Love Parks Weeks (www.loveparks.org) starts today and runs until 2 August. Here at Seasonal Cities we are big fans of these green spaces, so our travel writers have chosen three of their favourite parks from their Summer 2015 guides. These range from free Shakespeare in Central Park in New York to one of the largest parks in Europe (clue: it’s in Germany). So check the weather forecast on the app, gather up your sunglasses or umbrella and get exploring.
Parc Floral de Paris – obviously Paris – by Natasha Edwards
On summer weekends relax on the lawns for classical concerts around the lake in July and jazz in August in the municipal botanical garden bordering the Bois de Vincennes. As well as special collections of rhododendrons and bonsai trees, it has some unlikely attractions such as mini golf and the Jardin Insolite (open on summer Sunday afternoons), devoted to strangely named or scented plants.
+33 1 49 57 24 84
Route de la Pyramide, 75012 Paris
Tempelhofer Park – Berlin – by Paul Sullivan
What was once a former Nazi airport and the site of the famous Berlin Airlift (1948–1949) is now one of the largest public parks in continental Europe. In summer, the vast terrain – which includes the still-intact runway – is full of cyclists, walkers, skaters and kite-flyers. You can take or buy a picnic and tours of the main airport building are also available.
+49 30 20 00 37 441
Free Shakespeare in the Park – New York – by Mark C. O’Flaherty
This is the annual open-air appreciation of the Bard in Central Park. Queue from as early as you can bear in the morning for tickets, outside the venue. As long as there are no midsummer storms, it’s a magical experience. This season the not-actually-Shakespeare cross-dressing fairytale Cymbeline runs from 23 July until 23 August (when the event closes).
+1 212 539 8500
The Delacorte Theater, 81 Central Park West, NY 10023