France’s largest public park goes from strength to strength. As well as a newly installed Only Lyon contemporary sculpture, work is now afoot in the zoo for an Asian forest with Cambodian temple-inspired architecture where 25 threatened species will be housed from 2020. On the right bank of the Rhône, this 117-hectare (289-acre) park has a magnificent lakeside setting with deer wandering freely around the grounds. The Zoological Park (www.zoo.lyon.fr; tel. 04-72-69-47-78; daily 9am–5pm) hosts some 1,000 animals including rose-pink flamingos and Senegalese dwarf goats, while the Botanical Garden (www.jardin-botanique-lyon.com; tel. 04-72-69-47-60; daily 9am–4:30pm) features 15,000 plants including carnivorous plants and orchids. Families will be kept busy with pony rides, carousels, and pedal boats on the lake.
Parc de la Tête d’Or
pl. du Général Leclerc
Our Rating Neighborhood Around Town Hours Daily 6:30am–8:30pm (until 10pm mid-Apr to mid-Oct) Transportation Métro: Masséna Prices Free admission Web site Parc de la Tête d’Or Other Entrances on bd. des Belges, quai Charles de Gaulle and av. Verguin
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