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Southern California Close-Ups: Los Angeles' park neighborhoods

Here are 10 itineraries for the Griffith Park, Los Feliz, Silver Lake and Echo Park areas.

March 30, 2012|By Christopher Reynolds | Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

Got kids? Proceed to the ponies near the southeast entrance of Griffith Park at Los Feliz Boulevard and Riverside Drive (officially, the address is 4730 Crystal Springs Drive; www.laparks.org/dos/parks/griffithpk). There, Tuesdays through Sundays, your child (age 1 or older) can sit on a tethered pony (which will make eight circles for $3) or ride two laps, untethered, on a larger oval track (also $3). On weekends, the scaled-down Griffith Park & Southern Railroad carries children and parents for $2.50 a ride, and more trains await in Travel Town and at L.A. Live Steamers at the north end of the park. The park's biggest playground, Shane's Inspiration, is a short drive from the ponies, and along the way there's a spot to rent bikes and a historic merry-go-round that's open weekends all year and every day in summer. Show up around noon on a Sunday, and you'll hear a strange throbbing in the air. That's the Griffith Park drum circle, always free, frequently fascinating.

chris.reynolds@latimes.com

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