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Things To Do, Los Angeles: Public Parks

Things To Do, Los Angeles: Greenspaces


Things To Do, Los Angeles: Public Parks

There’s always plenty of things to do, Los Angeles, as residents and visitors alike explore the many activities that the City of Angels has to offer. But part of what’s great about living in Southern California is the weather, and there’s nowhere to enjoy getting out in the sunshine better than a public park. Luckily, there are some fantastic green spaces in LA, and almost all of them are free. These are some of our best picks for picnicking, hiking, and more.


Franklin Canyon Park, in Beverly Hills, is where we’ll begin. It’s 605 acres, and you’ll find it between the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles. The flat areas are perfect if you have some youngsters with you, or there are canyons that you can explore if you’re feeling more adventurous. There’s also the Franklin Canyon Park Sooky Goldman Nature Center, where you can pick up brochures that detail the many sorts of flora and fauna you’re likely to encounter there.


Next is the Will Rogers State Historical Park, in the Pacific Palisades. Here, some more rigorous nature activities await. There are hiking trails of various lengths, vista points that command stunning views, guided tours, and multiple small museums. There’s even horseback riding if you’re up for it.


Tongva Park, in Santa Monica, is a suitable choice for both children and adults. The landscaping includes lawns, fountains, palm trees, and lush gardens. There’s also free wifi, a nice 21st-century touch, and a playground. Probably the best features, though, are the shady picnic areas. Pack your lunch, and enjoy some time with the family, relaxing in this quaint and comfortable setting.


Our last pick is the Los Angeles State Historical Park, close to Chinatown. There are running and biking trails, and some excellent views of the downtown area not far away. On the weekend, this is a mecca for kite fliers, and you’ll often see skaters and skateboarders practicing their moves as well.


We hope you get out and explore some of these public parks, as they are the gems of Southern California. We’ll be back next time with some more selections that all your family members, regardless of age, are sure to enjoy.    

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