Parque Portugal, Campinas

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Parque Portugal, also known as Lagoa do Taquaral (Portuguese pronunciation: [laˈɡoɐ du taˈkwaɾaw]), is an urban public park in the city of Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil. It has been set around a beautiful lagoon and adjacent wooded park, and is a large municipal entertainment and sports park, with a planetarium, a science museum, an indoor sports stadium and swimming pool, kart racing and model airplane areas, an open concert auditorium, floating caravel replica, a working historical tramway, pedalos, facilities for several types of sports, including a long track for running, cycling and walking, restaurants, etc.

Taquaral means "bamboo grove" in Portuguese, probably because the lagoon was originally rimmed with this kind of plant (it no longer is, instead eucalyptus trees have been planted around it). The name Portugal was given as a homage to the discoverers and immigrants of Brazil, the Portuguese people.

The heritage tram line around the park opened in 1972 and uses four historic trams. The tramway was newly built at that time and opened only four years after the termination of the city's last tram service.
In July 2007, Campinas readers of the Correio Popular newspaper and the Cosmo site have voted Lagoa do Taquaral as one of the "Seven Wonders of Campinas".
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  • Parque Portugal is built around Taquaral Lake and conveniently located near the downtown area in the city of Campinas, SP. The highlight for many patrons is the wide, hard-packed, dirt walkway... 
    Parque Portugal is built around Taquaral Lake and conveniently located near the downtown area in the city of Campinas, SP. The highlight for many patrons is the wide, hard-packed, dirt walkway...  more »
  • A park around a lake with several activities, ideal for families with children: park train, a big old ship, boating and several playgrounds. Around the lake green area with forest area good for... 
    A park around a lake with several activities, ideal for families with children: park train, a big old ship, boating and several playgrounds. Around the lake green area with forest area good for...  more »
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  • Portugal's Park (commonly called by its lake, Taquaral's lake) is an amazing green place in the middle of the city to enjoy a huge piece of nature around a lot of buildings and gray areas. It is a free place where you can go alone just to practice some workout or solo sports/physical activities (like running, biking, etc.), you can go with your friends and/or family to enjoy group activities, also it is very common you find very often public events where you can enjoy even more this place! A perfect place to go casually, or visit if you're staying for a few days in Campinas
  • Great place to go with anyone. Great diversity. Almost a oasis amongst the concrete. Highly recommended.

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