Discover Outdoor Paradise: The Best Parks in KL for Kids and Families!

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Looking for a great place to spend time outdoor quality time with your kids? May we suggest visiting one of the best parks in KL for kids and families? Here’s our ultimate guide featuring the best places for outdoor fun in Kuala Lumpur public parks. 

Between the bustling city of Kuala Lumpur are plenty of green spaces for families with kids to enjoy. You can make family day more memorable by visiting the best parks in KL for kids and families. From butterfly and bird parks to mini pools and playgrounds designed for children! 

Get ready because we’re taking you to the top family friendly Kuala Lumpur parks the capital of Malaysia.

1. KLCC Park

KLCC Park is a famous park in Kuala Lumpur as it’s easily accessible in the heart of the city, right in front of the popular Suria KLCC shopping mall. Within the park itself are many attractions you and your family can enjoy. If you need a quick break from the city, this is the place to be! If you’re asking me to pick the best park in KL among the parks near me, I’d KLCC Park.

You can pack a lunch and go on a family picnic or take advantage of the fun features in the park. There’s a playground and wading pool for kids, which is great to keep your kids entertained.

The Lake Symphony is also magical, especially at night when it’s time for the musical fountain show! Prepare to be amazed as colorful lights and music play and the water fountain dances in rhythm.

Of course, we’re not leaving out the best part. KLCC Park also offers a unique view of the iconic Petronas Towers. Feel free to take out your cameras, pose, and admire the Petronas Twin Towers. You can also watch it light up at night!

TIP: Check out our awesome post about KLCC Park here: Guide to KLCC Park: Kuala Lumpur Recreational Park.

KLCC park children's playground

2. Titiwangsa Park

Another family-friendly park that’s worth visiting is Titiwangsa Park, also known as Taman Tasik Titiwangsa. TItiwangsa has some of the best attractions, making it popular for families with kids.

You can do many things here as a family, like fishing, kayaking, horseback riding, and more. Beat the summer’s day at the splash park with some incredible water features, suitable for kids 3 to 12.

You can also let them play at the children’s playgrounds. They have a dedicated outdoor playground in KL for ages 2 to 6 years old and 6 to 12 years old.

If you love taking a nature walk, try their (short) canopy walk inspired by Bukit Titiwangsa. It’s a beautiful and relaxing experience as you take in nature’s beauty.

Other activities include exploring the Butterfly Maze, having a picnic, jogging on the jogging trail biking on the cycling track, or watching a race at the RC care track.

TIP: Discover Titiwangsa Park and read our blog about the 10 Best Things to Do at Titiwangsa Park in Kuala Lumpur.

A Sunny day in KL at Titiwangsa Park with Menara 118 in the background

3. Taman Tasik Ampang Hilir

Taman Tasik Ampang Hilir, the green lung of Ampang, is a beautiful oasis with a 30-acre (12-hectare) large lake in the middle. This is where we often go for a peaceful stroll at the park’s walking trails or for a picnic at the lakeside while enjoying a scenic view.

This recreational park in Kuala Lumpur gives you an excellent city view on a clear day and if you’re lucky you can also enjoy a nice sunset view.

Along the trails, you’ll find a few gym equipments, perfect for people who want to get their daily exercise in. Catch the local food vendors during weekend afternoons and taste the best local delicacies.

The park is clean and well-maintained, making it one of the best outdoor parks for a family day out in KL. They also have three spacious children’s outdoor playgrounds, so your kids can have an amazing time while making friends.

You can spot some cats around the area, so if you’re feeling generous, you can take a treat or two with you! The turtles and ducks are cute too and love to eat your leftover rice or bread.

Girl eating a donut in Taman Tasik Ampang Hilir

4. Perdana Botanical Garden

Formerly known as Lake Gardens, Perdana Botanical Gardens is a historical park that opened in the 1800s. It was originally built as a recreational plant, but as various exotic tropical plants grew, it slowly became a botanical garden. Now, it’s known as the city’s largest flower garden.

The Perdana Botanical Gardens offers a large green space with other attractions within the park. You can easily spend a whole day here as the park leaves you with plenty of things to enjoy.

It also has famous attractions such as KL Bird Park, Planetarium Negara, Deer Park, and KL Butterfly Park. Ensure to bring snacks and water because the distance between the establishments is quite far.

One thing we like about this outdoor park for kids is it’s very accessible as it’s right in the city center. Overall, it’s a great park for kids and families to unwind and hang out.

They also feature many instagrammable spots like the pergola, dreamy waterfalls, and various gardens with different plant and flower species. Every part of this park is a wonder to explore, and you’ll never run out of places to capture.

Some fan-favorites at the Perdana Botanical Gardens are the Sunken Garden and the Orchid & Hibiscus Garden. If you’re a nature lover, you can’t help but swoon at the sights of the greenery and colorful flowers and plants everywhere in this nature park in Kuala Lumpur.

TIP: Click here to read our blog featuring the best things to do in the Perdana Botanical Gardens.

Playground in Perdana Botanical Gardens in Kuala Lumpur

5. The Central Park at Desa ParkCity

Looking for a pet-friendly park at Desa Park City? Visit Central Park and take your furry friend out for a walk or play with them.

Central Park is welcome for everyone to visit. Surround yourself with a gorgeous landscape, including a beautiful lake at the park’s center and well-maintained greenery.

This park perfects the city lifestyle, with pristine pathways for jogging, walking, or cycling and manicured lawns with trees. Central Park provides a breath of fresh air for anyone looking to escape the busy city.

Kids can enjoy as much as pets in the children’s playground with child-proof imported play equipment. Enjoy the tranquility and relaxing environment while having a family picnic.

Take pictures to your heart’s content and create unforgettable memories with your pets or families in this sanctuary. It’s open from 6.00 am to 11.00 pm, excluding public holidays.

6. Kuala Lumpur Forest Eco Park

No other forest park breeds adventure like the KL Forest Eco Park, previously known as Bukit Nanas Forest Preserve.

Situated in the middle of the city, this rainforest park in Kuala Lumpur is also within reach of the iconic KL Tower. KL Forest Eco Park is one of Malaysia’s oldest forest preserves, which has been gathering visitors since 1906.

TIP: Click here to read our KL Tower review.

This nature’s wonder provides the perfect getaway from the hustling and bustling of the city. Conquer the highlight of the park, which is the 200-meter canopy walk. Don’t forget to take IG-ready pictures while you’re at it and admire the green scenery of this park near KL Tower.

Aside from the 200 tree species, you can also find wildlife in the KL Forest Eco Park. See if you can spot some animals hiding in the trees, including the local birds, monkeys, snakes, etc.

Also, explore their beginner-friendly hiking trails: Jelutong Trail, Penarahan Trail, and Arboretum Trail.

7. Taman Tugu

Taman Tugu is a recently opened park in 2016, boasting 66 acres of land, including a conservation site. Initially, they had other plans to use the land for commercial purposes. But it was instead made into a public park, making it a tourist attraction and allowing them to conserve the secondary forest within.

If you’re looking for beginner-friendly hiking trails, Taman Tugu has over 5 kilometers of hiking trails suitable for most ages. They also have resting areas, drinking water, and toilet facilities.

You can take a picture of the trail map at the entrance so you’re well aware of the checkpoints. The paths are well-marked and maintained, so you’ll enjoy exploring each trail.

It’s a beautiful place to take your kids with you, but leave strollers behind because this park is not stroller or wheelchair accessible.

Don’t miss the pop-up stalls every weekend from 7.00 am to 1.00 pm, where you can buy local food and drinks.

Father and daugher hiking in Taman Tugu in Kuala Lumpur

8. Taman Jaya Park

Taman Jaya Park KL is the best escape from the urban scene. Although it’s near a highway, the environment is quiet and peaceful, allowing you to relax while taking in the scenery.

It’s an ideal place to do your daily exercise and workout with a jogging track and exercise equipment available. The lake in the middle is clean and well-kept. Have a picnic by the lakeside with your family and enjoy the serene view. They also feature a playground, perfect for children looking for a pastime.

9. Kepong Metropolitan Park

Kepong Metropolitan Park is one of the best nature parks in Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur for kids and families. It’s a 235-acre (95 hectares) park with many amenities for outdoor family activities.

The Kuala Lumpur park’s highlight is the vast open field, home to many kite-flying enthusiasts. Come during the evening and watch in awe as people let their kites soar in the sky.

You can also bring your own kite or buy it at one of the kite sellers in the park! It’s a fun activity with the family, so don’t miss out on this opportunity.

You can also enjoy the jogging and cycling paths, reflexology paths, children’s playground, and exercise area. Also, the lakeside and skyline view is pretty hard to beat.

Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned angler, you’re welcome to cast your fishing rod at the lake!

10. Shah Alam Lake Gardens

One of the most visited KL parks in Selangor is the Shah Alam Lake Gardens. Shah Alam Lake Gardens harbors an artificial lake with stunning landscape views. The lake has three sections: East, West, and Central.

There’s no wonder why it’s popular with the residents because of its many amenities. Enjoy facilities like the jogging and cycling trails, reflexology paths, overwater walkways, a children’s playground, and gazebos. 

You can also enjoy various water activities at Shah Alam Lake Gardens, such as kayaking and fishing. Try to spot some animals that might pop up, including a tortoise, peacocks, geese, and forest chickens.

Of course, we can’t forget the Caribbean-inspired water theme park. It’s where you indulge your inner child with rides like the longest uphill water roller coaster, kiddie pool, roped bridge, and yellow submarine!

11. Taman Tasik Permaisuri

A good 18 minutes away from the center resides this 99-acre (40 hectares) urban park, Taman Tasik Permaisuri. In the middle of the beautiful park is a scenic lake covered with lotus, water lilies, and working fountains.

This park has impressive amenities, ideal for most outdoor activities for the whole family. It’s also a good place to do your daily exercise with three outdoor gyms available. And their jogging trails have labels to help you track your running distance.

Taman Tasik Permaisuri is also home to a terraced flower garden filled with many colorful plants and flower species. Enjoy lake views while having a picnic at one of the picnic tables protected by shaded trees, or use the gazebos. 

Other facilities are a football pitch, a futsal court, a children’s playground, a prayer hall, and a cycle hire.

What’s Next?

And there you have it, the 11 best parks in Kuala Lumpur city centre for kids and families in 2023. Whether you’re looking for a place to let the kids run wild, have a picnic, or learn about nature, you will find something on this list that’s perfect when looking for days out for family.

We hope you enjoyed this article and learned something new about the Kuala Lumpur outdoors! We encourage you to explore all that KL has to offer, including these popular parks to visit in KL. There are so many great outdoor activity parks around KL and other family-friendly attractions in this city you’re sure to have a blast.

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About Marlieke Kemp-Janssen:

Marlieke is the mom of a four-year-old girl and, together with daddy, they love living in and exploring Kuala Lumpur. As well as being the founder of Kuala Lumpur with Kids, Marlieke is a digital marketing consultant who has helped small businesses grow through her company Aureum Hospitality Advisers.

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