5 Things to Do At El Dorado Park & Nature Center

5 Things to Do At El Dorado Park & Nature Center

One of Long Beach’s best kept secrets, El Dorado Park and Nature Center offer a natural oasis in the midst of the vibrant city.

With nearly 100 acres, six lakes, an 18-hole golf course, and tons of additional sports courts and amenities, there’s plenty of things to do in the park. Here are our top picks for a day well spent in El Dorado Park:

1. Go On A Nature Walk

The El Dorado Park Nature Center offers a day of learning and exploration for little ones. Walk the two-mile trail weaving between lakes and streams and see if you can spot birds, frogs, turtles as you go. Then stop inside the nature center for engaging educational displays, a gallery featuring local artists, and a gift shop.

2. Bring A Picnic

When the weather is this lovely, we always want to find a great patio, rooftop, or deck for outdoor dining! Why not pack a picnic and enjoy your next meal in a peaceful park setting. Find a picturesque spot by one of the lakes or sit at one of the many picnic areas inside the park. Many of the picnic areas will also feature barbecue grills for cooking out. 

3. Break A Sweat

With tennis courts, baseball diamonds, disc golf, volleyball, an archery range, soccer fields, basketball courts, and a skate park, El Dorado Park is a sports lover’s dream. Pick your favorite past-time and enjoy the Southern California weather. There are also four miles of paved bike trails to explore on two wheels and an amazing playground for little ones to get out and enjoy the sunshine.

4. Hit The Fairway

El Dorado Park Golf Course is a beautiful par 72 course with 18 holes of play. This course is also home to the prestigious Long Beach Open. Book a tee time online and enjoy a meal afterward at the on-site restaurant overlooking the fairways.

5. Go Fishing

There are two stocked lakes inside the park and visitors can enjoy fishing for Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Trout, and more. Fishing licenses are required for anyone over age 16 and fishing regulations must be followed. For more fishing information visit the park website or call (562) 570-1771. 

Learn more about all of Long Beach's best gardens and green spaces on our blog. If it's your first time visiting, be sure to check out the must-see's on this list too.

Cool Facts About El Dorado Park

  • 100 acres
  • More than 150 species
  • 6 Lakes
  • 6 baseball diamonds
  • 15 tennis courts
  • 18 hole par 72 golf course
  • 4 miles of paved bicycle trails
  • In 1984: The park was the site for the archery competition of the Olympic Games, held in Los Angeles.
  • The park is open daily from 7 am until dusk and closed on Christmas.
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A 1/4 mile paved trail and 2 miles of dirt trails make the Nature Center accessible to everyone.

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