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Los Encinos State Park

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Looking for a quiet oasis away from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles? Near the luxury apartments in Northridge rests Los Encinos Historic Park, a nearly untouched piece of land that dates back to the earliest days of the area's past.

This quaint park provides residents of the area with a unique getaway, all without having to head into the hills or mountains. If you're planning a visit to this destination, then here's how to make the most of your time.

What to Know Before You Go

Part of planning the perfect trip to any park is knowing when to go. Could you imagine showing up on Monday only to find out that Encino Park is closed? Exactly. Here is a list of useful information to help get you started.

  • The park is open from Wednesday to Saturday, excluding state and national holidays.

  • Encino Park is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • There is no parking lot. You will have to park on the street, but keep an eye out for posted signs.

  • Park entrances can be found at the Moorpark Street and Ventura Boulevard gates.

  • DO NOT bring bread for the ducks or geese. Feed can be found via a coin-operated dispenser.

  • Dogs are welcome, but must remain on a leash.

  • There are plenty of on-site restrooms and water fountains.

The History of Los Encinos

This historic site was once the primary source of water for the Tongva, the Native Americans who originally inhabited what is now the Los Angeles area. After Spanish missionaries discovered the location in the late 1700's, it quickly became a coveted trade route between LA and Santa Barbara. Several cultures and nations owned this area between the 1840's and the early 20th century, giving it a unique mix of influences in architecture and design.

Today, traces of Mission Indian, Mexican Californio, Basque, and French settlers remain in this restored piece of history. The natural spring that provided water to these people over the centuries continues to flow, creating a serene destination and favorite spot for ducks in the area.

The park gets its name from the De la Osa Adobe, a historic building that served as the hub to the Rancho El Encino. As different owners from different cultures bought the land, they expanded the ranch to include the many buildings that still stand there today.

What to Do While Visiting

The main draw to Los Encinos Historic Park is its ability to create a tranquil environment within the city. Even as the roads and blocks around it continue to modernize, this slice of history has remained virtually the same since it was originally discovered.

While walking along the trail or sitting by the lake, it's easy to forget that you're in the northern Los Angeles area. While it may not be as large as Tonga State Park, it offers resident a convenient way to de-stress during their hectic weeks.

You can always pack a delicious picnic or come walk your dog at Los Encinos, but there's more to do that just bask in the tranquility of this oasis. Although, it does make for an excellent getaway from life in the city.

If you're experiencing the park for the first time, then check out the guided tour of the De La Osa Adobe. You will need to schedule an appointment by calling ahead of your visit. This is an excellent way to learn more about this historical significance behind Los Encinos.

Special events are held at the park throughout the year, with the most popular being the Haunted History tour in October and springtime's Victorian Day in the Park.Both highlight different aspects of the park's history in a fun and exciting way.

Visitors can also enjoy the Lakeside Restaurant and Lounge, which boasts a chic theme and a farm-to-table menu. Outdoor seating offers a serene view of the lake, while the elegant decor blends seamlessly into park. Best of all, their bartender crafts an outstanding cocktail.

Finally, the blocks surrounding the park are filled with fine dining options ranging from Japanese to Mediterranean style comfort food. Whether you'd like a relaxing drink after a jog around the park or just feel like treating yourself to a nice lunch, you're sure to find what you're looking for.

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