Kuala Lumpur is blessed to have so many parks, nature trails and hills right in the city! One doesn’t have to go too far to get some green outdoors! Most weekends, we head out to one of the parks with the little girl – we get our fresh dose of green, a little exercise, some flora & fauna sightings and it’s gadget-free family time!
Here are some of our favorite parks in Kuala Lumpur (and beyond):
1. Taman Tasik Titiwangsa
It’s amazing to see such a beautiful lake garden right in the heart of the CBD in Kuala Lumpur, (just off Jalan Tun Razak). Clearly marked jogging & cycling track encircling the lake, a mini canopy walkway (not the rainforest canopy walk kinds, this is more a landscaping canopy walk :)), an interesting butterfly maze garden, a water play area & a huge children’s playground. All this with some instagrammable views of the KL skyline (spot the Twin Towers & the Istana Budaya forming a lovely backdrop to the lake). Bicycle rentals available (children & adult cycles), multiple parking lots available.
2. Kepong Metropolitan Park
This park is famous for its kite flying activitie (also has a beautiful lake and a jogging track). There are several stalls selling interesting kites. Not very far from the entrance is a clear grass patch especially for kite-flying (gives at least a 100m clearance for kites to take off). Overall a great place to head to over the weekend for some kite-flying with the littlies. On one of our visits, we spotted some migratory birds perched on a tree by the lake – highlight of that weekend! Bicycle Rentals available. a huge multi-storey parking lot.
3. Lake Gardens KL
Perhaps the most popular park in KL, the Lake Gardens are smack in the middle of KL Sentral area. A deer park, the central lake, mini waterfalls, streams, ponds with lily pads – it took us several visits to see all parts of the beautiful Lake Gardens! Great for cycling, skateboarding, jogging (No cycle rentals here, bring your own 🙂
4. Ampang Hilir Park
This is a much smaller park than the others. A small jogging track encircles the lake (although it doesn’t go all the way around the lake like most other parks, so you have to take a u-turn at the dead end and come back). Because it’s smaller and less popular, it’s quieter than most other parks. There’s a small parking next to the entrance.
5. The Central Park at Desa Park City
One of our favourite parks in the city. Nestled in the residential township of Desa Park City, the Central Park has a cycling & jogging track encircling a small lake & neat children’s playground. This park is most popular for being a pet-friendly park. If you have fur-babies (or don’t, but love them), this is THE place to be.
6. Taman Tugu
This nature trail (in the centre of the city, near Jalan Parlimen) is a rainforest conservation project which is now home to over 1000 species of Malaysian flora & fauna. The trails are fairly easy, there’s a primary & secondary trail – both clearly marked. Taman Tugu overall gives a ‘rainforest’ experience right in the city.
7. Shah Alam Botanic Gardens
We found the botanic gardens at Shah Alam interesting – the park is huge, lots of activities to do within but it does give you the feeling that it could’ve been a tad better maintained. (as compared to, say, the KL Botanic / Lake Gardens). The path is great for jogging & cycling (bicycle rentals available), beautiful paddy fields along the way (it’s hard to believe you’re in the city), an animal park (a few animal enclosures – horses, ducks, birds, interesting but not exciting) and activities like Kayaking and a zip-liner across a small water body.
8. KLCC Park
Tucked right in KLCC behind the Petronas Twin Towers, this park has a jogging track, a water play area, a children’s playground but the most popular bit is the Lake Symphony water fountains (fountain shows at noon & evenings). This park, while beautiful, often gets too busy, perhaps because it’s right next to the twin towers and Suria KLCC mall.(Mornings are less busy, evenings and weekends can get very busy. Parking is within Suria KLCC Mall).
9. TTDI Park
This park is located in the beautiful residential area of Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI). Mornings are lovely at TTDI Park – a walk by the lake (although not as picturesque as some of the others), little streams (watch out for the macaques :)), a children’s play area, senior citizens doing Tai Chi, a canopy bridge and the park entrance has food trucks selling coconut water, freshly squeezed fruit juices and then some.
10. KL Eco Park
This nature trail, not very far from Menara KL has a variety of rainforest flora but the highlight is the canopy walk. The Canopy walk bridge is about 200 meters high and has view of the rainforest trees below & the KL city skyline across.
**Note during MCO (lockdown): Status of Parks have been changing through various stages of MCO. While parks are open during MCO/ CMCO/ RMCO – most playgrounds & waterparks inside these parks have been closed. MCO 2.0 – most parks are open (except Taman Tugu & KL Eco Forest Park, which are not). TTDI Park has been closed for renovation. Would be best to check for the latest updates before heading out to a park in lockdown times.
*All pictures by author except KL Eco Park which is from the Forestry Department Peninsular Malaysia.