Points of Interest: Los Angeles Parks & Places

Exposition Park

General Information
NFT Map: 11
Address: 700 Exposition Park Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90037
Website: www.expositionpark.org or @ExpositionPark
Phone: 213-744-7458

Exposition Park is bounded by Figueroa Street to the east, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to the south, Menlo Avenue to the west, and Exposition Boulevard to the north. The grounds face the University of Southern California's (USC) campus, tying the two into a blend of e ... (continue... )

Griffith Park

General Information
NFT Maps: 3, 4, 5, 50, 51 & 57
Address: 4730 Crystal Springs Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone: 323-913-4688
Website: www.laparks.org/dos/parks/facility/griffithPk.htm
Hours: 5 am–10:30 pm, daily (bridle trails, hiking paths, and mountain roads close at sunset)

It's one of LA's great tragedies that we Angelenos do not make better or more frequent use of Griffith Park. It's the largest municipal park "with u ... (continue... )

The Huntington

General Information
NFT Map: 35
Address: 1151 Oxford Rd
San Marino, CA 91108
Phone: 626-405-2100
Website: www.huntington.org or @TheHuntington
Hours: Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri: 12 pm–4:30 pm;
Sat–Sun: 10:30 am–4:30 pm
Closed Tuesdays
Admission: adults $23 on weekdays and $25 on weekends, seniors and students $19 on weekdays and $21 on weekends, youth (ages 5–11) $10 both weekdays and weekends; Free first Thursday of each month with advance tickets, ... (continue... )


General Information
NFT Maps: 17 & 20
Address: 405 Hilgard Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90095
Phone: 310-825-4321
Website: www.ucla.edu or @UCLA

Located on a picturesque campus in Westwood, UCLA is a behemoth public research university that offers 127 undergraduate degree programs and 200 graduate degree programs. Its faculty of Nobel prize laureates, MacArthur grant winners, and National Medal of Science winners has earned UCLA an internati ... (continue... )

Universal Studios

General Information
NFT Map: 57
Address: 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608
Park Information: 800-UNIVERSAL
Special Events: 818-622-3036
Lost & Found: 818-622-3522
Group Sales: 800-959-9688
Website: www.universalstudioshollywood.com or @UniStudios

If you live in Hollywood, you've probably a) seen a movie being filmed during your daily commute, b) been to a show taping, c) worked as an extra, or d) all o ... (continue... )

University of Southern California

General Information
NFT Maps: 11,12 & 40
Mailing Address: University Park Campus
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089
Location: University Park, b/w Figueroa St,
Exposition Park, Vermont Ave & Jefferson Blvd
Phone: 213-740-2311
Website: www.usc.edu or @USC

The University of Southern California opened its doors with 53 students in 1880, when the city of Los Angeles was still in its frontier, ... (continue... )

The Original Farmers Market

General Information
NFT Map: 2
Address: 6333 W 3rd St Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone: 323-933-9211
Website: www.farmersmarketla.com or @FarmersMarketLA
Hours: Mon–Fri: 9 am–9 pm; Sat: 9 am–8 pm; Sun: 10 am–7 pm (merchant hours may vary)

The Farmers Market opened in the 1930s as a humble dirt lot where farmers parked their trucks and sold their produce right off their tailgates. Over the years, it's slowly morphed into an occasional mot ... (continue... )


General Information
City of Malibu Phone: 310-456-2489
City of Malibu Website: www.ci.malibu.ca.us or @CityMalibu
Weather/Surf Reports: www.surfline.com/surf-report/malibusouthern-california_4209

When outsiders fantasize about Southern California, it's not the smog-filled sky of Downtown LA that runs through their minds. It's the sandy beaches and sunny skies of Malibu and its 21-mile coastline--the city that inspired a coconutty rum and perh ... (continue... )

Elysian Park

General Information
NFT Maps: 5, 36 & 37
Address: 835 Academy Rd Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: 213-485-5054
Website: www.laparks.org/dos/parks/facility/elysianPk.htm

When Los Angeles was founded in 1781, more than 600 acres of parkland was set aside for public use. That allotted land, today known as Elysian Park, is the oldest and second-largest park in the LA area. The majority of the park, crisscrossed with hiking trails, has been m ... (continue... )


General Information
Address: 1313 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802
Disneyland Info (recorded): 714-781-4565
Disneyland Info (operator): 714-781-7290
Disneyland Travel Packages: 714-520-5060
Disneyland Resort Hotels: 714-956-6425
Disneyland Ticketing: 714-781-4400
Website: disneyland.disney.go.com or @disneyland

Sure, you can walk around all day with a chip on your shoulder blaming "The Happiest Place on Earth" for sucking ... (continue... )

Magic Mountain

General Information
Address: 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy Valencia, CA 91355
Phone: 661-255-4100 or 818-367-5965
Website: www.sixflags.com/magicmountain or @SFMagicMountain
Hours: Magic Mountain is open year-round; Hurricane Harbor only in the summer. Hours are generally 10:30 am–6 pm on weekdays, but on weekends, the hours can go as late as 10 pm, so check the website for specific hours and dates.
Entry: $69.99 adult fare, $44.99 for kids under 48" free for kids 2 a ... (continue... )

Topanga State Park

General Information
NFT Maps: 15, 16, 52 & 53
Address: 20825 Entrada Rd, Topanga, CA 90290
Phone: 310-455-2465
Website: www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=629 or @CAStateParks

Depending on which translation you accept, Topanga means "the place above," "the place where the mountains meet the sea," or "the place of green water" (and we just thought it meant "really big"). Located entirely within Los Angeles's city limits (although you wo ... (continue... )

Hermosa Beach

Hermosa means "beautiful" in Spanish, a descriptor not lost on the nearly 20,000 residents who call Hermosa Beach home. Hollywood certainly seems to take the place at name-value, regularly filming on the beach and usually getting the pier in the frame. But glitz and glamour is the exception here--it's flip-flops, swim trunks, and tans that are the norm. The beach is teeming with surfers, volleyball players, and sunbathers; while joggers, bikers, skaters, and strollers ... (continue... )