Kuala Lumpur is known as a city of skyscrapers and scrumptious food, but sometimes you want a little break from the concrete jungle and to fill your lungs with fresh air and your eyes with the sight of some gorgeous greenery. Whether you’re looking for a grassy patch to picnic or a public playground for kids, here’s our pick of the city’s best parks to explore.
Want more guides? Check these out!
With 8 different themes, the award-winning Taman Botani Putrajaya (Putrajaya Botanical Garden) is well worth visiting. It is divided into eight botanical themes, namely: Malaysian Ulam and Medicinal, Bambusetum, Zingiberales, Edible Fruit Arboretum, Lawn and Gramineae, Forest Fringe and Aboriginal Medicinal Plants, Conservatory and Ecological Pond. Must visit areas include the Explorer’s Trail (where the exciting tree-high Canopy Bridge is located), Palm Hill, Sun Gardens (housing plants that bloom well under lots of sunlight), Floral Gardens (exhibiting flowering plants from the Americas, Africa and Asia Pacific) and the Lakeside.
Putrajaya Tropical Botanical Gardens, Lebuh Perdana Barat, Presint 1, 62000 Putrajaya, www.visitselangor.com
If you're looking for a new Instagrammable spot, then consider taking a drive to this recreational park in Shah Alam! This park is open to the public and located at the entrance of the township for visitors coming from Guthrie Corridor Expressway. Aside from taking pictures for the 'gram, the spacious park is also a great weekend hangout spot for the family. There are running and cycling tracks where you can get fit together. Or you can also enjoy the evening sitting and watching the sunset by the lake.
Elmina Central Park, Elmina Valley, 40160 Shah Alam, Selangor
The Central Park is located at Desa Park City, a township at Kuala Lumpur which is a perfect getaway from the tribulations of the city life. Chill out on its manicured lawns with a breath of fresh air, with its tree-lined 9ft-wide jogging paths and walkways that surround a lake. The park is also pet-friendly, so you are most likely to spot pet owners taking their dogs for a walk. After a workout, you can cool down at The Waterfront commercial center adjacent to the park where you will find some delightful dining varieties on offer.
The Central Park at Desa Park City, C-3-1 Plaza Arkadia, 3, Persiaran Residen, Desa Park City, 52200 Kuala Lumpur, www.desaparkcity.com
Within the KLCC precinct lies the KLCC Park, a lush, 50-acre urban sanctuary - one that is rich in greenery and various recreational facilities. Designed by the talented Brazilian master of gardens, the late Roberto Burle Marx, the park houses about 1900 indigenous trees and 66 species of palm trees. Visitors can enjoy the lush greenery or the park’s wide range of amenities – from the two-acre children’s playground, wading pool and jogging track to shelters and benches, patterned footpaths and sculptures.
KLCC Park, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, www.suriaklcc.com.my
KL Forest Eco Park is one of Malaysia’s oldest permanent forest reserves. The 10.5-hectare forest reserve was gazetted as a Wildlife Reserve and Bird Sanctuary in 1934 and 1950 respectively, with an area of about 5 hectares identified as a Virgin Jungle Reserve. Joggers will enjoy exploring the forest trail, and there is even an outdoor obstacle course where a little stretching and body lifting can be done. All visitors to the forest reserve should take precautionary measures as there are some slopes along the forest trails that are quite steep.
KL Forest Eco Park, Lot 240, Jalan Raja Chulan, Bukit Kewangan, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, www.visitselangor.com
Bukit Jalil Recreational Park (Taman Rekreasi Bukit Jalil) is a popular recreational park in the southern suburbs of Kuala Lumpur, about 20km from the city center. One of the best features of the park is the international garden featuring show gardens representing 10 different countries. Other activities and facilities here include a playground, jogging and walking trails, exercise stations, reflexology paths, a Heliconia garden as well as a dedicated area for people with disabilities.
Bukit Jalil Recreational Park, 57000 Kuala Lumpur, www.visitkl.gov.my
Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) is not only known for its exclusive properties, but it also has a great recreational park called Bukit Kiara Park. It features a large lake surrounded by jogging trails, exercise stations, playgrounds and picnic areas. Aside from enjoying a good workout at the park, its tranquil and pleasant setting is home to many wild plants and animals. There is also a hiking trail that would take you up to 250m above ground level. Whether one is a walker, jogger, cyclist or hiker, one is assured of a challenging workout amidst a clean and safe environment.
Bukit Kiara Park, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Facebook Page
The Kepong Metropolitan Park is famous among locals mainly as a spot for kite flying and there is a huge field that runs parallel to the main road in the park that is specifically for this purpose. Most barriers and trees have been removed to ensure a clearance of at least 100m for the kites to take off. This park also has a lake where fishing activities are allowed. Other facilities at the park include a Remote Control car track, a cycling track, a football field, a boathouse and aquatic activities, a viewing tower, playground and pavilion.
Kepong Metropolitan Park, Jln Lingkaran Tengah 2, Kepong Metropolitan Lake-garden, 52100 Kuala Lumpur, www.visitkl.gov.my
Little Steps Asia knows what families need.
Sign up for our email newsletters to get the most out of Asia!