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Park It Here

Where to go in America's top five park-friendly cities.


Park It Here

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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.

Hudson River Park

Park

West Side Hwy
New York , NY

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).

Cesar Chavez Plaza

Park

910 I Street
Sacramento , CA

(916) 808-6060

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...).

McKinley Park

Park

601 Alhambra Blvd
Sacramento , CA

(916) 277-6060

Our perfect park day route in Sacramento. #Wanderlist

Fall/Winter 2013

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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.

Fort Warren

Park

Georges Island
Boston , MA

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.

Frog Pond

Lake

84 Beacon St
Boston , MA

(617) 635-2120

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.

Mission Dolores Park

Park

Dolores St
San Francisco , CA

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).

Marina Green

Park

Marina Green
San Francisco , CA

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.

Prospect Park

Park

Prospect Park
Brooklyn , NY

(718) 965-8951

Fall/Winter 2013

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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.

Lake Harriet

Lake

Lake Harriet Pkwy.
Minneapolis , MN

(612) 230-6475

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).

Nice Ride

Bike Rental / Bike Share

Washington
Minneapolis , MN

The perfect park day route in Minneapolis. #Wanderlist