Celebrate National Take a Walk in the Park Day!
You've probably heard it before: Location, location, location. When it comes to exercise, the right environment can have a big impact on our desire to be physically active. This is especially true when we are outdoors. So in honor of today's National Take a Walk in the Park Day, lace up and start walking. We've come up with a list of the 10 best parks you're bound to enjoy:
1. Hampton Park: Charleston, South Carolina
For those looking for a little Southern charm to go with their stroll, Hampton Park has 63-acres of it. Throw in a pond, plenty of trails, even a baseball field, and you've got yourself some prime park perks! Certainly doesn't hurt to mention that Charleston was rated one of the friendliest cities in America.
2. Golden Gate Park: San Francisco, California
On the other side of the country is the formidable Golden Gate Park. Even when not shrouded in fog, Golden Gate is ideal for those looking for a social experience in brisk weather. The Japanese Tea Gardens really add to the ambience San Francisco brings day in and day out.
3. Millennium Park: Chicago, Illinois
Even though it's called the Windy City, we'd recommend you wear something a little heavier than a windbreaker before you head out the door. That chilly Chi-town weather will get your body moving when taking in the sculptures and skyscrapers that line this impressive public park.
4. Discovery Green Park: Houston, Texas
If you have a pooch who likes taking walks as much as you do, the Discovery Green Park offers a great retreat for dogs and dog lovers. Just outside of the city center, this Houston staple ensures a welcome getaway from the hustle-and-bustle of downtown.
5. Central Park: Manhattan, New York
Let's be honest, what's a park list without Central Park? The perks of this park are anything but few and far between. Its sheer magnitude provides plenty of solitude if you prefer to go it alone, and the Central Park Zoo makes for an ideal group activity.
6. Balboa Park: San Diego, California
Anyone who's spent any time in San Diego will tell you the weather there is top notch all year round. The Balboa Park plays host to more than a dozen museums in addition to the San Diego Zoo.
7. Greynolds Park: North Miami Beach, Florida
Just off the coast of Miami-Dade County, the park is home to a 250-acre Mangrove forest in addition to a golf course, kayaking opportunities and even camping. Take a peek into the boathouse for a nature exhibit or join one of the guided tours along the trails.
8. Washington Park: Portland, Oregon
Infused with an overwhelming amount of culture, Portland's Washington Park is the pre-eminent place for variety in your walk. Museums? Check. Zoo? You bet. Arboretum? Nailed it!
And for the Robin Hood in all of us, there is an archery range for good measure.
9. Kerry Park: Seattle, Washington
The camera-happy generation will take great pleasure in the iconic views of Seattle's Kerry Park. With the heart of downtown and The Space Needle as photogenic backdrops, lacing up for a walk never looked so good.
10. National Arboretum: Washington, D.C.
Rounding out our top 10 … an ode to Mother Nature herself. More than 400 acres of horticultural beauty await you when you enter one of the highest points in all of the nation's capital.