I’ve spent the better part of three years exploring LA, and there truly is no end in sight, which is just one of the multitude of reasons I adore this city. As you can imagine I’ve got a long list of recommendations, and in fact have already shared over 100 of them with you, some of which appear in previous posts including: 50 Things To Do In LA, 50 MORE Things To Do In LA, and Taste of Los Angeles, all were born out of the idea that I am determined to take full advantage of everything this city has to offer.
Originally I made lists and methodically checked off item after item. These days I don’t have a list per se, but my exploration hasn’t slowed…
Here are 21 more things to do in LA:
Shopping on West 3rd Street
Location: Six connecting blocks between La Cienega and Fairfax, Los Angeles
While it’s true I haven’t written a lot about shopping in LA, that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy it, and there are no shortage of places to get your shop on. With over 100 one-of-a-kind boutiques, murals and trendy restaurants West Third Street is one of my favorite shopping destinations.
The Original Los Angeles Flower Market
Location: 754 Wall Street, Los Angeles
The Original Los Angeles Flower Market is located right in the center of LA’s Flower District, the largest wholesale floral district in the United states. The market sells more than 125 different varieties of cut flowers as well as other types of foliage and floral accessories to go along with them. With or without the excuse of an upcoming event, wandering down the rows bursting with colorful blooms in every shade and variety is a great way to spend a morning.
The Fabric District
Location: 8th Street down to Olympic Boulevard, between Maple Avenue and San Julian Street, Downtown Los Angeles
With over 200 wholesale and retail shops in LA’s Fabric District you’ll find everything from denim and camouflage to silks and upholstery, lace and leather, zippers and ribbon, and with prices ranging from 99 cents and up you’re bound to find something in your price range.
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Location: 900 Exposition Park
You could spend the entire day at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and still not see everything! Did you know that skateboarding was invented in LA? So was the electric guitar! You can learn all about the City of Angels and its unique contributions to culture at the permanent exhibition: Becoming LA. Younger kids will love the discovery center, the mammal halls, and roaming the museum’s gorgeous gardens.
California Science Center
Location: 700 Exposition Park
Young and old will enjoy a visit to the California Science Center where touching and interaction are a welcome and necessary part of any visit. From The Space Shuttle Endeavour to under the sea ecosystems, and the human body, there is no shortage of things to see and do.
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Location: West of Downtown Los Angeles
Encompassing three square miles west of Downtown Los Angeles, Koretatown is ta vibrant and diverse community, which is fast becoming one of LA’s most popular neighborhoods. It’s no wonder as there are countless restaurants, shops, bars and entertainment venues just waiting to be explored.
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The Marciano Art Foundation
Location: 4357 Wilshire Boulevard
The Marciano Art Foundation isn’t a particularly large museum, but with exhibitions from big name artists like Yayoi Kusama and Ai Wei Wei, it packs a lot of punch. Admission and parking are complimentary, but online reservations are required.
Echo Park Lake
Location: 1632 Bellevue Avenue, Los Angeles
Echo Park is a great neighborhood with a lot to offer, but a highlight is Echo Park Lake, where you can rent the Lake’s famous swan pedal boats. The lines can be long, but if you take turns waiting, the rest of the group can pass the time walking the lake path and watching the turtles and other wildlife in the park.
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Din Tai Fung
Location: Westfield Century City Mall
It’s a dumpling experience! More than a decade after eating at Din Tai Fung for the first time I can still say I’ve never had any that were better!
Staples Center/LA Live
Location: 1111 S Figueroa S. Downtown Los Angeles
Whether it be a sporting event, a concert, or even ice skating during the holidays a visit to Staples Center and LA live is always a good time.
Cartwheel Art Walking Tours
location: Downtown Los Angeles
Haunted LA or Graffiti and BBQ Walking Tours
Cartwheel Art Tours and immersive experiences offers multiple walking tours in Downtown LA, but It’s almost as if the BBQ and Graffiti tour was created just for me. The three hour tour includes an insider’s look at graffiti writing in the Downtown Los Angles Arts District, a graffiti lettering workshop, and a late lunch at Pearl’s BBQ.
You’ll Learn about the darker side of LA’s history on the Paranormal Nights and LA Vice walking tours. Led by historical journalist, Hadley Meares, the tours are a perfect mix of history and horrific. Along the way you’ll be treated to spine chilling tales of unsolved murders, bombings, mysterious elevators, haunted hotels and more.
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Griffith Park Hollywood Sign Hike
Location: 3200 Canyon Drive, Los Angeles
If you’ve never been to LA before the Hollywood Sign should be on your list in some form, and getting up close to one of LA’s most well known icons is pretty special.
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Griffith Park Observatory at Night
Location: Griffith Park
While there are a number of places to get a sweeping views of the City of Angels, there aren’t any as iconic or as famous as the one from The Griffith Park Observatory.
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Location: 4800 Hollywood Boulevard Barnsdall Art Park
Architecture lovers will enjoy a visit to Hollyhock House, Frank Lloyd Wright’s first LA commission, located in the Barnsdall Art Park. Completed in the 1921 for Aline Barnsdall, Hollyhock House impacted and continues to impact residential design to this day. The House’s location offers views of Downtown Los Angeles, the Hollywood Sign and the Griffith Park Observatory.
Location: 6360 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles
See a movie inside The Cinerama Dome, located on LA’s famous Sunset Strip. Built in 1963, it was the first theater of its kind and is currently one of only 3 three such theaters in the world.
Location:6400 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles
Multiple levels of new and used merchandise related to all things and all types of music make Amoeba the go to for music aficionados of all kinds. It’s a superstore of music if you will.
RockWalk at Guitar Center
Location: Sunset Boulevard
Elvis’s Blue Suede Shoes, Kurt Cobain’s guitar, and Johnny Cash’s handprints, are just a few of the fun items you’ll find at RockWalk a music landmark and pedestrian pathway located at Guitar Center’s flagship store in Hollywood.
Paint Your Own Graffiti
Location: Venice Art Walls
It wouldn’t be an LA list HilaryStyle if I didn’t include something art related. There’s nothing quite so freeing as grabbing a can of paint and creating your next masterpiece on the wall. That’s right paint your own mural right on Venice Beach at the Venice Art Walls.
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L.A. Louver Gallery
Location: 45 North Venice Boulevard, Venice
You’ll find the L.A.Louver Gallery just steps from the sand in Venice Beach. In its current location since the 1990s, but established in 1975, the Louver exhibits contemporary from artists from around the world. Admission and parking are free, just remember to brush the sand off your feet before you step inside.
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Tide Pooling at Leo Carrillo State beach
Location: Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu
The tide pools at Leo Carrillo State Beach are teeming with sea life and we spent the majority of our time at this beautiful destination peering into the water. Among the many creatures we saw were striped shore crabs, a baby sea star, sunburst anemone, and a black sea hare.
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Huntington Langham hotel Tea Service
Location: Huntington Langham Hotel, Pasadena
The Sunday Chocolate tea at the Huntington Langham is a real treat! You’ll know you’re in the right place when you smell the chocolate.In addition to chocolate you’ll be treated to traditional tea sandwiches, scones and cream, and bottomless champagne.
The Skirball Center
The Skirball Cultural Center is home to one of the oldest and largest collections of Jewish cultural artifacts both in the United States and in the world. It is LA’s first Jewish museum, and it’s their mission to preserve and advance Jewish heritage in both social and cultural contexts.
Have you visited any of these places? Have I missed any must see LA Spots? I’d love to know about them. Let me know in the comments below.
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