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Guide to Los Angeles Parks

There are hundreds of Los Angeles parks for families to enjoy! We want to help you navigate them and find the best outdoor activities for your family. We’ve started a series to explore parks in and near Los Angeles. Please check back as we will continue to add more parks.

Guide to Los Angeles Parks

LA High Memorial Park

Parents will love this sweet little spot in the Mid-Wilshire neighborhood that includes a play area a public library.

LA Memorial Park in the Mid-wilshire neighborhood

Mar Vista Park 

Families won’t run out of things to do at Mar Vista Park. Play soccer, baseball or basketball, exercise on the nautilus equipment or watch the kids run around in the play area. Mar Vista Park is a great family park in West Los Angeles

Holmby Park

This beautiful park in the quiet Holmby Hills neighborhood near UCLA includes lawn bowling and an 18-hole pony golf course.

Holmby Park in Holmby Hills near UCLA

Grand Hope Park 

Grand Hope Park is one of the most iconic parks in Los Angeles. Located downtown outside of  FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) in the heart of downtown LA and near many restaurants and shops.

Guide to Grand Hope Park in Downtown Los Angeles

Palms Park

This lovely park has a soccer field, picnic tables, a play structure, library, gym and preschool.

Palms Park in West LA has a library, preschool, playground and soccer field

Roxbury Park in Beverly Hills

This park is on 11 acres in Beverly Hills and families can play tennis, basketball, baseball, sand volleyball, lawn bowling and croquet. Plus it has a big children’s playground. Roxbury Park in Beverly Hills

Best Parks on the Eastside

Right in the middle of the city, just east of Downtown, you can find many great green spaces that are fun for you and great for your kids to appreciate the beauty of our city. If you’re looking to explore the outdoors with your kids, check out some of the Best Parks on the Eastside of Los Angeles. 

Best Parks in the South Bay

If you want to visit a neighborhood park, but feel like branching out without venturing too far from home, then try a visit one these South Bay parks.

Poliwog Park in Manhattan Beach is one of the great parks in the South Bay

Best Beach Playgrounds in Los Angeles

From Marina Del Rey to Hermosa Beach, you’ll find great playgrounds where parents can relax and enjoy  the view while kids can play.

Best Beach Playgrounds in LA

Griffith Park

There’s so much to do in Griffith Park! Families can hike, bike, explore, learn and play.

Griffith Observatory: Photo by Yvonne Condes

Stoner Park

This park has a little bit of everything including a skate park, pool, splash pad, rec center, play structure and soccer and baseball fields.Guide to Stoner Park in West LA

Lake Balboa/Anthony C. Beilenson Park 

Families will find so much to do at Lake Balboa/Anthony C. Beilenson Park in Van Nuys. There’s a lake, play structures, picnic areas and more!

Find all of the fun things to do at Lake Balboa/ANTHONY C. BEILENSON PARK

The Best Parks for a Picnic 

What is better than being in a park on a beautiful day? Being in a park with a basket full of food. Kids can run around and parents can have a snack. The Best Parks for a picnic in Los Angeles. #Losangeles #visitlosangeles

Pantera Park in Diamond Bar

Pantera Park in Diamond Bar is a great place for families. It includes two dog parks, walking trails and plenty of space for kids to play.

Pantera Park in Diamond Bar has so many fun things for kids to do.

Van Nuys/Sherman Oaks Recreation Center

Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Recreation Center is perfect for families, parties and groups of people who want to spend the day outdoors. It includes a Universal Access Playground, ball fields, running trails and plenty of space for picnics.

Guide to the Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Recreation Center