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Looking For A Memorable Picnic Spot? Try An Abandoned Zoo

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By Deb Flomberg

Pack up the picnic basket and take a trip to one of the most unique ruins in Los Angeles, and perhaps the country. The old zoo at Griffith Park is sure to provide you and your family with plenty of great photo opportunities, a nice half-mile hike, and lots to explore and visit. In fact, this is certain to be one of the most memorable hiking spots you’ve ever visited.

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When the Los Angeles Zoo opened in the 1960s, the nearby zoo at Griffith Park wasn’t torn down, nor was it destroyed. No, instead the zoo was converted into a picnic area. It has a half-mile hike past old animal cages and abandoned exhibits, and is a great place to take your family on their next hike. To get to the picnic area, you’ll need to high just north of the merry-go-round on the east side of the park, about five miles south of the current Los Angeles Zoo. You’ll find lots of great shaded picnic tables, barbeque grills, and a collection of empty animal cages to explore.

If your family happens to be fans of the movie “Anchorman” with Will Ferrell, then you’ll also recognize the stone exhibits as the bear scenes in the San Diego Zoo, except that you get to explore the holding pens yourself, and there are really no bears to be found. Also, be sure to head up the canyon above the stone pens to find a row of small metal cages on display. Though originally criticized for being too small for the animals, it is a fascinating study in the treatment of zoo animals from the turn of the century till today.

What better way to head off for your picnic than in your SL63 AMG Roadster from Mercedes-Benz of Encino? Just picture putting the top down, your picnic basket securely stowed in the backseat, as you and your family head off for a day of fun in the sun exploring one of the most unique picnic spots in the country. And you don’t have to worry about angry animals invading your picnic.

Deb Flomberg grew up in the mountains, developed a love for the beach and has found happiness on the open road. She is now a freelance writer, theater professional and travel enthusiast happy to be writing about the things she loves most.

This is a “sponsored post,” meaning the company who sponsored the article compensated me for writing the article. The opinions I have expressed, however, are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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