Echo Park Lake

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After a massive makeover, the Eastside’s historic Echo Park Lake has finally become a family-friendly destination worthy of its bold backdrop: the Downtown skyline amid the lotus flower blooms and fountains. The lake has been around since 1860—it was once used as a drinking water reservoir, and later as a recreational park with canoes and fishing. Today, you can push your way through the lake in a pedal boat or stroll around the path that hugs its borders. Either way, make sure to stop at the revived boathouse (and its breakfast pit stop Beacon) and the Lady of the Lake statue.

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Address: 751 Echo Park Ave
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Price: Free; $10 per adult, $5 per child for pedal boats
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tastemaker

You could easily spend a day in Echo Park alone, so don't come specifically for the lake (and find yourself frustrated by the lack of parking around it due to its popularity)--get some early morning breakfast at Brite Spot or Chango and do a stair hike, then come back to the lake for some afternoon relaxation.  Then take a wander onto the main drag of Sunset; hit up Stories and the Time Travel Mart, maybe grab a snack from Dinette or Honey Hi.  Or maybe grab dinner at El Compadre or Button Mash (and play some arcade games!).  There's so much to do.  The lake is a lovely recently reinvigorated slice of LA, with idyllic landscaping.  Lotus season is beautiful and not to be missed.  Various festivals are held throughout the year, but otherwise, it's a great spot to kick back and relax.  Bicycles are not allowed on the path around the lake.

tastemaker

It's almost strange walking into Echo Park Lake because it is completely different than the city feel around it. It's prefect for kids and families but also a great place to relax solo or walk around with a date. It gives you that "oasis" feeling that it hard to come by in LA. Los Angeles did a stellar job with this park.

tastemaker

A quiet solace in the middle of the city during the week and a bustling energetic retreat on the weekend, Echo Park Lake is perfect for anyone at any age, looking for a little oasis within Los Angeles. There's plenty of space around the lake to relax solo, have a picnic with friends, or maybe even through a small family party. If you come on the weekend, the park is filled with an array of food vendors as well! Bring a picnic blanket and plan to stay a while! 

tastemaker

Echo Park has been a part of my family's regular rotation through my entire childhood. Every year my parents were actively involved in the Lotus Festival, putting on entertainment and supplying food. I would marvel at the beautiful lotus pond and enjoyed the pedal boats.


The area got a bit rough during my adulthood, and I would mostly drive by. Recently the park has been revived and nicely developed. Parking is still a challenge, but worth it to take a walk around the perimeter and people watch. Happy families abound at every corner and it s quite cheerful. 


July is lotus season and totally worth the visit.


A very cool and casual place to hang out, have friends, and enjoy! Echo Park lake is a gem and hasn't always been a place to visit.  It went through a lot of new development and change in the past few years, so it's great to see how many people frequent this place!


Parking is a bit limited as it's all street so on weekends good luck! The later you go though, the easier it is to find parking! You can bring a picnic here and the booze part (bring at your own risk).  

tastemaker

Echo Park Lake has definitely changed a lot throughout the years. It's become a hub for socializing: hanging with family, friends or even a good spot for a date. The pedal boats are a must! I did that for the first time a few months ago and I had a blast. It's also a really good workout, ha. There are a lot of street food vendors and now there's even a little food spot right now on the lake: Beacon. Haven't been yet but their food photos look delicious.


If you're looking for something chill to do in the area, check out the lake and go for the pedal boats. We don't many options like that in LA.

tastemaker

After moving to LA, it took me a few months to finally come here. Once I did, I was amazed I hadn't been sooner. If you're looking for something to do with visitors or just on an afternoon when you're bored, Echo Park Lake is a great call. Plenty of space to picnic, lounge, toss a frisbee in the sun. Also, as cheesy as they might seem to some, the peddle boats are always a fun time. The park & lake is beautiful and almost always an enjoyable and relaxing place to be.

tastemaker

I honestly am not completely sure why Echo Park Lake isn't discussed more frequently in those "things to do in LA" conversations we all have. This is a not-so-hidden gem waiting to be explored and utilized after a recent renovation of the area. And let me tell you: I am a satisfied customer. The lake, lawn, trees, and surrounding plantlife are both well-maintained and inviting, despite their location within a neighborhood that may not always be the cleanest.


The pedal boats can be rented any day before sunset and unfortunately, I'm knocking y'all down one star because $10 per person for an hour is pretty high, considering Echo Park is a neighborhood well-known for affordability.


My advice is to bring your favorite book, spend the day, pack a lunch, and/or take a date. The revamped Echo Park Lake is picturesque, Instagram-worthy, romantic, relaxed, and serene.


For the first few months that I lived in LA, I ran around the Silver Lake reservoir—it’s a good distance, with lots of hot people and dogs. Recently, however, I realized that perhaps Echo Park Lake should have been my spot from the beginning. This recently renovated area is one of my favorite spots in the city because it shows off some of a the many things that makes LA great—with one lap around you get views of houses perched on hills, Downtown’s skyline and the Echo Park strip. It’s green and lush and each turn provides a unique view. This place is essential.

moderator

LA did such a fantastic job of restoring and revitalizing this fantastic park. It's a beautiful place to take a stroll or have a picnic. It has really becoming an anchor point in the community and is coming from other parts of town to experience before or after a great meal in Echo Park. 

moderator

I live just a few blocks from this park, and I can't say enough good things about it. Since it reopened, it's been my go-to place for birthdays, dates, leisurely walks and book-reading (read: napping) in the sun. The landscaping is lovely, the lotus flowers are back and better than ever and there's free wifi across the entire park. It's also clean and well-lit, and I don't think twice about running or strolling there after dark. Square One at the boathouse has great breakfast and lunch options (and dog bones for your pup!), or if you'd rather, you can get bacon-wrapped hot dogs, pupusas, elote corn or ice cream from the carts that set up shop near the playground. My only complaint is that the pedal boat rental is too pricey!