Glebe Park sits right in the heart of the city, but when you're walking down its paths it's easy to think you're actually far away. With trees lining the outer walls of the park the city is almost hidden away once you step inside, but this isn't just a park for relaxing on the grass, it's got a lot more to offer if you just take a look.
Glebe Park is unusual compared to many parks around Canberra. For one, it's just so green. While most parks take advantage of the more natural beauty of gum trees and other native plants, Glebe Park looks like it could just as easily spring up in the middle of the UK. There are trees everywhere, including the miniature forest that sits just in the middle; on a hot day this can be a very welcome place to escape from the heat.
While there are plenty of trees, you'll also still be able to find lots of open space. It means kids can run around, kick the footy, or throw a frisbee. Near the end of the year it's a popular spot for Christmas parties and you'll likely see a bocce game or two on the grass.
There is, of course, a playground that's popular with the younger kids. There are seesaws, bouncers, slides, swings, and plenty of fun things to climb. The playground is shaded, so kids can play all through the year and be a bit better protected from the sun.
If you've got a group together there are also good picnic facilities, including picnic tables and barbecues; the rotunda is also a popular gathering spot. You can pull up a picnic rug and enjoy some food on the grass, or grab a table instead. There's plenty of space so that you can find your own spot without feeling crowded by everyone else enjoying the park.
Paths wind through the park, which can be great for kids learning to ride for the first time. Head along and you'll also be able to pick out all the interesting bits of the park, including the Gandhi statue near one of the entrances.