Just because you live in Los Angeles, it doesn’t mean you get to miss changing of the season. We know just where you can find those beautiful yellow, orange, and red leaves from October through November. Keep reading to find out the best places near Los Angeles to visit with your kids to see the fall foliage.
The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden is a 127-acre botanical garden located in the heart of Rancho Santa Anita in the city of Arcadia. A stroll through the Arboretum will take you through 10 variety of gardens and landscapes that offer beauty of fall foliage.
Malibu Creek State Park is 25 miles from Los Angeles, where you can see the beauty of fall while you go for a hike. You can also go fishing, bird watching, mountain biking, or horseback riding at Malibu Creek State Park. A great spot for picnicking is Tapia Park in the hear of the Malibu Creek, where you’ll find large beautiful oaks.
With 12 different gardens, and 15,000 varieties of plants, The Huntington Botanical Gardens are perfect for your little ones to see the change of the season. In October and November, there are plenty of fall blooming plants at display. At the Children's Garden introduce your kids to the wonders of the natural world through interactive sculptural elements.
Descanso Gardens is an urban retreat of year-round natural beauty. During the months of October and November, you can enjoy Sasanqua, camellias, roses, Camellias, toyon berries, and fall foliage in this beautiful garden.
Mugu State Park located in the Santa Monica Mountains is a popular hiking trail, and a great spot to enjoy the fall foliage. You can also see the monarch butterflies during October and November here.
Oak Glen is famous for its oak trees, and apple farms in the fall, and it is only 1 ½ hour drive from Los Angeles. The autumn in Oak Glen is breathtaking on the hillsides, and a great spot to see the fall foliage. The Oak Glen’s historic schoolhouse museum is surrounded by bright red maple trees, which is great for a family hike in the fall after some apple picking at the nearby farms.
Lacy Park is a beautiful 30-acre park located in the center of San Marino, which features picnic area, open green areas, and many varieties of trees and shrubs, making it a great spot to admire fall foliage starting late October through mid November. Kids will enjoy running over the leaves with their bikes, scooters or roller-skates, and the super expansive playground.
From mid October through November, you can enjoy the scenery of fall foliage at Big Bear Lake. Take a hike at Castle Rock Trail for scenic autumn views, or picnic at Aspen Glen picnic area in the San Bernardino National Forest. Another good spot for hiking is the San Gorgonio Wilderness to see a variety of trees with colorful leaves.
Every autumn, nature puts on a brilliant show of colors at Lake Arrowhead nestled in the beauty of the woods. The foliage season begins early September in this regions and ends in November. Lake Arrowhead features countless outdoor recreational activities such as hiking, backpacking, bicycling, water skiing, fishing, and much more.