City parks are often focal points for residents and tourists. They offer a respite from the hectic daily activity of a city and a place for solitude and contemplation. They typically provide a tranquil and attractive environment, a place for meeting friends, playing a game, or reading a book. Frequently city parks offer other attractions as well. Many parks feature museums or zoos; others have walking paths or bike trails. Note that many of these locations are featured on my walking tours which are available for purchase on the website.
Penn Valley Park, Kansas City, MO — This large urban park contains, as its focal point, the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial. The museum is fascinating while the setting, on a bluff above the city’s classic, vintage railroad station (Union Station), offers superb views of the city skyline.
Chicago has many wonderful urban parks, several located directly on the lake shore. However, the premier city park is Lincoln Park, which offers Chicago’s zoo and a variety of other activities for locals and visitors.