Among the lengthy list of picturesque attractions in this city—who can resist the temptation of a hike through Runyon, an afternoon in a botanical garden or a trip to the beach?—there is a wealth of beautiful parks in Los Angeles. Whether you’re an art aficionado or a devoted dog owner, there’s a slice of nature that fits your lifestyle. For those days when you’re looking for things to do but don’t feel like climbing up all 282 steps at the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook, roll out a blanket or take a stroll through 25 of the best (and free) parks in Los Angeles.
As of early June, all parks in L.A. have been allowed to reopen, but there are still limits to what you can and can’t do outside. In general, playgrounds and most sports facilities are closed, and restrooms and parking may be limited at some locations. In-person programming is also suspended. Picnic areas are off limits, and while laying out a blanket to have a picnic with members of your household isn’t explicitly banned, gatherings are still forbidden across the county (that said, we haven’t seen any anti-picnic enforcement). Some parks are near beloved institutions, and though museums were given the go-ahead to reopen on June 12, many have chosen not to open yet. In any case, face coverings are required in public and you should be keeping at least six feet away from people not part of your household.