Parks in Long Beach Metro and Los Angeles

Abalone Cove Shoreline Park (310) 377-1222
Abalone Cove and Sacred Cove beaches, tidepools, trails and scenic views. 5970 Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos Verdes. www.tinyurl.com/abalonepark

Don Knabe Community Regional Park (562) 924-5144
Two fishing lakes, outdoor pool, gymnasium. 9800 Bloomfield Ave. www.tinyurl.com/cerritosregional

El Dorado Regional Park
East (562) 570-1771
West (562) 570-3225
El Dorado East includes the El Dorado Park Express Railroad, a duck pond, an archery range, public library, fishing lakes, paddle boat rentals and two playgrounds. El Dorado West offers a community center, disc golf, roller hockey, tennis center, a golf course and skatepark. Parking fees may apply, $5-8. www.longbeach.gov/park.

Grand Park LA (213) 972-8080
Family-friendly events throughout the year, including music and dance performances, festivals, outdoor activities and holiday celebrations. 200 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. www.grandparkla.org

Griffith Park (323) 913-4688
An antique carousel, golf courses, including a kids’ course with driving range, pony rides, equestrian center, bird sanctuary, the Batman bat cave in Bronson Canyon and train rides. The park is also home to the historic locomotive museum Travel Town, the Western-themed Autry National Center, the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, the Griffith Observatory, the Hollywood sign and remnants of the Old Zoo. 4730 Crystal Springs Drive. www.laparks.org/griffithpark

La Mirada Regional Park (562) 902-5645
Frisbee golf courses, swimming pool and year-round fishing (fishing licenses required for 16+). 13707 Adelfa Ave., La Mirada. www.tinyurl.com/lamiradaregional

Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area (626) 334-1065
Lake with year-round fishing and non-motorized watercraft, plus nature center. 15501 E. Arrow Hwy., Irwindale. Vehicle entry fee $10. www.tinyurl.com/santafedam

Whittier Narrows Recreation Area (626) 575-5526
Fishing lakes, BMX course, nature center, equestrian facility, a military museum, and archery, skeet, pistol, rifle and trap ranges. Boat, surrey and bike rentals are also available. Vehicle entry, $6. 823 Lexington-Gallatin Road, South El Monte. www.tinyurl.com/WhittierNarrowsLA