Parc de la Tête d'Or

 
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Loaded with a zoo, lake, botanical garden, rose garden and greenhouse, it's easy to forget you're in the middle of a major metropolitan city when you're wander through this green oasis.

On the east side of the Rhône lies a massive green space in the middle of Lyon’s urban landscape: Parc de la Tête D’Or. Comparable to New York City’s Central Park (although perhaps not as grand or expansive), the 117-acre plot has everything you could want in a day outdoors. For those of us that prefer the wonders of the great outdoors, the northern side of the park houses the Musée d’Art Contemporain. But, honestly, why wouldn’t you appreciate a leisurely stroll in the greenery for a respite from the chaos of the otherwise bustling city?

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Best things to see at Parc de la Tête d'Or

The Public Zoo

The public zoo right in the park contains over 400 different animals and 64 species. Divided into geographical exhibits, you can see animals from the forests of Asia to the African savanna. The zoo is also a member of the European Association of Zoos and Aquariums dedicated to preserving endangered species.

 
The Botanical Gardens

If zoos aren’t your favorite, then take a walk through the botanical gardens. Created in 1796, the gardens contain a myriad of tropical and equatorial plants. In fact, the garden is the largest in all of France with over 20,000 species. After you’ve visited the garden, take a stroll on the beautiful winding paths, or hop on a bike or Segway!

 
Family-Friendly Activities

Looking for family fun? Head to the miniature golf course, playground, or merry-go-round located in the center of the park. There are also year-round events, concerts, and exhibitions that happen throughout the park. Make sure to check their website for a schedule of events before you head to the park.

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Best way to get to Parc de la Tête D’Or

Relative to the rest of the city, Parc de la Tête D’Or is quite north. You can either walk along the Rhône River and you’ll eventually make it, or you can take the train or bus. Two metro stops are very near the park, including Masséna, serviced by the A train, and Croix-Rousse, serviced by the C train. The nearest bus stop is Bus Stop C5 9.

 

Best parking near Parc de la Tête D’Or

There’s a parking lot inside the park, which we love!

Parc de la Tête d'Or FAQs

How much time should I expect to spend at the park?

The answer really depends on your plans. Some people could spend an entire day here, between the zoo and gardens, while some people might enjoy just going for a morning jog in the area (which we highly recommend!).

 

How much is the entrance fee?

Everything at the park, including the zoo, botanical garden, and multiple different attractions is free.

 

Is the park accessible?

For the most part, yes. Many of the pathways are smooth gravel, but a few are rockier.

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