The second part of our blog to travel the world in search of the most beautiful city parks will take us to North America and Europe to see even more great examples of inner city planning and development. In part one we visited Melbourne, Rome and Sao Paulo and took a stroll through some outstanding parks, we continue our leafy walk in this blog starting in St. Louis.
Forest Park – St. Louis
Forest Park is so large you could spend all day exploring it. Located just on the outskirts of this beautiful Canadian city, it occupies one thousand, three hundred very verdant acres with luscious greenery all about. Forest Park also encompasses five major points of culture for visitors to admire. There is an outdoor ice rink, a museum and even the city zoo. One of the great leisure activities citizens can take advantage of is a paddle boat excursion through the many crystal-clear blue ponds that are in the park. Forest Park is a place for taking it easy picnicking on the green hills or more strenuous activity such as cycling or jogging on the great dual path that runs throughout the park.
Luxembourg Gardens – Paris
You may be a trifle confused visiting Luxembourg Gardens as it is in France, and it is located in the bustling Latin Quarter of Paris. Luxembourg Gardens provides a tranquil retreat for the citizens of Paris to get away from the crowded streets and take time out.
The well-tended flowerbeds and intricate pathways are a joy to stroll through and forget about day to day troubles. But the Luxembourg Gardens also hosts a number of other attractions, including the English and French gardens, divine greenhouses full of exotic plants and an enchanting orchard growing pears and apples. Another unique feature is the marionette theater hosting puppet shows and the kid’s playground, complete with swings and merry-go-round.
Stanley Park – Vancouver
Stanley Park in Vancouver has little competition to its sheer beauty, made even more attractive set against the urban background of this massive Canadian city. For an inner-city park it is on a grand scale being over a thousand acres, and it is a large dollop of wilderness in the heart of a bustling metropolis.
Locals and visitors both enjoy this most wonderful of places, where you can stroll by the seawall or take your bike out for a spin. You can see any manner of activity as the local citizens take time off their busy schedules. During the summer the park is home to many outdoor events including cultural and theatrical performances. In the center of the Park is the beautiful Beaver Lake which attracts many people to see the water lilies on its calm waters.
Don’t forget to take time to visit Lost Lagoon which is the proverbial jewel in the crown. The forty-acre freshwater lake is perfect for water-based activities such as boating and swimming. In part three of our journey to see the most spectacular parks around the world we travel to New York, San Diego and Tokyo.