Spread over 4,210 acres (1704 hectares) of the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains, Griffith Park is often referred to as "the Central Park of Los Angeles," although its verdant sprawl surpasses its east-coast counterpart in both size and wild charm. The municipal park is one of North America's largest urban green spaces, splayed across an undulating landscape sheathed in oak and walnut woodlands, coastal sage scrub, landscaped parklands, and deep, luxuriant gorges. There's ample opportunity for outdoor activities like hiking, horseback riding and tennis, alongside popular attractions like the Griffith Observatory, the Los Angeles Zoo, the Greek Theater, and the iconic Hollywood Sign. At the confluence of landscaped greenery and rugged wilderness, Griffith Park is Los Angeles' most treasured recreational venues and scenic escapes.
Knott's Berry Farm, home to the Peanuts characters, has been a long-time favorite for families visiting the Orange County area. You'll find culturally-themed areas including Fiesta Village, Indian Trails and Independence Hall, where visitors get a look at the influence of these cultures on California life. There are also themed rides such as the Xcelerator and Montezooma's Revenge. Other areas such as The Boardwalk feature rides like Supreme Scream which, measuring in at an astounding 312 feet (95.098 meters), is the tallest structure in the county. Overall, if you're looking for something to please the kids (and maybe give yourself a rest), Knott's is a truly excellent choice. Operational hours vary from day to day, please check website for more details.
Santa Monica's most prized possession, this Southern Californian waterfront state park is the closest landmark to the iconic Santa Monica Pier and Third Street Promenade. Equipped with modern amenities such as volleyball courts, serene picnic spots and scenic swimming zones, this golden-sand landscape houses something that sets it apart from everything else in the vicinity: Muscle Beach, the mecca for bodybuilding exhibitions and gymnastic presentations. A sunbather's heaven, the beach also seems to be a magnet for themed special events like the world-famous Cirque du Soleil, which transforms the place into a dynamo of energy, music and vivid colors. The Santa Monica Ferris Wheel is by far the state park's most noticeable attraction.
If you're an out-of-towner and miss riding the plains, you can cure your equestrian nostalgia by renting a horse and riding through the Hollywood Hills and Griffith Park. There are plenty of options here, including one and two hour rides during the day for anyone over the age of seven. A very popular option is the Friday night moonlight ride. Just arrive for a three-hour round-trip ride, which culminates with dinner at a nearby Mexican restaurant.
Set in the Burbank hills, the Wildwood Canyon Park is a lovely park that offers great hiking trails. Start at Havard Avenue and hike along this pathway, including steep paths and picturesque views as you head to peak of the hill for amazing views. Beware, the hike to the top is several miles-long and can be fairly challenging due to the steep pathway, so make sure you wear comfortable shoes.
Make the most of your sightseeing adventure and opt to tour the sunny Los Angeles area in a health conscious and eco-friendly way. Whether on foot or a high end hybrid road bike provided by Bikes and Hikes LA, you'll cruise pass famous landmarks like the Sunset Strip, celebrity homes, Venice Canals, Santa Monica Pier and beach, UCLA and many more! Tours include a friendly and knowledgeable guide, complimentary souvenir water bottle, helmet, and bike.
Get ready for an adrenaline rush as you race down a glass slide that's about 1,000 feet (305 meters) above the ground! Located in OUE Skyspace LA, Skyslide is a slide that's on the outside of the U.S. Bank Tower building connecting the 70th Floor to the 69th Floor. The glass slide means you can look straight down to the ground far below as you ride down the 45-foot (14-meter) long slide. Only the brave should dare to take the plunge!
Spread across 15 acres (6.07 hectares), George Elder Park or the George Elder Memorial Park has been around for several decades. It was earlier known as Grandview. This neighborhood park has a playground, tennis courts, a community center, picnic spots and a basketball gym. Since it is located in an area where there are a few schools around, it is often frequented by students.
These wildly popular tour operators offer some of the best Segway tours in the city, including full day highlight tours with knowledgeable and fun guides. Roll your Segway into the lust green spaces at Beverly Hills, and study the lives of the rich and the famous from your humble ride, or soak up some sun at the Santa Monica & Venice Beach Segway Tour. There is also a Downtown Los Angeles tour and the Pacific Segway Tour that lets you admire Californian coastlines, all up to the Pacific Palisades.
La Cienega is an urban park that primarily focuses on athletics. The triangular-shaped park features baseball and soccer fields, fitness facilities, a playground, barbecue pits, picnic spots, a jogging track and community center. There is also a snack bar on-site if you are feeling peckish. The park is the base of a number of local leagues as well.