Griffith Park, Los Angeles
General Info (323) 913-4688
Printable maps are online or the Ranger Station, 4730 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027, or call (323) 653-4099.
The largest municipal park in the United States, Griffith Park spans 4,000+ acres. You don’t explore this one on foot. Best bet is to drive from one destination to the next. There are trails and wilderness areas throughout the park. You’ll also find several golf courses, tennis courts, swimming pool (open in summer) and picnic areas.
Major attractions for visitors include the following destinations.
Los Angeles Zoo
This big-city zoo is home to 1,100 animals, birds and reptiles. Bird shows and special events are held throughout the day. See the Komodo dragons and the flamingos.
Autry National Center
The Autry’s Museum of the American West has art and artifacts illustrating Western life, Native Americans and Western movie heritage. Interactive areas keep the visit lively. A gem.
Explore the space and science exhibits, the planetarium presentations and the hands-on displays. Best at night.
Travel Town Museum
Travel Town is a haven for train lovers of all ages. Ride them, climb on them, watch models in action and learn about Southern California’s railroad history. Steamer-train rides available on Sundays.
L.A. Equestrian Center
Stables, riding lessons, exhibitions and more.
Griffith Park Horse Rentals
Griffith Park Bicycle Rentals
Other mid-park attractions include:
* Pony Rides – circular track for younger children – More Info
* Miniature Train Ride – an adorable ride through a fake Western town and Indian village
* Merry-Go-Round – a 1926 carousel of high style
* Shane’s Inspiration – a huge playground structure designed for universal accessibility
There are many hiking trails throughout the park. A popular trail leads from the Observatory parking lot to the top of Mount Hollywood, the highest point at the park, which has panoramic views of all of L.A.
Finally, December brings the Holiday Light Festival. You can find more info at (213) 367-1255 or check out www.dwplightfestival.com online.