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Bailey Canyon Park

451 W. Carter Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 91024

Hollywood’s popular Runyon Canyon offers us panoramas, celebrity sightings, and stargazing, but Bailey Canyon Park in Sierra Madre has our pooches scampering across rivulets…

Website: http://www.sierramadrenews.net/bailey.htm

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Ballona Freshwater Marsh

Jefferson Blvd. at Lincoln Blvd, Playa del Rey, CA, 90293


Bring an early-morning repast and binoculars, grab a bench facing the Ballona Freshwater Marsh, and voilà: avian TV

Website: http://www.ballonafriends.org

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Briarwood Park

461 Almaden Ct., Los Angeles, CA, 90077


The general rule for play dates in the 310 and the 818 is that someone has to schlepp from one side of the hill to the other. If people only knew about Briarwood Park…

Website: http://www.laparks.org/dos/parks/facility/briarwoodPk.htm

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Burton W. Chace Park

Various locations, Los Angeles, CA, 90292

After being eliminated last year due to budget cuts, Fourth of July fireworks in the Marina have returned…

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Descanso Gardens

1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge, CA, 91011


Descanso Gardens allows tykes to safely explore the natural world—lily ponds, acres of roses, and lush camellia groves—and learn something about it, too

Website: https://www.descansogardens.org

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Dockweiler State Beach

12000 Vista del Mar, Los Angeles, CA, 90239

As one of only two L.A. County beaches that allow bonfires—the other is San Pedro’s Cabrillo Beach…

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Douglas Park

2439 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90403


At the colorful playground at Douglas Park is a shallow rink that shoots jets of water in the summer and is prime turf for tot cycling the rest of the year…

Website: http://www01.smgov.net/parks/douglas.htm

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Huntington Dog Beach

100 Goldenwest Street, Huntington Beach, CA, 92648


One of the few public places to get your dog paddling is Huntington Dog Beach, a mile-long stretch where Spot has the freedom to frolic and swim off-leash…

Website: http://dogbeach.org/

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Lacy Park

1485 Virginia Rd., Los Angeles, CA, 91108

A good picnic must have certain basics: a wicker basket, cute edibles in mason jars, and booze disguised as an innocuous libation. Lacy Park in San Marino has all this in spades.

Website: http://ci.san-marino.ca.us/lacy.htm


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Pacific Park

380 Santa Monica Pier, Los Angeles, CA, 90401


Perched above the waves since 1916, Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier provides for almost any breakup reaction.

Website: http://www.pacpark.com

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Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

1500 N. College Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 92706


Even though—or is it because?—we live in an urban desert, we seek out places where we can indulge a passion for plants…

Website: http://rsabg.org/

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San Vicente Mountain Park

17500 Mulholland Dr., Los Angeles, CA, 90049

, accessible only by foot on an unpaved road, is a vantage point at San Vicente Mountain Parkwith 360-degree views…

Website: http://www.lamountains.com/parks.asp?parkid=54

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Sepulveda Basin Off-Leash Dog Park

17550 Victory Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91316

Though it’s not the most picturesque canine play area, Sepulveda Basin Off-Leash Dog Park is the most user friendly.

Website: http://www.laparks.org


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Solstice Canyon Trail

3455 Solstice Canyon Dr., Los Angeles, CA, 90265

Sometimes we just want to pull a Thoreau and slip away for an hour. Our favorite escape is Malibu’s Solstice Canyon Trail…

Website: http://www.nps.gov/samo/planyourvisit/solsticecanyon.htm

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The Japanese Garden: Suiho En

6100 Woodley Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 91406


Think of this place as a striptease. “It reveals itself gradually,” says docent Dori Kyle, “so everything is a surprise.” …

Website: http://thejapanesegarden.com/

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