Los Angeles is a pretty magical city, and as a native Angelino I’ve often been asked, “well what is there to do?” My reply is often, “well, what interests you?” After all Los Angeles is a international cultural hub, and as such, there is something for everyone. From festivals to weekly gatherings, farmer’s markets, dance parties, museums galore, and of course the natural landscape of the city itself. So if you’re new to Los Angeles, and you find your self wondering what to do? Here are three ways to do LA. Enjoy the city of angels.
You can walk from the Santa Monica Pier, bicycle from the Ballona Wetlands, ride a Bird from Abbot Kinney, catch a Lyft from Downtown Los Angeles, or hop aboard the local public transit–Los Angeles Metro or Big Blue Bus. Although the area is pedestrian friendly, be cautious crossing some streets, the speed of traffic varies once you are off the boardwalk.
Venice is a popular destination for Angelinos and travelers alike. In regards to accommodations there are hostels, hostels and eclectic Air B’n’B’s throughout the area. Additionally, there are plenty of pubs (several with regular live music), an international selection of restaurants with dine-in, carry out or delivery options; as well as brick and mortar shops, beach vendors, and pop-up shops.
On Sundays you can catch the Venice Beach Drum Circle which happens between mid-afternoon and sunset. Additional sights and activities within the area include Muscle Beach, the Venice skate park, the Venice art walk, , as well as the Beyond Baroque and the Venice japanese american memorial monument. Neighboring beaches include Inkwell, Santa Monica, the Will Rogers State Beach, Malibu, and Zuma to the North as well as Marina Del Rey, Dockwieler, and Redondo to the south.
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With the hoisting of the world’s largest rainbow flag and performances by @Thelma_Houston, @DJwhitneyFIERCE and @stevebott, @venicepride 2018 ushered in LGBTQ Pride Month in spectacular fashion. #Pride #PrideMonth #Pride2018 #VenicePride https://t.co/5nBmSzcUE8
— Yo! Venice! (@YoVenice) June 11, 2018
Venice Beach | 1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291
Attending your local Farmer’s Market is one of the most delicious ways to see LA, not to mention it offers a great window into California’s agricultural network. If you’re into eating organic, want to eat local, or simply want to get away from the Sad American Diet (S.A.D.) then a farmer’s market is a great place to start. With multiple locations throughout Los Angeles, you can get your fruits, veggies, breads, soaps, and more. However if you want to see where it all started, then I recommend visiting the original Farmer’s Market on Fairfax Ave.
The Original Farmers Market | 6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036
The Getty Center
Whether you have a few hours or an afternoon, the Getty Center is an international destination well worth a visit. With multiple permanent galleries featuring artwork spanning the ages the Getty is one of Los Angeles’ greatest treasures, also hosting special events, exhibitions and tours throughout the year. I recommend checking the calendar of events for the listing as there is always something happening. Additionally, the outdoor garden, offers one of city’s most iconic vistas.
The Getty Center | 1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049
Michael Ray is a writer, editor, and Generation Y shutterbug. California grown environmentalist and published photographer, “Say Avocado.”
You can find me across social media platforms (including Twitter, Soundcloud, Bonoboville, Instagram, and Youtube) with intersecting content focused on ecology, environmental activism, Literature, and California culture. I read and write about plant-based living, with recommended readings, audio broadcasts and short documentaries. I like appropriate technologies like solar system and home gardens.
In my non-writing life, I like painting, fashion, yoga, and set design. I’m a graduate of Humboldt State University with a BA in English Literature, and was a costumer for the world-famous Humboldt Circus 2012-13. I love Poesy, spoken word and was Poetry Division editor for The Toyon Literary Journal.
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