Crystal Palace Park was an excellent place to spend several enjoyable afternoons - a hidden gem in London. The Dinosaur trail was perhaps the most unique and memorable part of it, especially for kids, but the views overlooking south London from the top of the park by the remnants of the palace were also striking. It is too bad the road on the north side is lined with trees otherwise there would be an amazing panorama of London.
We also enjoyed the life-sized labyrinth, though recent rains filled several paths with puddles. The children's play area was more basic than others in the area but still enjoyable. Some attractions were closed/dormant for the season: the band stand looked more like some huge modern art structure, no pony rides or bouncy castle obviously. We just missed the brief opening hours for the mini museum and animal farm.
We never found the cafe, but there is an excellent and charming cafe at the train station, and there are many great options in the Crystal Palace triangle on the northwest corner of the park.
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