Thankfully, there are secluded spots near Los Angeles that are perfect for frolicking and spending your time enjoying the green. One of these spots is Hermosa Beach and its surrounding area as it has something for people of all ages.
Nature lovers will thrive in this wonderful botanical garden spreading across 150 acres of land in Southern California and open every day from 9 AM to 5 PM. Located just 20 minutes away from downtown Los Angeles, Descanso Gardens boasts the largest collection of camellias. Tea lovers will find bliss in the Japanese tea garden, while bird watchers will relish the thought of observing the abundance of bird species found in the vicinity.
Enchanted Railroad is the exact replica of a diesel train the kids will absolutely love. Boddy House is the mansion of the previous owner and founder of the garden, E. Manchester Boddy and a great example of architectural designs prevalent at the time. Note that the garden has certain restrictions regarding equipment and, if you’re planning on heavy-duty photography, you ought to call (818) 949-4200 and inquire on the limitations.
Switzer Falls Hiking Trail
Located at the Angeles National Forest, this hiking trail is shrouded in shade and provides a wonderful refreshment during hot summer days. This forest is brimming with wildlife, and you can see it on every step of the trail. Snap a couple of picture when you encounter an enchanting view and make sure to bring along a swimsuit, testing out the waters found at Upper Switzer Trails.
The Getty Center
Home of the Getty Villa, the Getty Center offers a wonderful exhibit of art and architecture to curious visitors. If you’re into picnicking, then you’re in for a treat, as the Getty Center boasts beautiful views and wide grass lawns. The villa itself houses Greek and Roman artifacts, including statues and paintings from both Greek and Roman art styles. However, do note that the Getty Villa requires an advance reservation and, though there is no admission fee, parking is $15.
Round up your visit to Hermosa Beach by visiting Balboa Park and taking a spin on the legendary carousel, built way back when in 1910. This is where Dr. Seuss allegedly used to come to find inspiration for his works. Once you see the wonders in the Desert Garden or walk through the Museum of Man, you will see why. In short, there is always a fun and interesting place to be found, just around the corner, and such a place near Los Angeles is most definitely Hermosa Beach.