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Compton at the core–history and culture in the heart of LA

They don’t call it the Hub City for nothing. Compton is not only the exact geographical heart of Los Angeles County, it’s also a center of history and culture in the area. Most famous among hip hop fans as the home of rap gods like Dr. Dre and Kendrick Lamar, the city has been busy over the last few decades reinventing itself as a destination for families and industry. It’s a good place to access everything LA has to offer, as it's close to upscale neighborhoods but far from upscale neighborhood prices.

For picnicking and play, city parks are king in Compton

Want to break up a day of shopping and sightseeing when you've got the kids in tow? Compton offers parks and public recreation facilities with pools and picnic areas. Wilson Park has a skate park next to its playground for kids and toddlers. The fairway-inclined can tee off at the Compton Par 3 Golf Course, where you can book a round on your own or sign up for lessons with a pro. If you’re looking to shop close to your Compton vacation rental, the Gateway Towne Center mall has retailers large and small, plus several casual restaurants.

Compton's multicultural history from ranchos to heroes

Compton hasn’t forgotten it’s roots, and you can start your tour through its multicultural history at the Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum, set on the first Spanish land granted in California. Kids may love the rancho’s classes in adobe brick making and stained glass. Heritage House, built in 1869, is the oldest home in Compton. You can stop by and see it restored to all its 19th-century charm, then walk one block north and a hundred years into the future to Compton’s Civic Center Plaza and the impressive King Memorial, a tribute to the civil rights leader designed by Gerald Gladstone.

Compton and LA–looks like another perfect day

Compton's dry, subtropical climate means warm summers and sunshine all year long. Temperatures can easily hit 100°F in the summer months. To catch an ocean breeze, Manhattan Beach is only 30 minutes away by car (an hour by subway and public shuttle), but if you like to stay cool 24/7, look for Compton vacation rentals close to one of the city's aquatic centers, or a rental with a pool of its own. Winters are mild and–you guessed it–sunny, so pack your hippest shades whether it's Independence Day or New Year's Eve.

Want to get back to nature? Don't go straight outta Compton

Compton is more than history and monuments, glass and concrete. Its eastern edge is bordered by the Los Angeles River and one of its major tributaries, Compton Creek. In the 1800s, the creek was full of fish and wildlife, but flooding concerns led officials to pave the riverbed many years ago. In 2013, city agencies completed a restoration of the riverbed's natural habitats. Now, the nature-lover in you may be delighted by Compton Creek Natural Park, more than 3 acres of sustainably designed watershed, with play equipment, walking trails, and the happy homes of local and migratory birds.