Whether you live in a bustling city or a small town, a park is a heavenly green sanctuary that can serve as an escape from ordinary life, or a restful place to sunbathe and read a book. These ten amazing American parks offer more than just your average city park; from row boats on the lake to amusement parks and ice skating, these outdoor havens remind us all of how beautiful and lively the “Land of the Free” really is. So next time you plan a road trip, head to one of these parks, they are sure to be enjoyable for the entire family.
10. Audubon Park // New Orleans, LA
Audubon Park is located in New Orleans, Louisiana with part of the area on the shores of the Mississippi River. The park contains a rich collection of local trees, flowers and other flora. It is a regular stopping ground for migratory birds and attracts many bird watchers. The park contains several ponds and fountains, in addition to a golf course. Visitors can enjoy a meal at picnic tables along the Mississippi River.
9. Patterson Park // Baltimore, MD
Located in a highly populated neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland, Patterson Park is one of the most beautiful parks in the country because of the well-kept landscaping and the views of the surrounding city. The park contains a four-level observation tower on a hill in the center. The majority of the space is open with low plantings and flowers around groomed walkways and bike paths. Patterson Park provides open space where city residents can relax and where festivals are held each year.
8. Hagerstown City Park // Hagerstown, MD
Located in the middle of Hagerstown in Maryland, this park is a quaint getaway in an industrial area of the city. It holds history and beauty. The park surrounds a manmade lake and is home to the Washington County Museum of Fine Art that sits directly on the lake. The Hager House and Museum are also inside of the park, surrounded by winding paths, bike trails and recreation areas.
7. Post Office Square // Boston, MA
located in the heart of the financial district in Boston, Massachusetts. The park is built over an underground parking lot. It only covers 2 acres, but holds immense beauty. It contains over 120 different types of flowers, plants and trees and is bordered by restaurants and cafes. Visitors are provided with free cushions for sitting on the ground during the summer.
6. Forest Park // Saint Louis, MO
Forest Park was the location of the 1904 Summer Olympics and occupies over 1,300 acres in the city of Saint Louis, Missouri. The park contains intricate landscaping with many flowers blooming in sequence. It also includes several pieces of public artwork. The park contains an art museum, a zoo, a science center and a golf course. Visitors will find many forested areas with surprises like statues mixed into the landscape.
5. Encanto Park // Phoenix, AZ
Encanto Park located just off one of the busiest parts of Phoenix, Arizona. The landscaping in the park includes tall palms as well as an open lake. Visitors can rent boats and row around the lake, or take a pole and do some fishing. An amusement park sits on one portion of the 200-acre space.
4. Grant Park // Chicago, IL
Grant Park covers over 300 acres of land in Chicago, Illinois. It sits on the edge of Lake Michigan. The park contains an amazing mixture of wooded areas, open fields and gardens between paved plazas like those around Buckingham Fountain. The park contains a number of art museums, a natural history museum and an aquarium. A path stretches through one side of the park for 18 miles along the shores of Lake Michigan.
3. Griffith Park, Los Angeles // Los Angeles, CA
Situated in L.A.’s Los Feliz neighborhood is one of the largest parks in the U.S. Visitors can hike to the observatory overlooking downtown Los Angeles to see one of the most epic views of the Hollywood sign. The park covers 4,310 acres of land, making it one of the largest urban parks in North America. It has also been referred to as the Central Park of Los Angeles but is much larger, more untamed, and rugged.
2. Central Park // New York City, NY
Stretching 51 city blocks, Central Park is a luscious escape from the concrete jungle of Manhattan. During the summer, sunbathe on the open Great Lawn positioned beneath the skyscrapers, explore the fountains and sculptures and take a row boat out on the lake at the heart of the park. During the winter, go ice skating, take a carriage ride and grab dinner at Tavern on the Green. Central park also contains a zoo, an outdoor theater and a fishing pond. This is the most visited park in America.
1. Golden Gate Park // San Francisco, CA
Golden Gate Park is a large city park in San Francisco covering more than 1,000 acres. The park contains lakes, the California Academy of Sciences, the Japanese Tea Garden and formal botanical gardens. Visitors will also find a herd of bison in a special enclosed field. Other attractions include two windmills, Kezar Stadium for sports and the Musical Concourse for live performances. It can take several days to visit all areas of the park.
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