The weekend is here so it’s time to get out and make the most of the outdoors.
Kuala Lumpur has some amazing parks and gardens and while many of them are well known, some remain less frequented or even undiscovered. My two children love spending time at playgrounds and we’re often spoilt for choice, but they also like to take out their roller blades, scooters, and even their kites, so finding the right place for the right activity is key.
We’ve enjoyed making the rounds in the area and visiting some beautiful spots so I decided to put them all together into an album to make things easier. Whether it’s a lake to cycle around, a place to picnic in, or even to discover something new, I hope you find this useful and that it gives you a little inspiration to go out and make the most of a warm Kuala Lumpur day. Enjoy, S x
In this article you will find (in no particular order!) a feature on:
Taman Tasik Titiwangsa
Lake Gardens KL (Taman Tasik Perdana)
Shah Alam Lake Garden
Taman Bukit Jalil
Taman Tasik Datuk Keramat…
Taman Metropolitan, Kepong
This is one of our favourites in the city. Set around a large lake, this recreational park has so much to offer. The children’s playground is big and bright and keeps the little ones busy for hours, but with bike rental places on site, you can also decide to cycle or scoot your way around the lake and the gardens while taking in the views. With tennis courts, horse stables offering pony rides, a remote control car racetrack, boats to take out on the lake, tennis courts and picnic spots, this park pulls the crowds on a weekend but for a very good reason.
The Perdana Botanical Gardens / Taman Tasik Perdana
On the outskirts of the Botanical Gardens there are a host of other places to check out, including The KL Bird Park, The KL Butterfly Park, The Orchid Garden, The Planetarium and The Royal Malaysian Police Museum to name a few. You’ll need a couple of return visits to enjoy everything here but it’s worth it 😉
If you are in the area, this is an absolute most. I fell in love with this place the first time we visited it as it has a certain tranquility about it. Set around a lake with a couple of boat features for the children to play on this park sits just opposite the famous ‘Blue Mosque’ of Shah Alam and it looks stunning reflected on to the lake. With a children’s playground, boating activities on the lake and cycling/skating allowed in the gardens, it’s a nice place to spend a family day. Located just on the edge of the Lake Gardens is Wet World Water Park, a paying attraction, should you want to go in for a splash.
It is of course the most obvious park in the city. The never-ending stretch of playground equipment is impressive beyond belief, it’s centrally located at the base of the equally amazing Petronas Twin Towers and, to top it off, it is one of the few places that has a water feature just next to the play area which makes cooling off on a hot day an easy task.
Unfortunately there’s no cycling, skating or ball games allowed, but this is still a great spot for playtime!
This seems to be one of the parks in KL that has been forgotten about and remains unknown to a fair few.
We’ve enjoyed a couple of afternoons here as there is a nice children’s playground, walks in the woods to explore, and plenty of room to cycle, run or wander around the lakes and gardens. However, I would have to say that it is the originality of the park that makes it worthy of my list of parks to visit in KL.
Taman Bukit Jalil is home to the ‘International Garden’, which is a separate section of the park divided into different gardens representing countries from around the world. Take the time to walk through an English garden, admire a Dutch windmill, cross the bridge between Japan and China, and explore the depths of Peru, Thailand, and Canada! It’s a very interesting place and the whole family will get something from a visit here.
Besides a small lake with water features, there is a fairly good-sized children’s playground, a shaded workout facility for adults, a futsal court and you can even take your bikes and skates along too.
As one of the new developments in KL, Desa ParkCity is fresh and green and has a small, fairly unique, playground that is almost futuristic in style.
‘The Waterfront’ is their iconic centre of entertainment and with a beautiful lake, statues, and modern seating options, it makes it a top spot for families. There are shops and an abundance of cafes and eateries to chose from so you can take the time to refuel as well. There’s a small bike shop that also rents out bikes for both children and adults, so if you don’t have your own, you can hire bikes and do a tour of the lake and gardens. Ample parking but you do need to pay 😉
A wonderfully green park set around a lake offering one of the best areas in KL for cycling, jogging or just having a family walk. Known more for it’s popularity amongst kite enthusiasts who you can see taking over the skies on a weekend, the park is also absolutely perfect for hiring a bicycle or renting a scooter and making a tour or two of the lake. With two separate playgrounds, viewing towers with amazing views, and lots of food stalls popping up at peak times, this park has made its way to the top of our list of weekend hang-out spots.
Taman Tasik Ampang Hilir
A smaller park set around a lake in Ampang so not far from KLCC for people in that area. What I like about this place is that they do allow skating, cycling and scooting so the little ones can use up as much energy as they want while making a tour of the lake. To make it even better, there are 3 separate play areas cleverly placed around the park so that you can do a bit of walking and if little legs get tired, they are generally inspired to keep going by seeing yet another playground in the distance! There’s ducks on the lake and we always manage to spot a turtle or two.