Are you in Malibu and looking for family friendly and fun parks? You’re in luck! Malibu is a great place to be in the outdoors with its many parks, great weather, and gorgeous landscapes. Here are some of the best parks in and around Malibu.
The Park at Cross Creek
The Park at Cross Creek has a little bit of everything: a nice garden, fantastic eateries, quaint shops and even a Whole Foods. Beyond that, it’s an excellent park in Malibu to bring the kids for some fun on the playground. Families and friends will also enjoy the grassy areas to munch on some takeout from nearby eateries like John’s Garden, Malibu Mutt, or Tradinoi.
Bonus: Have an ice cream or sip on coffee from Blue Bottle Coffee after takeout as you wander around the park.
Address: 23401 Civic Center Way, Malibu, CA 90265
Malibu Creek State Park
If you’re looking to dive further into nature, Malibu Creek State Park is where you’ll want to be. Located up Malibu Canyon nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains, this park is a great one to get your blood flowing and your senses tingling. It offers hiking trails, biking routes, and a variety of rock-climbing crags for added adventure. Oh, and let’s not forget about the natural swimming holes to cool off in. There are many moderate and easy hikes suitable for the entire family.
Address: 1925 Las Virgenes Rd, Calabasas, CA 91302
Malibu Bluffs Park
With baseball season around the corner, it’s a great time to head to Malibu Bluffs Park. The park boasts stunning views overlooking Amarillo Beach (a.k.a Malibu Road) from the bluffs. Catch a baseball game then stretch your legs or walk your dogs as you meander the park’s scenic trails.
Kids can also come to play baseball or enjoy a soccer match on the fields. There’s fun playground for the kids as well.
Address:24250 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265
Leo Carrillo State Park
Just on the edge of Malibu you’ll find the Leo Carrillo State Park full natural beauty and diverse beaches. Plus, if you’re looking to surf, this is a great spot to go surfing in Malibu. The park boats a sea cave, tide pools, and even a reef. Visitors can also enjoy windsurfing, surf fishing, and beachcombing.
Check out the Leo Carrillo Beach Trail for a moderate workout and stunning views of the rock arches and Pacific Ocean.
Address:35000 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265
El Matador State Beach
Venture to El Matador State Beach and witness some beautiful rock formations and tide pooling. The surrounding bluffs also make for a gorgeous backdrop. Bring the family here for a walk along the beach or a picnic to catch the sunset.
Address:32350 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265
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Christa Adams is a writer, photographer, and sustainable traveler based in Barcelona. She’s been traveling solo since 2014 has a passion for the outdoors, coffee culture, and exploring quaint European towns. Follow her adventures at www.thespiritedexplorer.com.