Parks and Recreation in Saudi Arabia


Al Douh Park
Towaiq Quarter

The Al Douh Park has green lawns, huge trees, colorful water fountains and gaming areas for children. Walk through the park, sit under the trees or under the umbrellas provided, watch the kids play or have a look at the fountains. There’s also a prayer place in the park. Entry fees for adults is SAR2, for children it is SAR1 and for kids below the age of three it is free.

Al Fouta Park
Al Imam Faisal Bin Turki Street

This park is considered to be the oldest in Riyadh. It is spread over 40,000 sq m (430,500 sq ft) and is beautified by the presence of shady trees, colourful flowers and long promenades. You could either take a stroll or watch kids play in the kids’ gaming area or figure out the different kinds of trees, plants, herbs and flowers that grow here. Relax and enjoy a cup of hot coffee at the café. Entrance is free.

Al Hizam Park
Prince Sattam Street & Amr Ibn Al Aas Street

This park is lined with palm trees and beautiful flower beds but the places that attract most people are the three pools. There are specific playgrounds for children of different age groups – these have a sitting area from where parents can watch over their little ones. You can also choose between sitting under shady trees or inside the café. Do note that only families are allowed.

Al Maktaba Park
Olaya Street

Al Maktaba Park is a real getaway from the bustling city. Its wide pathways are ideal for a jog; otherwise, simply stroll along and take in the peace and beauty of the park. There’s loads of entertainment for kids as well. An artificial pool, waterfall and fountains enhance the park’s beauty and its Clock Tower has become a landmark today.

Al Mansoura Park
Prince Mishari bin Saud bin Abdul Aziz Street

You will find circular, oval and other shaped lawn areas in this park. Spend time with nature: count the palm trees, walk barefoot over the green grass or sit in the cool shade and watch squealing children have fun. You can enjoy the buffet when you are hungry and don’t forget to pay a visit to the mosque inside the park. Please note that only families are allowed.

Al Nahdah Road Park
Al Nahdah Road

Al Nahdah Road Park is the perfect getaway for sports enthusiasts. There are grounds allotted for tennis, volleyball and basketball. Separate zones are specified for jogging, walking, skiing, bicycle sports, kids games and special games for the handicapped. Those who want to be away from sports can shop in the mini markets, fill their stomachs at the cafés or go online in the internet café. Entrance is free and opens daily.Al Shaeeb Park
Namar Quarter

Vast green lawns, rows of trees, narrow pathways and a central fountain, together make up this pretty park. Watch your children have a great time at play or simply stretch yourself out on the grass and gaze at the greenery and the scenery. Entry is for families only. Parking space for about 60 vehicles is available.

Al Wadi Park
Al Ahmadi Street

As the park is open to families only, go along with your family – spend some quality time with your spouse, while watching your little ones have a great time. Greenery as far as the eye can see – vast stretches of grass, palm trees and bushes. The two main fountains just add to the beauty of this park. Entrance is SAR2 for adults and SAR1 for children (children under three can enter free).

Badea Park
Kahlifa Bin Badea Street

If your idea of a serene outing is getting close to nature, then head to Badea Park. Green lawns, trees, shrubs and fountains – these create just the right atmosphere for a fun family outing. Entry, which is only for families, is SAR2 for adults and SAR1 for children (children under three can enter free).

Jabal Abu Makhrouq Park
Salahuddin Road

This park is situated in the mountainous area of the Malaz Quarter. It is complete with greenery and water fountains, but what makes it interesting are the stone constructions. Your family would have a great time – kids can play while parents sit under umbrellas and keep an eye on them. Only families are allowed; entrance is SAR1 for adults and SAR2 for children (children under three can enter free).

Prince Fahd Al Faisal Park
Al Malaz Quarter

Sprawled over 40,000 sq m (430,600 sq ft), the Prince Fahd Al Faisal Park is a green retreat in the heart of the city. Relax in the shade of the numerous date trees, get your exercise for the day or bring a picnic basket along and spend the day on the lush green lawns. A sandbox and other games will keep your children entertained. One of the oldest parks in the city, there is a café on site as well. Its ideal location keeps it more crowded than other parks in the city.

Riyadh National Zoo
Al Ihsa Street

Spread over 22 hectares (55 acres), the zoo is Saudi Arabia’s largest. Tapirs, seals, kangaroos, llamas, the rare griffon vultures along with Arabian leopards, lions, hyenas and more are found here. Take a stroll at the Riyadh Zoological Gardens, which are on the zoo premises. Note that children can be accompanied by only one parent; whole families cannot visit the zoo. Women can see the animals on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays while, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays are reserved for men. Open Sundays to Fridays

Salam Park
King Fahd Road

Located in the heart of the city, Salam Park is much more than just a park. This 30-hectare (75-acre) park was once the site of a residential palace, buildings and a 70-year old mosque. With an artificial lake, a palm grove, lots of lawn area as well as a wildlife conservation zone, it offers entertainment for the entire family today. Go boating on the lake, have a long and leisurely lunch, jog around the park or simply lie in the shades of the palm trees while your kids entertain themselves on the playground. There are four prayer buildings and several restaurants for snacks as well. Open on all days.

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