Best Picnic Spots in LA

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LA is blessed with picnic weather all year round, which means alfresco dining is always a great option.Los Angeles also boasts a fabulous array of picnic options from downtown to high above and even in the grounds of a famous actors estate.So, whether you live in LA or are just visiting, there's plenty of great reasons to pack a picnic hamper or a portable feast and soak up some of LA's great alfresco dining locations. These are some of the best picnic spots in Los Angeles.The Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles is a great spot to picnic or relax between sights.This 12-acre park, located between Spring Street and Grand Avenue, has an excellent location in the heart of the city's Civic Center. It is surrounded by iconic attractions such as the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Broad Museum, and the City Hall.The part of the park closer to Spring Street is equipped with playgrounds, a dog park (dogs are allowed on-leash in other areas of the park), restrooms, and potable water fountains.You are free to explore the gardens, memorials, and public art installations scattered around the park. You should pay special attention to the upper part of the park where you will find the Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain, a coffee shop, and the park's unique bright pink furniture.The base of the fountain is used as a splash zone for kids, or even big kids if they choose. From here there is also an incredible view of City Hall. For picnic supplies, you can head to the Grand Central Market, which is a 3 minutes walk away. Grand Central Market has some fantastic establishments specialising in cheese, charcuterie, and fresh bread. Or you can buy a meal (pizza, tacos, BBQ) and take it to the park. The Grand Park hosts a variety of events throughout the year. Do not be surprised if you find a market, celebration, display, or concert on the grounds. You will often get lucky with food trucks and vendors at these events.The park can be accessed by public transport - the Metro's red line has a Civic Center/Grand Park station. Or, if you drive, there is plenty of parking in the area.The Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area is a prime spot to enjoy Los Angeles’ natural open spaces. With an extension of 401-acres, the urban oasis offers visitors a plethora of amenities.The park is hilly surrounded by flat terrain with more than seven miles of walking and hiking trails. The trails offer impressive vistas of the Hollywood Sign, the Santa Monica Mountains, Downtown Los Angeles, the international airport, and Pacific Ocean.Kenneth Hahn has more than 100 picnic tables, BBQs, volleyball courts, basketball courts, a disc golf course, soccer fields, gardens, and playgrounds. The lake is stocked with rainbow trout or catfish (depending on the season). There are plenty of supermarkets nearby where you can pick up picnic or BBQ supplies. If you prefer not to DIY a picnic, there are lots of restaurants in the area, serving dishes from different cuisines. There is also an on-site concession which sells simple food.Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area is better accessed by car. The closest train station is Jefferson/La Cienega on the Metro’s Green Line. As a reference, Kenneth Hahn is located 10 miles from Downtown Los Angeles, 15 miles from Santa Monica, and 17 miles from Venice Beach. There is a $6 fee on weekends and holidays. Nearby attractions include the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook, Downtown Culver City, Sony Studios, and the Natural History Museum.One of the most scenic spots in Los Angeles is also one of the best places to throw down a picnic blanket and admire the city from above. For a unique experience, try a sunset picnic at Griffith Park to see the Los Angeles skyline cloaked in every hue of pink.Choose an evening with clear skies in the forecast, and as night falls, you’ll see the city lights turn on to mimic the stars above. After your alfresco supper, wander into the Griffith Observatory to peer into the telescope and admire the cosmos above. Entrance is free for visitors. There are plenty of educational exhibits which also make a day visit to the Griffith Observatory worthwhile.