Top 10 Most Popular Parks around the World

Let’s admit it – working from 9 to 5 is stressful for anyone! Visiting these 10 most popular parks around the world might just relieve some of that stress.

10. Singapore Botanic Gardens (Singapore)

Singapore Botanic Gardens (Singapore)
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Anywhere near Asia? You might want to visit the Botanic Gardens of the Lion City – Singapore. Sitting in the tenth spot of the most famous parks all over the globe, the Singapore Botanic Gardens is an extensive nature park that houses small trees called Tongkat Ali (scientifically known as Eurycoma Longifolia), which roots are used as a main ingredient for tea and coffee to aid men with impotence problems and low sperm count, or even as an aphrodisiac to increase male libido. This specific needs an average of 25 years to become an adult to be used as an ingredient.

The park is mostly visited by couples and women who enjoy the beauty. The suggested number of hours to visit is at least one to two hours to roam around and appreciate the entire area.

9. Golden Gate Park (San Francisco, USA)

Golden Gate Park (San Francisco, USA)
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Ranked as ninth on our list and 16th of all of the 336 tourist attractions in San Francisco, the Golden Gate Park is the third most visited park in the country. This is a huge rectangular-shaped urban park similar to the famed Central Park of New York City. It has plenty of green space, gardens, fresh air and even museums. Among the attractions in this park are the Deyong Museum, San Francisco Botanical Gardens, California Academy of Science, Conservatory of Flowers, and Japanese Tea Gardens.

The park itself does not charge admission fees but other attractions such as the Deyong Museum, the Conservatory, and the California Academy of Science do. The recommended time needed to visit is at least one hour.

8. Luxembourg Gardens (Paris, France)

Luxembourg Gardens (Paris, France)
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Previously only open to royalty prior to the French Revolution, Luxembourg Gardens is the eighth most popular park in the world and the fifth among the 616 attractions in Paris.

Covering a whopping 25-hectare area, Luxembourg Gardens is divided into two (the English and French Gardens), by a vast pond and a geometric forest. To name some of the many attractions of the park are an orchard, apiary, rose and orchid gardens, 106 statues, the Pavillion Davioud, the epic Medici fountain, and an Orangerie.

If viewing all those must-see attractions is not enough, you can also partake in activities such as slides, puppets and rides for kids, remote-operated boats, tennis and chess for adults – all for tourists and Parisians alike. It also has concerts along the bandstand and even photography exhibits along the garden railings.

7. Guell Park (Barcelona, Spain)

Guell Park (Barcelona, Spain)
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In Barcelona since 1923, Guell Park has been hailed not only for its architecture, but mostly for its scenic views of the city. Named as the seventh most popular park all over the world and ranked as eighth among the 284 attractions in Barcelona, Guell Park is best known for its sightseeing and walks.

As said, the park showcases such a work of art evident in its architecture. To name some of the structures gaining fame among the visitors are the dragon fountain at the entrance of the park, the Salon of Hundred Columns (but actually has 84 columns), an enormous undulating bench taking the form of a sea serpent, and the Closed Chapel.

6. Balboa Park (San Diego, USA)

Balboa Park (San Diego, USA)
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Another famed urban park in the United States conquering the sixth spot as one of the most popular parks in the world and ranked as 11th among the 194 attractions in San Diego, Balboa Park is a park for all ages. With activities ranging from sight-seeing, strolling, wildlife-viewing, 15 museums, gardens to-die-for, the San Diego Zoo, various performing arts locations, and even getting married, Balboa Park will definitely entertain you!

5. Millennium Park (Chicago, USA)

Millennium Park (Chicago, USA)
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Completed 4 years later than expected and beyond budgeted expenses, Millennium Park grabbed the fifth spot for our list and ranked as seventh among the 348 attractions in Chicago. The following are the amazing sights to see in this park:

  • The Crown Fountain showcasing a thousand faces of residents of the area at random, culminating at a shower of water that splashes the whole plaza.
  • Cloud Gate a.k.a. The Bean
  • The Pritzker Pavillion
  • The BP Bridge
  • The Lurie Garden

4. Highline (New York City, USA)

Highline (New York City, USA)
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Fourth on our list and 19th atop the 769 attractions in New York, Highline Park has captured the hearts of many, offering blossoming horticulture, mouth-watering seasonal food vendors, great artworks, various community programming and breath-taking views along the city’s skyline and Hudson River.

It is an elevated railway converted and preserved as a public park on the West Side of Manhattan, running along Gansevoort Street to West 34th Street, in the middle of 10th and 11th Avenues.

3. Garden of the Gods (Colorado, USA)

Garden of the Gods (Colorado, USA)
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Topping the 79 attractions in Colorado and third on our list, Garden of the Gods is the perfect place to be amazed, with various rock formations, wildlife and vegetation.

It is a haven for trekking and hiking, offering the best views of Colorado Springs at Rampart Range Road; along with a public target shooting range for the more adventurous, Woodland Park and Rampart Reservoir.

2. Central Park (New York City, USA)

Central Park (New York City, USA)
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Tenth among the many attractions in NYC and second on our list, Central Park sure is one of the most classic and iconic places of the city. Stretching to cover 341 hectares, Central Park is located at the heart of Manhattan and has served as a benchmark for other parks.

Entirely man-made (except for the rocks), Central Park contains almost all types of landscapes; such as hills, huge lawns, forest, lakes, and beautiful gardens.

1. Stanley Park (Vancouver, Canada)

Stanley Park (Vancouver, Canada)
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With all its glory and grace, Stanley Park topped our list and number 2 among the 173 Vancouver attractions; grossing 8 million tourists and visitors annually! Among the favourite activities in this park are skating, walking, and even running for the more health conscious people.

Marked as a splendid green oasis amidst the greatly urbanized aura of Vancouver, Stanley Park covers a 400-hectare area containing scenic and mouth-dropping views of raw and majestic beauties of nature, and the historical and cultural landmarks.

 

Every hard worker deserves a relaxing and meaningful break. So, take your pick from the list and get that stress off your shoulders!

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Michael Jones

Created and runs the Holiday Point travel brand, incorporating a network of 9 location based travel information and attraction websites around Australia. With 15 years of online experience, Michael not only writes content for the website and is the face of social media, he also tinkers behind the scenes with the website functionality & design.

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