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Best Family-Fun Activities At Griffith Park

August 29, 2010 12:26 PM

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Griffith Park (credit:  Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Griffith Park (credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Griffith Park is the closest thing we have to a recreational center of town in the sprawling metropolis of Los Angeles. Think of it as the West Coast’s version of New York City’s Central Park. The majority of the existing Griffith Park was given to Los Angeles as a Christmas present by Colonel Griffith J. Griffith in 1896. He later bequeathed the monies for the construction of the Observatory and The Greek Theatre. Today the park is 4,210 acres of family attractions, educational and cultural institutions, and miles of hiking and horseback riding trails. Here is a list of just a few of the great attraction and activities the whole family can enjoy at the park.
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Griffith Park (credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Griffith Park

4730 Crystal Springs Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 913-4688
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People visit the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. (photo credit: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images)

Griffith Observatory

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The Observatory is a legendary Los Angeles landmark, and a national leader in public astronomy. Open every day with the exception of Monday. Admission is free. There is a small fee for the planetarium.

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Travel Town (credit: http://www.laparks.org)

Travel Town

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Originally intended to be a “railroad petting zoo” it now includes a recreation area. The Museum is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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LA Zoo

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The Zoo is open every day of the year from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., except Dec. 25. Please note that the Zoo starts putting animals in for the night at 4 p.m. Adult (13 and up) admission is $14, children (2-12) is $9, and children (2 and under) are free.

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Pony Rides

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Children can ride ponies, horses or miniature covered wagons around an oval track. Open every day with the exception of Monday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Merry Go Round

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This Merry Go Round has been in Griffith Park since 1937. It has all fine-carved “jumping” horses. Open weekends year round and week days in the summer from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., each ride is $2.

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Autry National Center (credit: Mark Ralston/Getty Images)

Autry National Center

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The Museum of the American West, explores the stories and people of the west. Open every day with the exception of Monday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

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Old LA Zoo Picnic Area

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The original LA Zoo is long deserted but you can picnic around the old cages. Is it haunted by the animals of the past?

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Hikes

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The park has 53 miles of trails to hike. You can get a complete map at the ranger station.

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The Plunge

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The Park swimming pool is open in the summer months.

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Hollywoodland Camp

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Operated by the City of Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Department. All sessions include campfires, crafts, horseback riding and swimming. The camp can also be rented for groups of 50 or more.

- Elise Crane Derby blogs at Elise’s Ramblings.

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