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Outdoor Adventures In DTLA

Man and woman gazing at each other as he gives her a piggy back ride

You'd be forgiven if you were reluctant to associate a downtown area with a wealth of outdoor activities and amazing park spaces. Downtown Los Angeles, however, provides an interesting counter to this typical assumption. As DT News notes, "Downtown boasts a wealth of unexpected parks, playgrounds, gardens and stadiums." Perhaps part of the reason that so many new residents flock to the affordable apartments here in Los Angeles? There's much more green than you might expect here, and whether you're a longtime resident, newcomer, or just someone interested in learning more about what DTLA is all about, we're going to explore some of the options you'll have to give a look.

Amazing Parks

Los Angeles State Historic Park

Recently renovated, Los Angeles State Historic Park is a place for both recreation and education. The park is located near Chinatown, encompasses some 32-acres, and offers a wealth of paths for traversing and open spaces for viewing the outdoor space and the grandeur of Downtown. Visitors can engage in all manner of outdoor fun here. You might elect to go for a run or bike ride, do some wildlife viewing, or just relax and have a lazy afternoon picnic. The park is also home to a number of scheduled events, ranging from concerts to expos and all that lies in between.

Past offerings include the Renegade Craft Fair, a collection of handmade goods and the talented artisans who design them. By most accounts, it was quite the showing:

"The 2017 Renegade Craft Fair at the iconic Los Angeles State Historic Park was a huge success! We featured a curated roster of everything from jewelry and accessories to clothing, ceramics, prints, apothecary and home decor...Join us in Los Angeles again in December for our holiday Fair!"

The park's current feature is the "In Love With The Bearded Lady" photography exhibition. This contemporary showing features the work of some of Mexico's finest, curated by Iñaki Herranz Margain and Léon Muñoz Santini. It deals with issues related specifically to Mexico City, bringing to Los Angeles a selection that "represents a broad array of both anecdotal and symptomatic testimonies."

While the impressive space and numerous events are more than enough to attract most to LASHP, the park's unique story adds another unique layer to this vital community project:

"Over the past eight years, the State has worked hand in hand with surrounding communities in developing the park as a space for civic dialogue, cultural celebration and historic remembrance."

The park is also helping with the plan to revitalize the L.A. River, part of a plan to aid the native wetland habitats and further intermingle the intensely urban city with green and natural elements.

Grand Park L.A.

Located near North Grand Avenue, close to important structures like L.A. City Hall, The Ahmanson Theatre, and The Walt Disney Concert Hall, Grand Park can be viewed as a more whimsical outdoor option when compared to the likes of LASHP. Dubbed "the park for everyone," Grand Park bills itself as a spot where "Angelenos of all walks of life a place where they can come together to celebrate, reflect, and shape the future, in one central gathering place."

The park has a plenty of open spaces for sitting and relaxing, gatherings among friends, or taking a pleasant walk around. There are four areas to the park, along with a small "performance lawn" for tighter-knit events, and a larger grand event lawn. These events can take on many forms, including "original programming, Music Center programming, outdoor activities, interactive events, entertainment and many other activities."

The park celebrating its fifth anniversary this year, and as a gift to visitors they're stacking the end of the year with a large quantity of popular free activities and additional programming. You can view the fall/winter programming lineup here, and check out some of these amazing events when they kick off in the coming months.

Grand Park is eco-friendly, incorporating a number of drought-tolerant flora into its landscaping, along with a "state-of-the-art" irrigation system designed to help conserve water. The park uses recirculated water, and the impressive fountain runs on a low-level "static" mode to aid in conservation and efficiency efforts. On top of that, the space is dog-friendly. Provided you have you pet on a leash, you and your four-legged friend are free to roam the grounds as a team.

Outdoor Activities & Adventures

Downtown L.A. Walking Tour

If you're looking for a more guided view of DTLA, you might instead try one of the walking tours that have become so popular:

"We walk the City, step inside world-class monuments, tell stories, learn the history and experience the architecture of the City of Angels!"

The organization, aptly titled Downtown L.A. Walking Tours, was founded in 2009 with the intent of educating all who were interested about the Downtown area. Tourists and locals alike have something to gain from the experience, as the tours touch on history, current trends, and the possible futures that might yet come to pass. The dedicated team puts their passion into crafting and delivering on their guided tours, and most who take them remark that it was time well-spent.

Downtown L.A. Walking Tours provides both public and private tours, with the schedules for public tours posted clearly on their website. You can get a nice overview of what each tour offers, along with the highlights, meeting point, duration, and cost. The Arts District tour, for example, invites guests to:

"Discover two centuries of LA's history as we travel through the evolution of the Arts District from California's first commercial vineyards, to bustling industry, to abandoned factories, to artist's mecca, and ending with an urban oasis!"

Each experience is handled with a similar level of enthusiasm, and makes for a great way to spend a few hours getting to know the city better.

Private tours are available by request, and allow individuals to combine tours with some customized stops. You can learn more about those on the private tours page, and inquire about setting one up as well.

All Within Reach Of Affordable Apartments In Los Angeles

Want to see these, along with all the other great outdoor features DTLA has to offer? Atelier puts you right within striking distance, and ups the ante with its prime neighborhood location, diverse floor plans, and convenient amenities. See what this pristine rental community has to offer, and remember the name when you're ready to make that move to Downtown.