Finding a relaxing park in downtown may sound like more of a dream than a reality. However, Echo Park Lake Los Angeles might make you temporarily forget where you are. My cousin and I decided to check it out on our adventures in LA day while she was out here and we loved this beautiful place. There are paddle boats, a playground, benches to sit and relax, a path you could walk, run or rollerblade on. And of course, I cannot forget the people who come selling jewelry and various types of snacks.

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Be sure to pay attention to parking signs. I stupidly parked in a tow away zone because there were 20 other cars parked there. Guess who got a $93 ticket? Pay attention to the signs! Finding parking can be a challenge as always in Los Angeles but there is a lot of street parking so if you keep looking you should be able to luck out.

echo lake park

If you’d like to see little turtles they typically hang out over near the bridge in the above photo.

swan boats echo lake

A few weeks ago I finally marked the swan boats at Echo Park Lake Los Angeles off my to-do list. My Mom and I really enjoyed this experience. For adults, the price is $11 per person. The price for children is $6. Your rental will last for one hour.

echo park lake los angelesEcho Park Lake has made some appearances in movies like Chinatown and could serve as the backdrop for some family photos if you are looking at taking some in a park. If you live in Los Angeles and have a dog this seems to be a great place to bring them. Not only does this park offer a beautiful place to relax it also offers some wonderful views of Los Angeles. Typically to get a pretty skyline view of the city means you have to be far enough away that the buildings look tiny but here you can get a great picture.

vista hermosa park

Interested in checking out other parks in DTLA? I really love Vista Hermosa Park.

About The Author

Michelle Ares is the founder and creative director of LA Dreaming. I have a passion for Southern California and love sharing my adventures and experiences with you. I love to travel, find new places to check out, and watch movies. You can follow me on Instagram @la.dreaming

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