Griffith Park is in the hub of the Greater Los Angeles area. Griffith Park has over 4,000 acres with different Los Angeles renowned parks and attractions! Please let me introduce to three of them: Los Angeles Zoo, Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum and Travel Town.
Los Angeles Zoo
The Los Angeles Zoo is located in the Griffith Park area, near the Golden State Freeway at the Ventura Freeway, downtown. The phone number to the Los Angeles Zoo is 323-644-6400, the website is www.lazoo.org. The zoo is open daily from 10:00am to 5:00pm you can check out the admissions fee on their website.
Kids get to run around and be free in a park like atmosphere that is 120 acres, with 1,200 plus mammals, birds and reptiles from all over the world. There is a children’s discovery center and Winnick family Children’s Zoo, Chimpanzees of Mahale Mountain and World Of birds, all of this for the kids to experience is accessible through a tram the goes around the whole perimeter of the Zoo.
The Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum
The Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum is located at 4700 Western Heritage Way and the phone number is 323-660-5721. The web address is www.autry-museum.org and is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00am to 5:00pm, Thursday they are open till 8:00pm. Every second Thursday of the month at Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum is free admission.
There are more than 4,000 Old West Artifacts to see and hand on exhibits to participate in. Many of the hands on exhibits were created just for your children. There are special exhibits that explore America’s Western Heritage, including the Native American Culture, weaving and early tourism.
Travel Town is located in the Griffith Park Area at 5200 Zoo Drive. The phone number is 323 662-5874 and is open weekdays from 10:00am to 4:00pm. On the weekends Travel Town is open from 10:00am to 5:00pm admission is free, but you do have to pay a fare for the rides. Donations are accepted and very much appreciated at Travel Town.
This is an outdoor transportation museum with steam locomotives, live steamers and huge collection miniature trains. The kids enjoy Travel Town because it is very interactive and they get to play outside. Travel Town is a park like atmosphere, there are BBQ’s and picnic tables; this is great for Sunday afternoon picnics and BBQ’s. However, the tables and BBQ’s are on a first come basis so you must stake your spot early. If you want to come with a large party you must make reservations with an operations manager.