levels of a 30-story office and shopping complex. Rock formations, trees, lawns, streams, waterfalls and cliffs make up the site.


Stanley Park, Vancouver

Located on the edge of downtown Vancouver, Stanley Park attracts millions of visitors annually. With skyline views, a portion of seawall surrounds the park. Family-friendly activities are ample here.


Park Güell, Barcelona

Park Güell is more a work of art than a park. Designed by famed architect Antoni Gaudì, the park features dazzling mosaics and stone structures inspired by nature. The park sits atop a hill — perfect for panoramic views of Barcelona.


Antoni Gaudi's Parc Guell Public Garden in Barcelona, Spain © Matthew Dixon | Dreamstime 41929445

© Matthew Dixon | Dreamstime



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