Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Record Holders

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Record Holders

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Someone has to be the best--or the biggest, as the case may be. You may be familiar with statistics on some of these massive public open spaces, but others might be a complete surprise--take a look below and see how many ring a bell. Perhaps the impressive records we've highlighted here will inspire you to pay a visit to one or more of these remarkable spots, whether they're up the street or on the other side of the globe. Or, if travel isn't in the cards, make do with a trip to your local park and take time to appreciate the great green spots closer to home.

6.1 million acres: Size of Adirondack State Park, the largest state park and the largest National Historic Landmark in America.

12: Number of fully operational 18-hole courses in the world's largest public golf facility, located at Mission Hills Golf Club in China.

16,000 acres: Size of the largest city park in America, South Mountain Park in Phoenix.

70 acres: Size of Noah's Ark Waterpark in Wisconsin, the largest public waterpark in America.

4 million gallons: Constant amount of water running through Noah's Ark Waterpark.

18: Number of indoor waterparks in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, the "Waterpark Capital of the World. …

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