By Sarah Khan
October 23, 2014
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Are the beaches getting boring, and is mountain-climbing not your thing? While Cape Town certainly isn't lacking in dramatic natural splendor, sometimes you just want a nice simple outdoor field to stretch your legs, walk your dog, or go for a run (good luck managing that on a sandy beach). Unsurprisingly, Cape Town delivers on that front too, with a mix of public parks that cater to everyone from the tiny (kids can't get enough of the playgrounds at Greenpoint Urban Park) to the canine (let your dog splash about in the Victorian fountain at DeWaal Park), or even just the hungry (head to the Company's Garden for a buzzed-about new dining option). While the city has quite a few green spaces to choose from, I also threw a few suburban sprawls into the mix. Read on for five of Cape Town's best parks, whether you want to clear your head with a stroll or braai (that’s Afrikaans for “grilling”) with your pals.

Company's Garden

Greenpoint Park

DeWaal Park

At almost 30 acres, DeWaal Park is Cape Town's largest public park, and it's located right in the heart of the City Bowl. This is a popular gathering place for picnickers, joggers and dog walkers aplenty. The Victorian fountain is a big hit with the pups, and the humans love the outdoor concerts at the Edwardian bandstand in the summer.

Arderne Gardens

This leafy paradise is a 20-minute drive from the city center, but it's right in my neighborhood! Geographical biases aside, Arderne Gardens is a South African National Monument, and area families can’t get enough of its Japanese gardens, duck ponds, indigenous flora (amateur botanists will love going on nature walks) and romantic setting.

Durbanville Rose Garden

If you love roses, you’ll want to make the half-hour drive to the suburb of Durbanville for this lovely sanctuary. After you've stopped and smelled enough roses—the 4,500 bushes in the nine-acre gardens feature 500 different species of the flower—head to the tea room for a cup of tea and a scone.