NORFOLK, Va. (July 30, 2012) – Neighborhood parks are as American as apple pie. Everyone has nostalgic memories of playing in a park growing up, and many people want to re-create those memories with their families. With warm weather and sunny days upon us, Homes.com is excited to share its Top 10 Perfect Parks in America—from the iconic Grant Park in Chicago to the all-inclusive Cheesman Park in Denver, and lots more.
The Homes.com Top 10 series provides a resource for consumers, guiding them through life’s adventures. Parks are perfect places to bring the entire family for fun at little to no cost. So, dust off your picnic basket, pack a lunch and spend quality time with the family at one of these Top 10 Perfect Parks, enjoying everything from water slides and enormous playgrounds to beautiful green spaces and nature itself.
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Homes.com Top 10 Perfect Parks
- Grant Park — Chicago, Ill.
Dubbed the “Front Yard” of Chicago, this 300-plus-acre area is home to numerous walking paths, sports fields, museums and the iconic Buckingham Fountain.
- Central Park — New York, N.Y.
The first purpose-built public park in North America, Central Park highlights include the Conservatory Gardens, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and nearly 9,000 benches with countless local entertainers.
- Recreation Park — Williams, Ariz.
An active recreation center, skate park and swim center, Williams Park is the perfect place for the entire family to play, even housing a 6-hoop basketball court.
- Freedom Park — Charlotte, N.C.
Freedom Park has fields for all major sports, tennis courts, batting cages, an amphitheater, swings, a sandbox and a huge jungle gym. A locomotive where kids can go inside a real train and play is the centerpiece of the children’s play area.
- Hermann Park — Houston, Texas
Hermann Park has been rated #1 in numerous website reviews due to its all-inclusive nature. Visitors will find a zoo, outdoor theater, Japanese garden, golf course, wooded picnic areas, running trails, lots of on-leash dog walking areas, and a children’s playground.
- Cheesman Park — Denver, Colo.
Joggers love Cheesman for the crushed granite jogging path that winds its way around the park. It’s also a popular spot for families, thanks to its large playground with swings, slides and more.
- Fairmount Park — Philadelphia, Pa.
The largest city-owned park system in the world, Fairmount Park includes 63 neighborhood parks comprising more than 9,200 acres. It includes 368 athletic fields, outdoor courts, 215 miles of scenic trails, open cross-country terrain, 34 miles of waterways for fishing, countless picnic spots, six golf courses, a driving range and a skate park.
- Griffith Park — Los Angeles, Calif.
Situated on 4,100-plus acres in the Santa Monica Mountains, Griffith Park is home to museums, hiking trails and bridle paths. Located within the park is the L.A. Zoo, a merry-go-round, equestrian center, Travel Town Museum (dedicated to transportation), the venerable Greek Theater outdoor performance space, Autry Museum of Western Heritage, and Griffith Observatory.
- Suson Park — St Louis, Mo.
A popular destination for families and known for its working animal farm complete with horses, pigs, cows, chickens and more, Suson Park houses a large playground as well as a lake for fishing.
- Cuyahoga Valley National Park — Cleveland, Ohio
The unique Cuyahoga Valley National Park is home to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. A train, modeled after the trains that traveled the area 100 years ago, runs along the Cuyahoga River, deep into the park. The park maintains a regular schedule of nature walks and offers great areas to hike, bike, ski and climb.
Families curious about owning a home in a neighborhood with a Perfect Park can check out Homes.com for the best houses from California to New York.
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