Dubai’s Nature and Adventure Experiences – Top 10 Gardens and Theme Parks in Dubai

Contrary to the belief that Dubai is a desert city that concentrated on transforming itself into a mega metallic urban city, Dubai does not ignore being a family-friendly destination.

Nor does it miss out on being a part of sustainable tourism. In fact, it goes out of the way to preserve nature with few scenic parks scattered throughout the city which provide relaxing shade during the scorching sunny days. To attract family holidaymakers, the emirate offers a myriad of amusement parks and water parks for grownups and kids to have fun. The waterparks are a great way to cool oneself from the sultry city climate where heart-thumping rides and splashy activities offer thrilling fun times for everyone. With gleaming structures everywhere, these assortments of parks in Dubai are calm refreshers as well as exhilarating experiences amid the buzzing urban verve. The parks let you feel closer to nature and experience some joyful moments before you rush back to other crowded attractions.

Check out these selections of top nature and amusement parks to visit on a Dubai holiday.

Dubai Miracle Garden

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True to its name, the Dubai Miracle Garden is an astonishingly impossible feat achieved by the emirate by transforming a scorched barren land into a picturesque oasis filled with millions of colorful floral blossoms and creative topiaries. To achieve this feat and maintaining this garden amid the scorching conditions of the desert emirate is an absolutely extraordinary marvel. Located in Dubai land, the garden covers a vast area of about spread over 72,000 square meters and is the world’s largest natural flower garden exhibiting an amazing collection of flowers and plantations in various shaped topiaries and flowerbeds. The garden is kept open only from October to April in a year as rest of the months are not feasible conditions for blossoming of the flowers and maintenance.

Dubai Butterfly Garden

Dubai Butterfly Garden

First, of its kind in the Middle East, the Dubai Butterfly Garden is the largest indoor butterfly garden in the world located adjacent to the famous Dubai Miracle Gardens in Dubai land. The garden has 9 domes filled with a kaleidoscopic assortment of butterfly species amid rich hues of greenery and lush plantations. It also includes the city’s first butterfly and insect museum right at the entrance which exhibits stunning vivid butterflies’ species and insects from around the world.

Aquaventure Waterpark

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Dubai water parks are the idyllic way to find some respite from the heat while having fun and thrill. Set inside Atlantis the Palm Hotel at Palm Jumeirah, the Aquaventure water park is considered as the best water theme park in the Middle East. Inspired by the Lost World of Atlantis, this theme reflects in the ambiance, architecture as well as the designing of various rides in the water park.  Packed with record-breaking high-speed rides and adrenaline rushing slides, this is the only water park in the world to provide you with extraordinary experiences such as steep vertical drop tunnel rides that plunge you through a glass tunnel surrounded with sharks, and the world’s largest mega water slide.  This theme park in Dubai is the perfect way to spend some splashy moments with family and friends enjoying various other fun activities like zip lines, thrill slides and splash area for kids, lazy beaches and encounters with marine life.

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Wild Wadi Waterpark

wild wadi waterpark

Get ready for a refreshing day at the Wild Wadi Water park located right next to the iconic Burj Al Arab. Being Dubai’s first water themed park, it introduced the concept of theme park adventure to visitors in Dubai that would also please let them chill on sunny Dubai days. Wild Wadi Water park offers exhilarating fun for its guests with over 30 exhilarating rides, thrilling attractions, and kid-friendly colorful slides and splash areas.

Dubai Parks and Resorts


The ultimate medley of entertainment is right here in Dubai.  Dubai Parks and Resorts is a brand new entertainment park sprawling 25 million square feet at Sheikh Zayed road in Dubai. Boasting as Middle East’s biggest integrated leisure theme park destination, Dubai Parks and Resorts offer Hollywood and Bollywood entertainment along with LEGOLAND adventures all in one place for its visitors. The arena has something to interest and excites all genres of visitors. Film buffs can have a spectacular experience at Motion gate Dubai and Bollywood Park. Adventure junkies and little visitors can have a great time at LEGOLAND theme parks and Riverland Dubai.

IMG Worlds of Adventures

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Wowing to become the world’s best adventure destination, Dubai became the proud owner of the biggest innovations and larger than life indoor adventure arena of the world. In 2016, the IMG Worlds of Adventure opened its door to an adventure fantasy realm as the first mega themed entertainment destination in Dubai. The park offers five zones of utter adventure rides and shows teeming with superheroes, cartoon characters, and dinosaurs for the adventure junkies and fiction lovers. The must visit highlights at this adventure park are Cartoon Network and Marvel Universe attractions and rides.

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Creekside Park

Set right at the shores of Dubai Creek, this pleasant waterfront park provides a tranquil ambiance with beautiful creek vistas for its visitors. The park offers vast acres of manicured lawns, gardens, restaurants, facilities for family recreational activities. There is a kids play area, mini golf, go karting tracks and barbeque spots as well for guests to enjoy. This Dubai Park is popular among locals to laze around or have a family outing. The park also offers beautiful panoramas of the surrounding areas on a cable car ride.

Safa Park

Safa Park

One of the oldest and most popular parks in Dubai, Safa Park was previously the most verdant spot in Dubai, however, currently; it has been drastically reduced in size to accommodate the Dubai Canal. The green landscapes offer an expanse of areas shaded by plenty of trees, play areas and refreshing lawn areas which are used as picnic spots for family gatherings, barbeques, and other leisure activities.

Jumeirah Beach Park

jumeirah beach park

One of Dubai’s famous open-air spaces, Jumeirah Beach Park is an attractive shoreline park overlooking the beautiful Arabian seascape. The fascinating Pantone of the azure sea, the golden sandy beach and green hues of the verdant grass landscape creates a pleasing ambiance ideal for family outings and weekend breaks. The park offers children’s play areas, picnic spots, barbecue area, volleyball play area, food kiosks, and jetty stations.

Zabeel Park

zabeel park

Located in the Zabeel district of Dubai, this vast verdant landscape is one among the largest gardens in Dubai. The Park has several entrances from different directions and is divided into 3 segments that are connected by pedestrian bridges. Each section offers edutainment and interactive displays. Visited mostly by families and fitness fans, the park has various recreational provisions like jogging track, cycling track, fitness center, skateboarding park, picnic areas, outdoor sports area, boating on the lake, lakeside restaurants, and children’s play areas.

Watch out as Dubai gives destinations like Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand a run for their money as it conquers its place as the best destination for adventure and entertainment in the world. The destination provides a variety of ways to add excitement or tranquility to life. A short break at these Dubai Parks during your city tour is a great way to rejuvenate you and relax before going forth to visit other things to see in Dubai.

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