Baku Boulevard, or Milli Park, stretches 3.5 kilometres (2.2 miles) along the Caspian Sea. The large pedestrianised area opened in 1909 and grew into a favourite hangout spot for locals. Walk along today and pass gardens, fountains, Mini-Venice and the Baku Eye. After dark, the boulevard fills with families and children enjoying the clean and attractive surroundings.
What can be a better park in Baku than the Central Botanical Garden? Inside this 16-hectare park, only 3 kilometres (1.9 miles) west of Icheri Sheher, grows over 2000 species of plants, flowers and shrubs. After opening under the Soviet Union in 1935, the Botanical Garden expanded and developed into a large space to preserve and cultivate a variety of endemic and foreign plant species. Walk through both the open and enclosed areas, and admire the Medicinal Plants Section and Rose Corner.
Located on the same complex as the zoo, Dede Qorqud Park spreads around an attractive pond with large areas of manicured lawns. Spending an hour inside this park in Baku after visiting the zoo is a favourite activity for locals. Long paths and a clean environment, combined with several benches, create a nice ambience.