(LA Trend) — Echo Park Lake has undergone numerous transformations over the years but is currently one of the hottest Los Angeles spots to spend the day at. Featuring gorgeous views, natural beauty, and plenty of recreational activities, it’s no wonder Echo Park Lake is recognized as a true LA landmark.
One of the most popular things to do is to take a little cruise on the lake in one of their signature swan-shaped paddle boats that allow visitors to check out Echo Park’s highlights, like the beautiful lotus beds and the spectacular fountain located in the center of the lake. Their paddle boats feature shaded canopies and have plenty of space for riders who prefer to relax instead of paddling. Food and drinks are allowed on the paddle boats (except for alcohol).
And if water isn’t your thing, there’s still plenty more to do at the park. For example, grab a bite to eat at the park’s exclusive restaurant Beacon, located at the Historic Boathouse. You can chow down on some scrumptious food from their chef-driven menu, featuring sandwiches, burritos, burgers, salads, and more, all made with fresh, sustainable, locally produced ingredients.
Or if fitness is more your bag, Echo Lake Park has a one mile long promenade trail that loops around the lake. Get those steps in while taking in the breathtaking views the park has to offer.
Of course, the park also has its share of picnic tables, BBQ pits, public restrooms, water fountains, and grassy hills, giving all visitors the ultimate park experience.
The lake was originally built in 1860 as a reservoir for drinking water, and later served as a recreational spot that offered fishing and canoeing. In addition to a family-friendly park, the lake functions as a detention basin in the City’s storm drain system.
LA’s Echo Park Lake is the park that truly has everything—and more.