When was the last time your family went out to fly a kite? It’s a perfect outdoor activity, and we’ve got a list of some of the best spots around Los Angeles to fly a kite.
Kite flying takes some practice, and there are great tutorials out there, but getting out there and trying is always the best way to learn. If you want to learn about the physics of flying a kite – and the history of kites – check out this great article on Wikipedia.
One of the important things to know about flying a kite is that needs to be windy to make it happen, so be prepared. You want to be able to stay warm and have fun!
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Best Places to Fly a Kite in Los Angeles and SoCal
Lake Balboa/Anthony C. Beilenson Park
6300 Balboa Blvd., Van Nuys, CA 91406
Take a walk around Lake Balboa and enjoy the scenery at this large, grassy park. Take advantage of the jogging/walking path here. Kids will love seeing ducks and have lots of fun at the maritime-themed play area. And make sure to bring your kite, your Frisbee, and some balls. You’re most likely going to spend quite a bit of time at this large park.
2000 W. Hellman Ave., Alhambra, CA 91803
Large may not be the right word to describe Granada Park. Think “spacious” and “expansive.” Granada Park offers lots of shade and lots of space for the kids to get moving and get those kites soaring. There is also a swimming pool and picnic tables on site as well.
Related: Things to do in Alhambra with Kids.
Korean Bell of Friendship and Bell Pavilion
Angels Gate Park
3601 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro, CA 90731
The Korean Bell of Friendship was donated by the Republic of Korea in 1976, in honor of our country’s bicentennial. It honors Korean War veterans as well as serving as a symbol of friendship between our two countries. The Korean Bell weighs 17 tons and stands 12 feet tall. The bell is inside a pagoda-like structure which was constructed in San Pedro by 30 craftsmen who were flown in from Korea. In addition, the Korean Bell of Friendship is located in a picturesque setting which also tends to get fairly breezy – perfect kite-flying conditions!
Find lots of other Things To Do in San Pedro with Kids.
Pan Pacific Park and Recreation Center
7600 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036
Located a short distance away from The Grove and The Original Farmers Market, Pan Pacific Park is a green oasis in the middle of the city. While you’ll find jogging paths, a children’s play area, baseball diamond, and basketball courts, you’ll also find big sloping green hills – perfect for running and getting that kite to soar.
Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook
6300 Hetzler Rd., Culver City, CA 90232
This site might be most appropriate for families with older kids. Because you’ve got to “earn” the view here, by climbing to the top via a steep staircase and/or uneven terrain. Once you get to the top, you’ll be gifted with a panoramic view of our city, and a fantastic spot to fly a kite!
Highland and 27th St., Manhattan Beach, CA
Don’t be fooled by the name; this is a park. In fact, Bruce’s Beach is the oldest park site in Manhattan Beach. The sloping hillsides at this 3-acre park are perfect spots for flying kites. Bruce’s Beach also has important history, which is worth noting and pointing out to your kids. Be sure to read the park’s commemorative plaque, acknowledging the site as what was once the community’s only beach resort area owned, operated, and open to African Americans.
Silver Lake Meadow
2300 Silver Lake Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039
Get ready to spend quite a bit of time at Silver Lake Meadow. It’s the perfect place for a game of tag, a family picnic, and kite-flying. At this 2.5-acre park, you can also admire native plants which line the path throughout.
Burton W. Chace Park
13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292
The 10-acre Burton W. Chace Park is a popular picnic and special event spot in Marina del Rey. The sea breezes will help keep that kite flying higher and higher. Enjoy beautiful views of the harbor as you spend an enjoyable day out with your family.
Westwood Park and Recreation Center
1350 Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025
Not too far from UCLA, you’ll find the Westwood Park and Recreation Center. Families can make a day of it. You’ll find barbecue pits, picnic tables, soccer field, basketball courts, and a play area. Not to mention large, open green areas – perfect for kite flying.
Ascot Hills Park
4371 Multnoma St., Los Angeles, CA 90032
Ascot Hills Park offers views of downtown L.A. as well as picnic benches and hiking trails. Hike up to the top for the view and those very kite-friendly breezes! Many repeat visitors refer to this popular spot as an “urban retreat.”
Related: Best Parks in the South Bay.
401 Sheldon St., El Segundo, CA 90245
The large, open spaces of Recreation Park are perfect for a kite-flying family outing. And if you need more to do, you’ll also find multiple courts (volleyball, tennis, basketball) as well as a children’s play area, picnic tables, and more.
Related: Things to do in El Segundo with Kids >>>
2525 Placentia Ave., Costa Mesa, CA 902626
Fairview Park is the largest park in Costa Mesa. You’ll find lots of open space (195 acres), lots of wild flowers, and lots of great views. Pack a picnic and bring the binoculars – the park is the site of five habitat ecosystems “which are home to many rare and endangered plant and animal species.” And don’t forget the kite!
Wendy Kennar is a mother, writer, and former teacher who has lived her entire life in the same Los Angeles zip code. You can read more from Wendy at her website WendyKennar.com where she writes about books, boys, and bodies (living with an invisible disability).
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