7 Best Spring Activities in Los Angeles

7 Best Spring Activities in Los Angeles

April 7, 2014 | Best Cities, Best Cities and Neighborhoods

Weather in Los Angeles, California, can be pretty stifling in the summer, which is why spring is the perfect time to get out and explore the City of Angels! From festivals and food to beaches and parks, there are a million things to see and do in Los Angeles in the spring.

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Whether you live in LA full-time or are just visiting to get away from the dreary weather in your hometown, be sure to check out these top seven spring activities in Los Angeles:

1. Attend a Baseball Game

Spring in LA - Baseball Game at Dodger Stadium

Home of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Dodger Stadium is the perfect place to catch a baseball game this spring (or summer … or fall … baseball season lasts a really long time). If you really want to get the full experience, take a tour of the stadium–you can even step on the field and visit the dugout!

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2. Stop by an Outdoor Bar

Spring in LA - Stark Bar at LACMA

Nothing says “spring is here” like sipping on a beer while lounging on a patio. While your neighborhood watering hole will get the job done, you’ll also want to hit up some iconic outdoor bars around the city, such as Villains Tavern (a portion of which is covered by a circus tent), Stark Bar at LACMA and the rooftop at the Standard.

 

3. Visit the Getty Villa

Spring in LA - Getty Villa

With gorgeous gardens, stunning views and a spectacular art collection, the Getty Villa is a must-see. Admission is free, so this is the perfect spring activity for the cultured individual on a budget. Be sure to check out the Villa’s massive collection of Etruscan, Greek and Roman antiquities!

 

4. Hike in Runyon Canyon Park

Spring in LA - Hike in Runyon Canyon Park

Although Runyon Canyon Park is just two short blocks from Hollywood Boulevard, you might as well be a world away. The park has some gorgeous views of the city, and you can even catch a glimpse of the Pacific Ocean! It’s open from dawn until dusk every day of the week, and features a few old mansions (very Hollywood) and an off-leash dog area for your pooch.

 

5. Stroll Along the Third Street Promenade

Spring in LA - Third Street Promenade

If shopping is your true calling, you have to check out the Third Street Promenade. This open-air shopping center has national chains, local boutiques and everything in between.

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The Promenade is very pedestrian friendly, so it’s the perfect place for an afternoon stroll. Plus, it’s just a few blocks away from Santa Monica Pier!

 

6. Hang Out at Venice Beach

Spring in LA - Venice Beach

A hangout of celebrities and tourists alike, Venice Beach is quintessential Southern California. It’s a great place to sunbathe or take a dip in the ocean, and also the location of the neighborhood’s famous boardwalk.

 

7. See a Concert at the Hollywood Bowl

Spring in LA - See a Concert at the Hollywood Bowl

Music lovers will definitely want to check seeing a concert at the Hollywood Bowl off of their buckets lists. This massive outdoor amphitheater has been around since 1922, and is an iconic venue. Pack a picnic and check out some epic performances! Everyone from The Beatles to the Los Angeles Philharmonic has performed here.

[Image Sources: Flickr - Joey Lax-Salinas, MPR, Diana Lee Photography, Mark Weston, jwilly, Frank Kehren, Waqas Ahmed]

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