In the city of Angels, there are options abound for those with an array of interests. The second largest city in the United States possesses the imposing background of mountains flanked by the Pacific Ocean to the east. It is comprised of tons of smaller cities each with its own distinct feel and regional quirks. Below we have outlined the top parks to have an outdoor city in the LA area.
Set over 5,000 acres in the heart of LA, this park offers you the chance to ride horses through their trails. There are multiple playground areas and tons of tree cover. Be aware that in the afternoons during the week there will be plenty of schoolchildren who flock to this park after school lets out.
Address: 11240 Moorpark St, Studio City, CA 91602
Pan Pacific Park
Registered on the national historic landmark registrar, this park has every sort of sports field/court that you can imagine. They even have a pool. They offer goat yoga classes on the weekends. Unfortunately, dogs must be leashed at this park and there are sizable homeless encampments (as there are throughout LA parks).
Address: 7600 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Brace Canyon Park
Located on the hills in Burbank, this scenic spot is great for a workout due to the hills in the park. They have lighted ball fields and you can rent out any part of the park for a small fee (not listed online but it’s cheaper for residents).
Address: 2901 Haven Way, Burbank, CA 91504
Lake Hollywood Park
In the shadows of the famous Hollywood sign, enjoy coming here and watching tourists take pictures of the sign when they see it for the first time. The grass is regularly cut and you can also see the ocean with amazing views from this elevated lookout point. This is the closest that you can get to the sign without a strenuous hike to it. Unfortunately it is closed on the weekends.
Address: 3160 Canyon Lake Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068
Franklin Canyon Park
Full of ducks and turtles, this historic park dates back to 1914 and has survived due to the good natured will of some conservancy societies. Movies and television shows are often shot here as well. They also have free events in the evenings if you want to explore a sunset hike or take a course about the wildlife.
Address: 2600 Franklin Canyon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210