Five Amazing Parks Around the World


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Central Park in New York.

Central Park in New York.

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Jun 26, 2012 —  It’s halfway through another 100-hour workweek and you're drowning in a sea of papers and to-do lists. But just before you pull your hair out, the site of the expansive park below your window brings a sigh of relief. You take a break, stroll into the park, and within five minutes, are deep enough to forget that you're surrounded by the noise and smog and bustle of the city. A barefoot walk through the grassy meadow and your brain is recharged, ready to go back to work knowing there is always something in the park to look forward to.

Cities may be known as concrete jungles of skyscrapers, roads, and metal, but they are just as much defined by their parks. Since the advent of the industrial city, green spaces have been critical to not only the aesthetic beauty of a metropolis but also the mental health of its residents. They offer seclusion, sports and leisure activities, and a reconnection with nature and the community.

Whether it’s to play a game of golf, go to a museum, or see a concert while lying out in a field, the great parks below provide enough space, activity, and tranquility to escape from the suffocating confines of the their manmade surroundings. 

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    Central Park

    Culture / Outdoor Activity / Park

    Central Park - Culture | Outdoor Activity | Park in New York.
    New York

    Central Park
    New York, NY 10019


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    Hyde Park

    Landmark / Outdoor Activity / Park

    Hyde Park - Landmark | Outdoor Activity | Park in London.

    Between Park Lane and Kensington Church Street and Bayswater Road
    and Hyde Park Gate
    London W1

    300 061 2000

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    El Parque del Buen Retiro

    Landmark / Outdoor Activity / Park

    El Parque del Buen Retiro - Landmark | Outdoor Activity | Park in Madrid.

    C/ Alfonso XII, 14
    28014 Madrid

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    Golden Gate Park

    Culture / Outdoor Activity / Park

    Golden Gate Park - Culture | Outdoor Activity | Park in San Francisco.
    San Francisco

    Between Stanyan Street to the east
    and Great Highway to the west,
    and Fulton Street to the north
    and Lincoln Way to the south
    San Francisco, CA 94118


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    Englischer Garten

    Beer Garden / Outdoor Activity / Park

    Englischer Garten - Beer Garden | Outdoor Activity | Park in Munich.

    Englischer Garten
    80538 Munich

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User Comments

Chris M. Aug 1, 2012
Griffith Park is a place you could wander for a long, long time.
Alex K. Jul 31, 2012
Agreed. The Griffith Observatory has some of the best views of LA...and the Hollywood Sign. It's gorgeous at night.
Deepak H. Jul 31, 2012
Central Park. Enough said! An awesome park in an awesome city.
Danny M. Jul 30, 2012
Love a good bike ride in Golden Gate Park. Great place to picnic and chill out for an afternoon as well.
Anonymous Jul 30, 2012
Golden Gate will always hold a special place in my heart. A lot of memories running through the arboretum as a kid. But I do have to say Croatia has some incredible national parks to wander through
Matt Y. Jul 28, 2012
I love Griffith Park in LA. So many great hikes, things to do, and if you need a break, you can always go over to the observatory. Great place day or night.
Anonymous Jul 27, 2012
Englischer Garten is the coolest park in the world! Not only are there two biergarten's within, but the top of the creek even has a standing wave for surfing! So yes, I can officially say I surfed in Munich.
Paula P. Jul 27, 2012
I miss Hyde Park so much! Even though London's food pales in comparison to LA's food, I can say that parks are something that London does very very well, and I wish LA had more parks like London's. I used to go running in Hyde Park when things got too stuffy in my flat - it was so gorgeous.
Anonymous Jul 26, 2012
The Crystal Castle at El Retiro is absolutely stunning.
Sara G. Jul 26, 2012
Central Park, hands down - I have so many great memories from when I was a kid. What about the Palais-Royal Gardens in Paris? You can't help but feel a bit regal knowing you're surrounded by so many amazingly historic buildings.
Anonymous Jul 26, 2012
Griffith Park in LA is great. Love the observatory, the incredible hikes, golf course, etc. Love going during the week when it's not as crowded.
Anonymous Jul 26, 2012
I'd take Parque de María Luisa in Sevilla over El Retiro in Madrid. I ran in that park every day for almost a year. I can't wait to go back.
Chris M. Jul 26, 2012
The Luxembourg Gardens in Paris are also amazing. Probably my favorite place in the world for people watching.

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