FUN THINGS TO DO IN LOS ANGELES:
Venice Beach & The Venice Beach Boardwalk
The Venice Beach Boardwalk is one of L.A.’s biggest attractions. The perfect weather, sun shine & palm trees, bohemian / artist / hippy vibes….you will experience a world of wonder while music fills the air. It is said, that over 200,000 people per sunny summer day walk the boardwalk. You can purchase real street art and unique clothing from artists and local designers who are vendors on the boardwalk. From jewelry to paintings, you will find it all. Get a Henna tattoo…or maybe get some permanent Ink slung by one of the many great tattoo artists in Venice. Or buy a Skateboard, then skate one of the nicest skate parks known to man. Great restaurants and Cafe’s to sit and people watch or read a book near the sandy beach. This is a very free spirited city with tons of authentic culture. As of 2016 and 2017, and roughly a decade before that, the Venice Beach community has become the victim of gentrification. Snapchat and Google now call Venice home to their Corporate Head Quarters. The tech companies are purchasing plenty of properties and small business’, turning the market into a rat race and a game of monopoly. It is great for investors and the upper class because purchasing property is a great investment while equity and property value skyrocket. Although it is VERY bad for locals and business’ that have helped pave the way to make Venice the attraction it is famous for. Most locals feel that the heart and soul of Venice is being tested and threatened. A lot has changed on the boardwalk the last few years, the world is watching as it all plays out. Still, Venice Beach is L.A.’s favorite beach. Angelino’s (L.A. Locals) as well as tourist will still visit and enjoy the 90291 by the millions.
Marina Del Rey, CA
The Marina is a perfect place to launch a boat and explore the Coast of L.A. … Experience a romantic cruise to watch the sunset, get a charter fishing boat or whale watch. Marina Del Rey is a small city set in between Venice Beach and Playa Del Rey. Burton Chace Park is a lovely park on the shoreline surrounded by green grassy hills and BBQ grills, picnic tables. See the firework show during the 4th of July, or the Annual Boat Parade around Christmas time where the nicest boats of Los Angeles decorate with beautiful lights and holiday decorations. There is always some kind of concert of festival going on there. Food Trucks and dance parties. The Marina is also a great place to take a jog, walk a dog, exercise. Mothers Beach is a great place for family parties with children. Mothers Beach offers soft sand and shallow ocean water with no waves for kids to splash and play. Also, many good hotels and restaurants.. Cheese Cake Factory, Killer Shrimp, Chart House…ect ect.
Take a stroll through the outdoor stretch of the Glendale Galleria. Awesome architecture and design. Very cultured atmosphere, rich in diversity. Beautiful people dressed to impress. Shop, dine and soak up the scene. The Glendale Galleria is a must-see. Don’t miss out on all the hiking and wilderness within the city either. Deukmejian Wilderness Park is nice to hike and explore. Glendale Peak Trail, Griffith Park is near by as well.
L.A. Live in DTLA …( Downtown L.A. )
L.A. Live is quoted as being the MOST entertaining place on the planet. The Novo by Microsoft: Live concerts and shows, comedy shows, Plays, Live Theater. Lakers Games, L.A. Kings games, Los Angeles Clippers games…even the circus & Circ Du Soleil…All at the historically legendary Staples Center. There is also Microsoft Theater. JW Marriot Los Angeles in L.A. Live. Too many great restaurants to name. If you want to have a good time, L.A. Live downtown is the place to be.
Grand Central Market – 317 S. Broadway DTLA
A Los Angeles melting pot of foodies, business people, working class, blue collar, well dressed beautiful people, hipsters, musicians, artists, florists, taco aficionados, tourist from all over the globe and local beer & BBQ lovers. This place has had it’s presence since 1917, defining what a Downtown market should look and feel like in Big City America. Roast To Go supplies the best taco’s you could ever imagine, so huge you can almost finish two if you force yourself. EggSlut is a unique breakfast eatery with a interesting menu just like the name. Many pizza, pupusa, sopes, and sandwich cafe’s. BBQ and even Golden Road L.A. Brewery has a bar there. Serving local Los Angeles craft beer. You can also purchase common to rare spices, plus grains, fruit and beans by the pound. If you are in DTLA you must pay this place a visit, you will fall in love.
Redondo Beach and International Boardwalk
The International Boardwalk, Redondo California 90277 is a cultural Los Angeles gem located in the South Bay. Redondo is very pedestrian friendly hosting beautiful spacious bike paths for Bikers, roller blade and Skaters, joggers. Lovely scenic views with ocean scented air. Visit the SeaSide Lagoon, a fun water park for young children who enjoy sunny summer days playing in clean ocean water swimming pools with sand & water slides. Play grounds, swings, Ruby’s Burgers and milk shakes served poolside. Order Joe’s Crab Shack, or Cheesecake Factory, all within walking distance. As far as dining goes, Redondo Beach is all about Quality Seafood Restaurant on the boat dock boardwalk area, right on the water front. Purchase live lobster, oysters, crab, shrimp, sea urchin, clams, halibut, snapper, cod, salmon, sashimi, smoked fish, cocktail, octopus, squid, calamari, ceviche, Mexican food, and wine, craft beer by the bottle, cup, or pitcher. A seafood lovers dream come true. Pick the fish you like: they weigh it, scale it, cut it and either fry / steam / or grill it fresh! You will dine with the whole world, being that anyone with knowledge of seafood in Southern California understands that The International Boardwalk is the place to be. Sun shine and friendly people. Have fun in the sun, all year round at Redondo Beach……….. Notable mentions also include: The SEA Lab @ 1021 N Harbor Dr, Redondo Beach, CA 90277 which is a free aquarium and petting zoo of aquatic wildlife. A educational tour of Pacific Ocean animal habitat and live animals. The outdoor shark tank is amazing and the kids LOVE this aquarium. Be sure to leave a donation, for they are donation based and require no fee’s to enter or tour.
Dodger Stadium: Los Angeles Dodgers
1000 Vin Scully Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
A Los Angeles standard. A “MUST DO” when in L.A. you must catch a Dodgers game at the beautiful stadium. Forever a classic thing to do in the lovely City of Angels. The excitement is available to everybody, not just fans of Baseball. You do not have to be a avid fan of the sport to enjoy a Dodgers game live. Although, most people who attend the games are die hard Dodgers fans with loyalty like nothing ever seen before. Make sure you wear your Dodgers blue and be ready to embody what it means to be a part of something HUGE! The cheers, the chants, the beers, the food…..pure awesomeness! You can bring your own drinks or snacks for the kids & family if you are not ready to spend some decent money in the concession stands. Tickets are fairly affordable as well, you will be surprised actually at the affordability when it compares to the life long experience you gain when you attend a L.A. Dodgers game. It is best to attend when they are playing a rival such as the San Fransisco Giants. The vibe is intense with nearly 60,000 people in the building! Great for a first date, a birthday gift, a family affair, or some quality time with friends. Guys night out, Ladies night out. Fun things to do in L.A. = go to a Los Angeles Dodgers game. Enough said!
San Pedro – Port’s O’ Call
Set right on the Los Angeles Harbor, (Most People in L.A. pronounce it San Pee-dro, not San Pey-dro) San Pedro Ports O’ Call Village & Marketplace. A harbor-side stretch of shops, walkways, parks, museums, and Seafood & Mexican food restaurants. L.A. Harbor is the largest, most busy port in the USA. Playing a huge role in making the World go around on a daily basis, doing giant amounts of business within the world’s market. After soaking in being in such a meaningful place, you can have a great time there as well. Visit the USS Iowa which is a battleship parked right in front of the Ports O Call parking entrance. In the summer time you can go to the Guinness book of world records breaking Lobster Fest, eat a lobster plate while enjoying games, shopping and live music. The thing that most people visit the Ports O Call for is for the San Pedro Fish Market and Restaurant : Home of the World Famous Shrimp Tray! Sit on a dock & devour a shrimp tray or fish, lobster, crab, calamari….have a drink or two and watch the ships pass under the bridge, huge yachts to massive freight boats carrying goods & products from all over planet Earth. You can board a whale watching boat or a fishing charter as well from San Pedro Harbor. Bring your family and a good camera and capture the Holiday Seasonal Boat Parade. Also travel to Catalina Island on the Catalina Express.
More Fun: San Pedro is also home to the Sunken City. Take a hike through Sunken City and discover this historical place on the ocean. Experience the Water / Sun / Fun….. San Pedro, California.
The Grove – The Original Farmers Market
The Grove is a Beautiful cluster of Outdoor shopping malls, people watching, restaurants , live music, Hollywood reporters and interviews, celebrity sightings, and the Original Farmers Market. Enjoy festive holiday decorations and themes, including the largest Christmas tree every winter decorated to perfection…. every inch of it’s 100 foot tall frame. The farmers market includes world wide fare: everything you could possible imagine. Endless fruits, veggies, candies, meats, breads, sauce, spice, beer / wine, soda….everybody can find what they are looking for and be happy. Boutique shops and original designers to Nike to MK to Coach to Apple….Also visit World Market located in the front of the Farmers Market parking lot. The Grove has so much pizzazz and culture, so Hollywood so L.A.!! Do not miss out on the valuable experience that Los Angeles has to offer your memory bank. Visit The Grove : Located on Third & Fairfax
Playa Vista – RunWay
A beautiful outdoors oasis within Playa Vista, Marina Del Rey, Playa Del Rey area. Shop at Wholefoods and take advantage of $1 oysters on Fridays in the Wholefoods Gastro Pub in the newly built mall. Many restaurants : from burger joints – salad bars – sushi and seafood – sandwich deli’s – yogurt – ice cream….so on & so on. Urban Plates is delicious! But you may find any food you desire & enjoy on the sunny/green-grassy/lush/posh/upscale areas in Runway, within the west side of Los Angeles. Playa Vista is very fresh and brand new. The Runway was just finished completely in 2016. Boasting LARGE AMOUNTS of brand new condos, luxury apartments and town homes. Movie theaters to Fitness companies. Read a book or check into Wifi on the Wholefoods and Starbucks patio. Great for people watching and awesome for ambiance. All new, All good! Worth checking out, The Runway at Playa Vista.
Quick and Easy Travel – Las Vegas NV or Mammoth Lakes CA
Southern California is a prime destination for many Vacationers & Tourist. To live here is a blessing! While every day life in L.A. / SoCal is equivalent to a piece of paradise, we also like to take road trips and travel. In just under 5 hours of travel along beautifully scenic roadways you can experience the many wonders of Mammoth Lakes CA. Hike trails that offer breathtaking views. Fish the lakes and streams for world class Trout. Ski – SnowBoard – Sled throughout the winter season. Los Angeles is located so perfectly on the West Coast, allowing for painless travels to some of the most sought after destinations across the Western US and beyond!
Also, Las Vegas is about 4 hours away. A short road trip and BOOM! You are on the world famous Las Vegas strip! Super easy drive through the desert scene into the neon lights that light up the sky on the strip. Visit The Venetian and soak up some exquisite architecture including indoor canals / gondolas, Venice vibes. Visit TAO for Asian fusion food with live DJs in a ultra plush lounge…or go for power meetings/dinners at Smith & Wollensky and never cease to impress your company. Go big with Gordon Ramsay’s Steak House while staying at Paris Hotel! Slots, Poker, Sports betting, BlackJack, Craps….too much fun awaits you. Again, ONLY around 4 hours away from Greater Los Angeles Area if you are driving. Around a One hour flight from any So Cal airport.
San Francisco, CA & Northern California
Drive to San Francisco from Los Angeles in just under 6 hours when the traffic is good. Experience Union Square and enjoy the festive spirit within the city. Shop the multiple stories of the Westfield Mall, or delve into luxury with many of the world famous designer brands that have store fronts all over the densely packed shopping area. From The Hilton to Hotel Nikko, there are many nice hotels that can accommodate your travels. Visit Fisherman’s Wharf.. Chinatown is awesome too. Don’t forget to feel the vibes on Haight Street & Ashbury! Tons of quaint shops / lovely brick & Mortars near restaurants, pubs, pizza parlors. Take the Bay Bridge into SF, then use the Golden Gate Bridge to exit….straight to the 101 on your way to Napa for some wine and cheese. Next, go to the Redwoods near Fort Bragg (Navarro River Redwoods are beautiful!!!). Real road trip adventures are abundant here in California….Los Angeles is not too far from any of it. Reside in SoCal while you LIVE in California.
Quick Travel to Hawaii :
One of the perks of living in California! Quick 5 hour flights to the Islands of Hawaii. In Oahu : Enjoy Sunset Beach, Lanikai Beach with small islands, Waikiki surf, and the endless beauty of this magical place. Stay : From the Sheraton to Hyatt…to Bed & Breakfast spots, or even The Royal Grove Hotel near the water….plenty nice places to stay!
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