National Parks / Natural World in ALTADENA with kids

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, Altadena has some incredible places to visit with kids right on your doorstep….and you won’t want to forget your camera!

The national and state parks in and around Altadena, California offer an incredible variety of experiences for children.  Some parks protect a unique and diverse wilderness, teeming with wildlife which is always a thrill for kids!

Some parks protect incredible fascinating and significant historical sites, where the family can go back in time through American history…who says the learning as to stop on a family day out!

Even the city of Altadena itself has smaller parks perfect for a quick trip into nature.  You don’t even need to leave the city to have that park experience - and kids LOVE them!

Shut those televisions off and put those computer games away….the great outdoors is calling and it’s calling YOU!

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  • Eaton Canyon

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    (2 miles) Pasadena

    This 184-acre natural park is located at the base of Mt. Wilson. There are five miles of nature trails and also an equestrian trail. The canyon is very lush and has beautiful displays of local flora ...

  • The Arboretum

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    (6 miles) Arcadia

    A unique 127 acre botanical garden and historical site in Los Angeles, with impressive plant collections from all over the world, including many rare and endangered species!

  • Zamora Park

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    (11 miles) El Monte

    Five acre park area with adventure playground and a great wading pool to cool off in. There are scattered picnic tables and plenty of room for traditional outdoor games like frisbee, ball and tag. ...

  • Santa Monica State Beach

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    (24 miles) Santa Monica

    Beach fun blessed with 3.5 miles of broad sandy coastline and more than 340 days of sunshine per year, with swimming, volleyball, surfing and more!

  • El Dorado Regional Park

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    (26 miles) Long Beach

    Outdoor fun in nature in Long Beach! With fishing lakes, archery, picnic areas, playgrounds, and a nature center!

  • Irvine Regional Park

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    (34 miles) Orange

    There's so much to do for all ages. Has an old-town feel. Nicely shaded. Stroller/wheel chair friendly. The park is huge and everything is nicely spread out. Friendly staff. This is a great ...

  • Shipley Nature Center

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    (34 miles) Huntington Beach

    Shipley Nature Center is an 18-acre natural area located in Huntington Beach, California. Situated within Huntington Central Park, the nature center is not only a sanctuary for the local wildlife, ...

  • The Mary Vagle Nature Center

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    (40 miles) Fontana

    Enjoy a walk along the nature trail, explore wildlife, or discover exhibits of local plants, animals, geology and history.

  • Gardens of the World

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    (41 miles) Thousand Oaks

    Fascinating but definitely for the less boisterous child, this set of themed landscaped gardens representing six areas of the world is an easy half day of wonderment for most children, whether just ...

  • Fairmont Park

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    (45 miles) Riverside

    A popular Riverside park with tennis courts, fishing, bowling, BBQS and pedal boats!

  • California Citrus State Historic Park

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    (45 miles) Riverside

    A great outdoor day out in California that preserves some of the vanishing cultural landscape of that iconic citrus industry.

  • Riverside Botanic Gardens

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    (49 miles) Riverside

    40 acres in the foothills of the Box Springs Mountains await, with scenic trails and beautiful gardens

  • Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park

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    (50 miles) Riverside

    An amazing family day out in nature at the 1,500 acres Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park, with trails, wildlife, and a nature center.

  • Mojave National Preserve

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    (79 miles) Barstow

    Singing sand dunes, volcanic cinder cones, Joshua tree forests, and carpets of wildflowers are all found at this 1.6 million acre park. A visit to its canyons, mountains and mesas will reveal ...

  • San Diego Botanic Gardens

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    (93 miles) Encinitas

    Enormous series of globally themed gardens, plus 2 specific children's gardens which include interactive displays, several varying play options and a miniature railway.

  • Patriots Park

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    (95 miles) Bakersfield

    A fun family park in Bakersfield perfect for those sunny days, with play areas and sporting fun

  • Jastro Park

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    (97 miles) Bakersfield

    A fun family park in Bakersfield with great grass space, sporting activities, picnic areas, and a spray park over summer!

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  • Kidspace Childrens Museum

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    (3 miles) Pasadena

    A great kids museum with plenty of hands on exhibits where kids can learn through play, in Pasadena, California!

  • Pacific Asia Museum

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    (3 miles) Pasadena

    A fascinating permanent collection of more than 15,000 works of art for those art loving families to spend the day immersed in. The artworks depict compelling stories of the lives of people across ...

  • Travel Town Museum

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    (10 miles) Los Angeles

    The Travel Town Transportation Museum is an outdoor museum which preserves and celebrates the railroad heritage of the western United States--its history and its artifacts. Particular thematic ...

  • Griffith Observatory

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    (11 miles) Los Angeles

    - an icon of Los Angeles, a national leader in public astronomy, a beloved civic gathering place, and one of southern California's most popular attractions. A good family place to visit if you're ...

  • Martial Arts HIstory Museum

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    (12 miles) Burbank

    Provides young kids with a new perspective on how Asian history became a unique part of American history and cinema. From anime to martial arts films, art, music and more.

  • The Grammy Museum

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    (13 miles) Los Angeles

    Do you have the music in you? You and your family can explore and celebrate the enduring legacies of all forms of music, as well as the history of the Grammys.

  • Guinness World Records Museum

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    (13 miles) Hollywood

    Amazing world records to inspire, confuse and amaze right on the Hollywood Walk of Fame - it can only be Guinness!

  • The Hollywood Wax Museum

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    (13 miles) Los Angeles

    You and your family can hang out with the stars for the day at the Hollywood Wax Museum - the longest running wax museum in the United States!

  • Ripleys Believe It Or Not Hollywood

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    (13 miles) Hollywood

    Hollywood’s Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum is open to the public! Come and Visit the home to weird class family fun, where you can explore 2 floors with ALL NEW galleries, shows and nearly 300 ...

  • The Hollywood Museum

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    (13 miles) Hollywood

    Hollywood glitz and glamor in over 35,000 square feet of movie magic, costumes and memorabilia. The whole family will have stars in their eyes in this Los Angeles day out.

  • Madame Tussauds Hollywood

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    (13 miles) Los Angeles

    Get up close to your favorite stars in the bright lights of Hollywood....all in wax! A fun day out in Los Angeles with the red carpet touch!

  • California Science Centre

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    (15 miles) Los Angeles

    Amazing exhibits and interactive worlds for the whole family to explore, covering all things science and the wonders of the world!

  • Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

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    (15 miles) Los Angeles

    Explore 4.5 billion years of history at this fascinating natural history museum in Los Angeles, with exhibits on the planet, culture, and nature - and great for kids!

  • Page Museum La Brea Tar Pits

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    (15 miles) Los Angeles

    Explore the wonders of the tar pits and the fossils that were found in them - dating all the way back to the Ice Age! Historical adventures in Los Angeles!

  • Los Angeles County Museum Of Art

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    (16 miles) Los Angeles

    Take your family to enjoy the largest art museum in the western United States!

  • Petersen Automotive Museum

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    (16 miles) Los Angeles

    A fun and fascinating museum for all those car loving kids! Over 150 automobiles are displayed of all shapes, models and makes...a great family fun day out in car loving Los Angeles!

  • Zimmer Childrens Museum

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    (16 miles) Los Angeles

    The Zimmer Childrens Museum is dedicated to teaching people about the BIG IDEAS of global citizenship, community responsibility, and cultural sensitivity. Our mission is to promote values that ...

  • The Museum Of Tolerance

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    (18 miles) Los Angeles

    Each year the Museum serves over 300,000visitors, including students, educators, law enforcement officials, corporate professionals, and community members from the USA and around the world.