Since we’ve all been stuck indoors for a while, we figured Earth Day was the perfect time to ask our editors which park they choose when they want to get outside and soak up some sunshine. Here are our favorite corners of the Earth—if you can, get out the and enjoy them, or plan to spent a day in the future.
“Central Park is my local pick, but my favorite outside of New York City is Zilker Park in Austin, Texas, which might just be the most kid-friendly park in the country. On top of the A-plus playgrounds and mini train, there is the Austin Nature and Science Center, which has its own dinosaur-bone-digging sand pit! After unearthing T-Rexes, wash off all the sand in Barton Springs Pool, which is a refreshing 68 degrees year round.” —Ellen Carpenter, editor in chief
“When I lived in Portland, Oregon, I loved going for a hike or a run in Forest Park, an expansive patch of woods right in the city that feels far more remote. Keep up the good work, Forest Park Conservancy.” —Justin Goldman, deputy editor
“Brooklyn Bridge Park is my fave. Movie-worthy views, fun sculptures and public art, good pizza, Ample Hills ice cream, beach volleyball…despite all the loud sounds, it’s the best!” —Jessie Adler, photo director
“The Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island has stunning views of the city with very little noise. Plus, the symmetry of the park is very aesthetically pleasing.” —Sydney Otto, assistant digital & social editor