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Green Spaces for You

Time outdoors helps keep us balanced and restores inner peace. As the world around you awakens and blooms, allow your mind, body, and spirit to do the same by grounding in nature and reconnecting with your roots.

Published on: May 10, 2021
Central Park in the Spring

At 1 Hotels, we seek out the nature around us, even in bustling cities. We believe in sharing what we know in hopes of keeping the same balance and inner peace for you, so we’ve curated a list of our favorite green spaces near each of our sanctuaries, all with a naturally different but stunning backdrop. Because at the end of the day, when you get outside and into nature, the world is a pretty beautiful place.

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Brooklyn Bridge Park

Brooklyn Bridge Park fills 85 acres on the East River waterfront, rich with cycling paths, multiple parks, a series of hills to block noise from nearby roadways, several areas designed with microclimates, and the historic Pier 1 and Fulton Ferry Landing. Above all, Brooklyn Bridge Park is a green space intended to serve as a vital connection between New York City and the East River, and a remarkable space to explore.

Sunset Park

With the highest peak in Brooklyn, Sunset Park naturally offers stunning views of the Manhattan skyline. A hidden gem in the middle of the city, stop by whenever you’re craving spectacular views of watercolor painted skies, the green hills of Staten Island and New Jersey, or even the Statue of Liberty in the distance.

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Central Park

For over 150 years, Manhattan’s 800+ acre Central Park has been home to many of nature’s creatures, including the exotic Mandarin duck, hundreds of species of butterflies, loads of squirrels, egrets, owls, and many other animals and insects. Its winding, fairy-tale design creates lots of inspired nooks for discovery, solitude, family time, and those wonderfully long, meandering walks. 

Riverside Park

Perfect for the walkers, runners, and cyclists out there—Riverside Park stretches four miles along the edge of the Hudson River. Spend a sweet spring day strolling through the grassy knolls, catching an outdoor concert, admiring the tricks in the skatepark, and gazing at the boats in the public marina.

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Yalong Bay Tropical Paradise Forest

Whether you’re seeking a fitness challenge or a fun time with the family, Yalong Bay Tropical Paradise Forest will shock you with its beauty and opportunity. With thousands of plant species and hundreds of wild animals, this coastal mountain paradise is full of panoramic sights of Sanya, verdant valleys, suspended bridges between mountains, and even glass bridges and waterslides.

Nanshan Buddhism Culture Park

Although it’s about an hour away from our sanctuary, a trip to Nanshan Buddhism Culture Park is worth the time. It’s home of the 108-meter Statue of Guanyin, the fourth tallest statue in the world that showcases three different faces of the Buddhist goddess of mercy. The statue is surrounded by crystal blue waters, lush tropical vegetation, Buddhist temples, and astonishing architecture.

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Centennial Park

This 132-acre landscape hosts the iconic Parthenon, various historical landmarks, the Sunken Garden, Lake Watauga, an inviting walking trail, dog parks, lush vegetation, and the sweet sounds of nature. It’s the perfect backdrop for a family walk, romantic picnic, or silent centering moment. As the sounds of the bustling Music City fade away, tune into the rejuvenating sounds of birds and rustling trees. Or bring your family on a tour of the exhibit called, “If Trees Could Sing,” where Nashville musicians created 18 videos about the importance of trees—and how we can all better care for them. As you walk through the park, scan the QR codes to listen to the stories of the trees.

Love Circle

Bring your special someone to Love Circle, and you might just catch the most spectacular sunset you’ve ever seen. This hill on the edge of the city gives you contrasting views. On one side, you’ll find unobstructed sparkling views of the neon lights of downtown Nashville, and on the other side, stunning sunset views over the countryside. This “Lovers Lane” nook doesn’t have any fancy picnic tables or paved paths—just some of the best views the city has to offer. So pack a blanket and a picnic basket, and it’ll be an evening to remember.

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Flora Farms

If you’re looking for a holistic nature experience, look no further than Flora Farms. This 25-acre organic farm is nestled in the foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains—less than 45 minutes away from 1 Homes Preview Cabo. Throughout your Flora Farms adventure, you can expect unique experiences like cooking classes, plant identification walks, art classes, spa treatments, live concerts, shopping, and more—it’s the definition of fun for the whole family.

Wirikuta Botanical Cactus Garden

Close to Flora Farms, you’ll find a pricklier landscape, the Wirikuta Botanical Cactus Garden. It’s home to over 1 million plant species, including over 1,500 species of cacti from around the world. Among the grassy landscapes, prickly views, and swaying palm trees, you’ll find massive granite structures carved by Guadalajaran artist, Gabriel Macotela. It truly is a mesmerizing, whimsical, and one-of-a-kind place.

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Golden Gate Park

It’s no surprise that Golden Gate Park is the nation’s third-most-visited park. With over 1,000 acres of natural beauty, you’ll want to take your time strolling through the spectacular sights like the Japanese Tea Gardens, Garden of Shakespeare’s Flowers, Queen Wilhelmina Tulip Garden, Botanical Gardens, and glistening lakes. On the eastern end of the park, you’ll find the unique attraction known as Hippie Hill, decorated with lush meadows, radiant sun rays, and a cast of vibrant visitors.

Grace Marchant Garden & Filbert Stairs

Before Grace Marchant moved in and transformed the area, the area around the Filbert Stairs was said to be a local garbage dump. She spent much of her life cleaning up the area, planting roses, fuchsias, gladiolus, and more—rehabilitating the slope into a lush, gorgeous garden that attracts tourists and locals alike. Take some time to admire her work and see how nature can turn a dilapidated space into a healing sanctuary. If you’re lucky, you might encounter a vibrant flock of wild parrots while you’re there.

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Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park is the largest subtropical wilderness in the U.S. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s home to mangrove forests, freshwater prairies, hundreds of animal species, and so much more. It’s about an hour away, so if you feel like staying close by, head to Oleta River State Park in North Miami, which features just over 1,000 acres of natural refuge and tranquility. If you’re feeling invigorated, it also has 15 miles of trails, plus river access for kayaking. 

Enchanted Forest Elaine Gordon Park

Located only 35 minutes from our sanctuary, Enchanted Forest Elaine Gordon Park provides stunning views, lush canopies, and native wildlife that sets the scene for family fun or even a romantic picnic. This unique space features a gorgeous butterfly garden and rustic horse stables, so whether you’d like to stroll leisurely or feel the freedom of a horseback ride, this fairytale forest provides it all.

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Toronto Music Garden

A short 1.3-km walk from our sanctuary, Toronto Music Garden is a must-visit in the warm weather months. The design of the gardens was inspired by Bach’s ‘The First Suite for Unaccompanied Cello,’ such that each section of the garden corresponds to a different dance movement within the suite. As you walk through the garden, you’ll not only be amazed by the lush greenery, but the thoughtful placement of each plant. The spacing between the trees reflects measures of music, as the bending pathways mimic the flow of water. Whether you catch a performance in the amphitheater or simply enjoy a spring stroll through the gardens,  you’ll feel a deepend sense of gratitude for the complex relationship between music and nature.

Edwards Gardens & Toronto Botanical Gardens

If you’re looking for a botanical oasis just outside the city, look no further than Edwards Gardens. To reach the gardens themselves, you first must pass through the Toronto Botanical Gardens, showcasing 4 acres overflowing with nearly 5,000 plants. Once you pass through the beauty of the botanical gardens, allow the beauty of Edwards Gardens to prolong your astonishment. Spend hours wandering the perfectly manicured gardens, the Wilket Creek, forest views, and walking rails. Make a day out of it by bringing along a picnic with the season’s freshest flavors to enjoy among the blossoms.

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Griffith Park

Griffith Park—one of North America’s largest urban parks and renowned as a destination for outdoor enthusiasts—features miles of trails, camping, and even golf. Whatever you decide to do on your outdoor adventure, be sure to check out the West Observatory Trail. It features a two-mile hike that leads to the world-famous Griffith Observatory, boasting absolutely incredible views and serving as a “gateway to the cosmos” with its spectacular telescopes and planetarium.

Runyon Canyon Park

As one of the most popular hiking destinations in Los Angeles, Runyon Canyon Park offers multiple overlapping loops that lead to peaks with sweeping sights of the Hollywood Hills. Whether you want to start slow with a 0.85-mile hike or challenge yourself with a 3.3-mile loop—it’ll be the perfect restorative break from downtown city life.

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