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Best Parks in Los Angeles


#1

Griffith Park

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4730 Crystal Springs Drive·Map·Hours·Website·

345 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Griffith Park is a must see for nature lovers. It has amazing hiking trails, horseback riding, a restaurant, the L.A. Zoo and the Observatory all wrapped up in one.

One of the largest urban parks in North America, Griffith park has some of the most beautiful views and hiking trails. It also has an observatory, from which you can see the Hollywood sign and a bi... read more

Griffith Park is massive and has everything you can possibly imagine for a day in the great outdoors. Golf, tennis, hiking, picnic benches, playground, merry-go-round, pony rides, train rides, Trav... read more

#2

Silver Lake Reservoir

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1850 W Silver Lake Blvd·Map·

154 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A favorite for a walk or run. One loop is just over 2 miles. Great playground for young kids. Stellar examples of modern architecture, several Neutra and Schindler houses nearby.

Take a walk or a jog around the lake this area was named after. On the east side of the lake is the famous Neutra house which is across from the Silver Lake meadow that is adjacent to the lake.

A lovely park around an urban reservoir in one of the prettiest neighborhoods in L.A. There's a 3-mile running path around the reservoir, and a dog park at the southern end. Perfect for a picnic, a... read more

#3

Echo Park Lake

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751 Echo Park Avenue·Map·

220 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The whole park is recently renovated. Pedal boats available to rent. The lake is filled with lotus flowers. Beautiful grassy areas for picnics. Small cafe. Walking/running path around lake.

"After a two-year makeover, the Eastside's historic Echo Park Lake has finally become a family-friendly destination worthy of its Downtown skyline backdrop amid the lotus flower bloom and the spray... read more

#4

Barnsdall Park

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$· 4800 Hollywood Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

100 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is really a treasure. For architecture buffs there is a Frank Lloyd Wright house / museum. For art fans there is an art gallery. And for all you winos, they host wine tastings every Friday in ... read more

This is a hidden treasure, perched on a hill, at the edge of Los Feliz and Hollywood neighborhoods. There is the Municipal Art Gallery as well as the late Aline Barnsdall's home designed by Frank L... read more

This unique park, which offers breathtaking views of Los Angeles and the Hollywood Sign, is also home to the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, Junior Arts Center and the famous Hollyhock House that was de... read more

91 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great park adjacent to Dodger Stadium. Great spot to hike, picnic or take the kids and/or dogs.

Elysian Park is across the street from the Airstream. If you walk up the hill and then turn right and go down the dirt path you will find yourself on a perfect path for a 2 mile hike or run. Ask us... read more

This park is a great place for stunning and different views of the city with multiple trails. If you want to see a baseball game, Dodger Stadium is right inside of Elysian Park!

77 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Large park that offers free music, movie, and children's events.

Beautiful new Grand Park built just a couple of blocks away from this centrally located loft. Take a stroll, walk to the top and capture a view of downtown with City Hall being at the forefront.

The new Grand Park, is the park for Everyone. With its majestic views extending from the Music Center to City Hall, it provides Angelenos of all walks of life a place to relax & take in nature.

73 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great hike, hard to get lost. Go 30 minutes before sunset for panoramic sunset & city light views. Takes 45 minutes for one loop if you stay on main path. (Read parking signs or use pay lot).

It's way less crowded than Runyon and easier to find parking. That's pretty much all you really need=)

This is my favorite, low-key hiking trail. The first 10 minutes of the hike will definitely get your heart rate up, however after that, the views are stunning and it makes a full loop through a go... read more

54 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Descanso Gardens, located in La Cañada Flintridge, Los Angeles County, California, is a 150 acres botanical garden. At one time, this property belonged to newspaper magnate E. Manchester Boddy, who... read more

Beautiful spot to explore. Little coffee spot towards then entrance and then really nice paths to explore inside. A great spot to spend an hour or two!

“Descanso Gardens is a unique Southern California landscape distinguished by its specialized botanic collections, historical significance, and rare natural beauty. Their mission is to practice exem... read more

57 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A walk along palisades park is another family favorite. There are bluffs with stunning views of the beach, pier and ocean. You can walk the whole length of Santa Monica in this park, the neighbor... read more

Cross the street and you're there! Many film shoots have used this park - you may see one! Bike path and walking path - plenty of grassy blanket and picnic space with amazing ocean views! This is l... read more

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 trai... read more

40 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Get to this MUCH easier, turning E. on Av 52 from Figueroa. Park across from the soccer field, head thru the green gates. Hike up to lake for cardio and views of whole LA basin. Visit nature center.

Quality hiking to a beautiful little pond at the top of the mountain. Worth the climb.

Because you followed the rest of this guide and can feel the glorious caloric excess beginning to weigh you down. Don't let the c-list "actors" and insta-famous models of Runyon canyon see you swea... read more

43 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The infamous sign. Great photos from this dog park right below the sign. Great drive if you continue up Mullholland Hwy.

Hollywood sign. If you want to hike in this neighborhood to see the sign and also a great view of all of Los Angeles, go to Ledgwood and Deronda, walk up fire road and then right into trailhead.

Beautiful (unofficial) dog-walking park right below the hollywood sign. Really pretty at sunset. Take your zoom lens and see if you can spot the brangelina compound below.

#12

Greystone Park

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905 Loma Vista Drive·Map·Hours·Website·

34 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Greystone Mansion, a historic site with a storied past, is tucked away in the hills and often overlooked. The mansion and spectacular gardens are home to some of the most elegant special events.

Historic mansion and gardens often used as a location in some iconic films. The site of the murder/suicide of Ned Doheny and his secretary, Hugh Plunket in 1929

The Doheny Mansion was built in the middle of the Great Depression era (129-1936) by a tycoon oil man Doheny in the first houses in Beverly Hills. The house is an european french style. The house ... read more

7 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Take a bike ride over to Shoreline Aquatic Park and up to the lighthouse. Plenty of things to see & do along the way.

Beautiful park surrounded by water. Great view of the Queen Mary across the bay. Great please to catch the sunset.

Perfect for a nice walk or a picnic. Great for an early morning jog. Beautiful views in every direction. Awesome events. We love it here!

#14

Plummer Park

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7377 Santa Monica Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

39 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Just 3 blocks away. Tennis, workout, or lay under the trees and read a book. There's a Farmers Market every Monday. Get fresh vegetables to go, eat there and live music.

The park offers tennis, Monday morning Farmer's Market, exercise area, seating area.

Plummer Park is a regular destination for neighborhood residents, where locals come to play chess, basketball and tennis or work out on the chin up bars. If you want to just relax, it’s a peaceful ... read more

31 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A newly built park that creates a tranquil and serene setting for locals and visitors. Great place to job, walk or just lounge on the manicured grass taking in the LA sun.

Meet friends and bring a picnic to the meadow. Nice grassy area with kids flying kites and people enjoying the beautiful LA weather.

It is a very good spot for a party right at the edge of the reservoir. This is the ideal location to throw a frisby, fly a kite, or have a picnic.

29 local Airbnb hosts recommend

During the summer lots of free concerts, R&B, Jazz, Classical Music, etc. FREE www.visitmarinadelrey.com/promo/summer-activities

Check schedule on website for free outdoor concerts throughout the summer. Take a picnic and relax in the night sky. Check out the water taxi Only $1. Takes you around the marina. (summer only)

This park is a hidden gem in the Marina Del Rey and has a beautiful view of the harbor. Watch boats go by and you may see the seals upon the docks. A great place for kids to run around and a grea... read more

#17

The Arboretum

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301 North Baldwin Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

34 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Peacock-filled botanic garden with interesting California history related to "Lucky" Baldwin and settlement of the area. Adobes, Queen Anne's Cottage (used for Fantasy Island TV series).

Beautiful Gardens and Peacocks to boot! Nature at it's best

This botanical garden is located in my hometown of Arcadia, CA. A beautiful botanical garden that is home to many peacocks, who have been domesticated and have lived in Arcadia for decades. Located... read more

26 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Many films were made here ... there are to many to name. If you go online type in Bronson Canyon-Griffith Park for the list. One of my favorites is that The Bat Cave is here!

This is a wonderful park with lots of walking trials and where the world famous bat caves are located. This is where the original batman teleision series was filmed

Great hikes - connect to Hollywood Sign hikes and the Griffith Park Observatory

34 local Airbnb hosts recommend

An oasis in the city: pack a picnic, take a nice walk around the lake, rent a bike, watch the ducks, and spend some time on the trails. Or bring the kids to the massive playground by the lake.

Just a short bike ride or 20-minute walk to Lake Balboa Park where it feels as if you're no longer in the city, with a bird sanctuary as home to rare species and large swans waddling all around the... read more

Balboa Park offers a loop around a quaint lake with lots of birds, ducks, geese, and other wildlife. In conjunction with many walking trails, you can rent bikes, and tour the Japanese Garden's all... read more

29 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Brand new & gorgeous park great for a stroll, a picnic, exercise, & the latest playground equipment for kids. Get a great view of the pier & ocean. Locals take a great deal of pride in this park!

At the end of the metro line in Santa Monica. 6.2 acre park designed by James Corner Field Operations, designer of NY's High Line Park, inspired by Southern California's native arroyo landscape of ... read more

Take one step inside Tongva Park in Santa Monica, California, and you'll find it hard to believe that this 6-acre urban oasis was a flat asphalt parking lot just a few short years ago. Together wit... read more

#21

Pershing Square

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532 South Olive Street·Map·Hours·Website·

32 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Enjoy free entertainment under the twinkling lights of downtown LA during summer and skating at the Holiday Ice Rink in winter. This Outdoor Concert and Event Center is in the heart of Downtown ..

Pershing Square is in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles at 532 S. Olive St. Pershing Square features an open and elevated ayan-style amphitheater, a grove of orange trees that pays tribute to Los A... read more

Pershing Square is a public park in downtown Los Angeles, California, one square block in size, bounded by 5th Street to the north, 6th Street to the south, Hill Street to the east, and Olive Stree... read more

21 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Beautiful nature center with lots of water fowl, turtles, bunnies. Great for kids. 1/4, 1 and 2 mile hikes!

There is a longer and shorter walking trail, and the plants have really grown up, so a few kinds of wildlife have moved in.

Great for families and kids, this 105-acre park features a visitor center, flora & fauna, lakes, a stream & walking trails. Offers 2 miles and longer loops.

25 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Drive down into PV to Abalone Cove and you won't believe your eyes.... and you'll forget you are in LA. Take a quick hike down to the shoreline where you can explore tide pools and relax.

Wild beach with tide pools and gorgeous views to Catalina Island. A 1/2 mile hike down the hill lands you at the beach and tide pools.

Abalone Cove is about 1/2 hour from our cottage. Most of the beach/ocean photographs in the cottage were taken at Abalone Cove. There are tidepools with starfish, sea anemone , see urchins, seal... read more

4 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great bike path that will also lead you to Exposition Park, where you can find the Natural History Museum and the California Science Museum.

Tennis courts (one full size, two paddle tennis), basketball courts, and a playground for kids. Large field are and a path to run around. The bike bath behind the park will take you to Marina Del R... read more

21 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Always tennis courts available before 11am weekdays. Clean, swept, friendly. Delightful group of players; everyone without fail exceedingly polite. A Los Angeles treasure

Neighborhood park. Nice to walk through. Pick-up basketball nightly. Tennis courts & baseball/soccer fields.

They have tennis courts, baseball field, and basketball courts. 1 block away

21 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The overlook offers a 180 degree view of the Los Angeles basin including downtown, Hollywood, the famous Hollywood sign, and on a clear day you can see the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island.

Landmark spot to see over much of the city and the Hollywood Hills, including the Hollwood sign.

This is literally walking distance from the house. Other tourists spend around $30-55/person to get a tour to come up here to the overlook for a photo but you just have to walk over. Save the tou... read more

4 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Best View of the Hollywood Sign!

19 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Beautiful tranquil gardens await a visit when you want a little peace and quiet in your day.. Very close to the condo on the Long Beach State Campus.

It's a hidden oasis! You can even feed the koi.

The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden is a Japanese garden encompassing 1.3 acres on the campus of California State University, Long Beach, in Long Beach, California, United States. It was dedicate... read more

#29

Clover Park

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2600 Ocean Park Boulevard·Map·Hours·

17 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great park with awesome play structures for kids as well as tennis and basketball courts, soccer and baseball fields, etc...

If you want to find a place to play with your kids, Clover park is only 10mins walking distance away from you. It has all the things you need to keep your kids happy!

A 10 minute walk uphill gets you to this large, fun park. Free yoga, football and baseball, kids playground, workout stations all around the footpath and benches where you can watch small planes ta... read more

#30

Griffith Park Dr

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4730 Crystal Springs Dr,·Map·

18 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Public park, merry-go-round, hiking trails, observatory, fun fun! 5-10 minute drive, but observatory entrance from Hollywood side

Hiking, views of the city, some shade on a hot day... It's a 40 minute walk from my house. Visit the observatory and hike to a view of the Hollywood sign up the Vermont or Hillhurst street entran... read more

Griffith Park is famous for being used as a filming location for Westerns in the 40's and 50's. It is a beautiful park with multiple hiking trails easily accessed. There are even a couple of mounta... read more