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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Balboa Sports Center

Balboa Sports Center

Balboa Sports Center is part of the Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area and functions as an activity hub for sports, dance and yoga. There are facilities ...
Bosque Del Rio Hondo

Bosque Del Rio Hondo

This five acre park is a lush, natural landscape nestled within the larger Whittier Narrows Recreation Area. It's an excellent area to run wild, bird ...
Hansen Dam - Middle Lake

Hansen Dam - Middle Lake

Plan a family outing at Hansen Dam, a scenic man-made lake. Fish in the lake, take walks to explore the spacious wilds, look for horses, birds and oth ...
Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Preserve

Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Preserve

THIS SCENIC PRESERVE is a place for families to walk and view wildlife. It is a haven of rest for wildlife and humans alike, where the visitor of toda ...
Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens

Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens

Next door to the world-class Los Angeles Zoo and botanical gardens is the Autry National Center, a museum devoted to western history. Between the zoo, ...
Griffith Park Pony Rides

Griffith Park Pony Rides

A lovely, small ring set up for children to ride ponies at a reasonable price. Why not go for a ride on the Southern Railroad when you're done?
Los Angeles Equestrian Center

Los Angeles Equestrian Center

Try horseback riding at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, one of the best equine facilities in Southern California. It's a great place to rent, pet o ...
Rio de Los Angeles State Park

Rio de Los Angeles State Park

This newly opened park has playgrounds, a soccer field, and a nature walk where you can see across the railroad tracks to the river.
Audubon Center

Audubon Center

The Audubon Center at Debs Park is a peaceful in-city retreat where the whole family can congregate and explore. Learn about birds via hands-on displa ...
Compton Creek

Compton Creek

Plans for an urban park are in the works here at Compton Creek. The city of Compton recently purchased this land and plans to nurture its development ...
Long Beach Harbor

Long Beach Harbor

The Los Angeles River winds through L.A. County for 51 miles, running to the Long Beach Harbor. The harbor is a major point of commercial trade and a ...
Long Beach Bike Paths

Long Beach Bike Paths

These easy bike paths for kids and adults take you around the mouth of the Long Beach harbor where the Los Angeles River drains into the Pacific. Thes ...
Carlin G. Smith Recreation Center

Carlin G. Smith Recreation Center

This Bustling Community Center was built on a two acre parcel of land donated to the city in 1929 by Carlin G. Smith, a developer who contributed to t ...
Sycamore Grove Park

Sycamore Grove Park

Sycamore Grove was officially designated a park when the city of Los Angeles purchased the land in 1905. Cleansed of its illicit past, the park became ...
Tierra De La Culebra Park

Tierra De La Culebra Park

Originally scheduled for development as an apartment complex, the land was abandoned for several years. By 1992, it was adopted by artist Tricia Ward ...
Ernest E. Debs Regional Park

Ernest E. Debs Regional Park

The fourth largest park in Los Angeles and host to the Audubon Center, Debs Park is easily accessible via the Arroyo Seco Parkway in Highland Park or ...
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