Sunday, February 3, 2008
One of my absolute favorite places to visit in all of Southern California is Griffith Park. I grew up just a couple of miles from the park and spent many days enjoying the park with family and friends. It's the perfect place for families to visit. The park is home to many attractions including the Griffith Park Observatory, Los Angeles Zoo, The Greek Theater, Gene Autry Museum and Travel Town. I wanted to share with you some of my favorite things to do at the park with little ones, that might not be as well known as the above mentioned attractions.
One of my favorite things to do inside the park with young children is to pay a visit to the Griffith Park Southern Railroad. The miniature railroad has entertained young and old in the park since 1948. The track stretches for over a mile and takes the rider past pony rides, through a lush green meadow, an old western town and past a North American village.
The fun doesn't stop there for little ones. Does your little one love horses? If they do (what kid doesn't right?), you're in luck because there are also great pony and horse rides. They are located next to the railroad at the front entrance to the park on Los Feliz Blvd. Ponies and horses give the little ones safe and secure rides around a track. Your kiddos can also ride in a covered wagon ride if their heart desires.
Once you've had your fill of ponies and trains head over to the the center of the park for a fantastic ride on the Griffith Park Merry - Go - Round. The carousel has been a part of the park since 1937 . It's a great ride and boasts 68 horses and everyone of them is a jumper.
Bring a picnic basket, some snacks and you have the recipe for a perfect day with your family.
The Griffith Park Railroad is open everyday of the week from 10am to 4:30pm on weekdays and 10am to 5pm on weekends. Train rides are 2.50 each
Pony rides are open from Tue-Sun from 10 am to 4pm. Rides are 1.50 and are for children ages 1-10- with a weight limit of 100 pounds.
Griffith Park Carousel is open on weekends throughout the year and everyday in the summer. Open from 10am to 5pm. Griffith Park Carousel ticket prices are $1.50 per ride.
Almost forgot to mention, make sure to bring cash and sunscreen.