10 Los Angeles Parks for the Outdoor Enthusiasts

Los Angeles has plenty of attractions to explore. Among the city’s must-see sights are its numerous parks and gardens. Here are some of the best parks to see whether you want to spend some quiet time with nature or do some fun outdoor activities.

Echo Park Lake
Echo Park Lake
Location: Downtown Los Angeles
Points of interest: A park set against a scenic backdrop of downtown skyline, a lake that dates back to 1860, pedal boats, the boathouse, walking paths, Lotus Festival, fountains, and more

Exposition Park
Exposition Park
Location: 700 Exposition Park Dr
Points of interest: California African American Museum, California Science Center, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Rose Garden

Grand Park
Grand Park
Location: 200 N Grand Ave
Points of interest: Community and cultural events, festivals, fountains, holiday celebrations, picnic areas, outdoor activities like yoga, food trucks, performances, and more

Griffith Park
Griffith Park
Location: 4730 Crystal Springs Dr
Points of interest: Massive urban park that spans more than 4,000 acres, Autry National Center of the American West, breathtaking views of LA, Greek Theatre, Griffith Observatory, Griffith Park Pony Ride, Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Sunset Ranch Hollywood, Travel Town Museum, views of the Hollywood Sign

Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
Location: 1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino
Points of interest: Cultural, educational, and research facility; art collections, the library, botanical gardens such as the Conservatory and Children’s Garden, Desert Garden, Frances and Sidney Brody California Garden, the must-see Japanese Garden, Liu Fang Yuan 流芳園, the Garden of Flowing Fragrance, Rose Garden

Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area
Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area
Location: 4100 S La Cienega Blvd
Points of interest: Community center, fishing lake, lotus pond, Native coastal sage scrub habitat, picnic areas, hiking and walking trails; sports facilities like basketball court, baseball diamonds, volleyball court, and a multi-purpose field

Lake Hollywood Park
Lake Hollywood Park
Location: 3160 N. Canyon Dr
Points of interest: Dog-friendly park, barbecue pits and picnic sites, playground, stunning view of the Hollywood Sign

Palisades Park
Palisades Park
Location: Santa Monica
Points of interest: Waterfront park, eucalyptus-lined paths, breathtaking views of the Santa Monica Bay, Arcadia Bandini de Baker bust, Beacon Overlook, Camera Obscura Art Lab at 1450 Ocean , Gestation III wood sculpture, Rose Garden, Santa Monica concrete sculpture, Totem Pole, petanque courts, picnic sites, and more

Point Fermin Park
Point Fermin Park
Location: 807 W Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro
Points of interest: Scenic coastal views, jogging path, picnic areas, playground, small amphitheater, Walker’s Cafe, a view of the Point Fermin Lighthouse, and the annual special events among others

Silver Lake Reservoir
Silver Lake Reservoir
Location: Silver Lake
Points of interest: Two dog parks, facilities for outdoor activities like basketball, children’s playground, hiking and walking trails, picnic sites, the Meadow

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