You can do many wonderful and unique activities when you travel. You can partake in new cuisine, explore beautiful museums and galleries, or wander the city streets. If you need some low-impact movement on your next vacation, head to the city’s parks. Wander the walking trails, picnic in the green space, and let your kids explore the play areas—the most successful public parks will have everything you need for a day of exploration and merriment. If that sounds like something you’d enjoy, take a look at our list of the nicest public parks in the U.S.—you’ll find one that catches your eye!
Boston Common & Public Gardens, Boston
The oldest public park in the United States, the Boston Common and Public Garden has been a staple of the city since 1634. It includes ponds for splashing, green space and venues for summer concerts, and swan boat rides for couples!
Forest Park, St. Louis
With 1,371 acres to explore, you and your loved ones are sure to enjoy exploring this public park. It has everything you need for a day of exploration—a free zoo, a science center, a planetarium, golf course, a waterfall, and so much more.
Central Park, New York City
Probably one of the most popular urban parks in America, Central Park has hundreds of acres of green space for you to wander. Take a break from the hustle of the city and bring a picnic to the park—the Great Lawn, Strawberry Fields, and Sheep Meadow offer excellent choices!
Hermann Park, Houston
One of Houston’s prime green spaces, this 445-acre oasis has tons for you to adventure through. From their traditional Japanese garden to the Houston Zoo, there’s something to appease every visitor. We highly recommend a visit in the summer when you can check out the Miller Outdoor Theatre.
Patterson Park, Baltimore
Head to the observation tower in Patterson Park for some of the most marvelous views of downtown Baltimore. The park bursts with different activities; there are various sports fields, festivals, and year-round activities for you and your family to enjoy.
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
California is another state that’s chock-full of beautiful public parks for some nature exploration. Golden Gate Park is one of our favorites for its thousand acres of beauty. It boasts lakes, the California Academy of Sciences, formal botanical gardens, live performance venues, and so much more!
Lincoln Park, Chicago
Chicago has wonderful urban parks as well, like Millennium and Grant Park. We chose Lincoln Park for this list, however, for the diverse activities available there. From the peaceful green fields to the bustle of the free Lincoln Park zoo, there’s tons for you and your loved ones to admire.
Forsyth Park, Savannah
The fountain that you picture when you think of Savannah’s charming beauty? That’s found in Forsyth Park where the moss-covered live oak trees are in abundance. Sit on a park bench and people watch, or take the kids to the spray pool and playground!
These are just a few of the many enchanting parks in the country. Take some time to explore some of your own—you won’t regret it.