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What to Do in Long Beach: El Dorado Nature Center

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On the eastern edge of Long Beach, in the middle of El Dorado Regional Park is the El Dorado Nature Center. Trails through forests, bridges over streams, benches in serene locations all welcome you to this slice of the wild in the middle of our urban landscape.

There are trails ranging from .25 miles to 2 miles. The shorter trail is paved, perfect for strollers and wheelchairs. No bicycles, skates, skate boards, scooters or jogging is allowed in the Nature Center, keeping it quiet and the pace as slow as you would like.

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Turtles, birds and squirrels are commonly visible in the ponds and woods. Who knows what else you might spot. Open Tuesday through Sunday from 8a-5p, closed on July 4th, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. There is also a small museum with information about the flora and fauna.

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The only cost is parking, which ranges from $5-$7, depending on the day of the week. Annual passes are available for $60, only $35 if you’re 50 years or older. Pedestrians and bicyclists enter the park for free.

Enjoy these pictures from my stroll through the El Dorado Nature Center on November 19th…

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A quiet grove

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The squirrels must be very smart if they can read!

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Spring Street isn’t very far away. This is the only spot in the center you can see it

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Long Beach, it will surprise you.

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