Don't know about you, but when it comes to parks I tend to take them for granted.

I mean, they're there, and a lot of times I just don't consider them as a destination.

When I noticed this list from 24/7 Wall Street highlighting The Most Visited Local Parks in the US, I wondered if any of the parks I've been to are on the list and if not, do I need to start making plans to see them myself?

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I was surprised to find out, that I have been to the three highest-ranking parks.

At the very top, Central Park in New York apparently has 42M visitors yearly, followed by Golden Gate Park in San Francisco with 24M stopping by the park.

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Third on the list is a park in Illinois. Located in Chicago to be exact.

It's a pretty historic place too when you think about it as well.

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Named after former President Abraham Lincoln, The Clare says:

Lincoln Park wasn’t always so exciting, but it was always unique. It began under inauspicious circumstances, as the land itself had first been a small public city cemetery. Victims of cholera and smallpox, as well as Confederate prisoners from nearby Camp Douglas and potentially thousands of others, were buried in these lakeside graves.

Yikes! Lincoln Park is now a far cry from what it was when originally conceived.

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It's also considered the third most visited park in America with 20M visitors annually stopping by.

Besides the park, there's also the zoo and conservatory, so there are plenty of things to do while in Lincoln Park.

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PRO TIP: If you are leaving the park and looking for something to eat in the neighborhood, might I suggest stopping at Oven Grinder? Try it, you won't be sorry.

SUPERPRO TIP: If you do go to Oven Grinder, bring cash. They don't accept credit cards.

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