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These are the 10 best city parks in the U.S.

As we continue to social distance, our public outdoor spaces are more important than ever. City parks offer a place to get outdoors, breathe the fresh air and enjoy a sense of community. According to our readers, these 10 U.S. city parks are the best.

10. Klyde Warren Park - Dallas, TX

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Perched atop a sunken freeway, this nationally acclaimed 5-acre oasis is just one of the examples of what makes Dallas' downtown area so dynamic.

9. Gas Works Park - Seattle, WA

This rather unique park is located on the site of a former coal gasification plant. It's great for picnicking, kite-flying and bicycling on the shores of Lake Union, with stellar views of the Seattle skyline.

8. Fairmount Park - Philadelphia, PA

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Horseback riders, off-road cyclers and hikers will find miles of trails, while a Victorian-style trolley takes visitors on tours of the park’s many Colonial-era mansions. And it's home to the Philadelphia Zoo – America’s oldest.

7. Falls Park on the Reedy - Greenville, SC

The small but scenic Reedy River passes through the heart of downtown, its surprising waterfalls best viewed from an award-winning pedestrian suspension bridge that spans the falls within Falls Park.

6. White River State Park - Indianapolis, IN

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In addition to the park's trails, waterways and green spaces, it's also home to several big ticket attractions, like the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, Indianapolis Zoo and Eiteljorg Museum.

5. Falls Park - Sioux Falls, SD

Walkable from downtown Sioux Falls, the 123-acre Falls Park is famously the home of the city's namesake cascade, where 7,400 gallons of water per second make the 100-foot plunge.

4. Patterson Park - Baltimore, MD

The oldest park in Baltimore features a pagoda, two ice rinks, playgrounds, basketball and tennis courts, athletic fields, picnic pavilions and a boat lake.

3. Hermann Park - Houston, TX

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This park is home to the Houston Zoo, Houston Museum of Natural Science, and the Miller Outdoor Theatre, as well as a Japanese garden, rose garden and golf course.

2. Forest Park - St. Louis, MO

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This is one of the largest urban parks in the U.S., nearly a third larger than New York's Central Park. It's widely used for outdoor recreation and features bicycle paths, jogging trails, skating and boating.

1. Gathering Place - Tulsa, OK

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This expansive park makes use of more than 6 million gallons of water and 80 tree species, with attractions like multi-story fireplaces, an adventure playground, a boathouse, sensory garden, and a reading tree.

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