Family Things to Do in LA

Family Things to Do in LA
Sure, there are Disneyland, Hollywood, Universal Studios and more, but if you want to stick to the outside and indulge in some educational activities when you're in Los Angeles, Calif., there are some excellent opportunities awaiting your family. If you're a first-time visitor, you may be surprised to find out that Los Angeles isn't all just a great big freeway. Give these locations a try, and treat your family to a side of Los Angeles that many visitors (and residents) never discover.

Visit the Griffith Observatory

You might not think that you can gain a better appreciation for the night sky in the middle of Los Angeles, but the Griffith Observatory will prove you wrong. This venerable institution, located on a beautiful hilltop in Griffith Park--a green oasis in the Los Angeles landscape--offers beautiful grounds for strolling and first-class educational programs. It's certain to be awe-inspiring and thought- provoking. Call ahead, or check the website for programs and ticket prices. Reservations are recommended.

Griffith Observatory
2800 East Observatory Road
Los Angeles, California 90027
(213) 473-0800

Enjoy activities in the Angeles National Forest

The Angeles National Forest occupies a swath of mountainous forests to the northeast of greater Los Angeles, providing a green set of lungs for the Los Angeles basin. If there's something you want to do it in the outdoors, there's probably a place for it in the Angeles.

There are more than 100 camping sites, 500 miles of recreational trails for non-motorized activities, wilderness areas for backcountry exploration, plus lakes and streams for canoeing and kayaking. Your active family will thank you for taking the time to visit.

Angeles National Forest
701 North Santa Anita Ave.
Arcadia, California 91006
(626) 574-1613

Hit the Beach

Los Angeles beaches run the gamut--from the hustle and bustle of popular beaches like Venice Beach to more secluded and quiet beaches like Nicholas Canyon in the north. One thing they all have in common is parking, lifeguards during daylight hours, restrooms, showers and a chance to soak up some of the famous California sunshine. Whether you'd rather people watch or scan the horizon for wildlife, there's a beach to meet your needs.

LA Department of Beaches and Harbors
13837 Fiji Way
Marina del Rey, California 90292
(310) 305-9503

Article Written By Nichole Liandi

Based in Virginia, Nichole Liandi has been a freelance writer since 2005. Her articles have appeared on various print and online publications. Liandi has traveled extensively in Europe and East Asia and incorporates her experiences into her articles. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from West Virginia University.

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Nice easy flat trail that leads to beautiful red rocks.
Stunning hike but extremely steep and tiring! Bring plenty of water.