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This wonderful sanctuary houses big cats, such as leopards, lions, bobcats, and tigers. The Shambala Preserve cares and protects exotic felines that were either abandoned or suffered from neglect. On select days the Shambala Preserve is open to the public and you can take a safari tour where you get up close to these beautiful creatures. Watch as a huge tiger leaps across his large enclosure or lions take a nap. You'll get closer and learn more than you would at any zoo while knowing that this facility is about helping and caring for these once neglected felines. Visitors must be 18 or older and reservations are required.
A serene speck of green in the bustling city of Glendale, Brand Park is a fine place to unwind and soak up the warm city breeze. This 31-acre (12.5 hectare) park is conducive to several outdoor recreational activities, and visitors can embark on exhilarating hiking and biking excursions across its expanse. Basketball enthusiasts can avail of the basketball court located within the premises. Along with a softball field, several picnic areas characterize the landscape of the park which also features a seasonal swimming pool and a playground for kids.
Nestled amid the Santa Monica Mountains, the Topanga State Park spans 11,000 acres (4451 hectares) of land area and offers spellbinding views of both the ocean and the valley. There are great hiking trails, some of which offer the opportunity to study the ecology and geology of the area as you walk along the path. There are also pleasant green meadows which make for delightful photography sessions.
Located in the heart of Encino, Los Encinos State Historic Park is an interesting site where visitors can learn about the local history of the area. Visitors can tour the estate that consists of several rooms and buildings featuring rare exhibits, equipment, objects and documents pertaining to the earlier setters of the estate. Picnic spots are scattered across the tree-lined park which encompasses the area. Additionally, you can also stroll along the pond.
One of the most noted places in the world, the Warner Brothers Studio has played home to some of the entertainment worlds most famous comedy and drama series. The studio has numerous sets for various scenes all of which have excellent facilities, props and sound and light systems. On location here are also craft and set shops where patrons can purchase memorabilia. There is a tour of the entire studio which takes guests on a journey into the entertainment world with guides who are well versed with the place.
This world famous attraction is one of Southern California's most popular theme parks. With the most exciting thrill rides around, you're guaranteed to have fun. Six Flags California is composed of two parks: Six Flags Magic Mountain and Six Flags Hurricane Harbor. Magic Mountain bills itself as the extreme park with the most roller coasters and adult rides in the region. Of course, there's still plenty to do for the whole family, including an amazing kids area that's perfect for the younger crowd.
Featuring a semi-arid desert landscape enlivened with junipers and Joshuas, Arthur B. Ripley Desert Woodland State Park invites visitors to take a closer look at the plant life embedded in the cultural and historical fabric of the region. If you're lucky, you might catch a glimpse of these natural wonders when they are in full bloom following the arrival of Spring, with colorful wildflowers accentuating their striking beauty. Hiking through this woodland makes for an exhilarating excursion. Visitors can also opt to settle down for a picnic amid the park's picturesque environs.
Located centrally between the hills of Malibu and Topanga, the picturesque La Tuna Canyon Park is a haven for hikers and bikers. Spread across 1,255 acres (507 hectares) of land, this park features an undisturbed natural landscape enveloped in tranquility. Endowed with scenic beauty, La Tuna Canyon Park affords remarkable views of the surrounding vistas, making for great photo ops and sightseeing excursions. Locals and tourists alike flock here to explore the park's untouched wilderness. Picnic facilities are available for those who wish to spend a relaxing day cocooned in nature.
Draped in verdant greenery, this stunning mountain range serves as a retreat away from the city life unfolding in the vicinity. The Verdugo Mountains State Park and Open Space Preserve invites avid hikers to scale its sloping inclines replete with wooded forests, towering trees and shrublands. Among the wildlife which thrives here, keep your eyes peeled for mountain lions, coyotes and the elusive wrentit.