in Los Angeles, CA
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There’s nothing better than breathing fresh air and getting in touch with nature. State parks, botanical gardens, trails, lakes, and farms are exactly the place to do it – and this area is full of them.
Take a look at all the options within driving distance – you’ll be surprised at how close your next adventure is. We provide the driving directions, but the sunscreen’s on you!
835 Academy Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90012 Directions
The second largest park in Los Angeles, as well as the city's oldest, Elysian Park covers 600 acres of land. Scattered across this park, you will find a number of idyllic picnic spots, several sculptures and memorial markers, trails and a community garden. Come out here to spend some time outdoors and get some fresh air without leaving the city.
700 Exposition Park Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90037 Directions
Exposition Park contains several natural and cultural centers, including the California Science Center and other museums. Take your time exploring the outdoors while you take in the artful landscaping designs and walkways throughout the park. Don't forget to stop by the Rose Garden when it's in bloom for a magical day.
4730 Crystal Springs Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90027 Directions
Get some fresh air at Griffith Park. This huge municipal park is filled with fun activities and attractions for the whole family. See the true stars of Hollywood at the Griffith Observatory and its planetarium. Ride the miniature rails on the Stockton Terminal locomotive and learn about transportation at the Travel Town Museum. Go around the merry-go-round or get on a real pony for a safe, fun ride around the track.
3400 N Beachwood Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90068 Directions
Be blown away by the spectacular sights of nature near the Hollywood Sign. Pack a picnic and watch the sun dance across the Hollywood Hills as it lights up this iconic landmark. Or, take a walk outdoors along the Mt. Hollywood Trail in Griffith Park to get as up close and personal to the sign as allowed.
Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden
301 N Baldwin Ave
Arcadia, CA 91007 Directions
If you are willing to travel a bit out of the main LA area, be sure to add the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden to your destinations list. This gorgeous, 127-acre garden and outdoor oasis is nestled into the low-key San Gabriel town, near the mountains. The Arboretum houses luscious plant collections from all over the world, including many rare and endangered species.
Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens
5333 Zoo Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90027 Directions
Bring your wild things to the Los Angeles Zoo. Located in Griffith Park, this zoo features plenty of animals and activities that the family will love. Walk around the different exhibits and attractions to see animals in replicated habitats. Have a personal animal encounter at the petting zoo or through the Animals & You Program. Watch a performance by the birds and learn about their behavior in nature.
STAR Eco Station
10101 Jefferson Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232 Directions
Learn about the environment and ecosystems in a fun, hands-on way at STAR Eco Station. Named "Best Teaching Zoo" by L.A. Family Magazine, STAR Eco station is not only an environmental science museum, but it also serves as an exotic wildlife rescue center and a haven for endangered and illegally-trafficked exotic animals.
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Rd
San Marino, CA 91108 Directions
Aside from an extensive collection of rare books, manuscripts and art, the Huntington Library Art Collections and Botanical Gardens also contain 120 acres of landscaped gardens. Of the dozen principal gardens open to the public, the Children's Garden is most popular for the younger visitors. Children can learn about plants and different elements of nature through fun, hands-on activities.
Enjoy the beauty of nature and the arts in one place at the Huntington Library Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. Covering 120 acres, the dozens of themed gardens are overflowing with plants-native and rare plants from around the globe. Travel outdoors through the desert, surround yourself in roses, find your peace in the Zen garden or experience the jungle, all in one place.
Topanga State Park
20828 Entrada Rd
Topanga, CA 90290 Directions
Explore 36 miles of trails through the open grasslands, cliffs and canyons of Topanga State Park. Located near the Santa Monica Mountains, this state park also provides a lovely view of the Pacific Ocean. Discover a number of geographical wonders, like earthquake faults, marine fossils and volcanic intrusions while taking in the sights at this outdoor destination.
UCLA Hannah Carter Japanese Garden
10920 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024 Directions
The small, one acre UCLA Hannah Carter Japanese Garden is located just one mile from the university campus. Inspired by the gardens of Kyoto, this authentic Japanese Garden features a main gate, garden house, shrine, bridges, water basins, antique stone carvings and a five-tiered pagoda. Enjoy the peace and tranquility outdoors at this urban oasis with friends and family or by yourself.
1500 Ocean Front Walk
Venice, CA 90291 Directions
Hit the beach, Venice Beach! Walk along the circus-like boardwalk or stroll through the sand at this beachfront district. Catch some surf or just take in the sun while you explore this bustling area. Forgot to bring swimwear? No worries. Venice beach also has a skate park, a bike trail and tennis, basketball and volleyball courts. There's no outdoor beauty like the kind you'll find at the beach.
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