This is the place to go when you want to do some serious cycling in L.A. The path is 28 miles and can also be ridden as part of a 61 mile loop. Obviously doing the whole thing is not for everyone but if you're up for it, it's one of the best in the area.
A 7 acre botanical garden on the UCLA campus, this garden is smaller than some others in the city but has a surprisingly large amount of plant diversity in such a small spot. The garden is rarely crowded which makes it an excellent spot to relax outdoors.
A great spot to relax in the middle of the city, we recommend catching an outdoor movie in the summer or doing some ice skating in the winter, the Wednesday farmers market is a great spot for fresh produce as well.
A 28 acre park where people come to jog and run, the park also boasts a rec center and a public pool. We love getting a pick up soccer game going, just make sure you're in the right place, some fields don't allow games.
Echo Park Lake is a relaxing spot that has recently been renovated. There is a walking trail around the lake and paddle boats for rental. We recommend getting a bite from one of the nearby food trucks and enjoying the views of the city.