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5 Can’t-Miss Los Angeles Parks for a Relaxing Nature Retreat

5 Can’t-Miss Los Angeles Parks for a Relaxing Nature Retreat

If you’re looking to enjoy some nature while visiting Los Angeles, California, then these 5 beautiful parks are an absolute must-see. What better way to wind down after a long day of walking around LA than by relaxing in nature’s calming embrace? Be sure to include one or two of these parks on your list of places to go in LA—you won’t regret it!

Griffith Park

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If you don’t take some time to enjoy the views from the Griffith Observatory during your trip to Los Angeles, you should definitely check out the remainder of the park. You’ll find excellent trails that wind through the beautiful landscape and offer picturesque views of LA and nearby neighborhoods. One of the best parts about hiking in Griffith Park is that there are always plenty of other hikers so it’s easy to meet new people!

Grand Park

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With its strolling trails, botanic gardens, and fountains, this 12-acre park opened its doors in 2012 and brought some much-needed greenery to central Los Angeles. Another great reason to visit Grand Park? It’s often used as an event venue, so you might even catch a free concert while you’re there! Though it’s open every day of the week, Tuesday through Friday are the best days to go if you want to avoid crowds or events.

Echo Park

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Echo Park, one of the city’s oldest parks and leisure places, should surely be on your bucket list, especially if you’re up for a boating excursion. The boat rental office is right by the bridge that crosses over to the park from Elysian Valley, where boat rentals start at $12 per hour and can hold three people each. When renting boats in Echo Park, you’ll have access to kayaks, canoes, rowboats and pedal boats available for use during business hours only (10am – 4pm). Boaters must wear helmets while on watercrafts at all times.

Lake Hollywood Park

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In addition to providing a beautiful outdoor space, Lake Hollywood Park is well a visit since it provides some of the city’s greatest views of the Hollywood sign. The best time to take in these views is early morning or evening during golden hour when the setting sun will create an amazing backdrop for your photos. If you happen to be out on a weekend evening and enjoy live music, then don’t miss taking in performances from Westside Jazz artists at this family friendly event that takes place every Saturday night from 7:00 PM until 10:00 PM. There are plenty of nearby bars and restaurants that make great post show dining options too!

Elysian Park

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Elysian Park, one of LA’s best-kept secrets, is one of the largest and oldest parks in the city, and the Secret Swing is its most picturesque location. Just head north on Vermont Avenue from downtown Los Angeles until you see it on your left. Make sure to also stop at the Victory Memorial, which commemorates World War I veterans from all branches of service and has a great view of downtown L.A., Echo Lake (where you can picnic), and Point Fermin Park (a popular spot to watch sunsets). If you’re up for something more strenuous, sign up for an off-road Segway tour or go rock climbing at Red Rock Canyon.

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