Parc de la Tête d’Or (“Park of the Golden Head”) is a city park located in Lyon, french second city. This large park covers approximately 117 hectares (290 acres) and includes a free zoo, a botanic garden, a big lake, restaurants and tons of trails and paths for walking, biking and running. Even little horses riding. All free of charge!.
The park opened in 1857 and is name has to do with a status of the Christ made of gold that supposedly has been buried beneath the grounds.
The park’s zoo has 130 different animals including giraffes, elephants, deers, reptiles, primates and flamingos. The animals looked a bit cramped in some cases (leopard and bear) but seemed well looked after.
However this charming city park appeal comes from the wide range of activities proposed to you from cycling to bird watch. It is also a must for those interested in plants and flowers (I strongly recommend a visit to one of the four rose gardens) or those who just want a walk in beautiful surroundings.
Parc de la Tête d’Or was a big surprise on our August 2015 field trip to France and Central Europe theme parks. Everything was clean and tidy.
But prepare your sports shoes and reserve a full day: it’s a long walk!. Also try to visit during weekdays because the park can be pretty busy during weekends.
Such a great park with so much to do, I would definitely recommend it to anybody.
Location: 69006 Lyon, France. Take Bus C1 (from Part-Dieu train station) or Bus C5 (from Place Bellecour and Hôtel de Ville) to the Parc Tête d’Or-Churchill stop.
The park is open all year every day from 6:30am until past 10:00pmTop Rides
Lake boat rental
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