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Patterson Park named one of the 15 best city parks in America by Thrillist

Patterson Park, the "best backyard in Baltimore," is named one of the best city parks in America.

Patterson Park is sometimes referred to as "the best backyard in Baltimore," but now it can claim another superlative: one of the 15 best city parks in the U.S., according to Thrillist

The entertainment and lifestyle website ranked Patterson Park at No. 10, listing the pagoda and the city views it offers as one of the notable features. The amenities, which include a swimming pool, sports fields, tennis courts and a boat lake, along with the "balance of open space for summer sunning" are a guarantee that "you will never get bored," according to Thrillist. 

The East Baltimore park had some good company on the list, such as Golden Gate Park in San Francisco (No. 5) and Prospect Park in Brooklyn, N.Y. (No. 6). St. Louis' Forest Park took the top spot. 

So why not use this as an excuse to head out to Patterson Park this afternoon. And if you're looking for more entertainment, the park will be hosting a series of events well into the summer, including zumba classes, wine tastings and festivals. For more information on events, visit the Patterson Park website.

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