Local Gems: South LA - Expo Park <—> Watts

CicLAvia is back with our final event of the year! Join us on Sunday, December 4th, from 9am - 3pm to celebrate open streets in South LA! This 7.25 mile route will explore the neighborhoods of Exposition Park, Vermont Square, Historic South Central, Central Alameda, Florence-Graham, and Watts.

Whether you’re rolling, riding, walking, or running; you’re guaranteed to take notice of the beauty these neighborhoods have to offer while moving at a much slower pace. Feel free to use the digital map to plan which businesses, local gems, activities along the route, and Hubs you want to visit.

At the top of the route is Exposition Park home to multiple museums that will pique your interests and provide hands-on learning for art, science, and history lovers of all ages.

The Natural History Museum contains unique exhibitions and creatures of all shapes and sizes! Drop in to learn about the history of the human race, the city of Los Angeles, and even ponder the existence of life itself.

Take a relaxing stroll through the Exposition Park Rose Garden and stop by the California Science Center to get inspired by the scientific wonders our world has to offer. Next door is the California African American Museum, where you can view the art, history, and culture African Americans have contributed to Western society. The best part of both locations is that admission is free!

Beyond science and art, Exposition Park is also a home for sports! You’ll notice the iconic LA Memorial Coliseum, home of the University of Southern California Trojans and the Banc of California Stadium, home to Major League Soccer's Los Angeles FC and the National Women's Soccer League's Angel City FC.

While you’re in the area, get a sneak peak of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art that is currently under construction and scheduled to open in 2025. This will be the first museum dedicated to focusing on visual storytelling through images, co-founded by George Lucas and Mellody Hobson.

Moving along the route, there is rich history and culture to take in all throughout South LA. While heading down Central Ave you’ll pass landmarks including Central Ave Jazz Park, a small park which hosts intimate jazz festivals, honoring the area’s musical history. 

Don’t miss the Dunbar Hotel, a historical landmark known for providing housing to traveling African-Americans during segregation and now home to neighborhood favorite restaurant Delicious at the Dunbar. Grab some shade at Ted Watkins Memorial Park, a recreation area to play sports or return the following week for the Saturday morning farmer’s market. 

Located 1 mile off the route from the Watts Hub are the renowned Watts Towers, an artistic feature which consists of multiple clay, glass, and rock sculptures constructed by Sabato Rodia in the early 1900s. Also about one mile off the route is the Maya Angelou Rise Above Mural, a dedication done by talented street artist Shepard Fairey in 2019.

Like all CicLAvia Sundays, there will be plenty of food options to choose from and we encourage you to support local businesses. Whether you’re craving authentic Hispanic pastries from Las Alondras Bakery, pupusas from Playas El Salvador, or southern comfort food at Delicious at The Dunbar, the community has got you covered!

We look forward to seeing you on December 4 exploring South LA for yourselves. Whether you’re revisiting old gems or coming across new ones, remember, CicLAvia is not a race so slow down and soak in all you can.

Be sure to join our email list for more event updates, future route maps, and other details – we have much more planned for 2023!