In Photos: 10 Beautiful City Parks






Urban explorers and travelers have many things to do and see in the hustle and bustle of the city. But sometimes, everyone needs to get away from the concrete jungle and back to nature. We present some of the most beautiful city parks and recreation areas in the world.......escape for a day to these oasis!

Butchart Gardens-Victoria, BC

Butchart Gardens began in 1904 and are now a Canadian National Historic Site. Over 55 acres of gardens and land sculpture attract more than 1 million visitors a year!

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Ueno Park-Tokyo

This beautiful, shaded park has many miles of twisting paths, and is home to thousands of cherry trees and 9 wonderful museums, including the Japanese National Library.


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Stanley Park-Vancouver

Stanley Park is the heart of Vancouver, with many outdoor activities, including a golf course and epic hiking trails. Rent a bicycle built for 2 and ride The Seawall, or take a ride on the miniature train.


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Golden Gate Park-San Francisco

Wonderful views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the worlds largest flower conservatory, Dutch windmills and over 60,000 towering pine, cypress and eucalyptus trees bring 13 million visitors each year to this urban park.


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Forest Park-St.Louis

Forest Park is a city oasis for runners and joggers, hikers and folks on bicycles, skates and roller blades. A six-mile trail encircles the park, and the city maintains hiking trails throughout Kennedy Forest.


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Audubon Park-New Orleans

Home to the world class Audubon Zoo, this park stretches between St. Charles Avenue and Magazine Street. It has  a 2 mile track for running, walking, or biking, as well as picnic and play areas.


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Parc Guell-Barcelona

Planned and designed with the modernist art of architect Antonio Guadi, this distinctly Catalonian park is truly one of a kind. Stone and tile animal sculptures and twisting paths and terraces guide you through many wonders, and there is a surprise around each corner.




Phoenix Park-Dublin

One of the largest urban parks in Europe, Phoenix Park is home to a conservation area, a herd of fallow deer and many species of native wildlife.  Many historic buildings and monuments are located here, as well as the Dublin Zoo.


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Potomac Park-Washington, DC

Divided into the East Potomac and West Potomac, this park features iconic national treasures such as the Vietnam Memorial and the Jefferson Memorial. The park has a myriad of trails and beautiful river scenery.




Fairmount Park-Philadelphia

Encompassing almost 10 percent of the city proper of Philadelphia, this diverse park is a series of green spaces and historical neighborhoods connected together by 63 different smaller parks, including Rittenhouse Square and JFK Memorial Park.


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J.R. Wirshing wrote: 10:25pm October 7, 2012

Great theme. Great parks.

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Adam Zettler wrote: 9:56pm October 8, 2012

Thanks for your comment JR

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