The Best Hollywood Picnic Spots

April 24, 2020
Picnic Setup in the grass

Los Angeles is more than just a gateway to Hollywood. Many travelers prefer to stay in LA rather than Hollywood and drive or take an Uber or Lyft to Universal Studios and other attractions. No matter how you arrive or get around the city, you can check out some of the top Hollywood picnic spots. These spots offer the fantastic views that you want and also let you take advantage of the sunshine and warm temperatures that you'll find on almost any day.

Lake Balboa Park

Lake Balboa Park View

Fans of television shows and films set in the Valley, such as Valley Girl, will enjoy a trip to Lake Balboa Park. You may even recognize the lake and its surroundings. This park welcomes pets on leashes and has trees lining the lake that offers some shade. Though you can dip your toes in the water, you might prefer relaxing on the green grass as you enjoy a picnic lunch. Lake Balboa Park has picnic tables for those who don't want to get their clothes dirty too.

Grand Park

Who says that you can't find some peace and quiet in the middle of a big city? Grand Park is in the heart of downtown Los Angeles but offers all the green spaces that you want to find. With 12 acres of land, it's the perfect place to spend a day. You'll find areas that are perfect for individuals and families as well as small and large groups. The Music Center boasts special events every year, including some that might take place during your trip. Many visitors also like the classic look of the historic Arthur J. Mill Memorial Fountain.

Griffith Park

Griffith Park Aerial View

Rebel Without a Cause is just one of the classic films that used Griffith Park as a setting. You can visit today and see the same observatory where James Dean walked around in this film. The park is more than just an observatory because there are lots of places where you can have a quiet and relaxing picnic. One of the best is the Old Zoo, which features the cages where wild animals were once kept. The zoo has a convenient location near some of the hiking trails that you might explore and features picnic tables.

Los Angeles State Historic Park

One of the other top Hollywood picnic spots is Los Angeles State Historic Park. Located on Spring Street, it has the nickname of The Cornfield, which locals named the park after a major renovation in 2017. Just five minutes from a subway station that rents bikes, it's easy to reach. Multiple trails are suitable for hikers and walkers. No matter how you explore the park, you'll want to keep your eyes out for the native wildlife.

Visiting Los Angeles and Hollywood is a great way to see celebrities and learn about the entertainment industry, but when you want to take a break from the hustle and bustle, look for a peaceful, relaxing place to have a picnic lunch.