Getting out of the house and surrounding yourself with nature can truly lift the spirit, and it’s good for your physical health too. From immune-boosting vitamin D that the sun emits naturally to hiking new terrain, our very own Melissa Ver curated a list of a few locations in Los Angeles to visit.

1. Tongva Park, Santa Monica Named after the indigenous Tongva people, the park is dressed in sustainably-sourced plants and embodies a contemporary urban landscape. Located on the southern tip of the Pacific Coast Highway, Tongva Park overlooks the ocean and Santa Monica Pier. more info

2. Ballona Discovery Park, Marina Del Rey Take a self-guided tour through the mystical garden of wetland perennials. Ballona Discovery Park is a wildlife habitat and cultural exhibit that offers science programs for the community. more info

3. Kenneth Hahn Park, Baldwin Hills As one of the largest urban parks of Los Angeles, Hahn park is known for some of best scenic hiking trails of the city. The park includes a fishing lake, Japanese Garden and golf course. more info

4. Coldwater Canyon Park, Beverly Hills Clean and quaint park located on the west side of LA with a water feature. Coldwater Canyon Park is great for parents and dog parents, too. more info

5. Verdugo Mountains Preserve, Glendale Nestled in the San Fernando Valley, the 250-acre preserve is popular for its network of intermediate hiking trails and amazing hilltop views. more info

6. Lewis MacAdams Riverfront Park, Frogtown Formerly known as Marsh Park, Lewis MacAdams Riverfront Park sits adjacent to the LA river and provides River Path access for pedestrians and cyclists. more info

7. Echo Park Lake, Echo Park An oasis in the middle of the city, the Historic Echo Park Lake features pedal boat rentals and is just a few blocks from Sunset Blvd. Grab some tacos and bring a blanket! more info

8. Elysian Park, Elysian Valley As the city’s oldest and second to largest public park after Griffith, Elysian Park is home to the Dodger Stadium and offers over 4 miles of recreational hiking trails. more info

9. Los Angeles Historic Park, Chinatown Previously a rail yard, LASHP reopened on Earth Day 2017. The park spans 32 acres wide with views of Downtown LA and celebrates the cultural heritage of Los Angeles. more info

10. Hollenbeck Lake, Boyle Heights

Most definitely an underrated park on our list, Hollenbeck is known for its large water reservoir filled with ducks and geese. Lined with palm trees, the park also includes a skateboard park and is a stone’s throw away from Mariachi Plaza. more info

11. Augustus F. Hawkins Nature Park, South Park

What was once a pipe storage yard has now become a 8.5 acre natural park surrounded by small hills covered in foliage—perfect spot for your next picturesque summer picnic! more info

12. Whittier Narrows, El Monte Located 20 minutes from Downtown, Whittier Narrows features 3 lakes, a shooting range, horse center, urban farm, and military museum. more info

13. Arlington Garden, Pasadena This 3-acre landscape is reminiscent of Mediterranean gardens. The botanical garden is peacefully tucked away in the residential neighborhood of Pasadena and is completely free to the public. more info

Illustration by Melissa Ver

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