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Vacation paradise and Dive Capital of the World. The first and longest of the Florida Keys, Key Largo's main feature here is the Florida Reef at John Pennecamp State Park, a preserve of living coral reef, probably one of the most colorful in the world. Excellent location for snorkeling, scuba diving and glass-bottom boat tours.

    Griffith Park is a L.A.'s large urban park and is famous as home for the Griffith Observatory, L.A. Zoo and Travel Town. The park consists of 4,100 acres on the east of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. There are a number of attractions, recreational facilities and cultural institutions located here along side wilderness areas and 54 miles of equestrian and hiking trails.

    Orginally part of the Rancho Los Feliz Spanish land grant, it was donated as a urban park to the City of Los Angeles in 1896 by its then owner, Griffith J. Griffith, a Welsh emigrant who made a fortune in gold mining.

    Mount Hollywood - The famous Hollywood sign can be seen along the south side of Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park.

    Griffith Park Visitor Center
    4730 Crystal Springs Dr, Los Angeles; (323) 913-4688;
    Open: 6AM-10PM;

    Bird Santuary - Along Vermont Canyon Road, bird-watchers can view many species in their natural habitat.
    Merry-Go-Round - Carousel with pipe music and 68 artisticly made horses (323) 665-3051.
    Sierra Club Hikes - Call park ranger office

    Los Angeles Zoo - Griffith Park
    The 113 acres of landscaped hills are home to more than 1200 mammals, birds and reptiles, including many rare and endangered species. See Adventure Island - the Children's Zoo that showcases animals native to the American Southwest. And Mahale Mountain, the Chimpanzee Exhibit, is another popular exhibit.

    Travel Town - Griffith Park
    This outdoor transportation museum features steam locomotives and other early railroad equipment. The outdoor exhibit area features early Los Angeles wagons, automobiles and fire-fighting equipment dating to the period 1869-1940.

    Griffith Park and Southern Railroad
    4400 Crystal Springs Rd, Griffith Park Los Angeles; (323) 664-6788;
    Miniature train carries passengers on a 1.5 mile route through the park.
    SR2 Simulator - Motion simulator near train station.

    Greek Theater
    Summer concerts (323) 665-1927
    6,100 seat theater built in 1930, nestled into a green, tree-enclosed canyon on a hillside in Griffith Park. Rich in history and legend, every year from April through October, LA's favorite outdoor concert venue hosts some of the biggest names in entertainment from pop to classical, reggae to rock.

    Autrey Museum of Western Heritage
    4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park, Los Angeles; (323) 667-2000;
    Open: Tues-Sun 10AM-5PM (Exc: Thanksgiving and Christmas Day);

    Art, artifacts and audiovisual exhibits tell the story of America's westward expansion. Special emphasis on film and television portrayals of western culture.

  • Western theater
  • Children's gallery

    Griffith Park Tennis Club
    2519 Lake View Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90039 323-662-8280; Club Website;
    Tournament Occurs at Griffith Park Tennis Courts at the intersection of Riverside Drive and Los Feliz Blvd., Join us in one of the longest running tournaments in the Los Angeles area - over 80 years plus. Bi-annual tournament in early May and early October.

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Host to the famous Tournament of Roses Parade and Norton Simon Museum and JPL Center. Pasadena's very famous New Years Day celebration has been running every year since 1889 and today it attracts over 5 million attendance plus a huge television telecast in multiple languages. Later the same day is the famous football challenge.

    Griffith Park Trails
    Mt Hollywood Trail - By far the most popular hiking trail in all of Griffith Park. One of the reasons for its popularity is access and a million dollar view of Los Angeles, including the Pacific Ocean and eastern San Fernando Valley. The beginning of the Hollywood trail starts in Fern Dell (Mococahuenga Canyon) at the bottom entrance to the park. A more popular and much shorter trail begins at the north end of the Griffith Observatory parking lot at the Charlie Turner trailhead.
    Bronson Caves - 1.75 miles round-trip, strenuous. This area of Griffith Park is probably the least visited area. The old abandoned rock quarry and it caves were at one time one of Hollywood's most famous filming locations including the Batman and Robin series. Opened in 1907 before it was part of the part, this area was the Los Angeles Stone Company and used as a source to construct the rail lines for the famous Red Cars of the 1930's and 40's. Driving along Franklin Ave. east of the Hollywood Fwy (101) turn north on Bronson or Canyon Drive. If on Bronson you will intersect with Canyon Drive, continue north thru the gates and park at the last parking lot before the locked gate at Hollywoodland Camp.
    Brush Canyon - Same location and direction as those for the Bronson Caves, however at the top parking lot for Hollywoodland Camp go thru the locked gate where you will be on the Brush Canyon Trail. This 1.25 mile (steep hike) goes to some of the tallest points in the hills here including Mt Hollywood, Mt Bell, Mt Chapel and Mt Lee. Although not a attractive mountain top, Mt. Lee boasts a SUPERB 360 view of the LA basin and San Fernando Valley. Looking down beneath you is the Hollywood sign as well as a great view of the Hollywood Reservoir.
    Amir's Garden - 1 mile round trip from the Mineral Wells Bridle Trail and head uphill. Just after the trail turns left you will pass a water tank and after a short while see the flagpole of Amir's Garden. The garden is at the top of a terraced hillside that was once barren and now planted with trees and shrubs, thanks to the endless love for the park by Amir Dialameh.
    Fern Dell / Western Canyon - 2.5 mile, moderate loop trail starts at the Griffith Observatory and walk down the fire road #21 at the east end of the Observatory building. Here you will find picnic tables, restrooms and a beautiful brook abundant with vegetation and a variety of plants, brook and trees including coastal redwoods.
    East Observatory Trail - 1.5 miles round trip, moderate.
    Aberdeen Trail - 2.75 miles one-way, moderate, starts from the upper end of Vermont, just north of the Greek Theater. At the upper end is the Bird Sanctuary and Nature Trail.
    Beacon Hill Loop - 3.75 miles round-trip, moderate. Beacon Hill was named for the airway beacon that was located on top of the hill to alert planes of the hills to the old Grand Central Airport in Glendale during the 1910's and 20's.
    Mineral Wells to Mt. Bell - 4.25 miles round-trip, moderate. This trail loop passes through the center of the park starting at Mineral Springs Picnic Area southside and continue to climb into the park's back country. Trail landmarks include Bee Rock and Mt. Bell.

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    Griffith Observatory and Planetarium
    2800 E. Observatory Rd, Griffith Park, Los Angeles; (323) 664-1191; Observatory Website;
    Observatory Open: Daily 12:30PM-10PM Mid-June to Labor Day / Daily 2PM-10PM Rest of year;
    Telescope Viewing: Tues-Sun Dusk -9:45PM;
    Planetarium Shows: Daily 1:30PM / 3PM / 7:30PM (1:30PM show targets young children);
    Laserium Shows: Phone for showtimes (818) 901-9405;
    Phone: (323) 663-8171: Night Sky Report

    Located on the south slope of Mount Hollywood, the observatory is popular place for viewing either the night time sky or the city light of L.A.

  • Astronomy classes
  • Gift shop and bookstore

    A bronze bust of James Dean is near the entryway marks where two scenes from the popular movie Rebel Without A Cause were filmed.

    Planetarium - Special effects theater that replicates the night sky and other celestial phenomena. A twin refracting telescope is available on clear evenings.

    Science Center - Displays a variety of exhibits about our relationship with the universe.

    Laserium - Laser-light shows coordinated to music.

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    Griffith Park Golf Course
    4730 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027; Course Website;

    Griffith Park boasts 4 Golf Courses which each year hosts the City Junior Golf Championship, the Men's and Women's City Golf Championship and hosted the Los Angeles Open in 1937, '38 and '39. The most difficult decision to make at Griffith Park is which course to play first.

    Griffith Park also features a 50 tee double-decked driving range. The driving range is open every day from 6:00 A.M. to 10:00 P.M. Griffith Park also offers 4 practice putting greens, 2 pitching and chipping greens and 1 practice bunker.

    Warren Harding Golf Course
    4730 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027;(323) 663-2555 Course Website;
    - par 72, opened in 1924

    Los Feliz Golf Course
    3207 Los Feliz Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90039; (323) 663-7758; Course Website;
    - par 27 course, opened in 1952.

    Woodrow Wilson Golf Course
    4730 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027;(323) 663-2555 Course Website;
    - par 72, opened in 1923.

    Franklin Roosevelt Golf Course
    2650 N. Vermont Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90027; (323) 665-2011; Course Website;
    - par 33, opened in 1937.

    The Barber Shop
    Located in the Clubhouse of the Wilson & Harding Golf Courses in Griffith Park
    4730 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles, Ca 90027; (323) 664-2255; Club Website;

    The Barber Shop won the America's 100 Best Golf Shop Award eight consecutive years. The Barber Shop also was recognized as the PGA Public Merchandiser of the Year by the Southern California PGA Section in 1993. The Barber Shop delivers exceptional service from a friendly and enthusiastic staff. Golf instruction is available with a special emphasis on Junior Golf.

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    Los Angeles Equestrian Center
    Opened in 1981, Southern California's largest Equestrian Center. Facilities include boarding stalls, training rings, restaurant/bar, banquet facilities, conference/meeting rooms, indoor and outdoor show arenas, grass fields, riding academy, award winning trainers, livery/rental stables, retail gift, supply and tack shops.
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    Griffith Park Farms
    Located at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center Barn B ;
    Griffith Park Farms is a full-service show and training barn that specialize in creating custom training programs for horse and rider. Additionally, select few horses are available for lease and we offer a full-service lesson program.

    Griffith Park Boys Camp - Summer Camp
    Fun weekly residential summer camp located in gorgeous wooded setting near the LA Zoo is designed for boys ages 6-17. Includes general outdoor activities, performing arts, equestrian, sports and crafts.
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