17 Best Parks in Selangor To Unwind & Reconnect With Nature

17 Best Parks in Selangor To Unwind & Reconnect With Nature

Take Your Pick from These Best Parks in Selangor for the Perfect Green Escape into Nature

Did you know that Selangor is home to a number of stunning green getaways?

These parks are close enough that you don’t need to drive out too far from Kuala Lumpur and Selangor, yet secluded enough from the city that you get to enjoy much needed fresh air away from all the hustle and bustle.

Whether it’s a family day out, a solo nature adventure, or a relaxing picnic session with friends, get your comfy shoes on and don't forget to pack your favourite thirst quencher in Montigo's thermoregulated water bottle, because you'll definitely need to stay hydrated and comfortable when you visit one out of these best parks in Selangor!

17 Best Parks in Selangor to Unwind in Nature

Shah Alam Lake Gardens. Photo by Mohd Tamizi Bin Mohd Rusdin.

1. Shah Alam Lake Gardens (Taman Tasik Shah Alam)

The Shah Alam Lake Gardens, also known as Taman Tasik Shah Alam, is Selangor’s very first public park to be opened all the way back in 1985, making it somewhat of a heritage park in Selangor. This large scale recreational park boasts over 43 hectares with walking trails that extend up to a minimum of 10,000 steps, so it's known as one of the best parks in Selangor for those to achieve their minimum daily step count of 10,000.

Over here, you’ll find 3 man-made lakes, shaded gazebos, event halls, lush grassy areas for you to lay your picnic mat down, and childrens’ playgrounds for the little ones. There’s also an Extreme Sports Tower offering Flying Fox rides for the adventurous ones.

One can also go kayaking and paddling at a rate of up to RM10/hour, enter fishing competitions which are hosted every now and then, or bring their bicycles for a fun cycling day out. You can also get a beautiful view of Shah Alam’s iconic Blue Mosque for IG-worthy photoshoots, along with the occasional guests of peacocks, geese, storks, and wild chickens.

All of these certainly make it comparable to the iconic and highly popular Perdana Botanical Gardens in Kuala Lumpur.

Opening Hours: 24 hours daily.

Address: Persiaran Tasek, Seksyen 14, 40000 Shah Alam, Selangor

Taman Wawasan Recreational Park. Photo by Bian Hui Lee.

2. Taman Wawasan Recreational Park

Located in one of Puchong’s earliest housing developments, this recreational park in Taman Wawasan offers over 7,000 steps of flat, leisure trails with well landscaped greenery and lush trees.

Pet owners will love how this is a pet-friendly park, so they can enjoy a relaxing walk around the park’s lake with their furkids. It’s the go-to park for residents nearby so it isn’t too packed.

With 2 basketball courts, 1 futsal court, exercise facilities, and a children’s playground, this park is definitely great for sporty visitors and family picnics too!

Opening Hours: 24 hours daily.

Address: Persiaran Wawasan, Taman Wawasan, 47100 Puchong, Selangor

Central Park at Gamuda Gardens. Photo by Carltks.

3. Central Park at Gamuda Gardens

Deep in Rawang, Selangor lies the Gamuda Gardens - home to a 50 acre dog-friendly park that is open to the public. Park-goers will be treated to a beautiful scenery of landscaped gardens that house a water fountain, with the Waterfront Village situated nearby for easy access to F&B outlets, a grocery store, and a bike rental shop.

Pet waste disposal bags are readily provided for pet owners to do their part in keeping the park clean for others, with the dedicated disposal bins readily available throughout the park. There are also basic agility equipment for pawrents to train their pets.

Cyclists and skaters are not forgotten here with the available cycling and skating paths. It’s also great for jogging and walking thanks to the well-built pathways.

Opening Hours: 6am to 10pm, daily.

Address: 48050, Le Gardens Pavilion, Persiaran Gamuda Gardens 1, 48050, Persiaran Gamuda Gardens, 48020 Rawang, Selangor

Sungai Tekala Recreational Forest. Photo by Ali Sobree Mustafa.

4. Sungai Tekala Recreational Forest (Hutan Rekreasi Sungai Tekala)

Sungai Tekala Recreational Forest was recently renamed as Taman Eco Rimba Negeri Selangor Sungai Tekala (whew!). It’s a 16.8 hectares recreational park deep within the heart of Bangi, and it requires a very low entrance fee of RM2 for adults.

While it isn’t your conventional neighbourhood park, it’s one of the best forest parks where you can enjoy a fun outing to play in cold shallow rivers and slow streams that are suitable for kids too. That said, there is a waterfall located further in, but it does require some extra climbing so you can just stick to the base for a relaxing time out.

The base is also home to gazebos that serve as a dedicated area for picnics and barbeques, bathrooms with changing rooms near the entrance, and campsites for those who’d like to partake in camping activities.

I’d recommend bringing anti-slip shoes because of the wet and slippery nature of the place, and to apply some eucalyptus oil with packets of salt handy as you may run into the occasional leech, especially during rainy periods.

Opening Hours: 8am to 6pm, daily.

Address: Hutan Rekreasi Sungai Takala, Semenyih, Selangor

Kelana Jaya Park. Photo by CY Lee.

5. Kelana Jaya Park (Taman Bandaran Kelana Jaya)

The Kelana Jaya Park located within a stone’s throw from Paradigm Mall, is an incredibly large one that is broken into multiple sections. You have the lakeside park, a public olympic-sized swimming pool, tennis courts, and badminton courts.

It’s a great park for cyclists, joggers, and those who’d like to try their hand at fishing. But those who’d like to participate in fishing will have to apply for a fishing permit from the MBPJ office just beside the park to prevent overfishing. Fishing is also only available during public holidays and weekends.

Exercise equipment and a skate park are available nearby for interested visitors, along with a children’s playground and some eateries. This makes the Kelana Jaya Park great for visitors of all ages, and perfect for family outings as there’s something for everyone!

Opening Hours: 6am to 10pm, daily.

Address: 3, Jalan Perbandaran, Lebuhraya Damansara - Puchong, Ss 7, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Cyberjaya Lake Gardens. Photo by Irene Heng.

6. Cyberjaya Lake Gardens (Taman Tasik Cyberjaya)

Cyberjaya Lake Gardens, also known as Taman Tasik Cyberjaya, is a lakeside park that is home to a beautiful lotus pond. While it’s a go-to recreational park for Cyberjaya residents, this underrated park has been seeing more and more visitors from Selangor and Kuala Lumpur.

Visitors can enjoy a cycling and jogging loop around the lake that spans roughly 1km, while kids will definitely enjoy the playground. Bicycle and skate rentals are available on-site with the occasional mobile ice cream vendor during weekends. The lake is also home to fishes and tortoises that you can feed.

The lush greenery and shaded trails also make it one of the best public parks for family picnics, and if you’re lucky enough to make it there on Sundays, you can even visit the morning market there!

Opening Hours: 6:30pm to 7:30pm, daily.

Address: Persiaran Semarak Api, Cyber 4, 63000, Cyberjaya, Selangor

Taman Aman Park. Photo by Rainer Kehder.

7. Taman Aman Park (Taman Paramount Park)

Taman Aman Park, also known as the Taman Paramount Park was said to be named as such because of the renowned Sri Aman school nearby. This neighbourhood park is beautifully landscaped and it surrounds an ex-mining pond.

There’s a basketball court, children’s playground, u-ramp for skateboarding, and outdoor fitness equipment available so visitors can expect to enjoy various activities. You’ll also find families enjoying picnics and even occasionally fishing there during the weekends.

And did you know that there’s also a cute little shed called “Rumah Buku” where you can donate old books and borrow new ones you have yet to read?

Opening Hours: 24 hours, daily.

Address: Jalan 22/49, Seksyen 22, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Elmina Iconic Bridge. Photo by Mohd Edzuan.

8. Elmina Central Park

Elmina Central Park within the new township, the City of Elmina, is home to two popular IG-worthy bridges - the red Elmina Iconic Bridge and Elmina Rainbow Bridge. Visitors can enjoy an impressive photoshoot session of the Elmina Iconic Bridge which lights up during the night, and the Elmina Rainbow Bridge during the day.

Within the park itself, visitors can enjoy a relaxing stroll or jog on the trail which spans up to 2.5km. You can cycle, enjoy the fitness stations, or relax at the river promenade while taking in its beautiful lakeside views. There’s also a playground for special needs children there!

It’s well located far away from the hustle and bustle of the city, making Elmina Central Park great for a quick respite without having to drive to the next state.

Opening Hours: 7pm to 8pm, daily.

Address: Elmina Central Park, Seksyen U16 City of Elmina, 40160, Selangor

Setia Alam Central Park. Photo by Tanji Gelora.

9. Setia Alam Central Park

Setia Alam Central Park is one of Selangor’s most popular weekend spots for leisure outdoor activities. This public park features a walking trail that spans up to 7,500 steps which takes about 30 minutes to be completed.

You’ll find that it is equipped with well-maintained exercise equipment, shaded gazebos, basketball, badminton, and futsal courts, with a soccer field available on-site.

With shaded walking trails and ample green patches, families can safely lay down their picnic mats and enjoy a relaxing picnic session in the Setia Alam Central Park.

Opening Hours: 24 hours, daily.

Address: Persiaran Setia Indah, Setia Alam, 40170 Shah Alam, Selangor

Taman Tasik Seksyen 7 Shah Alam. Photo by Ayish Dno.

10. Taman Tasik Seksyen 7 Shah Alam

This lovely public park in Shah Alam may be smaller than the Shah Alam Lake Gardens, but it’s still a sizable alternative. It’s home to a man-made lake as its centerpiece with lush greenery and the essential walking path.

There are outdoor gym facilities with an on-site cafe nearby to get a quick refreshing cuppa after walking its 1.3km loop. Skaters and cyclists will enjoy the skating and cycling track, while visitors can utilise the available chairs and tables for picnics.

Even though the park is open for 24 hours, it tends to get dark as the street lights are solar powered. So it may be a hit or miss on whether the place will be bright after hours.

Opening Hours: 24 hours, daily.

Address: Persiaran Bestari, Seksyen 7, 40000 Shah Alam, Selangor

Taman Jaya Park. Photo by Hazif Azlan.

11. Taman Jaya Park

Located nearby Kuala Lumpur and made easily accessible thanks to the Federal Highway, the Taman Jaya Park is one of Selangor’s most popular public parks. Its regular visitors include nearby residents and students from the University of Malaya.

It sports a man-made lake at its center, with weekend activities like line dancing, picnicking, and even fishing that the public can join in. There’s a book donation shed on-site just like the “Rumah Buku” in Taman Aman Park where you can donate old books and borrow available ones.

Tourists will also enjoy this park as the Petaling Jaya Museum is also located just beside the park’s big gazebo.

Opening Hours: 24 hours, daily.

Address: 1, Jalan 10/7, Taman Jaya, 46000 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Ara Damansara Park. Photo by EdLaine Ong.

12. Ara Damansara Park

Here’s a neighbourhood park in Ara Damansara that is popular with the nearby residents and the occasional nearby workers for a brief respite.

The Ara Damansara Park features an approximately 2km walking trail, a children’s playground, outdoor exercise equipment, and a basketball and sepak takraw court for visitors to enjoy a myriad of activities.

It’s a great place for cycling and skating too as the pavements are pretty smooth. But that said, the very same smooth pavements make it slippery for the elderly during rainy periods, so this park is best frequented during sunny periods.

Opening Hours: 24 hours, daily.

Address: 37, Jalan PJU 1a/1c, Ara Damansara, 47301, Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Parc Hub at Subang Ria Recreational Park. Photo by Luvelle.

13. Subang Ria Recreational Park

Opposite Dorsett Grand Subang Hotel is one of Selangor’s newest parks as of 2023, the Subang Ria Recreational Park. A stunning public park that is home to 3 lakes which complete the scenic views of this open space. It’s fondly referred to as the green lung of Subang Jaya by the nearby residents.

Visitors can enjoy a leisure stroll around the loop which stretches up to 1.1km, stretch their legs on a picnic mat on its green pastures, or make use of its outdoor gym facilities and children’s playground.

There are tai chi sessions available on certain days which are open to the public and it is home to the newly opened Parc Hub where F&B outlets and the occasional artisan and flea market.

All in all, it’s a beautiful public park that one can visit without driving out of town, especially if you’re a Subang Jaya resident. ;)

Opening Hours: 6am to 8pm, daily.

Address: Jalan SS 12/1, Taman Subang Ria, 47500 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Secret Garden at 1Utama.

14. Secret Garden at 1Utama

1Utama’s Secret Garden is a hidden gem located at its rooftop, that is a favourite amongst urban nature and flower lovers.

You can access it through the lifts towards the end of the bridge that connects the new and old wing, with no entry fee required. How awesome is that?

There’s a calming fish pond, a lotus pond, lush greenery, and various beautiful flowers with benches strewn about for visitors to relax and admire the scenery. Because of its location, it offers visitors a nice and cooling atmosphere to unwind in nature, even within concrete walls.

Do check out this beautiful hidden gem whenever you’re in 1Utama, be it for errands or an outing!

Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm, Saturday and Sunday only.

Address: Upper Roof just above Food Republic, 1 Utama Shopping Centre, Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Central Park at Bandar Utama. Photo by Chee Teong Tan.

15. Central Park at Bandar Utama

Bandar Utama residents are truly lucky. They have easy and nearby access to the Secret Garden on 1Utama’s rooftop, and they have the neighbourhood Central Park - a great alternative for those who prefer to get active and go for a brief jog or bring their furkid’s out. Yes, the Central Park at Bandar Utama is dog-friendly!

This public park boasts 10 acres of greenery and jogging track for visitors and pet-owners to enjoy a leisure stroll with their pets. It is also equipped with shaded gazebos, a children’s playground, and a reflexology path with pebbled tracks.

Dog owners regularly host meetups there over the weekends at the dog pen, an enclosed area for dogs to run freely off their leash. So if you’re a dog owner who’s been looking to make new like-minded friends other than in the popular Desa Park City, this place is one of the best parks in Selangor to do so!

Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm on Sunday to Thursday, 10am to 10:30apm on Friday and Saturday.

Address: Dataran Bandar Utama, Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Templer Park. Photo by Si Ze Khor.

16. Templer Forest Eco Park

The Templer Forest Eco Park is not your typical recreational park. It’s a 1214 hectares nature reserve that was gazetted as a “Botanical Garden and Public Park” under the land enactment in 1955.

This forest reserve is home to multi-tiered waterfalls located deep within, also known as the Kanching Waterfalls, along with jungle streams and hiking trails.

Picnic grounds are available for visitors to enjoy a leisure picnic or the occasional barbeque, or a round of fishing in the waters. It’s also a popular hiking place for visitors who’d like to take a dip into the pool which is 15 minutes away from the base.

Of course, the more adventurous ones often opt for the deeper hike which takes an extra 40 minutes to reach the waterfalls. I’d recommend going in a group or with an experienced hiker as the terrain can be rough for beginners and casual park visitors.

Opening Hours: 8am to 6pm, daily.

Address: Taman Rumba Templer, 48200 Rawang, Selangor

Kuala Selangor Nature Park. Photo by Shaharum Ramli.

17. Kuala Selangor Nature Park

Opened in 1987, the Kuala Selangor Nature Park is one of Wilayah Persekutuan's nature attractions that boasts up to 296 hectares of greenery that is a home to countless flora and fauna. This nature reserve is divided into 2 main areas; the 201 hectares Tropical Rainforest and 95 hectares Swamp Forest which is home to exotic mangrove trees.

This reserve is managed by the Malaysian Nature Society and is a fantastic site for wildlife spotting and bird spotting. It’s home to over 150 species of birds that pass through for their annual migration between September to April. Birds you can typically spot there include the endangered milky storks, herons, black shoulder eagles, kingfishers, warblers, and many more.

I’d recommend bringing binoculars if this is one of your first few forays into bird spotting for an easier time spotting birds amidst the trees. There’s a small entrance fee of RM4 for adults and RM1 for children to enter this nature reserve, while senior citizens above 60 years old pay only RM2.

Opening Hours: 9am to 6pm, daily.

Address: Kuala Selangor Nature Park, Jalan Klinik, Taman Alam, 45000 Kuala Selangor, Selangor