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Top Outdoor Activities In Echo Park

Echo Park is a great place to live and play no matter what the season is, but the warmer months offer ample opportunity to partake in some outdoor activities. The neighborhood is centrally located, making it the perfect starting point for a myriad of activities and events. Here’s a few things you can do if you’re in the area:

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Echo Park Lake

You can’t have a conversation about outdoor activities in Echo Park without talking about Echo Park Lake. This historic park underwent a massive makeover and has remained a go-to ever since. The lotus flower blooms make way for the Lotus Festival (mentioned later) and downtown views make for the perfect backdrop to a sunny afternoon. Though you’ll have to keep an eye out for events, there’s plenty to do here on a day-to-day basis. Start your day by heading over to the revived boathouse for breakfast at Square One. Then have a picnic, go fishing, take a stroll through its pathways, or rent a pedal boat and coast along still waters.

Lunch Concerts In Grand Park

If you live in Echo Park but commute downtown for work, why not spend your lunch hours listening to music at Grand Park? The performance lawn will have free music and plenty of food trucks to satiate your hunger. Head over to check out the local talent every other Thursday throughout the year.

Get A Workout On Echo Park Stairs

Echo Park is renowned for its many staircases, some hidden and winding, while others offer phenomenal views of the Los Angeles landscape. Whatever your style, there’s a staircase for you. It makes for the perfect workout and helps build appreciation for the neighborhood. For a challenging workout, the Baxter staircase is your best bet. The 231 steps offer downtown LA views at the top, and you’ll even find a wealth of succulents at the bottom of the steps near Elysian Park. Alternatively, the Delta staircase offers some great views of the northern side of Echo Park and is adorned with natural floral displays growing along the stairwell.

Go To A Dodger’s Game

Head to the Dodger’s stadium and root for your home team. Tickets start at just $12, and it’s a perfect way to spend a sunny afternoon. Go for an infamous Dodger Dog, or head to one of Echo Park’s highly-rated restaurants nearby.

Beach Yoga

There’s little doubt that beach yoga is worth traveling for. Head over to the beach for SUNSET Beach Yoga with Brad. The class is held by Brad Keimach, a Juilliard-trained conductor who’s also a yoga enthusiast and health lecturer. Classes are held on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and while no registration is required, there is a minimum donation of $15 for each 90-minute session. The Santa Monica Business Group voted the class “Best Yoga Business in Santa Monica” for the past three years.

Lotus Festival

Every year, the City of Los Angeles hosts the The Lotus Festival, an Echo Park Lake event that occurs during the lotus flower summer bloom. Each year, the festival is hosted by a different country. Last year, the host was Bangladesh, while this year, its 38th installment will be hosted by China. Expect traditional dancing, food, and other attractions inspired by the Chinese culture. This year, the event will be held July 14th and 15. There will be dragon boat races, free family-friendly entertainment, a silent auction, and much more. Visit the Lotus site for more information.

2018 LA Beer Fest

Starting at just $45, you’ll have access to unlimited beer tastings at the 2018 LA Beer Fest, held at LA Center Studios Studios over the course of two three-hour sessions (one session per ticket). Last year’s event was completely sold out, and this marks its 10th annual event. Expect dozens of domestic and international beers, food trucks, and live music. Proceeds from this event will go towards Noah’s B-ark, Inc, a non-profit organization whose aim is to rescue dogs from shelters and place them in permanent homes.

Best Family Spots in Echo Park

As Echo Park real estate continues to break price tag records and more people migrate to the area, you might be wondering what family-friendly activities you can partake in. Echo Park is popular spot for young adults, with some of the best restaurants and venues in Los Angeles, but what about your little ones? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are six of the best family spots in Echo Park.

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See A Show At The Bob Baker Marionette Theatre

There’s a reason why the Bob Baker Marionette Theatre has so many stellar reviews on Yelp; it’s the perfect show for families and provides some of the most unique entertainment in East LA. The description for the company’s upcoming show, “Something To Crow About,” perfectly sums up the entire experience: “The most enchanting place on Earth… A place that exists in every child’s imagination, and is a warm glow in the secret heart of the adult.”

Originally started in 1963, it’s the oldest children’s theatre in Los Angeles and was designated as a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument. Every year, the performance utilizes over 2000 handcrafted puppets for a show-stopping puppetry performance. During the holidays, the company also runs festive-themed productions like Bob Baker’s “Nutcracker” and “Holiday On Strings.” Admission to the space is free for children under two.

Echo Park Lake

Echo Park Lake has stunning views of downtown Los Angeles and serves as the epicenter of the community. Whether you’re walking along the park’s paths, having a family picnic, or pedaling across the lake on a pedal boat, there’s plenty to do here. Other activities you can indulge in include fishing, guided canoe and gondola tours, and a visit to the boat house.

See A Dodgers Game

What’s a more classic family outing than a good ol’ fashioned baseball game? Fortunately, the Los Angeles’ Dodgers Stadium is right in Echo Park, so families don’t have to go too far. Sit back and relax in the sun with a hotdog or bag of peanuts. Maybe one of your kids will even catch a ball. Before you go, check out these tips for taking your kids to a baseball game.

Visit Button Mash

Right around the corner from the Dodgers Stadium is Button Mash––an ideal family outing for your average weekend, with better than average arcade games and cuisine. With an impressive lineup of old school video games, this food-fun hybrid is ringing with energy. Classics like “Food Fight” and “Ms. Pac Man” keep the little ones entertained, and a diverse food menu ensures that everyone has their fair share of good food and leaves with a full stomach.

Buy Something at the Echo Park Time Travel Mart

For a quick trip back (or forward) in time, take the family to visit the Echo Park Time Travel Mart. Here, you can purchase magazines like “Self Defense For Time Travelers” and groceries like “Robot Milk,” “Mammoth Chunks” and “Fresh Dinosaur Eggs.” Of course, the entire thing is a gimmick, but it’s all a part of the adventure. The store was created by creative company 826, who also have other unique retail locations in Brooklyn and San Francisco.

The store also doubles as a non-profit; in the back, students are taught creative and expository writing, and all proceeds go towards funding lessons. If you’re interested in what they’re up to, you can purchase student publications in the freezer.

Cool Off at Icy Rush

Icy Rush Co creates Latin-inspired ice cream flavors from scratch. This artisan creamery originally started by catering to children’s parties, and still does––only now, they’ve expanded to provide a nostalgic ice cream experience for families everywhere. Flavors include Horchata, coffee cake, coconut flake, smores, and Mexican chocolate. The ice-cream boutique uses only organic ingredients, and also has vegan and dairy-free ice cream options. On Wednesdays, single scoops are doubled for free.

Best New Year’s Celebrations Around Echo Park

It’s that time of the year again to start researching where you’ll go to ring in the new year! It’s an exciting endeavor, but with so many options, it can be difficult to hone in on where you’ll have the most fun. That decision is even more tiring when you’re looking for an event that isn’t so far from home. We’ve narrowed down some of the best New Year’s celebrations around Echo Park to make your choice a little easier. These options accomodate all types of budgets and party styles. As usual, the Los Angeles Metro service will be providing free routes on rail and bus from 9pm to 2am on New Year’s Eve. Here are our top picks.

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N.Y.E.L.A.

N.Y.E.L.A. is touted as the West Coast’s flagship New Year’s Eve celebration, where thousands of fellow LA neighbors come together as one. City Hall will splashed in color as the countdown is projected onto the building. There will be live performances, food, photo booths, and more. For those going to the NYE Los Angeles Rams vs. San Francisco 49ers afternoon game at the Coliseum, there will be enhanced Metro service directly between the stadium and N.Y.E.L.A. at Grand Park. This event is promised to be a colorful Angeleno experience to remember. Check out more information about the event here.

Prohibition NYE

Now in its 6th year, Prohibition NYE is a 20s-style theme party you don’t want to miss.  Come dressed in your best Roaring Twenties attire and prepare for a night of live DJs, jazz music, custom cocktails, champagne fountains, and show-stopping burlesque dancers. At midnight, a 60-foot custom ball will be dropped — and the party will go on. Join your fellow party-goers at Union Station for a majestic night of Prohibition-style dancing.

Queen Mary

The Queen Mary has a little something for everyone. Dance the night away while coasting through gentle waters and taking in the beautiful Los Angeles skyline. Listen to music from a Selena Tribute Band, Sir Mix A Lot, and Los Chicos Del 512.

The Las Vegas Showgirls will kick-off the evening’s celebrations, and different areas of the boat will cater to different types of music. The Verandah Deck Gazebo will feature Top 40 hits; DJ Cutt will be playing the best EDM in the Queen’s Salon; over at the Royal Salon, guests can catch live performances by Daniel Bonte and the Bonafide; and lastly, the VIP Britannia Salon will feature music from the Dueling Pianos.

The countdown will culminate with a full display of fireworks, and those aboard will have the best view of the midnight-colored sky. In addition to the live performances, there will of course be plenty of food and drinks.

Cleopatra’s NYE Ball

California Nightlife is hosting its 9th annual Cleopatra’s NYE Ball at the Egyptian Theatre. Tickets don’t come cheap, but they do include a five-hour open bar, three rooms, and separate VIP areas. Top Hollywood DJs (DJ Rico 100, DJ Shanto, & DJ Structure) will be playing Top 40, Hip Hop, and House. This celebration has been rated the best NYE gathering for six years in a row. A grand courtyard will be decorated in festive lighting with both indoor and outdoor dancing in the heart of Hollywood Boulevard. Though the event is Cleopatra-themed, guests are not required to dress according to theme. Buy tickets here.

Minimal Effort

Minimal Effort is a finely-curated champion in the underground house and techno scene. A few times a year, they bring together some of the best international DJs to set the stage for a wildly fun countdown. Expect to bring in the new year with over 3,000 house fans. There will be multiple indoor and outdoor stages, and the lineup includes Justin Martin, DJ Tennis, Jimmy Edgar, J. Phlip, and DJ Three. You can purchase your tickets here.

Ace Hotel Palm Springs – Wavves

If you’re looking for an NYE event in Los Angeles that doesn’t break the bank, Wavves fits the bill. This mini-music festival is taking place at the Commune at Ace Hotel and Swim Club in Palm Springs, where guests can take a dip in the pool and dance to music from Wavves, The Love Language, and Desert Daze DJs. Tickets include a champagne toast at the stroke of midnight.

Candi Pop Dance Party

If you want to go back in time, the Candi Pop Dance Party is probably for you. With emphasis on the 90s, this party will be playing all your turn-of-the-millenium favorites. Expect Britney Spears, *NSYNC, Madonna, Backstreet Boys, Mandy Moore, the Spice Girls, and many more. Candi Pop calls it “a bubblegum dance party littered with all your guilty pleasures.” For party-goers who want to jump into the future with a blast from the past, get your tickets here.

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Griffith Park (Los Feliz)

Need some time away from the city? Head over to Griffith Park in Los Feliz, a neighborhood in Los Angeles. Owned by the city, this recreational land is enjoyed by Californians who escape there to go swimming, play golf, picnic, rent bicycles, camp, ride horses, and hike the trails. Known as the “Central Park of Los Angeles,” Griffith Park is home to the Heritage Tree, the Autry National Center, the Los Angeles Zoo, the Travel Town Museum, and the Friendship Auditorium. Read on to learn more.

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Colonel Griffith J. Griffith, originally from Wales, traveled to America during the 19th century. With the wealth he accumulated through gold mines, he purchased land in Los Angeles known as Rancho Los Feliz that would become the Griffith Park. After purchasing the land, he started an ostrich farm. Later, Griffith donated the park to the city of Los Angeles for the purpose of serving as a city park that would provide “recreation and rest for the masses” (website).

As time went on, the park continued to expand, including the addition of 100 acres named after Cahuenga Peak. Today, the park covers five-square miles (4,310 acres). When you visit Griffith Park, be sure to include all of the sites in your visit.

-Greek Theatre (funded by Griffith)

-Griffith Observatory (funded by Griffith)

-Friendship Auditorium

-Los Angeles River

-Los Angeles Zoo

-Heritage Tree

-Feliz Adobe

-Travel Town Museum

-Autry National Center

-Hollywood Sign

-Visitors Center Auditorium

-site of the Griffith Park Zoo (now serves as a picnic area)

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Dogs are welcome on leashes and cyclists enjoy specific trails. Griffith Park is the perfect family destination for barbecues, birthday parties, cultural events, tennis, soccer, and baseball . Located at 4730 Crystal Springs Drive from 5 am to 10:30 pm.

You may recognize Griffith Park as the background scenery in Hollywood productions. It has been used as a filming location for the music video “Gun and Horses” (by Ellie Goulding), Criminal Minds, The Closer, “If I Had You” music video (by Adam Lambert), Full House, and the feature films Birth of a Nation (directed by D.W. Griffith in 1915), Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Back to the Future and its sequel, and La La Land.

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About Los Feliz: Los Feliz is a historic neighborhood in Los Angeles and is bordered by the Santa Monica Mountains, the Hollywood Hills, the Hollywood Sign, Silver Lake, and Atwater Village. Los Feliz developed from a portion of what was previously the Rancho Los Feliz land grant. Eventually, the land grant became the neighborhoods of Los Feliz and Silver Lake. Today, 35,000 residents call Los Feliz home.

Other destinations in Los Feliz include:

-Barnsdall Art Park

-Los Feliz Heights Steps

-first Walt Disney Animation Studio.Walt Disney first drew Mickey Mouse in his uncle’s garage,

-Vista Theater

-Lovell Health House by Richard Neutra,

-Hollyhock House

-Franklin Avenue Bridge (also known as the Shakespeare Bridge)

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Vista Theater

The historic Vista Theater in Los Feliz is a cultural landmark and artifact of life in Los Angeles. Located at 4473 Sunset Drive, this antique movie theater features a 50-foot movie screen, vintage architecture, and cement handprints from famous actors, actresses, and directors.

Spend a night out and go see a movie or the occasional concert at the Vista. It’s also available for special events, birthdays, and weddings. Many filmmakers have used the Vista as a shooting location and have premiered their films on its screen.

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This famous silver screen was opened in October of 1923, which means that it is almost one-hundred-years-old. Back in the roaring twenties, the theater went by the name Lou Bard Playhouse and it hosted vaudeville shows before it screened the film Tips, starring actress Baby Peggy.

Today, the Vista Theater projects films on both a Sony Digital projector as well as a 35 mm film projector. For example, Interstellar (directed by Christopher Nolan) was screened on 35 mm film at the Vista a week before its national premiere. Contemporary films are screened on a regular basis at the Visa now. The Secret Movie Club Film Festival of 2017 features movies screened every weekend of the month of August. It’s not every day you get the opportunity to see classics (like Freaks, Blue Velvet, Dr. Strangelove, and Roadhouse) on the big screen. Find out more here.

The Egyptian aesthetic in the building’s décor was popular in America in the twenties, and this historic building was designed by Lewis A. Smith. Think of Intolerance (1916) by D.W. Griffith. Ronald Wright later added etchings of hieroglyphics to the design. The original layout of the theater space contained 838 seats, but half of the seating was removed later to increase legroom for audience members. Now the Vista is known for “the most legroom in Hollywood.”

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Check out this YouTube video by American Public Media to learn more. Thomas Theaters renovated the Vista Theater during the eighties, and it is currently owned by Lance Alspaugh.

You may have been to Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, but don’t forget to visit the forecourt at the Vista Theater, where you’ll see the cement handprints of famous Hollywood actors and directors. Are you a Spike Jonze fan? Love laughing at John C. Reily? Or are you more into John Landis films? See the mark left by the cast and crew of famous pictures like Ed Wood, Swingers, Show Girls, Poltergeist, and more. Baby Peggy herself was featured in a handprint ceremony at the Vista when she was 91-years-old to celebrate the theater’s history. Other celebrated artists include Tenacious D, Ray Harryhausen, Forrest J. Ackerman, Penelope Spheeris, Vilmos Zsigmond, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and more.

About Los Feliz:

Los Feliz is a neighborhood in central Los Angeles known for its history as a California land grant and as the home of various Hollywood celebrities. Los Feliz was the neighborhood where Walt Disney first drew Mickey Mouse in his uncle’s garage, and it was home to his first animation studio. Today, Los Feliz covers two-and-a-half acres of land and is home to approximately 35,500 citizens. The borders of Los Feliz touch the Santa Monica Mountains, Hollywood, Griffith Park, Atwater Village, Silver Lake, the Los Angeles River, and the Hollywood Hills.

The Rancho Los Feliz land grant was a parcel of land covering six-and-a-half acres. It was granted to Corporal Jose Vicente Feliz (the neighborhood’s namesake). In Griffith Park, you’ll see the adobe home his children built, which still exists. Now, the same land is what we know as Los Feliz and Silver Lake.

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Visit Los Feliz Village for excellent shopping, dining, nightlife, and vintage stores. Drive by Laughlin Park, Los Feliz Estates, Los Feliz Hills, Franklin Hills, Los Feliz Square, and Los Feliz Knolls to get to know the neighborhood better. Celebrities like Adam Levine, James Cameron, Jenji Kohan, Geena Davis, Lily Tomlin, Val Kilmer, Beck, Spike Jonze, Katherine Heigl, Brad Pitt and more have lived in Los Feliz.

Other historic sites to visit in Los Feliz include:

-The Franklin Avenue Bridge (“The Shakespeare Bridge”)

-The Ennis House, the Sowden House, and the Hollyhock House, designed by famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright

-The Los Feliz Heights Steps

-The Lovell Health House, designed by Richard Neutra

-The First Walt Disney Animation Studio and the Animation School for the Walt Disney Studios

-The original Feliz Adobe in Griffith Park

Enjoy your time in Los Feliz and the great city of Los Angeles.

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Top Family Activities in Mt. Washington

The neighborhood of Mt. Washington in northeast Los Angeles among the San Rafael Hills is located nearby multiple activities the whole family can enjoy. Read on to learn about even more reasons to love living in sunny Los Angeles.

Kidspace Children’s Museum

Take your children on an educational and memorable adventure at the Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena (near the Rose Bowl and located in Brookside Park). The museum specializes in providing children the opportunity to learn about science, nature, art, and more through interactive exhibits and environments and museum programming. Kids under 1 get in free and programming is offered for kids between 1 and 10-years-old. The pairing of learning and play teaches children to discover the joy of learning. At the same time, the museum setting encourages families to play together and spend quality time with one another. Various exhibits are also set outdoors, so children can enjoy time outside and learn about physics. Free Family Nights take place between 4 pm and 8 pm on the first Tuesday of each month. Go to the museum’s website for more details, visitor information, hours, and ticket pricing.

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Galco’s Soda Pop Stop

Does creating your own soda flavor sound like something your family would enjoy doing together? We think it sounds like a one-of-a-kind experience! Craft your own soda at Galco’s Soda Pop Stop. Once a family-run grocery store, Galco’s offers more than 400 soda flavors. John F. Nese transformed his family’s store Galco’s Old World Grocery into a soda store. The original Italian deli still serves up its famous Blockbuster sandwiches within the store. The Soda Creation Station offers 100 cane sugar syrups. Customers mix their choice of syrups with carbonated water. If you’d rather take home premade soda, your choices are endless. Galco’s carries national flavors, international flavors, and a whirlwind of options. Sodas to choose from include egg cream, dandelion, butterscotch, passionfruit, cucumber, guava, honey, vanilla, strawberry, rhubarb, rose, mango, peach, chocolate, birch, caramel, lavender, and more. Galco’s also stocks 600 types of beer and bottles of champagne, wine, cider, and mead. Kids will enjoy browsing retro and vintage candy and toys. You can also shop from Galco’s online store (a minimum online order is 6 bottles of soda).

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LA River Kayak Safari

Spend a weekend in Elysian Valley and explore the Los Angeles River on the LA River Kayak Safari. With 4.0 stars on Google and 4.5 stars on Yelp, this adventure company is making a splash. LA River Kayak Safari offers two adventure options: an easy and a difficult adventure experience. Different sections of the river measure at different difficulty levels, including both lazy river areas and Class II areas. Get away from city life for a day with your family and learn how to do some urban paddling on the river.

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Moon Canyon Park

Take a traditional trip to the park with your family and enjoy a day at Moon Canyon Park. At 300 San Rafael, Moon Canyon Park is the perfect place to let your children enjoy the playground, go on a trail with the family and your dogs, and feast on a picnic in the sun.

Mt. Washington was founded in 1909. It’s home to the Self-Realization Fellowship and Eldred Street, one of the steepest streets in Los Angeles. To learn more about Mt. Washington, visit Real Estate Unlimited’s website.

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Los Angeles Police Museum – Mt. Washington

Residents of Los Angeles, as well as visitors, will fall in love with the history of the area. Historic sites like Heritage Square Museum in Mt. Washington, Downtown Los Angeles, and Dodger Stadium will keep you busy. See what life once was like in beautiful Southern California by taking a trip to the Los Angeles Police Museum in Mt. Washington.

Located at 6045 York Boulevard, the Los Angeles Police Museum is open for ticketed patrons. Group tours are also available by appointment (just call). A general ticket is only $9 and children under the age of twelve enter for free. Be sure to check their website and their hours, because they are not open every day. However, it is open to the public on the third Saturday of every month. Parking at the museum is free to the public.

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A new audio tour guides patrons through the history of the museum. The Los Angeles Police Museum is the oldest police station built in the city of Los Angeles. It was once known as the Highland Park Police Station (built in the 1920s), and the station closed in the 1980s. Names of donors are featured on the museum’s Memorial Brick Wall. In January of 1984, the Highland Park Police Station was named a Historic Cultural Monument of the city.

Visitors have the opportunity to meet police dogs like Nellie on the bomb squad (see http://laphs.org/), learn about how police dealt with the case of the Hillside Stranglers, and how the station was almost bombed in the 1970s. The Los Angeles Police Station has been featured in major motion pictures as well as in television shows shot in Los Angeles. It was filmed for the setting of the Pawnee Police Station on the popular comedy show Parks and Recreation (starring Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Nick Offerman, and Chris Pratt). A fascinating history surrounds the police station, including the story of Police Chief Daryl Gates, who was arrested at the Highland Park Police Station as a young man before his future as a police captain.

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Historical gems are easy to find in Los Angeles and areas like Mt. Washington. Other Historic Monuments in Los Angeles (to name a few) include:

-Judson Studios

-Southwest Museum

-Mount Washington Cable Car Station

-Mount Washington Self Realization Fellowship Headquarters

-Heritage Square Museum

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In 1909, the land that would become Mt. Washington in Los Angeles consisted of hillsides and mountainous areas. Robert Marsh built a hotel there and citizens ran ostrich farms. Today, Los Angeles residents enjoy the luxury real estate in Mt. Washington, and people are drawn to sites like the Self-Realization Fellowship, the Arroyo Seco River, and Devil’s Gate. Additionally, Mt. Washington is only a short drive from Downtown Los Angeles.

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Heritage Square Museum – Mt. Washington

Architecture lovers, history buffs, design students, and those visiting Los Angeles would all find something to explore at the Heritage Square Museum near Mt. Washington. A museum ticket includes a guided tour of the historic homes moved to Heritage Square from different corners of the city of Los Angeles, beginning with the Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument Program in 1961.

The homes at the museum are quite different from the modern architecture in other areas of Mt. Washington. In Montecito Heights, the homes at Heritage Square are examples of the Victorian architecture that was popular in Los Angeles in the 19th century and the early 20th century.

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For example, the Hale House (see picture below) was restored, including the original paint colors and interiors. George W. Morgan built the home in 1887, and it was originally located at 3800 Homer Street.

Hale House

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The other homes at the Heritage Square include the Perry Mansion, which was designed by E.F. Kysor for William Hayes Perry. The Victorian Italianate home is known for the elegant stairway and the Corinthian columns. It was originally located in Boyle Heights.

An artefact from 1876, the Palms Depot brought visitors and newcomers to California via the Southern Pacific. Today, it is the museum store and visitor center.

It may sound unusual to us now, but houses with eight sides were once quite popular. The Longfellow-Hastings Octagon House (see picture below) is an example of the style. Some argued that octagon houses allowed more light and air into homes. The house was built in 1893 on San Pasqual Street for Gilbert Longfellow who was a farm owner.

Longfellow-Hastings Octagon House

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The gorgeous wood carvings at the Ford House (see picture below), built in 1887, are a sight to behold. The French Mansard roof on the Valley Knudsen House (see last photo below) exemplifies the unique architecture of the west. You’ll also be able to visit the Carriage Barn and the Lincoln Ave Church on site. A new addition to the museum is the Colonial Drug building. George A. Simmons’ family donated original pieces from his drug store, which were used in the museum’s recreation of the space.

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At the Heritage Square Museum, visitors enjoy performances, programming, weddings, parties, and learning about the history of architecture and life in Los Angeles. Heritage Square participates in the event Museums of Arroyo Day, alongside the Autry’s Historic Southwest Museum and the Pasadena Museum of History.

Valley Knudsen House

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Other famous homes to see in Los Angeles include the Lummis House, the Greek Revival Nickel-Leong Mansion, and the Gamble House. Mt. Washington is a neighborhood in Los Angeles, and it is located in the Northeast region. Founded in 1909, it sits within the San Rafael Hills. Eldred Street and the Southwest Museum are historic and famous sites in Mt. Washington. While in Los Angeles, also be sure to visit the Kidspace Children’s Museum, the Time Travel Mart, and the Audubon Center.

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The Audubon Center at Debs Park

Los Angeles is home to unique ecosystems as well as a long tradition of public parklands and environmental conservation. In this post, we’ll take you on a virtual tour of one of the city’s most inventive ecological resources, the Audubon Center at Debs Park.

The Center first opened in 2003, designed as a conservation and environmental education center that would allow Los Angeles residents to visit and learn about local wildlife in their natural habitat.

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The Center is situated in Debs Park, the fourth largest public park in the city of Los Angeles. A rolling swath of grasslands northeast of downtown Los Angeles, most of the park’s sprawling acreage is covered in walnut-oak woodland and coastal sage scrub – the same flora that filled the Los Angeles Basin before it became a metropolis. The area has become a haven for birds, and over 140 separate species have been recorded in the park’s environs – the park’s shaded trails are filled with birdsong.

The Center at Debs Park is operated by Audubon California, a state-level field program of the National Audubon Society. Part of the Society’s mission is to engage young people, as well as to cultivate diverse audiences in the Los Angeles area. Designed to serve as a recreation and education venue, the Center is a unique community gathering spot and dynamic focal point for outdoor activity, hands-on environmental learning, and wildlife conservation.

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The Center’s mission is to teach the public about the unique value of nature, inspiring visitors to understand and care for the natural world by allowing them to encounter it firsthand. Community and education programs at Debs Park are engineered to engage children and their families with the outdoor world, giving them a personal stake in safeguarding the environment by showing them how environmental concerns are relevant to their own lives.

Looking for kid-friendly sites for local excursions? Visit the Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena!

The Audubon Center includes extensive displays about California’s extraordinary bird species, from the scurrying quail to the soaring condor. Visitors can see their feathered neighbors outdoors on monthly all-ages bird walks. Many of the Center’s activities are geared towards introducing visitors to surrounding Debs Park, and the Center’s crowded social calendar also includes guided hikes, community science projects, art classes, musical performances, film screenings, yoga, tai chi, and seasonal celebrations. Most programs are free of charge and open to the public. The park itself is mostly dog-friendly, with facilities for fishing and picnics.

The Center’s ecological mission extends to design – the Audubon Center was the first LEED platinum certified building in the country, and one of the very first carbon-neutral buildings constructed in the United States. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a program developed to encourage architects, owners, builders, and communities to plan and construct energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly buildings. LEED is the most widely-used verification system of its kind, and it has become the “green standard” for ecological building innovation.

LEED certification is designed to work for all buildings of all shapes and sizes, from single-family homes to skyscrapers, and the rating system is intended to address many different aspects of environmentally-conscious design: water and energy savings, efficient use of space, renewable materials, and reduced emissions. The Audubon Center at Debs Park holds the highest possible rating, an accolade that reflects everything from its innovative architecture to its ecological advocacy.

A big component of LEED rating is strategic use of space – renewable materials and energy efficient technology can take you a long way, but cutting down on waste also means making sure that every building becomes a durable resource. The Center’s “platinum” certification is also based on its commitment to providing a multi-use public space to members of the community. Not content to rest on its laurels, the Center holds free public seminars on LEED certification and design, so that local home and business owners can learn how to make these improvements themselves.

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The Audubon Center works hard to be kid-friendly as well as environment-friendly, and a big part of its community engagement comes from local school field trips, since Debs Park is preserved as a natural space but maintained as an accessible local parkland. There’s an extensive play and exploration area located just behind the Center buildings with plenty of activities for kids, as well as a short Butterfly Trail perfect for younger hikers. The Center leads group nature walks from the center, and visitors can ask about upcoming hikes at the information desk. If you’d like to take a family or solo hike, docents at the center offer maps and route recommendations for all ages, and the Audubon Center offers backpacks and binoculars on loan for free to park visitors!

Interested in more opportunities for hiking? Check out Eaton Canyon in South Pasadena!

Visit the Debs Park Audubon Center to learn about local wildlife, and then take a stroll around the trails outside to see California’s extraordinary native birds in their natural surroundings!

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Pasadena City College Flea Market

While waiting for the 626 Night Market near South Pasadena to start this summer, get out and enjoy the California sun while visiting the Pasadena City College Flea Market. You may have never heard of a nonprofit flea market before, but this one is the largest of its kind in the state of California. For the bargain hunters out there, you will not be able to resist more than 400 vendors offering deals and the food trucks serving lunch and treats.

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The Pasadena City College Flea Market is located on the college campus at 1570 E Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, California. It spans both the West Side Parking Lot and the East Side Parking Lot (both of which are covered, so you won’t have to spend the entire day in the sun). The market is run by the Board of Directors, and the proceeds go to a scholarship for college students. Keep the first Sunday of the month free, and go shopping between the hours of 8 am and 3 pm.

You’ll find anything you could need and more from the various vendors at the market, including carpets, potted plants and succulents, artwork, sunglasses, handmade ceramics, Halloween decorations, clothing, jewelry, kitchenware, antiques, music, furniture, collectibles, and more. Redecorate your kitchen, find the perfect vase for a bouquet of flowers, and complete your music collection in one trip.

The Record Swap event at the flea market is extremely popular, where shoppers search for and trade records, CDs, and DVDs. You’ll find it on the ramp on the fourth floor in Lot 5.

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The Pasadena City College Flea Market was pioneered in 1977 by Tom and Tim Selinske in 1977. Pasadena City College was founded in 1924; it was originally named Pasadena Junior College until it was combined with John Muir College. Admission to the market is free, and parking is a small fee of two dollars per car. There are also shuttles that take shoppers between the two parking structures.

Pasadena is a city in Los Angeles, California in the San Gabriel Valley and the famous home of the Tournament of Roses Parade. While in Pasadena, visit the Rose Bowl Stadium, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena Playhouse, Norton Simon Museum, and Old Town Pasadena.

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