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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 stop for the kids than a full day, but still worth the time. It was formerly Lawry's Restaurant.

STARTING POINT

570 W. Avenue 26, Cypress Park. Parking and restrooms are provided.

DIRECTIONS TO THE START

Car: Head past Dodger Stadium through the tunnel, past the Interstate 5 exit then take the next exit (left lane). Make a right on Figueroa Street. Take the first left on Avenue 26. In half a block, make a left into the parking lot.

Transit: Take the 794 Bus toward Sylmar. Exit on Figueroa Street at Avenue 26. Walk down Avenue 26 to the Center.