Your Guide to Free Parks in Cool Cities
Author: Anna Newell Jones

free parks in cool cities

The birds are so happy and they are chatting a ton outside of my windows right now. I’m pretty sure that WE ARE ALL THRILLED that the snow has left and we’re full swing into spring. People are wearing shorts and tank tops and they’re making their way over to the park to lay in the grass, play frisbee, run, walk, or just to simply be outside.

This is one of my favorite times of the year!

Here in Denver we have a ton of parks so we are never too far from lots of grass, open space, sunshine, and activity. No matter what city you live in taking advantage of the parks is a great way to get stay social with friends without busting the bank. Grab a blanket, fill up your water bottle, whip up some pb & j’s, find yourself a spot in the shade and catch up with a friend.


What city do you live in, do you have a favorite park, and what do you love to do at while you’re at the park? 

Awesome graphic by Lauren Johnson of LOCONCEPTS


in Social, Things To Do, Travel Cheap


  1. Catherine // April 29, 2013

    If you are in Chicago, check out the Osaka Garden behind the Museum of Science and Industry. It’s at trek from the North side or Downtown, but there is ample parking. It’s left from the World’s Fair and is truly one of the most magical (and free!) places I’ve been in my born-and-raised-and now live here life of a Chicagoan.

  2. Ana R // April 29, 2013

    The Arnold Arboretum in Boston is breathtaking and totally free.

  3. Sarah Koci Scheilz // April 29, 2013

    I live in Kansas City and there are many great, free parks in town! My favorite is Loose Park. It’s gorgeous, huge and right in the middle of the city.

  4. Lauren // April 30, 2013

    Sadly, Waterloo Park in Austin, TX is no longer a free park. The city has fenced it off in preparations for a boardwalk.

  5. Becky // May 3, 2013

    I’ll be moving to Albuquerque soon. Does anyone know of cool parks/bike paths there?

    • sonia // May 31, 2013

      You can ride your bike or walk along the Rio Grande river. There is also a path along Tramway Blvd. I hope you love New Mexico. It is a beautiful state.

  6. Amie // May 7, 2013

    My fav is Washington Square Park in NYC. It’s usually less crowded than other parks in the city. Love this list!

  7. Michelle // May 20, 2013

    I’m confused – aren’t all parks free? The perfect summer outing in London with a huge choice of parks.

    • Anna Newell Jones // May 28, 2013

      Hi Michelle, Most city parks are but most state and national parks aren’t.

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