Highland Park Local Attractions

You cannot deny the thrill that comes along with visiting local attractions.The sight of museums,beautiful old buildings and castles,zoos,historical sites,monuments, landmarks and islands is fun in its own right. The feeling is just unexplainable.Los Angeles neighborhood of Highland Park has even much more to offer in terms of local attractions,let alone the insanely beautiful hilly landscape due to its location on the San Rafael Hills.

Los Angeles Police Museum found off the York Boulevard started as a police station in 1926.The police station was later closed in 1983.A year later,the station was turned into Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument.The museum is rich in LAPD history and showcases the history in the form of uniforms, badges,weapons, bullet-riddled vehicles, squad cars,photographs and a paddy wagon.

Smith Estate is a Victorian house constructed in 1887.It is found on El Mio Drive on the hilltop.The house Initially built for David Patterson,a judge,in the Queen Anne Style,was officially made a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1975.The house was later acquired by the Charles Smith family,from where it got its name.It was used on popular films such as the 1964 cult classic, Spider Baby amongst others.

El Alisal is a stone house built by Charles Fletcher Lummis from 1898 to 1910,its name derived from the local sycamore trees.Lummis was a celebrated author and Native American rights activist.The house is constructed using the mission and Pueblo Indian architecture.It features handmade furniture ,exposed beams and concrete floors. It was declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural monument in 1970 and opens to the public from Friday to Sunday as from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

The Southwest Museum was founded in 1907 by Charles Lummis,but opened to the public in 1914.He collected Native American and Pre-Columbian artifacts during his travels.The hilltop Museum is well known for having the second largest collection of Native American items in the United States.It offers a spectacular view of the Arroyo Seco and opens on Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

The 15 acre Sycamore Grove Park off the 4702 North Figueroa Street was officially designated a park in 1905.It is popular for recreational purposes due to its green lawns,picnic tables,sycamore trees,tennis courts,children’s playgrounds, outdoor gym equipment,restaurants and the Sousa-Hiner Bandshell for hosting concerts.

Heritage Square Museum constructed during the Victorian era explores the daily lifestyle of the Southern Californians from the time of Civil war to the early 20th century.One of the buildings,the Hale house which was originally situated at the foot of Mt.Washingtone, was built in 1887.In addition, it carries out living history performances, hands-on training,exhibitions and special events.

Avenue 50 Studio is a multicultural art gallery.It showcases the diverse cultures in Los Angeles,Asian and African American artists.It also presents film and poetry readings,spoken word and many more creative expression.

Highland Park offers lifetime experience as a local tourists center.It makes you nostalgic, as you would love to visit again and again.