Tineretului is a large park that was designed to serve the south of the city, but it has so much going for it that people travel a lot further to enjoy it.
There are great playgrounds all over the park. Along the main avenue on the Tineretului metro side of the park you also find trampolines and dodgems. If you want a little more than this then get to Oraselul Copiilor which is more of a funfair on the southern end of the park (rides cost between 5-10Lei but some are for over 18’s only). The skate park is in the centre of the park and as well as the usual small stalls for food there is a very decent restaurant on the lake itself.
The hill that dominates the nothern side of the park allows for views over the south of the city and the boating lake in the centre of the park.
You can hire bikes in the summer from I’Velo
We went to the park last weekend, specifically to visit Oraselul Copiilor. The park itself was pleasant to walk through from Tineretului metro station, and the kids loved crossing the bridges over the lake. Oraselul Copiilor opens at 10am, but some of the ‘bigger’ rides only really started to get going around 12 noon. This wasn’t a problem for us, though, as lots of things for our young kids including merry-go-rounds and also the runaway mine train ride were running in the morning. Of the rides we went on, nothing cost more than 5Lei per ride which we thought was a bargain.
There’s lots of places to get snack foods including corn on the cob, spiral potatoes, hot dogs, etc. and so we were able to have a fun morning and ‘treat’ lunch.
Best park in Bucharest, hands down! My favorite aspects include: a carnival ride section, lots of basketball courts, workout equipment, bounce houses for kids in the warmer months, and plenty of sidewalks for riding bikes/scooters/rollerblades, and the kiddy train that runs in the summertime.