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Spread over 4,210 acres (1,704 hectares) of the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains, Griffith Park is often referred to as "the Central Park of Los Angeles". The municipal park is one of North America's largest urban green spaces. 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 venue and scenic escape.
This spacious park is known for its sprawling lake tucked away in the San Fernando Valley. Jog or walk along the lakeside as you watch the graceful swans and ducks glide through the water or enjoy a leisurely picnic beneath the Japanese Cherry Blossom trees. A children's playground will keep the little ones entertained while dogs run around on the grassy area. Barbecues, picnic tables and shady areas make this park a family-friendly locale.
Muscle Beach welcomes all fitness buffs and tourists. The original muscle beach at Santa Monica was shut and hence evolved the Muscle Beach at Venice. It is an open air kind of a gymnasium where one can see well-toned bodies working it out even more. This beach has also been a favorite among the celebrities. You will find people lifting weights, biking, swimming, sunbathing. This park is the most-sought after place by LA's health-conscious people.
Spanning 18 acres, this sprawling water park is popular spots for families and kids throughout the year thanks to the mild Los Angeles weather. The Splash! La Mirada Regional Aquatics Center is a great way to beat the heat and wont break the bank, Kids can race around in Buccaneer Bay where they'll cruise down one of the three water slides and splash into the pool, laze along the flowing river channel, stomp on the splash pad as it squirts water, or explore the interactive pirate structure. On onsite snack bar will feed famished kids and family members, so you can stay and play all day long.
One of California's most prominent state reservoir parks, this protected area features a man-made freshwater body, namely the Castaic Lake. It boasts of a shoreline of 29 miles (46.6 kilometers), and an ample expanse of approximately 4,224 acres (1,709 hectares) of sweeping countryside. The Castaic Dam garners a lot of attention thanks to its majestic sloped 425-foot-tall (129.54 meters) concrete barrier that divides the lake into two separate sections; the lower lake for swimming and rowing and the upper lake for sailing, power boating, fishing and jet skiing. Amenities include convenient boat rentals, picnic tables, a bait shop for anglers and a mini-mart that stocks an eclectic range of scrumptious snacks and refreshing beverages.
This aquatic park is run by the city of Los Angeles. More than just your average public pool, the Stoner Park Splash Park is like a playground for adults and children alike. Perfect for those hot California days, this swim center features a four foot wading pool, spray guns, mushroom shaped fountains, and perhaps best of all, a swirling water slide. Admittance is easy on the wallet too, making it a budget friendly activity for the whole family to enjoy together.
The Seaside Lagoon is a saltwater lagoon whose water comes from the ocean and is later chlorinated then dechlorinated to ensure clean the lagoon only uses clean saltwater. Besides swimming, you can play volleyball, enjoy a treat at one of the snack bars, build a sandcastle, or simply lounge around in the grassy area. Trained lifeguards are always on standby so the area is deemed safe at any given time.