Summer is a popular time to visit Los Angeles. With it’s beautiful beaches, moderate climate and endless amounts of things to do it’s a worldwide bucket list travel destination. Griffith Park is one of the largest urban parks in the U.S. and offers something for everyone. I’m going to give you a list of 20 (family friendly) things to do that are fun for all ages.
20 Family Friendly Things to do in Griffith Park
1.Take a hike (are any of you surprised that this is number 1 on my list?) – there are several levels of intensity to choose from that offer incredible views of the greater Los Angeles area.
2.Visit the Old L.A. Zoo ruins – to find it park near the merry-go-round and follow the signage. It is an easy to moderate hike/walk through abandoned animal enclosures. Some say this hike is haunted.
3.Ride the Merry-Go-Round – whether you have children or not there is something sentimental about riding the merry-go-round.
4.Pony rides – There are several sizes and options available to suit children of all ages.
5.Horseback riding – For those too old for the pony rides, you can go horseback riding along the trails in the Hollywood hills.
6.Ride the train – Located right next to the pony rides, the train has been in operation since 1948.
7.Wagon rides – For those too big or too small for pony rides, the wagon rides are a great alternative.
8.Visit Griffith Observatory – I have yet to go inside of the observatory but it is at the top of my bucket list. From here you can witness some of L.A.’s most incredible views.
9.Visit the Greek Theatre – It is one of the most well known outdoor venues in the US. I embarrassingly didn’t know it was a real place at the time of the release of the movie “Get Him to the Greek”.
10.Visit the L.A. Zoo – They offer lots of events and activities year round and have a great variety of animal exhibits.
11.Pack a Picnic – As cliche as it is, picnics are always a good time. Please remember to properly discard your trash.
12. Camping – For boys and girls ranging in ages from 6-17 there are overnight camps available. Organized groups of 50 or more may also rent the venue.
13.Golf – There are several golf courses located within Griffith Park.
14.Rent bicycles – Not into hiking but still want to be active and explore? Rent a bike and stroll through the park.
15.Play sports – Gather some friends for a quick game of soccer, softball, tennis or football.
16.Visit the Autry Museum – Dedicated to artifacts of the American West.
17.View the Hollywood sign – I’m sure this is why most people came to LA in the first place! You can view from several vantage points within the park. The best views will be from the hiking trails.
18.Visit the bird sanctuary – You can view several species of birds in their natural habitat.
19.Watch Symphony in the Glen – View a live classical music concert in the park.
20.Visit Shane’s Inspiration Travel Town – A fully h accessible playground that is fun for all.