(LA Trend) — The Hollywood Bowl is one of the most iconic live venues in the world, and has hosted an impressive list of performers in its nearly 100 years of operation, including Ella Fitzgerald, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Fred Astaire, The Doors, Rod Stewart, The Beatles, Lady Gaga, the Los Angeles Philharmonic (obviously), and countless others.
However, what most people don’t know about the Hollywood Bowl is that it’s also one of the best parks in Los Angeles. And considering the venue has suspended events and performances, what better time to explore this undercover outdoor haven?
Visitors should begin their trek at the park’s entrance by George Stanley’s “Muse of Music,” a breathtaking granite monument to the arts that was built during the Works Progress Administration era.
Then, take a stroll up the wooded Peppertree Lane where you’ll pass by the Edmund D. Edelman Hollywood Bowl Museum (which is currently closed). Once you’ve passed the plaza and box office, roam along the perimeter of the amphitheater and make your way through the sycamore pines and toward the top of the Bowl where you can stop to rest or have a snack at one of the many picnic spots. You may even be able to catch a glimpse of the legendary Hollywood sign from a vantage point and use the venue for a stair-climbing workout.
Interestingly, the Hollywood Bowl is the first amphitheater in California to be certified as an Audubon Society Cooperative Sanctuary, which makes it an ideal spot to appreciate the wide variety of fauna and flora of the Hollywood Hills.
A printable self-guided tour map of the grounds is available here that goes into more depth on the history of the venue and grounds.