Nature & parks in Los Angeles

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  • 1Harry Donnelly!
    17 contributions
    A beautiful place, marred only by the pony rides. This is the wrong way to teach children about animals. There are plenty of animal refuges in the area that a child’s growing brain can absorb of the true purpose of animals, as compared to being spoon fed cruelty with the rides. Thank you very much.
    Written 16 April 2022
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  • vacationaholic
    Central Oregon, OR345 contributions
    An absolute must for visiting LA and to see the sights and the Hollywood sign. We went on a week day, intending to end towards dusk. At the top of the canyon, can see out to the harbor and inland. It was beautiful. Lot's of people, but didn't feel crowded. Will go again.
    Written 15 April 2022
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  • Anantha
    Hamden, CT138 contributions
    Best place to see and take pictures of the HOLLYWOOD sign. This place gets real busy and may need to wait to get space for car parking along the road.
    Written 24 January 2022
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  • joaniemaria
    Eldridge, IA2,162 contributions
    We went on a Saturday morning. Walked around the lake, which is about a 20 minute walk. Lots of people jogging, walking dogs. The swan paddle boats are here. It is a lovely park in the middle of the city. We found a parking spot on the street.
    Written 14 March 2022
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  • Mary Elaine
    1 contribution
    Warning and advice to visitors: some of the local NIMBY Karen/Ken types have taken it upon themselves to police Topanga State Park on their own, threatening "outsiders", AKA the public who pays taxes just like everyone else to support our parks, with having their cars towed or to issues "tickets" for a variety of "infractions". The Rangers are currently turning a blind eye to this behavior, much like they have turned a blind eye to the maintenance of facilities and trails in recent years.

    Please, do not hesitate to visit our beautiful State Park, and do not be intimidated by these people. It is your right to be there, and to park anywhere that is legal parking, including Entrada Rd. outside the park.

    If you are approached by these people, please ignore them, and understand that they do not represent any legal entity, nor the people of Topanga Canyon, who very much welcome visitors. Also, please report any interactions with these people, or any issues you encounter in the park, to any and all of the departments below:

    Topanga Ranger Line
    310-455-2465 x106

    State Parks, Angeles District Office
    (818) 880-0363

    Human Rights Office, California State Parks
    (916) 653-8148, 711 CA Relay Service

    Dogs are generally not allowed in the park with the exception of Service Animals as defined by the Americans With Disabilities Act.

    Above all, please come visit Topanga State Park, and enjoy the grandeur of Mother Nature!
    Written 11 February 2021
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  • Samantha J
    Cincinnati, OH418 contributions
    ALIVE. This place is definitely alive. It was full of vendors and storefronts. Definitely a place to see. I love the rental bikes (through Lyft and other services) and the bike lanes. We were able to bike from Venice Beach to Santa Monica pier!
    Written 22 April 2022
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  • MidwestLiketoTravel
    Midwest366 contributions
    Having been to Will Rogers museum in Claremore, OK, we were close enough to the ranch in Pacific Palisades that we wanted to stop here. Glad we did. The ranch house tour was very interesting and amazing how great it looked - just like when Mrs. Rogers left in 1944. Beautiful day to walk around the park too. It was only about 15 minutes from Malibu and Santa Monica pier. If you don't know much about Will Rogers, the guide will fill you in. Needless to say, he was the biggest American celebrity of the 1920s and 30s until his death in airplane accident.
    Written 23 February 2022
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  • Travelaround59
    London, UK1,695 contributions
    A great landmark unfortunately the place was closed for filming so it was not in use but maybe without anyone you enjoy more the architecture and the stone/cement/material of the construction: shining grey lunar landscape.
    Very worth the walk
    Written 20 March 2022
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  • The Pidge
    Wayne, NJ471 contributions
    Zoos are very difficult for me to review because, 1) I love animals and have a hard time speaking ill of a facility dedicated to animal care, and 2) a zoo experience can be extremely subjective. I tend to compare zoos I visit for the first time against some of my favorites, from large ones as in Denver and Saint Louis, to smaller ones like the gem in Naples, Florida.

    The Los Angeles Zoo is middle-of-the-pack. It's large and beautiful and, in a metro area with lots of expensive entertainment options, is a relative bargain. If one were to take their time, there's a full day of exploration and education to be found here. I ended up spending about four hours, after which my feet were tired thanks to the zoo's hilly terrain. That, and the fact it's quite easy to get lost. Despite (admittedly) having a great sense of direction, there were many times I found myself looping around in circles, missing exhibits I thought I'd encounter, and staring at one of the maps depicting dozens of paths going in the same direction, but not quite.

    I had a great time watching the early morning antics of a charismatic river otter and jaguar, and found amusement in the zebras rolling around in the dirt (something I'd never before seen). I also passed a lot of exhibits without animals/under renovation, lamented the bird show not being available, and many animals behind barriers claiming to keep vulnerable species safe from the spread of disease. I'm absolutely not against keeping animals safe but I've been to quite a few zoos since the onset of the pandemic, and no others engaged in this practice of distancing animals from guests beyond the standard fences and cages. The signage throughout was clear but basic- not much was said about most animals except for where they can be found and what they eat (I also didn't encounter any employees interacting with guests). And while animal behavior is certainly not the fault of the zoo, I found it odd that I didn't see one elephant in the huge, expansive exhibit that's obviously one of the zoo's greatest features.

    The good far outweighs the bad, but the Los Angeles Zoo has some work to do before being considered as one of the country's best.
    Written 5 March 2022
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  • Terry
    North Carolina Mountains, NC8 contributions
    A serenity can be achieved in this tranquil setting. Los Angeles has surpassed
    many metropolitan regions with this example of how to camouflage a reclaimed water treatment plant. The gardens provide a beautiful foreground
    with a desert garden with pergola for sitting or meditating on the shade. The water garden is in bloom with lotus and water lily while providing a habitat for small fish. The stone lanterns are placed gracefully throughout and keep your eyes open for the falcon that frequents the trees by the waterfall. A tea house is placed toward the back and benches are provided inside and out.
    (No Tripods are allowed but plenty of breathtaking pictures await)
    The adjacent park has a picnic area for those looking to enjoy the outdoors.
    Written 9 October 2019
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  • joaniemaria
    Eldridge, IA2,162 contributions
    A great place to hike. This was my second visit. It gets busy on weekends. Last time I was here on a Tuesday. It is a fairly flat and easy hike to the caves. The Bat Cave is there. It was used for many movies and Tv shows.
    Written 14 March 2022
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  • Epicureously
    London, UK1,091 contributions
    It’s mostly quite tacky but it’s fun nevertheless. You see all walks of life when you walk here. From cool street bands to many many crazy people doing weird things. Fewer bars and restaurants than you might think.
    Written 29 March 2022
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  • Erick V. Berduo
    Los Angeles, CA63 contributions
    If you play Pokemon Go Exposition Park is one of the best places to play in LA. If you don't 0lay Pokemon Go this is still a great spot to visit, they have multiple museums my favorite being the Natural History Museum. They also have this giant rose garden, super romantic spot. It's also a good spot to get in some cardio if you wanna jog around the area. Maybe don't go if the Rams are playing, it gets unbelievably crowded, it's where they like to tailgate.
    Written 8 November 2019
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • JoeAnne M
    8 contributions
    By far the best park in the valley. However, plan in advance if you need to rent a pavilion they are hard to get between mat and August. So plan accordingly. They have boats, bikes and lots of nature to see. It's always lots of room and plenty of parking. The store are close if you forget something for your gathering.
    Written 3 May 2022
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  • Luke G
    Lyndon, KS1 contribution
    amazing views of the ocean if you can get lucky you can see whales love going and fishing in my boat amazing place for couples and familys.
    Written 12 April 2022
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