Any time I feel like LA has lost its luster, I should just go to The Getty Center. It makes me so incredibly appreciative. I often feel jealous when I think of the incredible parks of Paris, and how I wish I spent every Sunday enjoying family time basking in the verdant surroundings. But when I visit the Getty, I feel better about this city (#thestruggleisreal).
The first time I brought Mila to visit, she was 1 and just walking (running everywhere). So I vowed not to go back until she was 5. I thought she would need to be a bit older to appreciate what it had to offer (wink). But I must say that at 2 (well, 2 and 3/4), she loved it and we both had a great time. We went about an hour before they closed to explore the grounds.
Make sure you don't miss the sculpture garden, right next to the tram entrance.
The Central Garden just gets me, every time.
Obsessed with the bougainvillea arbors. And these chairs make me feel like I'm experiencing Parisian park life.
Oh hi, did you forget your stroller (like me)? Don't worry, they've got you covered with complimentary wheels.
I'll admit it, I get jealous of New York and their incredible Central Park (it's only 843 acres of green oasis in the middle of a metropolis). But Los Angeles has its fair share of beautiful parks too. The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden is pretty stunning. At 127 acres it gives you plenty to look at, especially in the spring when the flowering trees are in bloom. But the highlight, especially with a toddler, was the peacocks who roam the property at their leisure. Being amongst the majestic creatures was like walking through a wonderland.
The Aloe Trail on the way to the Africa Garden.
Gorgeous trumpet trees in bloom.
Over two hundred peacocks call The Arboretum home.
The grounds are very exposed to the sun so pack your sunscreen, hat, water, and bring a stroller for little ones.
The Arboretum maintains a calendar of kid events. The day before Easter they'll host egg hunts and hikes.