Lake Balboa Park
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This large, family-friendly park in the San Fernando Valley is probably most well-known for its massive lake, which sports a 1.3 mile perimeter jogging path, multiple playgrounds, BBQ pits, and cherry blossoms in the Spring. It’s an idyllic setting, particularly considering you’re smack in the middle of the city, and a great place for a picnic. Our favorite local pick-up options include Mizlala, a casual Mediterranan spot in Sherman Oaks with excellent artichoke hummus and Moroccan chicken, Dojo for $19 sushi boxes, and Boneyard Bistro for Santa Maria-style BBQ.