These are the 20 Best Parks Los Angeles Has to Offer

We have some great parks here in town. Yet we also live in a town where people pretty much keep to their local parks. If you’re looking to take your kids, your workout, or your picnic basket elsewhere this spring, you can’t go wrong with…

1. Runyon Canyon Park  

Can’t enjoy an outing without your four-legged friend? Runyon Canyon Park is perfect for you both. This park includes several miles of trails that will get you and your pup in shape for the summer. Warning: parking is tricky, so get there early.

2. Grand Park

3. Echo Park Lake

Paddle yourself into shape by renting a paddleboat at this manmade lake in Echo Park. The perimeter of the park is riddled with food vendors selling churros, fresh fruit and danger dogs. 

4. Vista Hermosa Natural Park

Free parking? Check. Outdoor outlet to charge your phone? Check. Stunning view of downtown? Check. Make your way over to Vista Hermosa Natural Park and take that classic picture on the bench. 

5. Elysian Park

If peace and tranquility are what you’re looking for, mosey on over to Elysian Park. The roughly 600-acre park offers a range of trails for hiking, but the true gem is its iconic rope swing which overlooks the 5 Fwy.

6. Palisades Park

Walk, run, jog, or stretch out by the coast. This park offers yoga classes and excellent trails along the beach, not to mention stunning views of the Pacific.

7. Greystone Mansion and Gardens

For the perfect weekend jaunt, head to Greystone Mansion and Garden for a lovely picnic or romantic getaway. Make sure to visit the Koi pond.

8. Lake Hollywood Park

If you don’t have an insta standing in front of the Hollywood sign, are you even from L.A.?. Pick up your pup and head to Lake Hollywood Park. This designated dog park destination offers several picnic tables for the humans and fenced-in play areas for dogs.

9. Pan Pacific Park

10. El Dorado Park and Nature Center

Nestled between the San Gabriel River and 605 Fwy, this animal and plant sanctuary is perfect for a leisurely Sunday. The Center has a 1 and 2 mile dirt trail, 1/4 mile paved trail, and an educational center perfect for children and nature enthusiasts alike.

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Chris Alexakisparks