Fall is here in a blaze of red, yellow, orange and gold. Color your kiddo’s world and take a nature walk. Whether you’re pushing a stroller or lacing up little hiking boots, there are plenty of leafy paradises to explore in and around the city. Flip through our photo album to find out about the best spots for fall family strolls.

The Garden of the Phoenix at Jackson Park

Yet another reason to spend an afternoon on the South Side, The Garden of the Phoenix (formerly Osaka Garden) is modeled after traditional Japanese "stroll garden," where each turn gives way to a photo-worthy panorama. The newly revamped garden symbolizes Japan and the U.S.'s complicated 160-year story of friendship, turmoil and prosperity. It's even home to Skylanding, Yoko Ono's first permanent art installation in the United States comprised of a dozen lotus-shaped petals. Snap pictures of the fall colors, as well as the pagoda and curved walking ridges. The garden was originally designed for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition by Frederick Law Olmsted, the mastermind behind New York City's Central Park. You'll find it at the south end of the Museum of Science and Industry.

Located at Jackson Park's Wooded Island at 6401 S. Stony Island Dr., Hyde Park (gardenofthephoenix.org). Admission is free.

Photo: Chicago Park District


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— Maria Chambers & Kelly Aiglon