The National Garden is the largest park in the centre of Athens (with a surface area of about 70 acres), located just a few meters away from the Syntagma metro station. It is an ideal place for a walk in the nature. The park provides a unique habitat for a wide variety of endemic trees & plants from other continents, as well as for animals in a zoo. The Garden is home to 7,000 trees, 40,000 bushes and other plants making up 519 species and varieties. Certain plants have been a feature of the garden since it was first created, such as the long-lived Holm oaks, the cypresses f. horizontalis and f. sempervirens, as well as the Canary Island date palms. In the garden there are, also, six lakes full of playful ducks. The park is open to the public from sunrise to sunset, all year round, and the entrance is free.