It’s quite discouraging, I’ve found, how many parks there are out there that have the word ‘hammock’ in the name of the park but then don’t actually contain any hammocks at all to lounge in. It’s just unnecessary sort of, to be that misleading, you know? Like imagine hearing about a nice outdoor space with presumably free hammocks, and then going out of your way to travel there, maybe making a day of it, and you get there and there isn’t one hammock in sight. You’ve gotten all prepared to just leisurely lay there and gently swing in the warm afternoon breeze and now, just, disappointment. As travel freaks it’s our duty to take a stand. We do so much frolicking, and we just need to just chill sometimes. The world needs more free hammocks.

Something that all cities have in common, at least to some extent, is that they’re crowded, chaotic and sometimes a little crazy, that’s what makes them cities. It would do the locals and the travelers alike a world of good to have a place to go, for free, and just spend some leisurely down time basking in the beauty of the city around them. It’s a well know fact- chiller lives make for more peaceful vibes. Peaceful vibes would mean friendly and hospitable locals meeting up with excited and welcomed feeling travelers, I can’t think of a better mix. At least there are three cities who are already stepping up to start what will hopefully become the newest trend. We must take it upon ourselves to encourage other cities to follow along. Write to your parks and rec departments! Free hammocks for all!

Until then, be sure to visit these three cities if you like to take a lounge around break during your travels.

1. Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen didn’t have any spare hammocks lying around but they didn’t let that stop them, instead they strung up old firetruck hoses in a swing like fashion. Looks pretty hammocky to me. Now residents and visitors of the city are free to literally hang out and enjoy the waterfront view whenever they need to take a break from the hustle and bustle. Right on, Copenhagen.

copenhagen hammocks

Photo via City Lab

copenhagen hammocks 2

Photo via City Lab

2. Vienna, Austria

The Bat House is actually a pretty massive art installation, which happens to have free hammocks inside of it as part of it, but hey that works. Now everyone can chillax and admire an interesting public art piece at the same time. Two travel birds with one leisurely tossed stone, I say, brava, Vienna, brava. 

vienna hammocks

Photo via Abitare 

vienna hammocks 2

Photo via Lost At E Minor 

3. NYC, US

If anyone needs to take a moment to simmer down it’s New Yorkers, making Governor’s Island the perfect place for the new Hammock Grove, featuring an epic view of Manhattan. Whether you’re a local Yankee’s fan who seriously needs to be put in time out or a tourist who’s right eye kind of seems like it’s starting to twitch from too many visits to Times Square, what you need my friend is a free hammock. Way to be, New York, I always knew deep down you cared.

nyc hammocks 2

Photo via Brooklyn Based

nyc hammocks

Photo via Land 8

Where would you love to lounge in free hammocks?


American by chance, but Roman by choice, Sarah is currently feeding her adventurous soul with expatriatism and pizza. Her finest moments are always on the wrong bus with a backpack and an upside down map, waiting to see what the world’s got for her next, so long as she can blog about it. She likes writing more than talking, dolphins more than humans, old movies more than new, and Rome more than anything else.

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