The picturesque and historical Lyon is a city that offers much to explore, and the same is true of its parks. Green spaces are certainly not lacking in Lyon, whether they be large gardens or smaller city parks, and are perfect oases to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Ideal for having picnics, doing exercise, visiting a zoo, or simply enjoying the surroundings, Lyon’s parks are excellent spots to spend some free time.
Parc de la Tête d’Or
Lyon’s Parc de la Tête d’Or is one of France’s largest parks, with an area of 290 acres, and has been open to the public since 1857. This park is a true breathing space in the city and is a splendid place to take a walk and enjoy some fresh air. With a beautiful lake on which boating is possible in the summer, three rose gardens, a zoo, huge greenhouses, a botanical garden and a velodrome, the Parc de la Tête d’Or offers attractions for everyone.
Parc de Gerland
The Parc de Gerland, otherwise known as the Parc du Confluent, is another of Lyon‘s wonderful green spaces and runs along the River Rhône. This area is the perfect place to relax, play sports, and enjoy the beautiful flora, as it has a cycle path, a skate park and a botanical garden called ‘Megaphorbiaie’. The Parc de Gerland is also home to one of Europe‘s biggest fog systems. With so much to offer, the Parc de Gerland is a fantastic place to spend the day with family or friends.
Parc Sergent Blandan
Located between the 3rd, 7th, and 8th arrondissements of Lyon, the Parc Sergent Blandan is the most recent addition to the city’s parks, having been opened in 2013. Three distinct and unique areas make up the park: the northern area is suitable for multiple purposes, the southern area is a nature zone, and the central area is a panoramic park. When in Lyon, don’t miss out on exploring the city’s newest oasis.
Parc de la Cerisarie
The Parc de la Cerisarie historically was part of the property owned by the Gillet family and was designed in 1913 and sold to the city 60 years later. A large house was built in the center of the park, which today is where the Villa Gillet cultural institution is based. Nowadays, the park is a great attraction for locals and visitors of Lyon with its green lawns, playgrounds, exercise areas, a sculpture trail, and even a vineyard.
Parc du Vallon
Lyon’s fourth-largest park is the Parc du Vallon, offering over 11 hectares of greenery. Its size and location on the hill La Duchère makes it the perfect spots for families to spend a day out, enjoying the views over the city. With spacious pastures, winding paths, a pretty stream, and information points explaining the flora and fauna of the area, the Parc du Vallon is a superb choice of park for those who want to explore the nature of Lyon.
Parc de Parilly
Parc de Parilly is another of Lyon’s parks that is worth visiting, stretching out over 178 hectares of land. Since 1937, the park has offered locals a luscious green space to enjoy the outdoors and play sports. Currently, the Parc de Parilly offers a hippodrome, running tracks, football and rugby pitches, volleyball, cricket, and handball courts, and a path perfect for rollerblading. For any sports-lovers in Lyon, the Parc de Parilly is the place to go.
Parc des Hauteurs
The Parc des Hauteurs is a city park located on the Fourvière hill in Lyon. This small green area is an oasis in Lyon and links up to the Fourvière Basilica as well as leading along to the banks of the River Saône. This park is in fact the gardens of the rosary in which beautiful flowers and trees grow, including roses and hortensias. Because of its convenient central location, it is considered one of the prime tourist stops in Lyon.
KEEN TO EXPLORE THE WORLD?
Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world
Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.
Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.
Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.
Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.
We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.