It’s the only planet we have. Since 1970, April 22 has been set aside as an annual day to celebrate nature and environmentalism.
Looking for ways to honor the Earth? Hoodline crunched the numbers, using both Yelp data and our own methodology to produce a ranked list of the best parks, botanical gardens and vegetarian eats around Los Angeles.
Venturing outside is the basic start to an Earth Day celebration. Get inspired with these top-rated parks near you.
1. Griffith Park
Topping the list is Griffith Park. Located at 4730 Crystal Springs Drive in Griffith Park, the park is the highest rated park in Los Angeles, boasting 4.5 stars out of 622 reviews on Yelp.
2. Echo Park Lake
Next up is Echo Park's Echo Park Lake, situated at 751 Echo Park Ave. With 4.5 stars out of 443 reviews on Yelp, the park has proven to be a local favorite.
3. Grand Park
Downtown's Grand Park, located at 200 N. Grand Ave., is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the park 4.5 stars out of 353 reviews.
Cutting down on meat is a good place to start reducing your footprint, not to mention a healthy choice for most people. Get a taste for vegetarian fare at these top veggie-forward eateries.
Topping the list is Anarbagh. Located at 17312 Ventura Blvd. in Encino, the Indian spot, which has a special vegetarian menu, is the highest rated vegetarian restaurant in Los Angeles, boasting 4.5 stars out of 674 reviews on Yelp.
2. Box Choy
Next up is Hollywood's Box Choy, situated at 1651 3/4 N. La Brea Ave. With five stars out of 132 reviews on Yelp, the vegetarian-friendly Asian fusion spot has proven to be a local favorite.
3. Lum-Ka-Naad Thai Restaurant
Northridge's Lum-Ka-Naad Thai Restaurant, located at 8910 Reseda Blvd., is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the vegetarian-friendly Thai spot four stars out of 1,233 reviews.
Get a closer look at the wonders of the natural world by hitting a local botanical garden. For extra credit, don't forget a sketchbook.
1. Exposition Park Rose Garden
Topping the list is Exposition Park Rose Garden. Located at 701 State Drive in Exposition Park, the botanical garden is the highest rated botanical garden in Los Angeles, boasting 4.5 stars out of 187 reviews on Yelp.
2. The Japanese Garden
Next up is the Sepulveda Basin's The Japanese Garden, situated at 6100 Woodley Ave. With four stars out of 286 reviews on Yelp, the botanical garden has proven to be a local favorite.
3. The Getty Villa
Pacific Palisades' The Getty Villa, located at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the botanical garden and art museum 4.5 stars out of 1,272 reviews.