Party Earth Review The largest stretch of nature in Los Angeles, Griffith Park’s 4,000 acres boast a plethora of attractions and activities, from horseback riding and swimming to the study of the cosmos, that draws visitors of every stripe... ... read full review
4730 Crystal Springs Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Park: daily 6am–10pm
Observatory: W–F noon–10pm and Sa–Su 10am–10pm
Los Feliz / Atwater Village, Los Angeles –
The largest stretch of nature in Los Angeles, Griffith Park’s 4,000 acres boast a plethora of attractions and activities, from horseback riding and swimming to the study of the cosmos, that draws visitors of every stripe.
Mornings often see tourists wandering through the zoo, as weekend warriors take to the tennis and basketball courts or to the miles of snaking trails perfect for hiking and biking.
By midday, the golf course is full of business people entertaining clients, while travelers shuffle into the Museum of the American West or crowd into the Griffith Observatory – made famous in Rebel Without a Cause – to meander through the planetarium or check out the view of the Hollywood sign.
At night, adventurous types might opt for a late picnic near the open-air Greek Theatre, where music aficionados gather to listen to rock or jazz under the stars.
For anyone in need of a getaway or just a quick lunchtime nap under a tree, Griffith Park is an urban oasis that provides city dwellers with some much-needed elbow room.
Looking for a serious dose of movie history? Forget the Hollywood Sign! Head about a half-mile into the park via Canyon Drive. You'll see an old dirt road on the right. A short walk up leads to The Bronson Caves, an unassuming craggy outcropping where dozens of TV shows and movies have been shot, including the original Batman!
People of all types and ages, but particularly neighborhood locals, young professionals, and artistic types, 18 to 30.
Hiking and picnicking. Golf course, baseball fields, basketball courts, tennis courts. Concerts featuring well-known acts from country to indie rock at the Greek Theatre. Rotating exhibits and a planetarium at the Observatory. Bike rentals. Haunted hayrides every October around Halloween.
Parking is free and plentiful.
Free admission. Roosevelt Golf Course greens fees $15–$20. Tickets to Greek Theatre shows $20+. Bike rental $8–$35/hour. City-owned tennis courts free, private courts $8/hour.
Casual: shorts, jeans, and t-shirts.
Weekends in the spring and fall for picnicking, hiking, and the Observatory.
The Bigfoot Lodge (3172 Los Feliz Boulevard) keeps the outdoorsy theme going, but with the addition of booze.