El Dorado Nature Center

Quick Trip #1

     This is the first segment of my “Quick Trips” series that will feature great travel ideas that can take up as little or as much time as you would like. You can choose one of these adventures and they are sure to deliver a great excuse to do something different! Enjoy.

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          Head down Spring Street toward the 605 freeway and just off to the right near the SPCA you will find a tranquil little wilderness by the name of the El Dorado Nature Center. 

          It is just a five dollar fee for parking, but if you are really on a budget you can park off of Spring and Studebaker or in the surrounding neighborhoods and walk over to the nature center (this is what I did).

          Once you are inside there are stunning views, and if you sit long enough at one of the ponds you will happily find fish and even turtles. There is a museum with great information if you’re a first timer, and before starting on the trails there is a map that shows the different options from one mile hikes to two mile hikes.

         When I went there were plenty of people who had decided to make a morning out of it, but it was still a peaceful and enjoyable experience. It was crazy to think that nearby there was a huge freeway and a busy street; you wouldn’t guess it when you are inside of the center.

          If you do get a chance to venture into the center let me know how you like it, and I hope you leave feeling great after having spent some quality time in nature!

Tips: 

  • Have kids? Bring them! They will love to wander at their leisure seeing squirrels, turtles, and more
  • Invite a friend to come along for a morning walk and catch-up
  • Have some quality “you” time outdoors
  • Make a longer visit out of it by preparing lunches and enjoying them at the benches in the front or around the trails
  • After you visit the center go across Spring Street to the other part of El Dorado park with plenty of duck ponds and even a place for archery.

-Em

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Take a Visit: 

El Dorado Nature Center

7550 E. Spring St.
Long Beach CA 90815

Trails:

Tue-Sun, 8am-5pm

Museum:

Tue-Sun, 8:30am-4pm

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