3 Public Parks in the Americas Everyone Should Visit

Have you had enough of the bumpy days of a tourist? Are you ready to blow off some steam at some of the most exquisite and tranquil public recreational areas of the world? Well, then this is your lucky day because we are going to explore some of the most relaxing parks in the world. Stay tuned as we kick the list off!

1. Ibirapuera Park:
Brazil is generally regarded as a green country due to its abundance of rainforests and of unparalleled landscapes. Its São Paulo-based Ibirapuera Park directly reflects this image and stands out as one of the most exquisite recreational areas in the world. Stretching upon an area of 221 hectares, it was built in 1954 by renowned architect Oscar Niemeyer and agronomist Otávio Agusto de Teixeira Mendes. Together with Chapultepec Park of Mexico City and Simón Bolívar Park of Bogota, it enters the race of the largest public parks of Latin America. Notable landmarks within its bounds that we recommend that you thoroughly explore include: the Obelisk of São Paulo (homage Constitutionalist Revolution of 1932), the Monument to the Bandeiras (a massive sculpture by the Italian-Brazilian sculptor, Victor Brecheret), the Ibirapuera Gymnasium (an exquisite indoor sporting arena), the Ibirapuera Auditorium (a music hall designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Ribeiro de Almeida Niemeyer Soares Filho), the Professor Aristóteles Orsini Planetarium (a definite must-see if you are in love with the cosmos), the Marquise (a massive linking building between several of the others), the Manoel da Nóbrega Pavilion, the Cicillo Matarazzo Pavilion, the Armando de Arruda Pereira Pavilion, the Palácio da Agricultura, and, finally, the Japanese Pavilion. Oh, and while you are there, you might as well visit the lake (with its moody little kissing-bridge), the Museu Afro Brasil, and the renowned São Paulo Museum of Modern Art.

2. Stanley Park:
From Brazil, we hop all the way to Canada and its scintillating Vancouver-based Stanley Park. Located between the English Bay and Vancouver Harbour, the park is almost completely encircled by water (the Causeway that links it with the mainland, thus, becomes a must-admire). Occupying an area of 405 hectares, it has been designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1988. From walking to cycling, you can do anything there but its most notable landmark is quite possibly the seawall (a road that runs so close to the sea that it offers views hardly matched by anything else in the world). Oh, and let us not forget about the 16.6-hectare lake called the Lost Lagoon at the entrance to the park (you can find it west of Georgia Street). And do check out the Vancouver Aquarium while you’re there for it is simply fabulous.

3. Balboa Park:
After Canada, it is only fitting that we should explore something a little bit warmer. Thus, San Diego’s Balboa Park enters our visor and its 490 hectares of pure fun shall not disappoint us. Built in 1868 to adhere to the Spanish Colonial Revival, Mission Revival and Pueblo Revival architectural styles, it offers countless sources of entertainment for all age groups. Named after the Spanish maritime explorer Vasco Núñez de Balboa, the recreational area offers walking paths, green spaces for picnics, natural vegetation zones and many other things that complement its allure. Here is a complete list of the museums that you can visit while there:

– The San Diego Natural History Museum
– The Centro Cultural de la Raza
– The San Diego History Center
– The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
– The San Diego Museum of Man
– The George W. Marston House
– The Timken Museum of Art
– The Veterans Museum and Memorial Center
– The Mingei International Museum
– The San Diego Art Institute
– The San Diego Hall of Champions
– The San Diego Museum of Art
– The San Diego Air & Space Museum
– The Museum of Photographic Arts
– The San Diego Automotive Museum
– The San Diego Model Railroad Museum (a great choice for children)

Additionally, you can check out the cultivated areas of the park that are called the Balboa Park Gardens. These are broken down into the following:

– The Zoro Garden (the most famous landmark of the park – a definite must-see)
– The Marston House Garden
– The 1935 (Old) Cactus Garden
– The Australian Garden
– The Botanical Building
– The Casa del Rey Moro Garden
– The Trees for Health Garden
– The Desert Garden
– The California Native Plant Garden
– The Florida Canyon Native Plant Preserve
– The Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden
– The Japanese Friendship Garden
– The George Washington Carver Children’s Ethnobotany Garden (one of the best educational establishments for children)
– The Lily Pond
– The Palm Canyon
– The Veterans Memorial Garden
– The Alcazar Garden

Did you enjoy our list? How many of the aforementioned parks have you visited and how many of them have you scoured completely? Hit the comment section below and tell us all about it! Oh, and be sure to check back from time to time for we have interesting updates all the time (wink)!

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