Parque Tres de Febrero
Parque Tres de Febrero Review
Known locally as Los Bosques de Palermo (Palermo Woods), this 400-acre green space is really a crazy quilt of smaller parks. Lush grass and shady trees make it an urban oasis, although the busy roads and horn-honking drivers that crisscross the park never let you forget what city you're in. Near the lakes in the northwestern part, some 12,000 rosebushes (more than 1,000 different species) bloom seasonally in the Paseo del Rosedal. A stroll along the paths takes you through the Jardín de los Poetas (Poets' Garden), dotted with statues of literary figures, and to the enchanting Patio Andaluz (Andalusian Patio), where majolica tiles and Spanish mosaics sit under a vine-covered pergola.
South of Avenida Figueroa Alcorta, you can take part in organized tai chi and exercise classes as well as impromptu soccer matches. You can also jog or rent bikes, in-line skates, and pedal boats. The park gets crowded on sunny weekends, as this is where families come to play and have picnics. If you like the idea of the latter, take advantage of the street vendors who sell refreshments and choripan (chorizo sausage in a bread roll) within the park. There are also several posh cafés lining the Paseo de la Infanta (running from Libertador toward Sarmiento in the park).
Museo de Artes Plásticas Eduardo Sívori. If you're looking for respite from the sun or sports in Parque Tres de Febrero, try this sedate museum. Focused on 19th- and 20th-century Argentine art, its collection includes paintings by local masters like Emilio Petorutti, Lino Eneo Spilimbergo, Antonio Berni, and the museum's namesake Sívori. The shaded sculpture garden is the perfect combination of art and park. Av. Infanta Isabel 555, C1425ABX. 11/4774–9452. museos.buenosaires.gob.ar/sivori.htm. 5 pesos, free Wed. Tues.–Fri. noon–8, weekends 10–8. D to Plaza Italia.
Planetario Galileo Galilei. One of the city's most iconic buildings, the Planetario Galileo Galilei is a great orb positioned on a massive concrete tripod in the middle of Palermo's Parque Tres de Febrero. Built in the early 1960s, it looks like something out of Close Encounters of the Third Kind—especially at night, when the dome glows with eerie blue lighting. It reopened after major renovation in 2012 with a state-of-the-art projector, new sound system, and vibrating seats for the twice-daily sky shows, narrated in Spanish. Tickets go on sale at 9:30 Tuesday through Friday and 11:30 on weekends; note that they usually sell out fast. Three meteorites that landed in northern Argentina 4,000 years ago guard the entrance. The nearby pond with swans, geese, and ducks is always a hit with kids. Avs. Sarmiento and Figueroa Alcorta, C1425FHA. 11/4771–9393. www.planetario.gov.ar. 30 pesos. D to Plaza Italia.
- Address: Bounded by Avs. del Libertador, Sarmiento, Leopoldo Lugones, and Dorrego, Palermo, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
- Subway: D to Plaza Italia
- Location: Palermo