From incredible sculpture gardens to amazing playgrounds, unusual parks in the world abound. Do you have your own favorite unusual park? Tell us about it in the comments section!
1. Garden of Cosmic Speculation, Scotland
Let’s nominate this park for coolest name in the world. The 30-acre park, the work of American architect and theorist Charles Jencks, was inspired by the philosophies of Chinese garden design, as well as science and nature, in effect, “[using] nature to celebrate nature.” Click here to see more pictures of this incredible garden.
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2. Mill Ends Park, Portland, Ore.
Measuring in at just 452 square inches, Mill Ends Park is the Guinness Book of World Records-certified smallest park in the world. In the 1940s, a light pole never materialized in the site of what’s now the park. Over time, weeds grew there and a newspaper columnist “noticed” that a colony of leprechauns had taken up residence there. It’s been a designated city park since 1971, taking many shapes over the years. In addition to a rotating cast of trees and plants, the park has been home to a mini ferris wheel, a white picket fence and, pictured, an Occupy Portland protest.
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3. St. Kilda Adventure Playground, Adelaide, Australia
Here’s a place that’ll make you wish you were a kid again! Located in suburban Adelaide, the St. Kilda adventure playground has a castle, submarine, pirate ship, †maze, trampolines and many other features to climb and slide down. The park was originally created for the children living in public housing nearby, today, however, it is open to all.
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Image Credit:†Peripitus via Wikimedia Commons
4. Las Pozas, Mexico
The work of surrealist art patron, poet and eccentric Edward James, this jewel of a park †is meant to emulate the Garden of Eden. Concrete structures, waterfalls and exotic tropical plants dot the 80 acres of land in Mexico’s subtropical rainforest.
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5. Parque Gulliver, Valencia, Spain
With slides for hair and caves for arms, children (or Liliputians!) of all ages can trample all over this sculpture-cum-playground. †The†sculpture depicts a tied-down Lemeul Gulliver, the title character in Jonathan Swift’s classic Gulliver’s Travels.