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Parc de la Tete d'Or, Lyon

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Parc de la Tete d'Or is 117 hectares (290 acres) of urban outdoor fun. The locals love it for jogging and cycling, while you’ll love it for boating, the zoo, and mini-golf. Construction of this city oasis began in 1812 and continues to the present day. The city adds exhibits every few years, such as an African Safari addition to the zoo in 2010. Although the park takes its name for a legendary treasure that may have been buried on its grounds, you’ll find that the real treasure isn't gold or diamonds but the serenity of the park’s environs. To visit Parc de la Tete d'Or and other attractions in Lyon, use our Lyon family vacation planner.
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  • We went there in July 2016 (it was crowded). The lake was dramatically charming and the park was absolutely beautiful. We went there after our heavy lunch and we were staying there for half an hour. S...  more »
  • Beautiful park with rose garden, lake, large open grass areas, etc etc.... Great for picnics, walking, running, chilling.  more »
  • This park is huge and has a wide variety of things to do. Different kids playground. An old botanical garden (it's nice but not that well maintained). And a small zoo. It's really old looking and ther...  more »
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  • One of my favorite places in France. Free, massive park with a decent zoo for the kids. The giraffes come out later, so come closer to the afternoon if your kids want to see them! Also, there's a giant greenhouse complex for those interested. For adults, there's a nice little cafe on the lake where you can get a coffee or a glass of wine. Highly recommended - you could spend a whole day in here if you wanted.
  • This is one of my favorite spots in Lyon. If you are in France visit. Free zoo & huge botanical garden. Lots of space for kids to roam about & play. The rose garden is lovely & just the entire place is so well taken care of. Just an amazing urban park.
  • Nice park with a free zoo and a big botanical garden!! The park by itself is cool, really big, so much grass, trees, green everywhere. There's also several glass houses which form the botanical garden. There you can find many kinds of plants, from cactae to jungle trees. There is also a zoo close to the bottom of the park, you just walk over there and suddenly animals start to show up. A nice place to spend several hours.
  • Best park I have been to in my life. The park has a free zoo but no tourist! Rent a bike right outside of the park at one of those self-serve bike stations and then bike around the park. Grab a drink next to the lake to enjoy your afternoon!
  • Really great day out. Dog friendly. Has so many attractions from flower gardens to zoo. It has plenty of water fountains. Public toilets. Icecream shops and other snack shops too. Plenty of space to sit and have a picnic or just walk run or cycle around.

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Where to stay in Lyon

Lyon’s nine districts surround the two major rivers running through the city: the Rhône and the Saône. The most scenic districts are Vieux Lyon (Old Lyon) and La Croix Rousse, where the city’s historic sites are located. Lodging in these areas is walking distance to these sites. Near the breathtaking Parc de la Tête, the Tête D’Or district offers a quieter option away from the city center.
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