Best Parks in Big Cities - Family Traveller (USA) Best Parks in Big Cities - Family Traveller (USA)

When it comes to budget family entertainment or just getting some fresh air, there’s really no better option than visiting a city park. Often nestled in the middle of noisy, bustling urban scenes, these parks can give travelers and city-dwellers a brief respite and plenty of views to take in.

We’ve rounded up some of the best parks in big cities around the world, just waiting for you to take a stroll, have a picnic, or spend a day enjoying the natural habitat.

Stanley Park's Brockton Point. Photo by George Rose/Getty Images

Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia

Just outside of beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, you’ll find a 1,000 acre park established over 130 years ago. It’s almost completely surrounded by water, lying on a peninsula overlooking Vancouver Harbour and English Bay. Stanley Park is a great place to walk, bike, skate, or take in the view of the city skyline across the water. You’ll also find a few restaurants in the park and the Vancouver Aquarium.

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