Even though it’s always sunny in L.A. there’s something magical about summers here. The ocean is more sparkly, days are extra long, and the street fairs are in full force! So when we had family visiting us from out of town I wanted to showcase LA other than the usual Hollywood Walk of Fame and Universal Studios. So here’s the list…
Bike Ride To Santa Monica Pier
I highly recommend renting a bike in Venice, grabbing a drink at the rooftop at Hotel Erwin, and then biking to The Lobster in Santa Monica for lunch or dinner. It’s about a 30 minute ride one way and is perfect for people watching!
The Hollywood Bowl is a must-do summer event for visitors and locals alike.World-class performers in an outdoor concert on a balmy summer evening. A champagne picnic under the stars. A location that wins Pollstar’s best major outdoor concert venue award every year.
If you get to the Hollywood Bowl just in time for the concert, you’ll miss half the fun. In fact, a pre-concert picnic is one of the most enjoyable parts of the experience.
You can bring your own food and enjoy it one of the picnic areas which open about 4 hours before each concert. You can also picnic at your seat, which affords excellent people-watching. Wine is allowed.
Duffy Boat Cruise Through Newport Harbor
Every summer we rent a duffy boat with family in Newport Beach. Cruising around Newport Harbor is a great way to explore Newport Beach from the water and get to see the million-dollar homes that line the bay front. We reserve the boat through voyager. We pack a picnic lunch with rose’ wine of course. I recommend cruising around for two hours. While duffy boats are easy to drive, make sure to always have a designated driver on board.
Hollywood Sign/Griffith Park Hike
With so many activities available within its 4,300 acres, you could probably spend your entire L.A. vacation within the boundaries of Griffith Park and never get bored. Play a round of golf, visit the L.A. Zoo, ride ponies (or trains), or explore the Autry Museum of the American West. But mostly, take advantage of the park’s 53-mile network of trails to lead you near the Hollywood sign, past a bird sanctuary, and through the Bronson Caves. Make your way up to the park’s main attraction, the Griffith Observatory, for stunning views of the stars and down to the vast city below.
Sunday Jazz Brunch At the Polo Lounge
The Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel (aka Pink Palace) is my favorite summer venue. It’s girly, whimsical, tropical and the brunch menu caters to breakfast and lunch lovers alike. Added bonus you will likely spot a celebrity while you’re sipping your Bellini and listening to the live jazz music.
I hope you enjoy this summer guide and would love to hear some of your favorite L.A. summer fun acitvities. Comment below!
Sandra Thomasian, MD