Top 5 city parks you must visit at least once in your life

Whether you want to soak up the sun in one of these parks on a glorious day or just admire the picturesque views they have to offer, you must visit these city parks at least once in your lifetime.

Primrose Hill   Photographer: Commons/Richard Kaby

Primrose Hill, London, United Kingdom

This park is surrounded by nothing but greenery and is a perfect spot to attend in the summer. However, what makes it stand out is the big steep hill with a view. It may be a climb to walk up, but the view of London as a whole is breath taking in the day and when the city is lit up at night. Not only that, but every year Primrose Hill host an outdoor food festival and a dog show; this is an ideal day out for both families and friends. For more information, check out their site here

Central Park   Photographer: Common/Robert Young

Central Park, New York, United States

Central Park is known to be one of the most popular film locations in the world and in 2013, just over 40 million visited this park in that year, as well as over 37.5 million people visiting annually. Just in the heart of the bustling city New York, this stunning 843 acre long park is a great location to visit any time of the year. In the summer, visit the blossoming Shakespeare Garden, which is a 4 acre vibrant botanical garden that resembles to the Bard’s native English countryside, as it was inspired after the poet William Shakespeare. This park also has the ideal mood setting for Christmas in the winter, as it is covered in a blanket of snow, along with frozen lakes and the skyline of New York all in one place; it is truly magical.

Vondelpark   Photographer: Commons/martin_vmorris

Vondelpark, Amsterdam, Netherlands

This is the largest city park in Amsterdam, with over 10 million people visiting yearly. This park is close by the Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk Museum, which is a bonus when touring around the city. Throughout the year they host free concerts and festivals in their open-air theatre, which is a fun experience to share with the locals and other tourists, especially in the summer. This park also has great history, as they have 3 significant sculptures which is of the Dutch poet Vondel by Louis Royer, an abstract concrete ‘Fish’ by Pablo Picasso and a bronze representing a Caribbean Woman named ‘Mama Baranka’ by Nelson Carillho.

Kerry Park   Photographer: Commons/Tiffany Von Arnim

Kerry Park, Seattle, United States

This park in Seattle is located on the south slope of Queen Anne Hill and is known for its incredible skyline view of the city down town. It has also been used as a filming location as an opening scene for films and television series.You can visit this park any time of the day; whether the sun is rising or setting, Kerry Park is the spot to be in to witness it all. Capture Seattle’s true beauty all at once, as you can see the high mountains entwined with the blue sky in the far distance, followed by the city itself with the famous landmarks and skyscrapers such as the Space Needle and the Columbia Centre, along with the surrounded greenery and lakes.

Rikugien Garden   Photographer: Commons/vera46

Rikiugien Garden, Tokyo, Japan

Rikiugien Garden has one of the most beautiful landscapes in Tokyo.The name itself means Garden of six principles of Poetry, which is based on the idea of the six elements in waka poetry. The style of the garden is classical and it has cute, colourful, small trees, which surrounds the lakes, as well as a great hill top. You will feel a sense of escapism and tranquillity when visiting this place, as it is like a sanctuary for relaxation. It is open to visit all year round and the admission fee is 300 yen.

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