This park, Lille's largest (60 hectares = 123 acres) and most visited, brings a breath of fresh air to the city.
Encircled by the Deûle canal, the park includes the Bois de Boulogne Woods (which surround the ramparts of Vauban's Citadel) and the zoo. The Bois de Boulogne Woods are always open to visitors. There are some remarkable trees there, such as a Montpellier Maple, a Corsican pine and even a Giant Sequoia.
The Lille Zoo is free and houses about 350 animals representing 70 different species: monkeys, zebras, panthers, rare birds, etc.
The zoo is currently closed and will reopen on 8 April 2017.