10 Best parks to visit around the Klang Valley, from Titiwangsa to Shah Alam
All in our backyard
After being cooped up at home for far too long, it’s needless to say that many of us Malaysians have been itching to stretch our legs outdoors. Besides eating out at cafes and restaurants with al fresco dining spaces (for those of us who aren’t quite ready for enclosed dine-ins yet) or booking a flight to Langkawi, some have taken to visit beaches, forests, and other nature attractions for a breath of fresh air.
Whether you’re planning to go for a walk, run, cycle, or have a picnic, here’s a list of the best public parks to visit around the Klang Valley along with the facilities and activities they offer.
Perdana Botanical Gardens
Formerly known as Taman Tasik Perdana or Lake Gardens, Perdana Botanical Gardens is Kuala Lumpur's first large-scale recreational park. It is located in the Heritage Park of Kuala Lumpur within the heart of the city, offering a lush respite for urbanites around the area. Spanning 91.6 hectares, it features various walking trails, a man-made lake, and a boathouse. Among its other attractions include a Hibiscus Garden, a Sunken Garden, a Bamboo Playhouse (temporarily closed), and Laman Perdana—the main square that’s ideal for gatherings.
Popular activities: Running, cycling, picnics, skateboarding, rollerblading
Address: Jalan Kebun Bunga, Tasik Perdana, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
Shah Alam Lake Gardens
Dubbed as the green lung of Selangor’s state capital, Shah Alam Lake Gardens is an expansive parkland designed by renowned landscape architect Fumiaki Takano. It was the first public park to open in Selangor in 1985 and remains a commonly visited attraction until today. There are three man-made lakes (Central, East, and West) in the park, complete with gazebos, a lakeside promenade, overwater walkways, reflexology paths, children’s playgrounds, as well as jogging and cycling trails. Activities such as kayaking and ziplining are also available.
Popular activities: Jogging, cycling, kayaking, ziplining (flying fox)
Address: Persiaran Tasek, Seksyen 14, 40000 Shah Alam, Selangor
Taman Rekreasi Bukit Jalil
Bukit Jalil Park or Taman Rekreasi Bukit Jalil is another scenic recreational park that’s situated about 20km away from the city centre. One of its main highlights is the International Garden, featuring 10 distinctive landscapes inspired by England, Netherlands, China, Japan, and other countries around the globe. Other facilities include walking and cycling trails, manmade lakes, exercise stations, a children’s playground (temporarily closed), a reflexology path, a heliconia garden, and a dedicated area for the disabled.
Popular activities: Jogging, cycling, picnics, photography
Address: Jalan 13/155c, Bukit Jalil, 57000 Kuala Lumpur
TTDI Park/Bukit Kiara Federal Park
Not to be confused with the neighbouring Taman Rimba Kiara, which is managed by DBKL, Bukit Kiara Federal Park is wholly managed by the National Landscape Department (JLN). The Family Recreation Zone of the park is also commonly known as TTDI Park among the locals in the affluent neighbourhood, who frequent its well-paved paths for a jog or hike in the mornings and evenings. It’s also home to a dense forest that’s popular for hiking and mountain biking, as well as a kid’s playground, exercise stations, a reflexology path, lakes and ponds for more leisurely activities.
Popular activities: Jogging, cycling, hiking, mountain biking, picnics
Address: 78, Jalan Abang Haji Openg, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur
Kepong Metropolitan Park
Kepong Metropolitan Park is located north of central KL at the tip of Jinjang. The 95-hectare park is particularly famous for kite-flying thanks to its wide open field that runs parallel to the main road in the park. Visitors can also purchase kites from on-site vendors, or take advantage of other facilities such as the jogging and cycling tracks (complete with lakeside views), reflexology paths, children’s playground, and exercise stations.
Popular activities: Kite-flying, jogging, cycling, picnics, photography
Address: Jalan Lingkaran Tengah 2, Kepong Metropolitan Lake Garden, 52100 Kuala Lumpur
Titiwangsa Lake Gardens
Designed by Rio Takahashi, a Japanese landscape architect, Titiwangsa Lake Gardens was first opened in 1980 to ease the congestion at Perdana Botanical Gardens. It occupies over 95 hectares, boasting a large lake resulting from tin-mining activity during the British colonial era, alongside other smaller manmade lakes that make for picturesque backdrops when juxtaposed against KL’s skyscrapers. There are also jogging and cycling tracks, picnic tables, gazebos, children’s playgrounds, a boathouse, a football field, and mini reading nooks all around the park.
Popular activities: Jogging, cycling, picnics, fishing, reading
Address: Taman Tasik Titiwangsa, Jalan Tembeling, 53200 Kuala Lumpur
Putrajaya Botanical Gardens
Spanning 93 hectares, Putrajaya Botanical Gardens is a tropical garden that was inaugurated by Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad in 2003. The park is divided into eight botanical themes, which are collectively home to over 750 plant species from different continents. It houses the Moroccan Pavilion Islamic Garden and Ethnobotanical Park, two of its more popular attractions that have drawn local and foreign tourists alike. Visitors can also expect jogging and cycling trails, a canopy bridge, and a massive manmade lake with views of the majestic Putra Mosque.
Popular activities: Jogging, cycling, boating, sightseeing, photography
Address: Lebuh Perdana Barat, Presint 1, 62000 Putrajaya
The Central Park at Desa Park City
Desa Park City’s Central Park is a hotspot among dog-owners looking to bring along their furry friends for a walk or jog. The dog-friendly residential park features tree-lined 9-foot-wide pathways with loops ranging from 1km to 2.3km, accompanied by a scenic lake, children’s playground, and manicured lawns. While it’s much smaller than the other parks on this list, it’s worth a visit if you live nearby the township or if you’re keen to stop by The Waterfront for a coffee or meal after.
Popular activities: Jogging, cycling, picnics
Address: C-3-1 Plaza Arkadia, 3, Persiaran Residen, Desa Parkcity, 52200 Kuala Lumpur
Taman Wawasan Recreational Park
Those living in the Puchong area will be familiar with Taman Wawasan Recreational Park, a laid-back neighbourhood park with a decent amount of facilities. The verdant park offers jogging and cycling trails shaded by trees, large open spaces for outdoor activities, a children’s playground, an outdoor gym, and a basketball court. Beautiful lotus ponds and colourful structures further highlight its laid-back landscape.
Popular activities: Jogging, cycling, picnics, basketball, futsal, outdoor exercise
Address: Persiaran Wawasan, Taman Wawasan, 47100 Puchong, Selangor
Central Park at Gamuda Gardens
Tucked within Gamuda Gardens, the latest 810-acre township by Gamuda Land, is a lush lakeside park occupying 50 acres of land. Named Central Park, it is highlighted by a grand waterfall and fountain feature which set the scene for a picturesque jogging loop. There’s also a wetland boardwalk, a large children’s playground, a lookout point, a pavilion, and a football field nearby the pet-friendly park.
Popular activities: Jogging, cycling, outdoor exercise, zipline, paddleboarding, horse-riding
Address: Gamuda Gardens, Jalan DC 2/7, 48020 Rawang, Selangor