Attractions

Park in Los Feliz & Griffith Park

Griffith Park

A gift to the city in 1896 by mining mogul Griffith J Griffith, and five times the size of New York’s Central Park, Griffith Park is one of the country’s largest urban green spaces. It contains a major outdoor theat…
Gardens in Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

It’s easy to spend hours amid the global vegetation, waterfalls, spring-fed lake and historic buildings of this fantastic, rambling, 127-acre park. Originally the private estate of real-estate tycoon Elias ‘Lucky’ B…
Gardens in Malibu & Pacific Palisades

Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine

No matter your religious persuasion, any negative vibes seem to disappear while strolling through these uplifting meditation gardens. Paths meander around a spring-fed, artificial lake and past clumps of flowers and…
Nature Reserve in Venice, Marina Del Rey & Playa del Rey

Ballona Wetlands

These last remaining wetlands in LA County are home to at least 200 migrating and resident bird species, including the great blue heron. Their habitat, however, has shrunk significantly since Playa Vista, a much-deb…
Gardens in Catalina Island

Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Gardens

About 1.5 miles inland from central Avalon, this nearly-38-acre park emphasizes indigenous California plants: agave, aloe, Catalina cherry, cedar, island scrub oak, silver dollar plant, yucca and more. It slopes uph…
Park in Silver Lake & Echo Park

Echo Park Lake

Surrounded by shingled craftsmen homes that rise with the steep streets and looming hills to the north, and blessed with keyhole Downtown views to the south, this fountain lake park is patronized by cool rockers, la…
Gardens in Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

Descanso Gardens

The 160-acre Descanso Gardens put on a dazzling show all year, but especially in January and February when some 34,000 camellias, some as tall as 20ft, brighten the LA winter. In spring lilacs perfume the air, follo…
Park in Long Beach & San Pedro

Point Fermin Park & Around

Locals come to this grassy community park on the bluffs to jog, picnic, watch wind- and kitesurfers, cool off in the shade of spreading magnolias, gaze at the silhouette of Catalina Island, wonder at never-ending wa…
Park in Malibu & Pacific Palisades

Legacy Park

On gently rolling hills across from Malibu City Hall and next to the Malibu Country Mart, this 15-acre park is a microcosm of six SoCal landscapes all in one place: coastal prairies, vernal pools, woodlands, coastal…
Nature Reserve in Long Beach & San Pedro

White Point Nature Preserve

A former Nike missile site has gone back to nature in this 102-acre preserve of coastal sage-scrub habitat. Hiking trails run from from 0.8 miles to a 7-mile loop, and there are monthly children's programs, guided n…