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Best Parks in Los Angeles


Griffith Park

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4730 Crystal Springs Drive·Map·Hours·Website·

318 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Enormous urban park with miles of hiking trails, horseback riding, pony rides, miniature train ride, a carousel, tennis courts, a swimming pool and golf courses. Home of the Los Angeles Zoo, the Gr... read more

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


Silver Lake Reservoir

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1850 W Silver Lake Blvd·Map·

139 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.

Go for a jog or run around the Silver Lake Reservoir - there are nice paths and even a grassy meadow to lay a blanket down and enjoy the sun.

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.


Echo Park Lake

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751 Echo Park Avenue·Map·

200 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.

When you think park and LA, the first thing that comes to mind is the iconic Echo Park Lake, featured in many movies, TV shows and music videos. Take a nice walk or pedal boat around the lake with ... read more


Barnsdall Park

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

89 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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 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

A small park that often hosts interesting events. From their website: "Hollyhock House is Frank Lloyd Wright’s first Los Angeles project. Built between 1919 and 1921, it represents his earliest eff... read more

77 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great local hike - steep in places, about an hour loop - great views of the city and Pacific Ocean, Malibu and Catalina Island. Parking $7 inside the park/free on Sunset Blvd. Bring water.

Temescal Canyon Loop offers a good workout along with ocean and canyon views. Temescal Gateway Park is situated just off Sunset Blvd in the Pacific Palisades, and this convenient urban location mak... read more

82 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!

73 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.

67 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

62 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Venice Beach is famous for skateboards. Here's where the best of the best often show off their stuff!

While out on the boardwalk you've got to swing over to the skatepark! Always a mix of ages and skills you will see people doing crazy stunts and flying through the air! Professional riders frequent... read more


Lake Hollywood Reservoir

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2751 Lake Hollywood Drive·Map·

61 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is more of a walk than a hike since it is mainly on a paved road around the reservoir but is very picturesque and easy to get to from our place with a car.

52 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

45 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 is a great place for easy hikes, wheelchair and stroller friendly. A very close drive with beautiful botanic gardens, rose garden, California native gardens, Japanese garden and more, sur... read more

39 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.


Greystone Park

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905 Loma Vista Drive·Map·Hours·Website·

33 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


Plummer Park

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7377 Santa Monica Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

38 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Historic park in West Hollywood. Site of weekly Farmer's Market (Monday's). Great place to relax and people watch. Within easy walking distance.

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

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!

29 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.


The Arboretum

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301 North Baldwin Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

30 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The Arboretum was originally owned by Lucky Baldwin. Enjoy the beauty of the gardens and the history of Lucky Baldwin. 268 east bus directly.

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

30 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Secret picnic and hiking spot where the intro to The Andy Griffith Show was filmed. Don't run the stop signs, you'll get a ticket and check out the duck pond and the lake.

Franklin Canyon Park is a public park located near Benedict Canyon at the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains. The park features a 3-acre lake, a duck pond and over five miles (8 km) of hiki... read more

25 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

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

28 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

Yes, there really is a lake :) with paddle boats, walking/hiking/biking trails, golf, archery, soccer, picnicking... There is also a Wildlife Preserve and lovely Japanese Gardens to stroll through.

28 local Airbnb hosts recommend

During the summer lots of free concerts, R&B, Jazz, Classical Music, etc. FREE

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

28 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

19 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

22 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Shop till you drop at the Beverly Center! High-end Shopping! Bloomingdales, Macys, Apple store, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany, and many other luxury designer shops!

For a night out, West Hollywood is one of the most popular spots in LA with a high concentration of restaurants and bars (and celebrity sightings). 30 minute car ride from us. Recommend Uber!

Best View of the Hollywood Sign!

13 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Amazing hiking trail with unbeatable views of Los Angeles open from 6 AM to 9 PM daily.

Scenic, variety, great hike, people watching and meeting. Close to Hollywood.

23 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

18 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Right next to Silver Lake Reservoir - great walk around - especially at sunset!

Takes 10 minutes to get here walking and its a beautiful place for a picnic or a stroll with the dog, kids, etc.

First off they have two areas, one for Small dogs & one for Large dogs. A 2 mile walk around the reservoir with your dog is also a nice workout/warm-up/cool down.


Pershing Square

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532 South Olive Street·Map·Hours·Website·

29 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Summer concerts free here all summer too. Downtown is trying to breath after 50 years in a coma. #2 or the #4 drop you off right there, it's on 5th street and hill.

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