National Parks / Natural World in LAKEWOOD with kids

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, Lakewood 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 Lakewood, 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 Lakewood 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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  • El Dorado Regional Park

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    (4 miles) Long Beach

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

  • Shipley Nature Center

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    (13 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, ...

  • Zamora Park

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    (17 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. ...

  • Brookside Park

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    (21 miles) Pasadena

    Over 60 acres of park fun in Pasadena, with sporting areas, playgrounds, and picnic areas

  • The Arboretum

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    (21 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!

  • Irvine Regional Park

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    (22 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 ...

  • Eaton Canyon

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    (22 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 ...

  • Santa Monica State Beach

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    (23 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!

  • Descanso Gardens

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    (24 miles) La Cañada Flintridge

    Beautiful gardens with year round blooms, with plants unchanged from the age of the dinosaurs, and train rides too!

  • California Citrus State Historic Park

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    (41 miles) Riverside

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

  • The Mary Vagle Nature Center

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    (41 miles) Fontana

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

  • Fairmont Park

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    (44 miles) Riverside

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

  • Gardens of the World

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    (47 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 ...

  • Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park

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    (47 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.

  • Riverside Botanic Gardens

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    (47 miles) Riverside

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

  • San Diego Botanic Gardens

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    (74 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.

  • Mojave National Preserve

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    (95 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 ...

  • Japanese Friendship Garden

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    (96 miles) San Diego

    A beautiful Japanese garden in San Diego designed to inspire and educate on Japanese culture and community legacy.

  • Whale Watching Excursions

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    (96 miles) San Diego

    Flagship Cruise & Events offer two types of whale watching experiences in San Diego that will give you an experience of a lifetime!

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  • Long Beach Museum of Art

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    (6 miles) Long Beach

    It's an art filled day to encourage creativity and inspire the whole family in Long Beach!

  • Lomita Railroad Museum

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    (11 miles) Lomita

    Dedicated to the proud era of the steam engine, complete authenticity is the hallmark of the Museum. On display is a Southern Pacific Railroad Steam Locomotive (1902-1960) and Tender. Nearby stand a ...

  • The Childrens Museum At La Habra

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    (12 miles) La Habra

    The Children's Museum at La Habra shows how important play is to learning. Through play, children develop skills, express creativity, discover the larger world and learn to work with others.

  • California Science Centre

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    (14 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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    (14 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!

  • The Grammy Museum

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    (15 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.

  • Bowers Kidseum

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    (17 miles) Santa Ana

    An interactive and hands-on children's museum where families can learn about art and culture. Great art activities too! Museum fun in Santa Ana

  • Page Museum La Brea Tar Pits

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    (19 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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    (19 miles) Los Angeles

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

  • Petersen Automotive Museum

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    (19 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!

  • Marconi Automotive Museum

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    (20 miles) Newport Beach

    First opened in 1994 by Founder Dick Marconi, this Non-Profit Museum and Special Event Venue has an impressive 30 million-dollar collection of historical, exotic, and classic cars. Discover the ...

  • Zimmer Childrens Museum

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    (20 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 ...

  • Pacific Asia Museum

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    (20 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 ...

  • Norton Simon Museum

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    (20 miles) Pasadena

    Visit one of the most notable private art collections in the world - and it's right in Pasadena. From the Renaissance, to the 20th century, and back 2,000 years....

  • Pasadena Museum of Contemporary Art

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    (20 miles) Pasadena

    Explore amazing artworks that showcase California art, and cultural influences that are unique to California!

  • Pasadena Museum of History

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    (20 miles) Pasadena

    Visit the ONLY museum dedicated to the history, culture and art of Pasadena, as well as the west San Gabriel Valley!