Family along the LA River

The Los Angeles River provides countless options for family fun with kid-friendly amenities no more than a hop or skip away. You'll find fishing, photography, bird watching, as well as scenic and easy hiking and biking. Riverside parks offer playgrounds and picnic areas. Just off the River, a myriad of additional parks boast museums, railroad rides, and activities for the whole family.

Initially, not knowing where to go or what to do is the biggest impediment to your first visit to the River. Use our guide to craft a plan of action and work out all the details in advance for your family adventure, including the commute and parking, and what to do and where to eat. With successive trips back to these activity-rich areas, you'll soon become an expert on how to tailor river visits to your own family's interests and needs.

Departures: L.A. River

Departures L.A. River

Experience Departures: L.A. River, where the Los Angeles River comes alive through an intimate collection of interactive panoramas, first-person interviews, mapping tools and archival imagery, showing the incredible diversity and history of the Los Angeles River.