Best of the Book: Parks

Longer days, brighter skies, and the (temporary) hiatus from school have city families taking to the parks. But moms know that not all parks are created equal. While some are more dignified—incorporating rose gardens, pavilions, and even cafés—others are all play. But whatever your fancy, our roster of stylish moms has the outdoor space to suit it. Selected from our Little Pink Book, Elizabeth Street presents the best parks around the globe. –Laura Carroll

Parc de Bagatelle, Paris

“The rose garden, orangerie, and pavilions d’epoque are great for romantic parents, and the kids will love running after peacocks,” says Emilie Patou.

Central Park, New York

Rosie Pope, Jules Reid, and Ivanka Trump all love this Manhattan staple, which has 21 playgrounds and a long list of activities.

Giardini di Via Palestro, Milan

Milan’s oldest park is a maze of trees, sculptures, and trails. Kids love the pony rides and carousels while moms love the relaxing café.

Griffith Park & Southern Railroad, Los Angeles

Busy Philipps recommends this charming park, where a ’40s-era train carries passengers through a meadow and Western Town.

Holland Park, London

Kids will love watching the roaming saddleback pigs, which help with the woodland management of this London park.

Jardin d’Acclimatation, Paris

An amusement park, zoo, interactive playgrounds, and museums make Paris’ Jardin d’Acclimatation the perfect play space.

Retiro Park, Madrid

Madrid’s most popular park comes alive in the summer, when free concerts and an annual book fair add to its appeal.

Pier 25, New York

This riverfront park has a basketball court, a skate park, a modern playground, and a 13,000-square-foot miniature golf course!

Tempelhof Park, Berlin

This once bustling airport is now a park that is as innovative as it is popular. Some days, up to 50,000 visitors bike, skate, or picnic on the former runway.