Free time is a real commodity these days, which makes how you to choose to spend it that much more important. Things to do in… (insert city name here) is easily my most common search term.
There’s no shortage of interesting activities here in LA, it’s quite the opposite, in fact there is so much going on that it can hard to keep track or keep it straight. I’m here to help, at least where Los Angeles is concerned. Whether you’re after a day in the park, live music, architectural gems or a delicious meal this handy directory created using all the posts I’ve written about the City of Angels should help you find a way to fill your days.
Did you know there are over 100 museums in Los Angeles? I haven’t visited anywhere near all of them, but I’ve hit quite a few including: The Broad, LACMA, The Peterson Automotive Museum, The La Brea Tar Pits, The Craft & Folk Art Museum, The Paly Center, The Huntington Gardens and more…
Pop Up “Museums”
Speaking of museums, there are no shortage of pop up “museums” in LA. While these listed below have come and gone, many of them have opened in other cities and countries around the world.
If you haven’t posted it on Instagram, were you really there? Of course you were, but sharing the fun is a big part of any experience, and LA has no shortage of instagrammable spots for you to both share and experience.
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 in Los Angeles, which also happens to be home to the largest Fashion District in the United States.
You never have to hit the same restaurant twice in a city the size of Los Angeles, and I got to wondering… Just how many dining choices are there? So I asked Google, and it turns out the answer isn’t completely clear. Though what is clear, are that many of them sell doughnuts! “Seriously though” the most common answer was around 20,000 ish, so for the purposes of this post we’ll go with that.
Speaking of donuts…
Art & Music
If public art and live music are on your list you’re in luck. From the Hollywood Bowl to the Forum, and the Venice Beach Art Walls to Downtown LA we’ve got you covered. Los Angeles, ranked in the top 10 for most instagrammed graffiti, which is no surprise as one can hardly turn a corner, drive down the street, or grab a coffee without running into yet another fabulous work of art.
I’ve just started exploring LA’s many hiking trails, but If you’ve never been to LA before the Hollywood Sign is a great place to start as getting up close to one of LA’s most well known icons is pretty special.
Explore a Neighborhood
According to the Los Angeles Times, there are 272 neighborhoods in LA just waiting to be explored.
I consider myself something of an expert where Disneyland is concerned and over the years have gathered some helpful tips and tricks. It’s quite possible to enjoy a day out at a theme park as long as you have the right mind set. Yes, there will be crowds, lines and heat, but if you haven’t visited the original Disneyland, or The Wizarding World of Harry Potter I highly recommend.
Let’s face it as much as exploring on your own can be a great thing, there are times when a guided tour is the only way. Especially, with limited time in a city.
Everyone has their own version of paradise, but when I think of paradise the first place that comes to mind are the Southern California Beaches. Long wide stretches of soft warm sand dotted with brightly colored umbrellas, perfect for picnicking, body surfing, and sandcastle building.
From over the top festive theme parks, Halloween parties and ice skating to neighborhoods dripping with Christmas lights and boat parades there is no shortage of ways to celebrate holidays in Los Angeles.
Things to do in Los Angeles
In a city as vast as Los Angeles, on any given day, there are countless opportunities for tourists and non tourists alike. So many, in fact, it wouldn’t really be reasonable to try and list them all in one list, or would it?
Day Trips from LA
I LOVE LA, and with so much to see and do its hard to imagine ever needing a break, but thanks to my wanderlusting soul, there are days when “getting out of town” seems like a good idea. The good news is you don’t have to go far to satisfy the wanderlust. There are a number of nearby beach cities just waiting to be explored and all, depending on traffic, within a very manageable driving distance.