Buenos Aires residents are park people. The weekends are for filling green spaces with friends, spending hours relaxing with mate and music, or for strapping on a pair of rollerblades and circling the park. The city might not make for a long list of touristic must-sees to tick off, but I always recommend if people want to see Buenos Aires, want to get it, they should spent time at a park on the weekend.
My personal favorite is a leisurely 10 to 15-minute walk from my apartment, Parque Tres de Febrero. The 62-acre park, also known as the Bosques de Palermo (Palermo woods) encompasses a lake, rose gardens and fields (as well as a number of parrilla stands selling grilled meat and sausage sandwiches, or choripan). El Rosedal, which is the name for the rose gardens, is a sub-section of the park, and perhaps the most quixotic spot in the city.
On the weekends it fills with locals exercising in every way from capoeira and tight-rope walking to pick-up soccer games, couples paddling boats, parents treating their kids to sweet popcorn and loungers listening to concerts or some comedic performance. Below I’ve posted some of my photos below from numerous visits to the park. Don’t we all just want to look at pictures on a Friday, anyway?
In case you’re wondering: February 3, 1852 is the date Buenos Aires governor Juan Manuel de Rosas, one of the Spanish empire-appointed rulers (caudillos), was overthrown.