10 Best Outdoor Activities in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires often has lovely weather, which makes outdoor activities and attractions all the more inviting. From sporting events to gardens to public squares, Buenos Aires has plenty of options to keep you entertained and outside under a banner of blue sky.

To get up close and personal with nature in Buenos Aires, head to the Reserva Ecologica, located beyond Puerto Madero. This large, wild parkland is a favorite among locals who come to disconnect from the city and walk, cycle or watch birds. Then for a more curated nature experience, discover the picture-perfect Rose Garden in the Bosques de Palermo, replete with manicured paths, fountains and statues, and the lush Botanical Gardens near Plaza Italia.  

When it comes to sporting events, there is nothing like attending the top polo championship in Buenos Aires (and the world), the Abierto Argentino de Polo. Elite teams face off in a sport where Argentines are known worldwide for their skill. In the world of tennis, look no further than the Argentina Open, where both Argentine and international tennis stars compete.   

Buenos Aires has some great museums, but its best one is actually located outside: Recoleta Cemetery. Here Argentina’s politicians, scientists, writers and other notables are laid to rest amidst a fascinating variety of mausoleums in different architectural styles.

Plaza Dorrego

Sunday is typically the best time to visit the atmospheric barrio of San Telmo, a neighborhood everyone has an opinion about. It is an area characterized by pretty, cobble-stoned streets, crumbling (and increasingly not so crumbling) colonial...  Read More

One of the world's great cemeteries and one of the city's most memorable sights, Recoleta tops most tourists' Buenos Aires itineraries. A city in miniature, the cemetery, which opened to the public in 1822, is a dreamy vision of domes, pantheons...  Read More

A central square has existed on this site since the 16th century, but the current name, Plaza de Mayo, commemorates May 25, 1810, the day the Argentine Congress declared independence from Spain. Many of the dramas of Argentina's history (and...  Read More

The work of French landscape architect Carlos Thays, this Palermo park, which dates back to the late 19th century, is still a glorious oasis in the modern city. The gardens are dotted with sculptures, fountains and busts, and the green-minded...  Read More

A private clay tennis club, the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club, hosts the Argentina Open ATP tournament each year in its three stadiums, the largest of which holds over 5,000 spectators. The Buenos Aires tournament is now held in February each...  Read More

Puerto Madero

A landmark in the Puerto Madero neighborhood, the Puente de la Mujer (meaning Women's Bridge in Spanish) is a white, asymmetrically-shaped footbridge designed by Spaniard Santiago Calatrava and said to resemble a couple dancing tango....  Read More


In a noisy metropolis like Buenos Aires, the romantic and fairy-tale setting that is the Rose Garden with its boating lake (with pedal boats and row boats for hire) and pretty white trellises (usually occupied by courting couples) is a...  Read More

This delightful, city-center park stretches from the grand, British-built Retiro station at the bottom of the hill up to shady, tree-lined walkways at the top, which is the northern end of the pedestrian shopping street, Calle Florida. The park...  Read More

One of the oldest polo tournaments in the world, this is the most prestigious event in the Argentine polo calendar. In line with the sport's demographic, the Argentinian Polo Open is also accompanied by some serious high-society socializing and...  Read More

Puerto Madero

Looking for a bit of nature in the big city? Though there are many parks in Buenos Aires, the Reserva Ecol�gica is the city's favorite and most rugged green lung. At this 350 hectare park you can enjoy walking, running and cycling along...  Read More


Meet Sarah Rogers

Born and raised in northern California, Sarah grew up to become an expat, traveler and wordsmith. She spent seven years in Madrid, Spain and now calls Buenos Aires, Argentina home. She has had...  More About Sarah

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