Mexico City's Best City Parks are a joy to discover. Some are very old, a few date from just the past few years. Chapultepec deserves a whole category all its own.
International visitors often marvel at the fact that Mexico City touches on and even includes some very big national parks. (You can learn about those, here.) For those of you just discovering Mexico City, its parks are where you're going to learn the most.
Many of the newer parks have taken on a serious role in leading their neighborhoods in ecological and environmental consciousness. Some older parks are being revived with lots of similar undertakings. Some have even been built on top of old landfills, or where lives and buildings were lost as a result of earthquakes or similar tragedies in the past. Few have no story at all.
Ultimately, international guests will see that one of the best ways to learn about Mexico City and its people is to visit these outdoor spaces. They're among the safest parts of the city for meeting, or just strolling around and people-watching. See Mexico City residents at their very best in city parks.
Sundays are a very traditional day to head for the park. Some will even become crowded. It's been that way for as long as people can remember. But seven days a week, you'll find people, and dogs, and almost assuredly, all manner of goings on.
Below are just some of the most prominent City parks. Of course, we're adding to the list of Mexico City parks all the time.
A park with a long history in tune with San Agustín de las Cueva's reputation as a refuge…
One of the City's newest and most breathtaking greenspaces, it's a park that keeps giving back.
As park's go, few are as dramatically set-off by a single mural like this one.
One of the most beloved of natural areas in the City, it's always a breath of fresh air,…
With 700 meters of clay running track, it's not a bad place to find yourself each morning.
One of Mexico City's most fascinating parks helps explain the famous Jacaranda trees all over the City.
One of the most truly underrated Mexico City parks is a verdant work by Mario Pani.
A remarkable Japanese garden in Coyoacán enchants visitors from near and far.
Named for a hero of the 1847 war, a park this well-loved is an honor indeed.
One of Xochimilico's most accessible enchanted forests, Nativitas has something for everybody.
One of the City's biggest environmental and sustainability experiments, it's a terrific place for kids, too.
One of the City's most pristine parks, the Parque Lincoln is a masterpiece of urban planning.
A rails-to-trails transit corridor gives you recreation, and nature, enough to slow down and enjoy.
A Republican Garden, dating from the mid-19th century, it marks a special place for Tacubaya in the City's…
There's a substantial alternative for animal and nature lovers in the Bosque de de Aragón.
One of Azcapotzalco's most beautiful parks, this one is older than it looks, and a treasure in the…
A landmark for a neighborhood has become emblematic of the entire city,
A neighborhood focal point, and a curious blend of a hundred different cultures, the Plaza is one more…
A bright spot on the edge of Chimalistac, la Bombilla has more charm than you may be ready…
The Plaza de las Tres Culturas is one of the most touching and informative places to stand in…
The plaza de San Juan began as a tianguis in one of Tenochtitlan's most important neighborhoods. Today it's…
The original weekend art fair is still going strong every weekend with paintings, sculpture, photography and more.
The Indios Verdes Park, this one has a story as long and complicated as that of all Mexico.
One of Santa Fe's few environmentally conscious expanses, it's better than a modern new city park.
A most charming geometrically laid-out park in the center of Mexico City, the Alameda Central is a must…