17 Destinations to EXPLORE this Summer from Ventura County into Downtown Los Angeles, with Metrolink

Metrolink’s new Saturday Ventura County Weekend Service travels from Ventura to Los Angeles County, offering a range of destinations to discover along the way. 

Visit our EXPLORE destination inspiration website to learn about even more places to
“explore” this summer.

This summer, embark on a rail trip adventure with Metrolink. The EXPLORE destination offers a variety of interesting places across Southern California for families, friends, and couples to enjoy an adventure without the hassle of traffic or parking.  

Also, kids ride free on weekends. With this new service, families can take a trip on weekends for only $10 per adult, with the Kids Riding Free. Plan your schedule here, or using our Mobile App

Here are 17 exciting places to take Metrolink for a weekend journey on the new Ventura County Saturday weekend schedule.  

For a Fun Family Outing 

1) Wildwood Canyon Park — Burbank – Downtown  

Wildwood Canyon Road 
Burbank, CA 91501 
Website: Wildwood Canyon Park  

Located in the eastern foothills of the majestic San Bernardino Mountains, Wildwood Canyon Park feels like a step back in time due to the well-preserved, protected and impressively diverse plant and animal life. It’s home to hundreds of species of wildlife and native plants as well as miles of hiking trails for visitors to explore. Hikers who trek up to the radio tower at the top of the hill on a clear day can even see all of Burbank — and as far as downtown Los Angeles.  

Since the park sits at an elevation at 3,000 feet, it receives more rainfall than the surrounding valleys and cities which means there’s a greater assortment of plants and a more unique combination of animals than urban LA. Some of these species are native only to California, and the constant cycle of extreme conditions from the cool wet (and sometimes snowy) winters turn into hot, dry summers… READ MORE on the EXPLORE page. 

2) Verdugo Park and Recreation Center – Burbank – Downtown Station 

Photo Credit: http://www.burbankca.gov

3201 W Verdugo Ave 
Burbank, CA91505 
(818) 238-5390 
Website: Verdugo Park and Recreation Center 

Verdugo Park in Glendale is an enormous park that encompasses 40 acres of open space for outdoor recreation activities. It’s dog-friendly–as long as dogs are friendly and kept under control. The park offers a ballfield, basketball court, children’s play area, horseshoe court, picnic areas, and plenty of green grass to play and relax. There’s even a skate park on-site for testing and practicing new skate tricks. 

Visitors at Verdugo Park can explore the serene grounds and encounter a collection of animal and plant life — including a large grove of sycamore trees, mature oaks, and towering redwoods. It’s a peaceful destination to stroll around and experience the nature that’s still present even in the chaotic urban city setting of LA… READ MORE on the EXPLORE page.  

3) Griffith Park – Burbank – Downtown Station 

Photo Credit: Courtesy of   @losangelesmagazine.com

4730 Crystal Springs Dr. 
Los Angeles, CA 90027 
(323) 644-2050 
Website: Griffith Park 

Griffith Park is named after the famous mining tycoon, Colonel Griffith J. Griffith, who donated the land himself to the city of Los Angeles. He gave the park to the city as a gift to be used as “a place of rest and relaxation for the masses.” Today, Angelenos and visitors alike flock to Griffith Park for just that and more. This park is the largest municipal park in Los Angeles protecting 4,511 acres of mountains and canyons of the Santa Monica Mountains. 

On-site, there are more than 50 miles of trails — including the trek to park’s peak at the top of 1,625-foot Mount Hollywood. Griffith Park is also the site of the Old Zoo, where visitors can explore animal enclosures that have been abandoned and untouched for over 50 years. Then, visitors can check out the newer Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Garden which houses a wide range of animals from koalas, to Komodo dragons, and many other types of animals from across the globe… READ MORE 

4Brace Canyon Park – Burbank – Downtown Station 

Photo Credits: 3 Star Location Scouting

2901 Haven Way 
Burbank, CA 91504 
(818) 238-5300 
Website: Brace Canyon Park 

Brace Canyon Park is a safe destination for families and outdoor lovers to appreciate the year-round sunny weather of Greater Los Angeles. The park is nestled in the lower Verdugo Mountains in Burbank and offers beautiful panoramic views over the eastern end of the San Fernando Valley. It’s a clean, spacious, and well cared for outdoor location to spend a day. There are a variety of fun activities for kids to enjoy, including open, grassy areas to have a picnic or play games. There’s also an impressive play structure with a variety of whimsy musical instruments for children to practice, such as chimes and conga drums. 

Those seeking a more active form of entertainment can play basketball or hit the tennis courts to engage in some friendly competition. Explorers can embark on an adventure along the walking paths which offer plenty of shade from the trees to stay cool in the warmer months…READ MORE 

5Arroyo Simi Bike Path — Simi Valley Station 

Photo Credit: Courtesy of conejovalleyguide.com

 Madera Road 
Simi Valley, CA 93065 
Website: Arroyo Simi Bike Path 

This 7-mile path is also referred to as the Arroyo Simi Greenway and traverses along both sides of the Arroyo Simi Flood Control Channel from East to West. It’s a generally flat trail Los Angeles some portions of the path have even been recently upgraded. Phase one included an upgrade of two miles of trail access as well as interpretive exhibit signs and site amenities and phase two included a section of newly paved trail, the installation of three new trail entries, the installation of three primary and two secondary gateway monument signs, and the installation of three signalized crossings for safety.  

There are interpretive and directional signage at various points along the trail to guide riders and walkers who aren’t as familiar with the terrain. Another “can’t miss” point on this trail is at the Rancho Simi Community Park where there’s a duck pond to stop over and make some new friends.  

6Burbank Wash and Bikeway – Burbank – Downtown Station 

Photo Credit: Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.

201 N Front St.
Burbank, CA 91502
(818) 238-5290
Website: Burbank Channel Bikeway

This new 0.75-mile long path – officially called phase two of the Burbank Wash Bikeway – extends along the Burbank Western Wash from Olive Avenue to Alameda Avenue. The path has created new mobility and recreation opportunities in one of the most population-dense parts of the city of Burbank. 

The northern end of the project is at the Downtown Burbank Metrolink Station, and the path connects to Metrolink trains as well as many of the area’s bus lines. The southern end of the project connects to the existing quarter-mile phase one of the wash path which originally opened in 2011. 

The project gives cyclists and pedestrians the opportunity to explore LA via bike, offering an up-close and personal encounter with many of the local historic bridges that were built back in the 1940s. View a map of the path, here

7Los Angeles Union Station — L.A. Union Station 

Photo Credit: @blog.itrip.net & L.A. Union Station

800 N Alameda St. 
Los Angeles 
CA 90012 
Website: L.A. Union Station 

Built in 1939, Los Angeles Union Station is a National Historic Landmark, and the largest railroad passenger terminal in the western United States. It’s a well-recognized Art Deco, Spanish Colonial, and Mission Revival-style architectural landmark. Visitors can step back in time in this station which is a major transportation hub for Southern California and traditionally serves almost 110,000 passengers a day. 

The station is located across Alameda Street from L.A.’s historic Olvera Street and El Pueblo de Los Angeles State Historic Park, but offers a plethora of its own entertainment within, including restaurants, and lush courtyards decorated with orange trees, fan palms and espalier magnolias. Its Grand Waiting Room is adorned with 286 Art Deco mahogany chairs and massive Art Deco chandeliers…READ MORE 

8Angels Flight Railway – L.A. Union Station 

Photo Credits: LA Tourism, Janice Marie Foote, Margaret Napier

350 S. Grand Ave. 
Los Angeles, CA 90071 
(213) 626-1901 
Website: Angels Flight Railway  

Affectionately nicknamed “the world’s shortest railway,” Angels Flight in the Bunker Hill neighborhood of downtown Los Angeles is a well-known, century-old funicular that over the last 118 years has become somewhat of a celebrity (in true Angeleno fashion). It’s been featured in hundreds of movies and dozens of books, including La La Land, and Michael Connelly’s book Angels Flight®. 

Even though the ride only lasts one minute, it’s still one of the most fun things to do in downtown LA with friends and kids of any age. Riding one of its two trolleys (named Sinai and Olive) is the fastest way to travel between beloved Grand Central Market which sits at the bottom, 298 feet up to the Water Court shopping mall between Hill and Olive Streets (while avoiding the alternative, which is dozens of steep stairs) for just $1. Angels Flight operates from 6:45 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week, 365 days a year, including holidays. 

9Grand Park — L.A. Union Station 

Photos: Courtesy of LA Tourism

200 N Grand Ave 
Los Angeles, CA 90012 
(213) 972-8080 
Website: Grand Park 

Grand Park in the Civic Center neighborhood of downtown Los Angeles is known as an inclusive environment for Angelenos and visitors alike to enjoy the beautiful weather of Southern California. The park offers impressive views of downtown LA’s outdoor scenery, extending from the Music Center to City Hall to the Art Deco City Hall building across the lawn. Giving easy access to the park, the Civic Center / Grand Park, Metro stop is only a minute away. 

This park provides a space where people of diverse ages and backgrounds can come together to participate in a broad range of community activities, cultural events, festivals, holiday celebrations, and celebrations year-round. It’s even been the site of a few iconic film settings, including “Pretty Woman” and “500 Days of Summer.” 

Visitors can join in outdoor activities and interactive events, enjoy musical entertainment, or simply sit and relax for a picnic on Grand Park’s expansive clean, green lawn. There are also several stages and tables for guests to appreciate the famous LA sunshine… READ MORE 

For a Friends Family Get Together 

10) Enegren Brewing Company — Moorpark Station 

Photo Credit: John Bird, Enegren Brewing Co

444 Zachary St. #120 
Moorpark, CA 93021 
(805) 552-0602 
Website: Enegren Brewing Company 

The Enegren Brewing Beer Hall is located near downtown Moorpark, just a few blocks from historic High Street and well within walking distance of the Moorpark Metrolink station. This independently owned craft brewery was officially founded in 2010 by three friends, Chris and  Matt Enegren and Joe Nascenzi.  

The Enegren team mainly focuses on creating a collection of German-inspired beers with a heavy emphasis on lagers. They consistently produce five signature beers to be sold year-round including “The Lightest One Helles Lager,” “Valkyrie German Style Amber, “Schoner Tag Hefeweizen, “Lagertha Hoppy Pilsner” and the “Nighthawk Black Lager.” There are also several seasonal rotating select brews to be found on tap, on-site… READ MORE.  

11Grand Central Market — L.A. Union Station 

Photo Credit: @californiathroughmylens.com

317 S. Broadway 
Los Angeles, CA 90013 
(213) 359-6007 
Website: Grand Central Market 

Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles dates back to 1917 and has since stood the test of time as one of LA’s most well-known historic landmarks. 

The market has been in continuous operation for over 100 years, cycling through descending generations of Angelenos working as both customers and food stall managers. From green grocers, to fishmongers, Jewish delis, butchers, baked goods, flowers, coffee, and cheese — visitors can find anything they need here, while supporting a longstanding local business establishment at Grand Central Market. 

Today, guests can even encounter the additions of a trendy PB&J shop, PBJ.LA, the beloved donut shop, The Donut Man, as well an outpost of LA-based brewery, Golden Road. This market encompasses 30,000 square-feet of food stalls and retail space. The interior and exterior sitting spaces provide a shared gathering place to meet friends, bring a date, or take the kids on a trip to DTLA… READ MORE 

12Wurstkuche L.A. Union Station 

Photos: Wurstkuche 

800 E. 3rd St. @ Traction Ave.  
Los Angeles, CA 90013 

(213) 457-7462‬ 

Website: Wurstkuche 

Located in the heart of the Arts District in downtown Los Angeles, Wurstkuche is a mecca of authentic sausages and beer served in a friendly, spirited atmosphere. Sausages are served on a freshly baked roll with a choice of two toppings and a selection of gourmet mustards. 

Fan favorite brat selections include more traditional options such as the classic “brockwurst,” which is a mouth-watering combination of veal, pork and spices – as well as the “hot Italian,” which combines fine cuts of GMO-free pork & spices. There are a plethora of vegetarian options such as the “vegetarian smoked apple sausage,” made with apples, Yukon potatoes and rubbed sage – as well as the veggiewurst – which is a tasty plant-based Beyond Meat brat… READ MORE 

For a Romantic Night Out on the Town 

13Castaway – Burbank – Downtown Station 

Photo Credits: Marie Buck and Max Milla

1250 E Harvard Rd 
Burbank, CA 91501 
(818) 848-6691 
Website: Castaway 

Castaway in Burbank is just as famous for its spectacular views as it is for its spectacular food. The outdoor patio offers a panoramic bird’s eye perspective of the greater LA area from its impressive hilltop perch, and there are multiple levels of seating for guests to enjoy a peek at the city below. There’s also an expansive yet cozy outdoor courtyard space for those who aren’t a fan of heights. 

This eatery features a selection of seasonally-inspired cuisines including fresh cuts of meat and a generous raw bar. Castaway is also well-known for its signature “build-it-yourself” charcuterie boards and hand-crafted cocktails. It’s an ideal destination for couples to enjoy a romantic date al fresco, or to share a family meal and create fond memories. 

Although the views are fabulous any hour of the day or night, the best time to visit would be at sunset when the colors of the Southern California sky turn vibrant hues of pink and orange, and the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles city life below seems to slow. 

14) Museum of Neon Art — Glendale Station 

216 S Brand Blvd.
Glendale, CA 9204
Website: Museum of Neon Art

The Museum of Neon Art is located in Glendale and offers the opportunities to learn about the history and science behind neon art (and offers some great photo spots). Its history dates back over 30 years, and it’s the only museum in the world devoted exclusively to art in electric media, exhibiting electric and kinetic fine art.  

There are both permanent and rotating exhibitions to explore as well as immersive and experimental classes — such “intro to neon art,” “Bend, Blow & Glow” and a “One-Day Neon Art Immersive.” 

15Redbird  L.A. Union Station 

Photo Credit: Redbird

114 East Second St. 
Los Angeles, CA 

(213) 788-1191 

Website: Redbird 

Redbird is one of Los Angeles’ historic architectural gems located downtown inside the former rectory building of Vibiana. This cathedral-turned-event venue and restaurant space already offers an al fresco Redbird Courtyard for outdoor dining and has recently added two gorgeous new outdoor spaces: the Redbird Garden, and the lounge on the Vibiana courtyard overlooking the old church’s bell tower. 

Redbird’s menu features seasonal plates ranging from snacks to full entrees meant to be shared by the table, as well as an extensive cocktail and wine selection. Diners will enjoy a backdrop of palm trees and the Cathedral of St. Vibiana for an elegant dining experience. 

To Shop Till You Drop 

16 FIGat7th – L.A. Union Station 

Photo Credit: http://www.dogsniffer.com and http://www.guessat7th.wordpress.com

735 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Website: Figat7th

FIGat7th is an outdoor shopping mall and lawn space located in the financial district of Downtown Los Angeles, nestled between the two office skyscrapers 777 Tower and Ernst & Young Plaza. Visitors searching for things to do in downtown LA can visit this complex to discover a variety of trendy shopping outlets, exercise studios, and a wide selection of eateries ranging from upscale bakeries to a sushi bar and brewery. 

The mall hosts weekly and monthly gatherings including a local farmers market, as well as holiday events, partnerships with local community groups, and regularly rotating art exhibitions. 

17The Bloc – L.A. Union Station 

Photo Credit: Jeff Drongowski

700 W 7th St. 

Los Angeles, CA 90017 

(213) 454-4926 

Website: The Bloc 

The Bloc is an open-air shopping center and green space located in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. This outdoor mall encompasses a full city block along DTLA’s well-known 7th Street corridor and is just steps from the 7th Street Metro Center Station. The trendy spot features a variety of restaurants, upscale shops, bars, and entertainment including a movie theater. 

This destination hosts an array of shops from larger department stores such as Macy’s and Nordstrom to smaller shops such as the children’s clothing boutique Eli & Ella Rose. There’s also the beloved fitness and workout apparel fan favorite Lululemon. 

After a long day of shopping, visitors can grab a bite to eat at one of the half dozen on-site eateries including Café Balzac, which is a gourmet coffee and pastry shop, or at District DTLA which offers fresh, natural, sustainable food and classic, custom made cocktails… READ MORE 

This Summer, Travel Safe (Sans Traffic) into downtown LA with Metrolink 

It’s simple and safe to use Metrolink for a weekend adventure into downtown LA or along the Ventura County Line. 

On the day of your Saturday trip you can purchase a $10 Weekend Day Pass for each adult – contactless on the Metrolink Mobile App – or use the new ticket machines at our stations.  

With every $10 Weekend Day Pass you buy, up to 3 kids (ages 17 years old and under) ride free – anywhere Metrolink travels. No ticket is needed for the children, they simply board with their parents. 

Face masks are required on Metrolink platforms and trains, except for children two years old and under. 

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