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Parks and nature in Los Angeles County

Top parks

Park
“Just two blocks from Hollywood Boulevard, Runyon Canyon Park is an often overlooked urban park that offers some great views. Atop the canyon, you can glimpse views of the San Fernando Valley and the Pacific Ocean, as well as the Hollywood Sign and Giffith Observatory. The park also boasts several hiking trails and is a popular spot for celebrities to exercise. Travelers say that the canyon is reminiscent of Old Hollywood with several old mansions and estates scattered throughout the park – keep your eyes peeled as you follow the trail. ”
  • 993 locals recommend
Park
“Griffith park has an extensive amount of hiking trails. Also, the Griffith Observatory is a LA staple. Surrounding the park, are grass lawns, horseback riding and places to picnic and enjoy a nice day out.”
  • 351 locals recommend
Museum
“Awesome family adventure as you explore both the Paige Museum and outdoor tar pits!”
  • 313 locals recommend
Museum
“The Huntington Library , Art Museum, and Botanical Garden is a Collection-based educational and research institutions established by Henry E.Hubtington ,who was instrumental in developing the San Gabriel Valley.”
  • 400 locals recommend
Lake
“Great city views and charming trail around the lake. A nice place to pick up food or coffee and sit under the trees. ”
  • 314 locals recommend
Park
“Beautiful island with Custumer houses, boutiques, restaurants .... don’t mise frozen banana, must try!”
  • 119 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“Amazing place to get into nature, expansive views of the city and ocean and get a workout!”
  • 174 locals recommend
Park
“This is a great place to visit and on the weekends they have different types of events that are good for the family or for visitors please Google it to see what event is going on the weekend of Your arrival ”
  • 102 locals recommend

Playgrounds

Park
“About a 20 minute walk but a huge, lively park where you can play with other dogs and get some exercise in.”
  • 95 locals recommend
Museum
“This interactive hands-on museum is a great place for kids to explore and experiment with the natural world in a rich and controlled environment.”
  • 57 locals recommend
Playground
“Built in 1926, this iconic merry-go-round features 68 elaborately decorated horses & an organ.”
  • 34 locals recommend
Playground
“This 17.9-acre park includes lighted ball fields & tennis courts, plus playgrounds & picnic spots. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Playground
“My kids love this park. They have to sections, one for toddlers and another one for older kids. I just wish the playground area was bigger with more fun for the kids. People are usually pretty nice. The park has a bathroom which is pretty clean most of the time. There is a pool here as well for the summer months. The park also has a section were people can work out which I thought it was pretty cool. Although, this is something that parents can't get advantage of it because is so far away from the playground area. The city also uses this park for several activities and festivals throughout the year. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Park
“Great place to relax, read a book, exercise or just walk on the bike trail. Also cool to people watch here. Very active but tranquil at the same time. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Park
“Come play soccer with me here Monday-Friday! (There is also basketball, tennis courts, swimming pool (open during summer), indoor basketball, volleyball, Outdoor Tai Chi classes, etc.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Playground
“take your kids to the playground when they need to burn off steam! Or jog around the park! It’s right near Fox Studios and it’s lovely! ”
  • 16 locals recommend

Beaches

Beach
“One of the main landmarks of Huntington Beach, also known as "Surf City, USA", the pier is the center of the city's prominent beach culture. A popular meeting place for surfers. ”
  • 100 locals recommend
Beach
“Great views and the cutest little aquarium at the end of the pier with some interesting local information about our sea life.”
  • 138 locals recommend
Outdoor Gym
“Walk south on the Boardwalk, just past Windward the famed body builder mecca.”
  • 104 locals recommend
Beach
“Great restaurants and great views! This is a wonderful place to walk around, shop, and eat!”
  • 127 locals recommend
Pier
“Walk the pier or visit one of the many restaurants, bars, and beach front attractions. Dory boats come in through the surf early Sunday mornings bringing their night's catch to the fresh fish market on the beach. ”
  • 50 locals recommend
Beach
“This is one of the most beautiful Northern beaches in Los Angeles. Grab a bite at one of the fresh seafood stands and restaurants along the way.”
  • 82 locals recommend
Beach
“If this is your first time to southern California, you'll want to grab your towel and flip flops and head out to this beautiful place. ”
  • 38 locals recommend
Pool
“Heated pool right on Santa Monica Beach that is only $10! Get there early to park and get tickets (around 8am), then grab breakfast at the beach cafe until the pool opens. Great little playground next to the cafe as well”
  • 79 locals recommend

Trails

Scenic Viewpoint
“Amazing place to get into nature, expansive views of the city and ocean and get a workout!”
  • 174 locals recommend
State / Provincial Park
“Has beautiful sightseeing, great play to just get out for the day and see all what nature has to offer.”
  • 101 locals recommend
State / Provincial Park
“5-minute drive to amazing historic, beautiful accessible state park. Stop in to tour the property, watch a polo game (yes - on horses!), or a mountain hike.”
  • 95 locals recommend
Trail
“Peaceful place to walk on the trail. We love the educational & environmental work that they do.”
  • 64 locals recommend
Park
“Large natural area with many picnic tables & barbecue pits, plus hiking trails & open space. There is a pond sits next to the hiking trail. It shows up very unexpectedly. Great easy hike.”
  • 57 locals recommend
Trail
“A quaint walk through nature in the middle of the city. There are ponds with turtles and many areas canopied with trees (great trees for climbing if going with kiddos).”
  • 41 locals recommend
Trail
“Meander down Mulholland Drive with stunning views to this hiking/look out spot. ”
  • 32 locals recommend
Park
“Learn about the work of this great organization that is making sure more and more trees are planted in our urban and suburban environments. Their campus is part of a bigger hiking trail network.”
  • 32 locals recommend
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