Parks & Beaches
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…
Bring an early-morning repast and binoculars, grab a bench facing the Ballona Freshwater Marsh, and voilà: avian TV
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…
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
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…
Rented pedal boats have been gliding across Echo Park Lake since at least the 1980s
Neighborhood: Echo Park
The 1920s former mansion of the oil-rich Doheny family oozes opulence, as do the grounds.
Neighborhood: Beverly Hills
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…
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.
Neighborhood: San Marino
Perched above the waves since 1916, Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier provides for almost any breakup reaction.
Even though—or is it because?—we live in an urban desert, we seek out places where we can indulge a passion for plants…
If canine heaven does exist, it might look like Rosie’s Dog Beach
Neighborhood: Long Beach
, accessible only by foot on an unpaved road, is a vantage point at San Vicente Mountain Parkwith 360-degree views…
Though it’s not the most picturesque canine play area, Sepulveda Basin Off-Leash Dog Park is the most user friendly.
Sometimes we just want to pull a Thoreau and slip away for an hour. Our favorite escape is Malibu’s Solstice Canyon Trail…
Think of this place as a striptease. “It reveals itself gradually,” says docent Dori Kyle, “so everything is a surprise.” …