The Best Parks & Playgrounds in the South Bay – Los Angeles

The Best Parks & Playgrounds In the South Bay

If you want to enjoy some of the best Los Angeles parks in the South Bay, then read on! We have compiled a list of parks and playgrounds that offer something for everyone. Whether you are looking for a family-friendly park or a more secluded area, we’ve got what you need. Let’s get started!

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The Best Parks & Playgrounds In the South Bay

Best Parks in Manhattan Beach

Live Oak Park and Joslyn Community Center

Live Oak Park and Joslyn Community Center is a perfect spot for families. There are plenty of shaded areas, picnic tables, and bathrooms to take care of every need. Children love the playground with all its features including slides, swingsets, monkey bars, and more! Parents can enjoy relaxing on one of the many benches while their children play in this park’s great environment.

Marine Avenue Park

Marine Avenue Park is a great spot for people who are looking to get away from the crowds. This tranquil space has plenty of trees and benches if you want to relax or enjoy nature, but it also features a playground with swingsets, monkey bars, slides, and more! Marine Ave Park is perfect for those family outings where everyone needs their own time out.

Polliwog Park

Encompassing 18 acres, this is the largest and perhaps loveliest park in the South Bay area. The property belongs to the local Unified School District and is leased to the City. The focal point of the site is a large pond bordered on one side by a natural wildlife refuge, home to migratory birds and an occasional raccoon or possum. A favorite site for concerts, performances, weddings and other special events, the park’s amphitheater looks out over the majestic pond as ducks and geese swim by providing one of the most idyllic and scenic backdrops for any occasion.

Sand Dune Park

The park, which is also known as Sand Dune Park, got its name from the 100-foot high sand dune that attracts kids of all ages. Next to it there are staircases and switchbacks that lead up at a nature area as a trail with various ways to reach the top. The trail winds through plant life and provides an interesting educational nature walk whereas the top of the dune offers a panoramic east-facing view of the City.

Bruce’s Beach 

This is the oldest park site in Manhattan Beach. It is truly one of the most beautiful and scenic public properties in the area. Situated on a sloping terraced grassy hillside, the approximately three-acre park is one of the best ocean and sunset viewing areas away from the beach. A small basketball half-court is located in the center of the park and numerous shade trees and park benches are strategically located near the top of the park for resting and relaxation.

Related: Fun things to do with kids in Manhattan Beach

Best Parks in El Segundo 

Recreation Park

Recreation Park is a public, urban park in El Segundo, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. Located adjacent to Downtown El Segundo, Recreation Park is bordered by Pine Street on the North, Eucalyptus Drive on the West, and houses on the South and East.  There’s a playground, tot area, BBQ & picnic area and tons of green grass.

Hilltop Park & Pool

Hilltop Park is open year-round for patrons to enjoy the playground area or maybe have a picnic. Hilltop Pool opens during the summer months to the delight of El Segundo youth trying to cool off from the summer heat.

Library Park

A gazebo, walkways & plenty of green space, with regular events such as summer concerts.

Best Parks in Hermosa Beach

Valley Park

Encompassing 5.33 acres, Valley Park is the largest and most widely used park in Hermosa Beach. The park is located off Valley Drive and Gould Avenue. The park features a play set ideal for kids of all ages with a Universally Accessible Swing for physically disabled children. Numerous picnic tables and barbecue grills are available for all to use on a first come first serve basis or available to reserve for Hermosa Beach residents. Also within the park is an amphitheater area, where a bounce house is permitted with a reservation, and annual special events such as Movie in the Park and Shakespeare by the Sea take place. Other highlights include a fire pit, basketball court and plenty of field space for all types of recreational activities. Restroom facilities are available and free six hour parking is available on Gould Avenue.

South Park

A playground, picnic tables & plenty of open green space are available at this community park.

Best Parks in Redondo Beach

Hopkins Wilderness Park

Reservations can be made at Alta Vista Racquet Center office, 715 Julia Ave between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. daily. Hopkins Wilderness Park was developed in 1977 as a center for camping, nature study and conservation. The 11-acre site includes; four ecological habitats: forest, meadows, streams, and a pond; amphitheater (150 capacity); three overnight campgrounds: Gumwood Camp, Pine Camp, and Sycamore Camp (40 person capacity each); Elm Camp picnic site (40 person capacity); and public restrooms and support facilities.

No entrance fee is required for individuals or families who wish to visit the park.

Franklin Park

Franklin Park features grass, trees, play equipment, restrooms, two basketball courts, two shuffle board courts, and picnic areas with two BBQ’s.

Veterans Park

Veterans Park is a 6.3 acre park located at the corner of South Catalina Avenue and Torrance Boulevard.  Located on the site is the Veterans Park Community Center and the Veterans Park Senior Center. The park features grass, trees, and play equipment.

Related: Fun Things to do in Redondo Beach

Best Parks in Rancho Palos Verdes

Robert E. Ryan Community Park

The city’s 1st park was transferred from the county at the time of the city’s incorporation in 1973. This park features a community building with a small activity room and patio which are available for rent, a tot lot, playground, picnic areas with barbecues, grassy fields and a baseball diamond. Views from this park are superior and the mature trees add to the atmosphere. Dogs must be on a leash.

Ladera Linda Community Center and Park

This former elementary school site’s amenities include a parking lot, restrooms, paddle tennis courts, tot lot, playground and basketball court. Ladera Linda is also the home of the Discovery Room, which features live and static exhibits of local flora, fauna and historic information. Volunteers provide educational programs on-site for a large variety of school, youth and other groups as well as conduct docent-led hikes in the surrounding hills and Forrestal Property. This location also has a multipurpose room and classroom available for rental for meetings and private parties. There are excellent views of the cliff face, hillsides, coastline and ocean. Dogs must be on a leash.

Fred Hesse, Jr. Community Park

This park, with its well-manicured parkland and active community center, is one of the most popular in the City. Among the features available for public enjoyment in the upper park area are baseball and soccer fields, numerous picnic areas with barbecues, playground equipment suitable for toddlers to adolescents, and a well-used 1/4-mile walking path. Most of the privatized recreation classes are offered at this facility and some Peninsula Senior activities are held here.

Additionally, three rooms in the community center are available for rental for meetings and private parties. The lower park area offers a sand volleyball court, picnic areas (no barbecues permitted), leisurely walking paths and locations for enjoying panoramic views of Catalina Island north to Malibu. As at all parks, dogs must be on a leash.

Del Cerro Park

Del Cerro Park is a public park located in Rancho Palos Verdes, Los Angeles County, California. The park is situated high atop a bluff at the southernmost end of Crenshaw Boulevard. Del Cerro Park is noted for its sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island. There is a parking lot (parking by permit only), but no restrooms. Dogs must be on a leash. 

Best Parks in Torrance

(Charles H.) Wilson Park

Over 40 Acres of beautiful grounds. Includes Picnic Areas (Reservable), Barbecues, Playground, Softball Diamonds (Reservable), Basketball Courts, Sand Volleyball Courts, Tennis Courts, Horseshoe Courts, Fitness Course = .91 mile, Fitness Equipment, Universally Accessible Tree House, Paddle Tennis/Pickleball Courts, Home of the Torrance Certified Farmers’ Market, Roller Hockey Rink (Reservable), Indoor Sports Center (Reservable), Outdoor Amphitheater (Reservable), Batting Cages, Live Steamers Railroad, Splash Pad (open April-December), Electric Car Charging Stations (PlugShare), Restrooms, Handicapped Access

Paradise Park

  • Picnic Area (Reservable)
  • Barbecues
  • Playground
  • Bouncer Accessible
  • Tennis Courts
  • Restrooms

Los Arboles “Rocketship” Park

Urban retreat offering elevated views of the city & a playground with a rocketship structure.

Lago Seco Park

This 15-acre park offers baseball fields, basketball courts, a playground & community gardens.

Alta Loma 

Small park featuring a kids’ playground, walking trail, basketball court & picnic area.

Hickory Park

Green space offering picnic areas with grills, a playground, tennis & sand volleyball.

Sunnyglen Park

Best Parks in San Pedro

White Point Park

Park & beach with lots of sea creatures, plus picnic tables & a children’s playground.

Point Fermin Park

Grassy park atop rugged coastal bluffs featuring a playground, amphitheater, trails & picnic areas.

Best Parks in Hawthorne

Hollyglen Park

Community park offering tennis & basketball courts, picnic sites & a large, sandy playground area.

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