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Where to go in America's top five park-friendly cities.
The Hudson River has been the lifeblood of the region since the city was settled. Today, the artificial coastline is dotted with city parks—and an 18-mile bike lane connecting Inwood to Wall Street.
Sacramento’s Wednesday farmers’ market at Cesar Chavez Plaza is a great place to get a taste of Northern California (open Wednesdays from 10-1:30pm. May to October; california-grown.com).
Each Saturday morning, Sacramento’s McKinley Park welcomes some 100 barefooted recruits for a free vinyasa yoga class (Sat. 9am-10:15am, behind H Street Rose Garden; yogaacrossamerica...).
Our perfect park day route in Sacramento. #Wanderlist
There are 34 parks in the Harbor Islands system, but local mom Kim Foley MacKinnon loves exploring Fort Warren—a National Historic Landmark built in 1833.
Locals head to Boston Common Frog Pond for year-round family fun, including a playground and a carousel, sprinklers in summer, and ice skating in winter.
Our perfect park day route in Boston. #Wanderlist
At Mission Dolores Park, kids swarm the new jungle gym and adults loll on the grass, picnicking or relaxing after eating at one of the many restaurants on nearby 18th Street.
Marina Green offers great views of the Golden Gate Bridge. While you wander, grab a coffee and a chocolate-rose donut from the Dynamo Donuts kiosk by the marina (dynamodonut.com).
Our perfect park day route in San Francisco. #Wanderlist
Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, designed by Frederick Olmstead, is home to the “picnicker’s mile”—one of the longest city park meadows nationwide.
Our perfect park day route in NY. #Wanderlist
Local John Spayde’s favorite urban lake is Lake Harriet, where he recommends stopping for lunch to enjoy a Minnesota icon—a walleye sandwich at Bread and Pickle, the official park commissary.
The Twin Cities are home to hundreds of miles of dedicated bike paths. The Nice Ride bike share service is open 24 hours a day at 170 stations across town (April to November; niceridemn.org).
The perfect park day route in Minneapolis. #Wanderlist