Best of LA
Los Angeles Parks
Part of living in LA is learning to love the hustle and bustle of such a lively city. And with tons of malls, restaurants, concert halls, and sports stadiums, it’s easy to forget that nature exists in LA too.
We have already shared fun ways to experience the outdoors in LA, like exploring local nature reserves, botanical gardens, and beaches. Still, we have yet to cover one of the most common places for outdoor activities: the park!
Vista Hermosa Park showcases stunning views of the city, making it a perfect location for pictures and romantic picnics. Despite its proximity to downtown, the park is covered by a beautiful canopy of trees, creating a small oasis in the heart of the city. It’s a serene spot, great for relaxing walks and reading.
For those interested in longer strolls, there are walking trails as well. The park is also dog-friendly, so feel free to bring the pups along for some fun and exercise.
And don’t worry, the kids won’t be bored here either! There is a nature-inspired playground with a giant turtle slide front and center. A lengthy, climbable snake is slithering through the dirt in the play area as well.
Surprise, another park with amazing sights! The Hollywood sign is cool, but it’s a notoriously challenging hike to catch a clear view. Thankfully, Lake Hollywood Park takes the work out of seeing the historical landmark. The Hollywood sign is nestled right behind the park’s vibrant expanse of grass, making a perfect shot for pictures.
Visitors can sprawl out on a blanket or lounge in lawn chairs to enjoy the day with friends and family (don’t forget the sunscreen!). Hikers and their fur buddies can explore the park’s various trails, some boasting city views and others allowing for an even closer view of the Hollywood sign.
The park is nice for kids as well. The playground features swings, two slides, a jungle gym, and hopscotch. And once the kids are all tired out, there are picnic tables around the area to have a quick lunch before they get in their last few minutes of playtime.
3. Clover Park
Wrapped in lush grass and trees, Clover Park is genuinely gorgeous. The shaded areas are fantastic for having picnics with friends or a fun day out with the family and fur babies.
The park has two playgrounds as well to accommodate kids of all ages. The toddler playground features multiple slides, climbing equipment, and oversized tic-tac-toe. The playground for older kids has a slide, swings, monkey bars, a teeter-totter, and a rope bridge.
Sports lovers will also appreciate the many options Clover Park provides. There are soccer fields, softball fields, tennis courts, volleyball courts, and even a small outdoor fitness course. Have fun!
Nothing says coastal living like unobstructed ocean views from the local park. As if that wasn’t already neat enough, there is also a whale-watching station!
The phenomenal location is ideal for those looking for motivation on their morning runs or evening walks. Families, friends, and couples can share lunch overlooking the water at one of the park’s many picnic tables.
There are also baseball diamonds and a soccer field for visitors to use, and kids can play at the jungle gym, which has slides and climbing walls.
The foliage at Beverly Gardens Park is abundant. Visitors can meander through the Rose Garden and tiptoe through the Cactus Garden. The walking paths through both gardens are safe for dogs as well.
Like Lake Hollywood Park, Beverly Gardens Park is home to a Los Angeles landmark: the Beverly Hills sign. This massive sign is a popular photo location, and it also faces a pond.
The pond is not the only water feature at the park; there are also gorgeous fountains on either side of the nearly two-mile-long park. While this park may not feature play equipment for the kids, it is still a lovely location for nature walks in the city.
One Last Thing
If the allure of life in Los Angeles has finally won you over, reach out to Erin Alls and the Silicon Beach Homes team. We value your vision of what your life in LA will look like, and we are ready to make your LA dreams a reality.
Happy last few weeks of summer, everyone. Get out and soak up the sunshine!