in 2003, Namba Parks spans eight levels of a 30-story office tower and
mall. It’s an urban oasis with terraces, a narrow central canyon,
vegetable gardens, waterfalls and rock clusters — and the ingenious
solution of what to do with the space formerly occupied by Osaka’s
baseball stadium. Adjacent to the Namba train station, the park makes a
big first impression on new arrivals.
ongoing $100 million restoration project is sprucing up Forest Park,
with projects that include the renovation of the Jewel Box, an Art Deco
greenhouse and event space. The former host site of the 1904 Summer
Olympics and World’s Fair now contains a zoo, art and history museums
and a science center. Join one of the regular bird walks for the chance
to see wild turkeys, great horned owls and more of the 100-plus species
that have been documented here.
Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer worked with landscape architect
Roberto Burle Marx on a vision for Ibirapuera Park (opened in 1954).
Niemeyer designed many of the signature buildings, including the
flying-saucer-like planetarium and the Ibirapuera Auditorium, with a
flamelike red structure at its entrance and concerts held inside. On
Sundays, near the duck pond at the Bosque da Leitura, visitors can
sunbathe with a book or magazine courtesy of the park’s lending library.
officials had the foresight in the 1790s to set aside more than 900
acres of prime real estate for the Englischer Garten, one of Europe’s
largest. You can rent a bike to explore trails that wind past green
lawns and bridges toward a central lake with paddleboats. Warm weather
brings sunbathers (some known to strip down to nothing), surfers and
plenty of thirsty locals and tourists who head for the Chinese Tower,
where the beer garden has room for 7,000.
with the San Diego Zoo and 15 museums, the park offers an award-winning
rose garden, and a 1910 carousel with hand-carved animals. Its most
picture-perfect spot is the Botanical Building, with morethan 2,000
plants on display and a lily pond.