Visitor numbers are important for the assessment of the economic value of tourism and for the visitor management strategies of the area administration. Many protected and recreational areas, particularly those which are urban or peri-urban areas, are not only used by (day)tourists but also by local residents. Although visitors of the residential environment may be less relevant for the economic impact, they are a challenge for area management. This study compares three larger recreational and protected areas in Vienna, which have different shares of day tourists and visitors from the residential environment, regarding use intensities and the temporal distribution of recreation uses. In all areas, the same visitor monitoring methods (long-term counting, on-site survey) were applied. Results show that higher shares of day tourists seem to trigger higher concentrations of recreation uses, for example, during the day and year compared to areas with higher shares of visitors from the residential environment.