Echo Park is a gem of a neighborhood situated between Downtown LA and Silverlake. While most may think of its high hipness quotient, it is also home to lots of young families, creative energy and unique things to see and do with your tribe. With beautiful green parks, quirky stores, classic street murals, great food and rich history this spot feels like a village all its own. EP is definitely worth spending the day; scroll through to see where to go and what to do.
photo: via LeTania Kirkland Smith
Enjoy the walking culture of the neighborhood. Sunset Boulevard and Echo Park Avenue are a perfect place to start; just pick a direction on either street and start exploring. As you walk around, absorb the murals (old and new) along with the unique architecture from the early 20th Century to the modern era.
As you walk around you may even discover one of EP’s hidden staircases, The Baxter Street Stairs. Here, work out the kid’s unending supply of energy. They aren’t too steep and there are lots of opportunities along the way for rests in the form of park benches and shaded alcoves. If you make it to the top, you’ll be treated to outstanding views of Downtown on a clear day.
Echo Park Time Travel Mart
Coined the convenience store for time travelers, explorers will have a ball walking through this store that is full of toys and trinkets from a variety of eras. You may not quite understand what you’ve stepped into but we guarantee you’ll have a hard time pulling your little one out. From silly putty to robot milk there is a something to intrigue every member of your family. It’s the perfect place to stock up on one of a kind gifts.
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