Officially called Parque Tres de Febrero, the Bosques de Palermo (Forests of Palermo) is a focal point of Buenos Aires. Many compare this area to New York’s Central Park, as it is an expansive green space, covering 25 hectares, with a variety of foliage and landscaping.
Within the park, which is located between the wide avenues of Libertador and Figueroa Alcorta, there are many lakes, grassy areas, foot paths, bike paths, rose gardens and groves of towering trees.
The park has quite a history in the city, having been designed in the late 1800s. It was officially inaugurated in 1875, and became an official part of the city; it had originally been initiated by government officials after the prior Buenos Aires governor lost control of the land (and his political status), which was once his. The park was then further developed in later years.
The park today is an important part of the city. It is frequented on a daily basis by those looking to relax and enjoy some people watching, and those out to get some exercise, be it by foot, rollerblade or bicycle. On the weekends, you can see groups of friends and couples out for a stroll, or enjoying some traditional mate on the grass. Boat rides can also be enjoyed on the park’s lakes.
Bosques de Palermo is so expansive, in fact, that it includes several other important gardens and landmarks, one of which is the Galileo Galilei Planetarium, which was added in 1966, when it started holding private functions, although it was not open until the public until 1968.
The planetarium itself is an impressive building. It was built in the Modernist style, which is otherwise not found in the city. It made of a giant sphere, which is supported by three large, low arches. The building is impressively large, with five floors.
The planetarium itself is in the center of the building, and has over 100 projectors, including ones for the Moon, the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. There are many exhibitions and activities at the planetarium, including interactive and photographic exhibits. Many exhibits are geared towards children, but most are enjoyable for young and old alike. Theatrical shows are even produced, such as the classic El Principito (The Little Prince), acted out beneath the stars. In addition, some shows are specifically for adolescents and adults, such as Galileo, which covers the most relevant points of this incredible man for which the planetarium is named. All programs and events are in Spanish.
From the planetarium, one can see many parts of the southern sky, including the Southern Cross, Argentine Antarctica, and the South Pole. It is a wondrous sight, for both young and old, and can be quite educational, as well.
The planetarium also offers a variety of other courses and educational opportunities, as well as various conferences. Many local schools take advantage of this great resource, as well.
The museum is home to a piece of lunar rock which was donated by former U.S. president Richard Nixon, as well as many fossils from Argentina’s Neuquén Province and a meteorite that was found in Chaco Province, among other interesting artifacts.