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Best Parks in Los Angeles

Best Parks in Los Angeles

There is a wealth of beautiful parks in Los Angeles. Whether you’re an art aficionado or a devoted dog owner, there’s a slice of nature that fits your lifestyle.

El Dorado Nature Center and Regional Park

Slip away from the everyday grind at this 105-acre plant and animal sanctuary. Start at the visitor center and you’ll find two miles of dirt trails and a quarter-mile paved path that wind around two lakes, a stream and forested areas

Los Angeles State Historic Park

With 32 acres of open space directly adjacent to Chinatown, L.A. State Historic Park boasts an amazing view of Downtown. The park was once home to major events like FYF, Renegade Craft Fair and Hard Summer, but all went quiet with a major multi-year renovation that started in 2014. Upon its completion in spring 2017, the park redesign added drought tolerant landscaping, a scenic overlook bridge, an orange grove and a snack bar, Cargo.

Tongva Park

Parking lots turned into parks—it’s the latest green trend in L.A., and who could complain after setting eyes on Santa Monica’s Tongva Park? This idyllic and well designed ocean-adjacent oasis harbors a playground, meadows, waterfalls, walking paths and a conch-like wireframe lookout to the Pacific.

Echo Park Lake

After a massive makeover, the Eastside’s historic Echo Park Lake has finally become a family-friendly destination worthy of its bold backdrop: the Downtown skyline amid the lotus flower blooms and fountains. The lake has been around since 1860—it was once used as a drinking water reservoir, and later as a recreational park with canoes and fishing. Today, you can push your way through the lake in a pedal boat or stroll around the path that hugs its borders.

Palisades Park

Walk along the palm and eucalyptus-lined paths here and it becomes obvious why tourists flock to this oceanside park in Santa Monica. Nestled between the beach and Ocean Avenue, this bluff-top trail has stunning views of the ocean and Santa Monica Mountains—this is the postcard picture of L.A.’s coastline that lives in most people’s heads. Steer clear of the tourist and homeless-ridden section by the pier—though don’t pass up a stop at the Camera Obscura—and instead head north past the stately concrete sculpture at Wilshire to the colorful totem pole at San Vicente.

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