The 15-acre Legacy Park is a sort of central park in the heart of Malibu. There’s a flat path that meanders through the park, which features four important native coastal habitats – coastal prairies, coastal bluffs, Southern California native woodlands and riparian/wetland.
There are informational signs throughout the park providing education about local flora and fauna. There’s also a small outdoor amphitheater and beautiful mosaic animal sculptures scattered throughout.
Not that you needed any more reason to visit, but there’s also this: Legacy Park just happens to be an environmental cleaning machine – capable of capturing stormwater and urban runoff for treatment and disinfection, then reusing the clean water to irrigate the park.
While some of the more educational aspects may be lost on little ones, Legacy Park is a serene spot to enjoy some quiet time in nature. Consider it a nature playground! Put your bird watching skills to the test (we spotted a great egret), take a short “hike” around the park and play on the mosaic sculptures in the children’s area.
This is a great stand-alone outing, or you can combine it with a stop at the Malibu Country Mart’s playground or a visit to Malibu Lagoon State Beach just across Pacific Coast Highway
As you drive down Pacific Coast Highway from Pepperdine into Malibu, there's been a large vacant lot for as long as I can remember. In 2011 - a beautiful park opened filled with native species and whimsical mosaic statues.
We visited the Malibu Lagoon State Beach and then crossed the street to wander through the different habitats native to California. There is a winding dirt trail, wildflowers, interpretive signs, and a little children's playground where they can climb on a mosaic kingsnake and toad. I love this place and hope to stop here many more times on our drives along the coast.
The best part? This park actually serves as a natural treatment area for stormwater before it reaches the ocean. It's an amazing riparian habitat so birders and nature enthusiasts will especially enjoy it. Plus, it's just a nice place to walk.