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.
160 acres (65 hectares) of unspoiled nature can be seen at the east point of the Santa Monica mountains at the Runyon Canyon Park. This pet friendly park has two southern entrances and a northern entrance at Mulholland Drive. Go for a hike or head to the play area where your kids can play. Keep your camera ready as celebrities are known to unwind here as well.
More like its name, Ferndell is not exactly a museum, but a beautiful trail leading to the Griffith Observatory. Once home to the Tongva/Gabrielino tribe, the trail has a natural spring and various planned installations of bridges and railings. Foliage including ferns, create a bubble of clean air and a peaceful environment not away from the city. The natural stream provides the trees and plants with water as it flows through the hill accompanying the trail. Besides the flora, turtles, large koi fish, crayfish, butterflies and dragonflies add to the beauty of the trail. The trail also features waterfalls, ponds and bamboo bridges which were added during its transformation to create an atmosphere similar to that of a rainforest. The lush green plantation attracts many locals and tourists for an elevated trail rather than simply driving up to the Griffith Observatory. Locals can be spotted taking a jog or hiking up accompanied by their little ones for a fun day out. The collective display of nature and wildlife is equivalent to an interactive museum exhibit that must not be missed.
Located away from the city, Bryce Canyon Park is often visited by the people wishing to indulge in some fun outings with their family. Boasting of large green spaces, a baseball court, tennis court and more, the park is suitable for people of all age groups. Patrons can simply enjoy the relaxing atmosphere or can even walk within the lush green area. There is a separate playground for children with amenities such as slides, stationary xylophones and swings. Feel free to carry your pet along as they are also welcomed here. Whether you want to spend some quality time with you family or simply relax in the arms of mother nature, Bryce Canyon Park has something in store for all.
The result of Justin Rudd, a local resident and dog lover, and Rosie, his bulldog's efforts for a beach for canines, Rosie's Dog Beach was officially opened in 2010. Dedicated in honor of this bulldog who passed away soon, this beach is considered to be the only one-of-its-kind in the county. Only one pooch is allowed per adult and there are other rules to be followed as well. Let your pet play with the waves, run along the shore or just walk on the sand.
Grand Park is nestled in downtown Los Angeles along Grand Avenue. Opened to the public in 2012, this 12-acre (4.9-hectare) urban project has been compared to the likes of New York’s Central Park. Located between City Hall and the Music Center, it features verdant lawns and mature trees, interactive fountains and plazas, as well as event spaces. The Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain with its dazzling light effects is the highlight of this landscape. This park is also a regular venue for performing arts, concerts, farmers’ markets and community events.
A little patch of green amongst a sea of concrete towers, Vista Hermosa Natural Park is a great spot for a moment of serenity, away from the daily hustle. This quiet spot offers plenty of recreational options, from walking and jogging trails, to open playing fields and picnic spots. The park is also peppered with several vantage points, with the city at the backdrop, that make good photography options.
These Victorian homes in the neighborhood of Angelino Heights are more reminiscent of those on Haight Street in San Francisco as opposed to Carroll Avenue in L.A. Nonetheless, this tiny enclave in greater Echo Park has the largest collection of late 19th-century residences in the entire city. Its location in the steep hills also allows for some marvelous views of downtown and some parts of Mid-City. Overall, Angelino Heights is a nice detour when visiting Echo Park, and it's a definite must-see for architecture buffs.
A sprawling park in the city of Los Angeles, The Old Lodge - Montecillo De Leo Politi provides a momentary escape from the bustling city. This famed park is one of the major recreation and event centers of neighborhood, with a variety of activities to indulge in. Peppered with walk and jogging trails, basketball courts, a soccer field and vast ares of open space, there's plenty of ways to keep yourself busy at this park.
A beautiful ground in Downtown LA, the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens offers an open space for recreation and events. Enjoy picnicking, hiking, and biking or simply relax in the lush green lawns in this pet-friendly park. If you’re looking for a quiet and green place for an intimate wedding, then this is the perfect spot.