Spring is officially here and we don’t know about you, but we can’t wait spend more time outside. The weather in Los Angeles doesn’t change too much but there’s something about the change of seasons that motivates us to get off the couch and head outdoors.
There are plenty of spots to explore the great outdoors here in Los Angeles, but here are a few of our favorites:
Griffith Park makes it easy to forget you’re still in a city. It has miles and miles of trails – some that offer panoramic views of Los Angeles. There are a plethora of attractions with something for everyone.
If you would like more of a hike, the Bronson Caves (aka Batman’s original lair) and Amir’s Garden are fun to explore. For more easy-going outdoor enthusiasts can picnic and relax at the picnic tables at Crystal Springs or take a leisurely stroll through Fern Dell.
Into pop culture? Visit the Greek Theater or Walt’s Barn – a shed where Walt Disney used to tinker with his model train.
There’s nothing quite like seeing Los Angeles lit up at night and no better place to see it than Griffith Observatory in Griffith Park. We recommend a sunset hike to the observatory. The telescopes are free to use.
While you are there you should also check out the exhibits like the Hall of the Sky, Cosmic Connection, and the Wilder Hall of the Eye that explore how we view space.
Also worth a visit is the Samuel Oschin Planetarium with its Zeiss star projector, digital projection system, state-of-the-art aluminum dome, comfy seats, sound system, and theatrical lighting. It has live shows with a knowledgeable presenter every 60-90 minutes.
Griffith Observatory is your gateway to the stars!
Tongva Park is a beautiful 6.2-acre urban park within walking distance of the iconic Santa Monica Pier. Stroll through to see its modern structures, sculptures, and all sorts of diverse plants and trees. It is split up in four sections all connected by walking paths.
This idyllic ocean-adjacent spot is where you can also find a playground, meadows for frolicking, and small waterfalls. Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle is the artist whose sculpture Weather Field anchors the park as a minimal, peaceful, and memorable landmark.
The mission to transform Downtown LA into a vibrant cultural hub is ongoing but with the addition of Grand Park in 2012, we are off to a good start. The park sits on 12-acres and is dotted with lawns for picnics, a beautiful fountain, pink benches, and lots of nooks for relaxing, reading, or people-watching.
The park is a diamond in the rough with exciting programming at the Music Center. It also plays host to various community events, performances, and weekly food trucks.
What park are you most looking forward to visiting this Spring? Let us know which of your favorites we missed. Looking for a Los Angeles apartment for rent? Find our available apartments listings here.