6. Point of Interest
Beverly Hills offers a number of world-class recreation and park facilities including the Greystone Mansion & Gardens which was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1976, and designated Beverly Hills Local Historic Landmark No. 4 in 2014.
Greystone Mansion & Gardens was formally dedicated as a public park in 1971, and it became a popular site for motion picture and television shoots, weddings, corporate events, photo shoots, meetings and more.
Beverly Cañon Gardens, located at 241 N. Cañon Drive, is the City’s newest green space.
Besides the beautifully landscaped gardens, the space features: public outdoor dining areas, water fountains, and public colonnaded walkways connecting Beverly and Cañon Drives.
Beverly Gardens not only boasts the world famous Beverly Hills Sign, which is one of the most photographed spots in the City, but also a cactus and a rose garden, the Wilshire Electric Fountain, the Doheny Fountain, arbors, and decomposed granite jogging and walking paths.
This linear park starts at Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevard, and it ends at Dohney and Santa Monica Boulevard. The park goes from one fountain to another.
During the third weekends in May and October, residents celebrate the annual Beverly Hills Art Show on these grounds.
Other City parks offer passive settings, art sculptures, playgrounds and fountains.
La Cienega Park is considered the crown jewel of Beverly Hills athletic facilities. The three baseball diamonds, located in the facility (two of which convert to soccer fields seasonally), hosts multiple leagues. Other amenities include: a perimeter jogging track, a new pavilion featuring outdoor exercise equipment, a playground, barbecue grills, picnic tables, and a new snack bar (The Delicious Snack Co.), that is open 7 days a week.
In the Park’s Community Center people of all ages enjoy recreational classes, and the facility also hosts multiple children’s camps.
The Farmers’ Market, located along the 9300 block of Civic Center Drive between Third Street and Santa Monica, operates every Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., rain or shine. Visitors enjoy two hour free parking in the Civic Center Parking Structure.
In the heart of Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive offers three blocks of pure luxury, fashion and lifestyle. Many exclusive events take place in Rodeo Drive, all year around.
There are several tours in the city that are worth taken, one of them is the Beverly Hills Walking Tour: “Art & Culture”, where visitors can appreciate the large variety of art, architecture and cultural attractions in the community at the Paley Center for Media, the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Beverly Hills City Hall, Beverly Gardens Park, O’Neill House, The Witch’s House, Gagosian Gallery, the Walk of Style Plaques, Anderton Court, Robert Graham’s Torso, Two Rodeo shopping center with its collection of stores and restaurants; and the Galerie Michael.
The Beverly Hills Walking Tour: “A Day with Family” makes the following stops: Beverly Hills Sign & Lily Pond, at Beverly Gardens Park; Sprinkles (to get a taste of their famous cupcakes); The Witch’s House, Nate ‘n Al, Beverly Hills Trolley and Beverly Canon Gardens.
There are other activities available for children, including: “hop-on-hop-off” tours around Beverly Hills and Los Angeles, and a program called “Paintbox at Montage Beverly Hills” for children from 5 to 12 years old, featuring activities such as magic shows, crafts, cooking and pool time.
The Beverly Hills Walking Tour: “A Step Back in History”, takes visitants to the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Beverly Hills Sign & Lily Pond, The Electric Fountain: The Beverly Hilton, The Paley Center for Media, Nat ‘n Al, Brighton Coffee Shop, Fred Hayman Place, and the Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills (world famous actress Marilyn Monroe lived there once).
The self-guided walking tour include: Beverly Hills Walking Tour: “Seen on Screen” takes tourist to Edelweiss Chocolates, seen in one of the most famous episodes of I Love Lucy; Beverly Gardens Park featured in the movie Down and Out in Beverly Hills, The Electric Fountain, spotted in 1995 teen comedy, Clueless; The Beverly Hilton, seeing in the Academy Award winner, Argo; Rodeo Drive & Two Rodeo, the backdrop for many shoots, including Beverly Hills Cop and Just Go With It; Beverly Wilshire; A Four Seasons Hotel (seen in the film Pretty Woman); Urth Caffe, spotted in the serie Entourage; Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills, featured in a classic episode of I Love Lucy.
For visitors with extra time, the tour makes two additional stops at the Greystone Mansion and Park, and at The Beverly Hills Hotel & Bungalows.
During the Beverly Hills Walking Tour: Sweet Treats, visitors enjoy a sampling of the most delicious chocolate, pastries and ice cream at Le Mervetty, Edelweiss Chocolates, Sugarfina, Amorino Gelato and other stores.