we actually had our baby shower at this park, and since my son is but a wee 3 months old, we've yet to do much fun with him here. however, the picnic accommodations are great, the playground is close to the paid picnic area with another area with benches that you don't have to reserve. they're by the currently defunct duck pond. the park has a ton to offer the community. the kids at our baby shower had a lot of fun on the trains and at the playground. the but is that the bathrooms are disgusting. there are no stall doors, the square toilet paper, and there was a used condom in one of the stalls when we were checking out the park prior to renting it. however, there is a building at the opposite end of the park (toward crenshaw) that has clean bathrooms.
The park was fun, but not as much as we expected it to be. We stopped off for a loaf of bread on the way to the park to feed the ducks, only to find that the pond had been drained, and there was no notice as to when it would be filled again. We went for the train ride, which was definitely fun. You straddle a bench and take an open-air ride around the track twice, lasting about 5-7 minutes (an exact quote from the train operators). The lines were rather long, but there were multiple trains running so it wasn't too bad. There was an ice cream truck parked right outside the train station, so we were able to add something delicious to our trip to make up for some of what we missed out on. We probably won't drive the 10 miles to go again, but would go more ofter if it was a neighborhood park for us.
The Southern California Live Steamers is located at the Southeast end of Wilson park near the BBQs and basketball courts. They give free rides on the 1st Sunday from 11 AM to 3 PM and on the Third Saturday from 12PM to 3 PM. They are also open on the 4th of July from 12 PM to 4 PM.
Rides are free however they do rely on donations to keep alive as they are not funded by the city and are a total volunteer organization.
They have a number of trains there with real working minature steam engines as well as electric and diesel locomotives.
Visit their website for details and special runs at http://www.southerncalifornialivesteamers.com
Always something new to see with loads of new track going in. Come out and visit!
This is a great park!
They have FREE train rides on 1st Sunday of each month 11am - 3pm and 3rd Saturday of the month from 12pm - 3pm.
We took our toddler and it was great! Short lines and the train ride was 15 minutes long. The engineers are very enthusiastic about the trains and love questions!
They have a donation box, but they are not pushy on asking its just there if you want to give.
Things my toddler loved: Tree house, train ride, watching the dogs, chasing the birds, and the playground.
Parking was easy and FREE.
The best part of this park are the free train rides the first sunday and third saturday of each month. They are at the Southeast corner of the park, and the line does move quickly because they have several trains. It is run by the Los Angeles Live Steamers.
You can also feed the ducks, play on the playground, and run around the abundant green grass.
There is a great fourth of july fireworks display and all day BBQ/picnic party that takes place every summer here.
The Farmers Market is known to be one of the best in the areas, it takes place on Saturday mornings.
This is the largest park in Torrance and we're here at least once a week. On Tuesday and Saturday mornings from 8 am - 1 pm there is a certified farmers' market. In addition to the locally grown fruits and vegetables that you can sample and buy, there are food vendors and we often have a little picnic after we've done some shopping.
On the first Sunday and the third Saturday mornings of the month, there are free train rides for the kids. It gets pretty busy but the lines go quickly.
There is a walking/running path along the perimeter of the park that is just under one mile. In addition, there are tons of recreational activities throughout the park (e.g., baseball/softball fields, basketball and volleyball courts, horseshoe area, batting cages, treehouse). Parking can be a little challenging, especially on farmers' market days but there is a big lot. You might just have to walk a little further.