Picnics, Parks & Gardens in Rio de Janeiro

Visitors flock to Rio de Janeiro for its non-stop party spirit and vibrant atmosphere, but there are times when even the hardest of partiers needs to take a moment to unwind. Happily, Rio de Janeiro parks and gardens are to be found dotted around the city, offering a brief respite from the chaos and confusion that reigns supreme on the city streets.

Our number one pick, the famous Botanical Gardens, are worthy of a few hours of anyone's time, and the chance to stroll in the shade of giant palms will be welcomed by anyone visiting during the sticky summer months.

Of course, let's not forget that Rio is home to the world's largest city park, Parque Nacional da Tijuca, but the sheer scale of this vast swathe of city jungle makes experienced guides a must.

Generally speaking, parks that charge an entrance fee are free from the threat of opportunistic thieves, but do take care in parks and public spaces that do not charge to enter. As with anywhere else in the city, you should keep valuables hidden and stay away from overly secluded spots.

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Jardim Botânico

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Rua Jardim Botânico, 920 - 1008

Escape the City Swelter... read more

Parque Lage

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Rua Jardim Botânico, 414 - Jardim Botânico

Gorgeous Gardens and Grounds... read more

Museu Nacional (Quinta da Boa Vista)

Quinta da Boa Vista s/n
São Cristóvão

Parque das Ruínas

Rua Murtinho Nobre, 169

Ruin With a View... read more

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Parque do Flamengo

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Flamengo

Oasis of greenery within the city... read more

Parque da Catacumba

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Avenida Epitácio Pessoa, 3000, Lagoa

Art in the Park... read more

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Lagoa

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Avenida Epitácio Pessoa
Lagoa

A beautiful place to unwind... read more

Parque Garota de Ipanema

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Between Avenida Francisco Bhering and Rua Francisco Otaviano

Between Ipanema and Copacabana... read more

Parque Passeio Publico

Rua do Passeio

Breathing Space in Centro... read more

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Parque Nacional de Tijuca

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Floresta da Tijuca

For hikers and nature lovers... read more
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