The Sayaji Sarovar or Ajwa Lake, 22 kms from the city, is an important source of water for the city. Formed by damming of the Surya river and Vaghali Nala that started in 1885 has gardens attractive after the famous Brindavan Gardens of Mysore. The lighting of fountains is a major attraction for tourists.
Sayaji Baug (the famous park) on the banks of river Vishwamitri was built by Sayajirao III in 1879. Spread over 113 acres, it houses an excellent zoo, the Museum of Health and Hygiene, the Baroda Museum and Picture Gallery and the Sardar Patel Planetarium. The 3.5 kms joy ride on a toy train through the park on the toy train is hugely popular among kids.
A beautiful palace designed in the Italian style, the Makarpura palace is now used as a training school by the Indian Air Force. One of the most visited place at Vadodara.