Neptune Summer Solstice Festival
"Hail Summer!" "Hail Venice" "Hell Yeah!" This annual celebration of summer brings out some of the most colorful characters in Venice Beach. At 12:30 on the day of the summer solstice, get dressed in your nautical best, head to Windward Avenue and the Venice Breakwater and enjoy!
By Todd Stern
Finding the Perfect Wave
Surfing in Malibu is a must for any visitor to California. Stay away from the locals (there are plenty of waves for everyone) and try regular surfing or stand up paddleboarding for a great day. Tips: Don't pay to park- there is plenty of street parking for free nearby. Wear a leash so your board doesn't get away from you when you wipe out. And wear a lot of sunscreen- even on an overcast day, you will get burned!
By Jade Broadus
Downtown L.A. w/o Traffic!
Los Angeles can be a fantastic experience without the famous traffic jams to deal with. So many restaurants, shops, venues to drive around, you certainly cannot fit them all in one day. Downtown L.A. is the place to live, work, eat and play these days. Great venues to visit L.A. Live, Staples Center, California Science Center. The Skyscrapers contain West Coast HQ of most corporations and the remodeled buildings contain beautiful lofts, condos and apartments.
Driving Behind The City
Driving may not be one's pleasure in taking a vacation. Los Angeles might be notorious for traffic jams and extreme road rage but driving down E 1st Street towards Little Tokyo leaves a desolate road and a completely different view of DTLA.
Flying Kites and Drinking Beer
Despite the traffic from hell throughout the Los Angeles area, there are many, many things to do and places to see in the region. A lot of the beaches in Malibu are private, but we managed to find a spot without people or distractions. Flying kites is a simple pleasure even for those of us in our 30's. It goes without saying that flying kites after the age of 7 usually includes drinking beer.
By Amy Hume
22-feet-tall, half man/half chicken, recognized by Governor Schwarzenegger with a historic preservation award... Statue of Liberty of Los Angeles? I think so.
Pasadena Street Performers
Colorado Boulevard is the main artery running through the heart of Pasadena. It's home to some of the best shopping and eateries in Los Angeles. But your visit isn't complete without taking in the performers and live entertainment here. You'll find a variety of street acts, from musicians to magicians. And if you're exploring on a Tuesday night, stop by Equator for $1 martini night.
Iconic Venice Beach
If nothing else, arrive at Venice Beach just in time to marvel at an iconic, picturesque, Los Angeles sunset. I live in the neighborhood and never get tired of coming down to watch the surfers, skaters, and revel in the eclectic vibes that makes this neighborhood so charming.
By Natasha Lee
Doing Segway Tours in L.A.
Just did a Segway tour with my boyfriend in downtown LA and one at The Beverly Hills. ( http://anothersideoflosangelestours.com/segway-tours/ ) It was fantastic. Wonder if anyone knows about those mini Segway tours ( seen one here http://hoverboard.la/ ) that would be even better. Look like lots of fun.
By Nancy Blake
Exposition Park in Los Angeles: A great low-cost homeschooling field trip
Visit Exposition Park for a fun educational day in Los Angeles Exposition Park in downtown Los Angeles has a wealth of fun and educational attractions all within one campus. Several of them have free admission as well, which makes it a great spot for an exciting and low-cost field trip for you and your kids. Here's an overview of what Exposition Park has to offer. This page is part of my set of pages about homeschooling cheaply in Los Angeles Los Angeles County Natural History Museum One of the must-see destinations of Los Angeles! The legendary Los Angeles County Natural History Museum is dedicated to teaching about the history of our planet's nature and culture. The three-story museum has a massive collection, with over 35 million specimens!
By Daisy Rowley
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