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If you're looking for a natural oasis in the middle of the city, consider visiting El Dorado Park. The park's barbecue areas make it a great place to host a nice picnic, while archery areas and fitness courses make for fun exercise options. A campground area is available to reserve if you want to spend some extra time in nature during your Long Beach vacation. A skate park, duck ponds, playgrounds, miles of bike paths and a golf course round out the offerings in this massive outdoor area.

The property includes a 105-acre wildlife sanctuary, complete with 2 miles of walking trails. The center occasionally hosts activities, such as bird walks and family night walks, to better educate visitors on the surrounding nature in an engaging way. Previous visitors enjoyed the natural area because it's family-friendly, and most trails are flat and easy to stroll. Check the website's calendar for upcoming events.

You can visit the park any day, and hours vary depending on time of year. If you enter on foot or on a bike, you can access the park for free. However, if you come in a car, you'll pay for your vehicle; costs depend on the vehicle type and the day of the week; Fees are paid in cash only. As for the nature reserve within the park, it's closed to visitors on Sundays and Mondays, but it's open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. This natural reserve is situated between the San Gabriel River and the 605 Freeway.

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