Sometimes there's nothing better than spending quality time with your family. Luckily in L.A., there are plenty of activities for the entire family, from simple but fascinating walk around the block, to picnic at an unexpected park right in your own neighborhood.


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Maywood Riverfront Park

Maywood Riverfront Park

Located at 60th Street & Walker Avenue in a densely-populated part of Maywood, this small park is stone's throw from the Los Angeles River. Efforts are underway to expand the park, ...
Legg Lake

Legg Lake

Snake along the winding paths around the lake and through this handsomely-designed park by foot or by a pedal-powered vehicle of choice (no cars). This is also a great starting spo ...
Los Angeles River Center & Gardens

Los Angeles River Center & Gardens

This charming center offers lush gardens interspersed with fountains and playful nooks, plus an exhibit on the history of the L.A. River, which is close by. It is more of a quick s ...
Whittier Narrows Recreation Area & Nature Center

Whittier Narrows Recreation Area & Nature Center

This 277-acre recreation area has a series of overlapping natural parks with bikeways, playgrounds, and many other kid-friendly activities. There is lots to explore and do here in ...
Griffith Park & Southern Railroad

Griffith Park & Southern Railroad

This is a mile-long 1/3rd scale reproduction of classic American trains of the 20th Century. STARTING POINT 4400 Crystal Springs Drive in Griffith Park. DIRECTIONS TO THE START Car ...
Hansen Dam Aquatic Center - Loop Walk

Hansen Dam Aquatic Center - Loop Walk

This small lake above the dam makes for a pleasant outing. Take a stroll around the lake, taking in the great views from this plateau overlooking Middle Lake. LOCATION Park at the ...
Travel Town Railroad & Museum

Travel Town Railroad & Museum

Visit steam locomotives, then take a ride at the Travel Town Railroad. This outdoor museum and railroad celebrates the history of railroad transportation in the Western United Stat ...
Bette Davis Picnic Area

Bette Davis Picnic Area

Have a picnic among the sprawling open space amidst impressive oak and sycamore trees, along a green section of the Los Angeles River. Then, with appropriate supervision, explore t ...
Sepulveda Dam

Sepulveda Dam

The dam and surrounding fields make for a nice, easy and scenic place to walk and explore. The river above the dam is soft-bottomed, full of fish and birds. STARTING POINT 15758 Bu ...
Heritage Square Museum - Victorian Houses

Heritage Square Museum - Victorian Houses

Eight historic structures dating to the Victorian Era were saved from demolition and moved to this location along the Arroyo Seco tributary, allowing for a unique look into the liv ...
Elysian Valley Riverside

Elysian Valley Riverside

Enjoy an easy walk or bike ride, try some fishing or just enjoy the sights and sounds of this soft-bottomed section of the river where birds, fish and lush plant life thrive. The n ...
Barnyard Zoo

Barnyard Zoo

This compact zoo, especially liked by children, features pony rides, train rides, a petting zoo, picnic area, and a merry-go-round. Parking and restrooms are available in the Grant ...
Lower Arroyo Seco Nature Park

Lower Arroyo Seco Nature Park

Oodles of untamed paths to explore as you saunter beneath historic bridges in this innovative wetlands restoration project.
Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round

Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round

A traditional merry-go-round in Griffith Park.
Woodley Avenue Park

Woodley Avenue Park

This park features a picnic area, barbecue pits, a play area, and a baseball diamond. Watch enthusiasts as they pilot radio-controlled aircraft at the flying field or even take in ...
Hansen Dam Pathway

Hansen Dam Pathway

A wide pathway along the crest of the dam with a consistent flow of choice scenery. Walk, bike or pedal to the center of the Hansen Dam (a 1/2-mile) to take in great views.
Lake Balboa

Lake Balboa

A pleasant man-made lake with a little waterfall and a tiny creek flowing out of the lake. Find the creek that runs from the lake and empties into the L.A. River.
River Walk--Above Balboa

River Walk--Above Balboa

A riverside path with shade and scenery. Head upstream from Balboa Boulevard along the soft-bottom section of the river and explore the stream, fish, birds and other wildlife.
Atwater Village Riverside

Atwater Village Riverside

This is a lovely section of the river:soft-bottomed and full of fish, birds and plants. It is a popular place to stroll, take in the sights, fish, bike or picnic. There are no rest ...
River Walk--Below Balboa

River Walk--Below Balboa

A riverside path with shade and scenery that lets you explore the banks. Keep a lookout for the two rock ledges. You will be rewarded with wonderful encounters with an assortment o ...
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