Griffith Park is the United States’ largest municipal park with over 4,210 acres of natural terrain and landscaped parkland and picnic areas. Griffith Park is situated in the eastern Santa Monica Mountain range and it lies just west of the Golden State Freeway (I-5), between Los Feliz Boulevard on the south and the Ventura Freeway (SR 134) on the north.
Most activities in the park don’t begin until about 10:00 a.m. So use the early morning time to possibly take in a round of 9 holes of golf at the Roosevelt Golf Course. Or maybe a morning swim at The Plunge, located at the Riverside Drive and Los Feliz Boulevard.
Bike Riding is a great way to get around the park and exercise. There are miles of bike paths that are marked and lighted. Rent your bikes from Spokes n’ Stuff Bike Shop, they are open every day from 2:00 pm to dusk. But remember to bring cash if it is a weekday, they will not take a credit card or a check.
Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round
The Merry-Go-Round is located in Park Center and is a must see in your day. It was built in 1926 and brought to the park in 1937, in total there are 68 jumper horses on the ride. The organ is a Stinson 165 Military Band Organ, supposedly the largest organ on a carousel it plays over 1500 selections.
Griffith Park – Observatory
The Observatory is located on the southern slope of Mount Hollywood, just above the Los Feliz neighborhood. It is open Tuesday-Friday 12:00 noon – 10:00 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. If you have time in your day stay and see the live planetarium program. Tickets can only be purchased at the Observatory and are on a first-come first-serve basis, it can be difficult to get tickets on weekends.
Griffith Park – Horseback Riding
There are miles of specially marked trails, fire, and patrol roads within the park and riders are allowed to walk, trot, or canter their horses. But all riders must remain on the marked trails at all times and all horses must be back by sunset. The stables are located near Travel Town Museum or near the Observatory and they are all privately owned.
Griffith Park – Greek Theater
Finish out your day with a concert at The Greek Theater. This outdoor theater seats up to 5,700 with state-of-the-art acoustics and great line of site to the stage. The Greek Theater is a historic venue in LA and has featured incredible entertainers across all lines of entertainment. Acts have included The Who, Pearl Jam, Sting, Alicia Keyes, Tina Turner, Josh Groban, the Russian National Ballet, Paul Simon, and Elton John, just to name a few of the world-class entertainers that have played at the Greek Theater.
These are just a few of the multitudes of activities that are available to you at Griffith Park.