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Griffith Park

“The ‘Central Park’ of Los Ang

Location: Los Angeles, United States, North America

Best time to visit: year round

Website: http://www.lacity.org/rap/dos/parks/griffithpk/griffith.htm

What to do and what to see:

Griffith Park in metropolitan Los Angeles is 4,210 acres of rugged beauty, and is often referred to as “The ‘Central Park’ of Los Angeles.” One of the largest urban parks in North America, it is located at the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains. This destination offers star-light evening concerts at the Greek Theatre, as well as offering patrons the opportunity to study the constellations at the Griffith Observatory. Two 18-hole golf courses are located inside Griffith Park, as well as tennis courts, basketball courts, athletic fields, baseball fields and a seasonal swimming pool. Attractions geared towards children include pony rides, miniature railroad rides and the merry-go-round, and kids of all ages are sure to enjoy the Los Angeles Zoo, located in the park. The Museum of the American West, the famous white Hollywood Sign and the Travel Town Museum are all points of interest within Griffith Park. Geocaching buffs will not be disappointed with the large number of caches rumored to be hidden within its borders, and camping, hiking, horseback riding, jogging and picnicking are favorite activities any time of the year. For a bit of wilderness at the heart of the city, Griffith Park is a top destination.

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