Looking for something exciting (yet, simple) to do this summer? Picnics are our go-to activity when we feel like getting some fresh air and spending time exploring the fabulous Los Angeles area. You don’t have to hire a picnic company and go all out on decorations every time you feel like having a picnic. Sometimes simple is better and it’s nice to just grab some takeout, find a cute spot and layout a blanket. Luckily for us, LA is filled with beautiful parks, scenic spots and hidden gems that are perfect for a casual picnic. Here are some of our LA Girl favorites for your next picnic!
Address: Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401
The Pacific Palisades is one of the dreamiest neighborhoods in Los Angeles, and this park is no exception. Overlooking the ocean, on the bluffs above PCH, this park is a prime location. Grab some food from Erewhon across the street, lay out a few beach towels and set up your spot for the most relaxing day. The Palisades is also a great neighborhood to explore with lots of walking friendly streets and tons of shopping. After your lunchtime picnic is over, head out to explore the endless amounts of fun that the Palisades has to offer.
Lake Hollywood Park
Address: 3160 Canyon Lake Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068
Lake Hollywood Park has to be the spot with the best view of the Hollywood Sign in all of Los Angeles. Take a quick drive up into the hills, and enjoy this adorable park, with some of your closest gals or even a lucky someone. Lake Hollywood Park is always filled with dogs and kids, and is a super family friendly place to spend the evening. It is also located near the Lake Hollywood Reservoir, which has tons of walking paths where you can explore the reservoir and enjoy panoramic views.
Mulholland Scenic Lookout
Address: 8591 Mulholland Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Mulholland Drive is definitely one of the most famous Los Angeles roads. Though it may test your driving skills, once you get to the hop of the Hollywood Hills, it is an unbeatable view (you’ll understand what we mean when you see it!). There are countless scenic viewpoints where you can stop throughout Mulholland Drive. Mulholland Scenic Lookout is a stunning overlook of the city, and a must-see spot for a sunset picnic in the back of your car. Pop the trunk, set up some snacks and enjoy the views.
Address: 1485 Virginia Rd, San Marino, CA 91108
Lacy Park is in a residential neighborhood in Pasadena with a beautiful rose garden, walking paths, picnic tables and a fun playground for kiddos. Bring a book or a journal, and make it an afternoon filled with you time! This park is incredibly spacious and is a great picnic spot if you want do head out to a quieter neighborhood for the day.
Will Rogers Beach
Address: 17000 CA-1, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Will Rogers Beach is a few miles up PCH from the Santa Monica Pier. If you are feeling a beach picnic, filled with the sounds of crashing waves and a beautiful sunset, this is your spot. It is way less crowded than some of the beaches right next to the pier, and with accessible parking lot on the beach, you can easily set up a picnic here. Will Rogers Beach is also one of the few dog friendly beaches in Santa Monica, so bring the pups too for a family outting!