Since summer is in full swing, and our weather is deliciously perfect, I wanted to cover all the great things that you can do outside. So slap on some sunscreen and get on out there!
WHAT ARE SOME “DIFFERENT” WAYS TO EXPLORE LA?
As we all know, Los Angeles is a sprawling metropolis covering over 500 square miles. So naturally, there is a lot of ground to cover. Whether you’re coming to LA for the first time, or if you’ve lived here for years, taking a tour is a great way to discover something new. Pass on the crowded tourist buses and try out one of these great tour ideas!
BIKES AND HIKES
Get up-close and personal on your next tour and explore the city on foot or on two wheels! Offering a variety of tours that are eco-friendly, this is also a great way to sneak in some exercise on your trip! From Santa Monica to Beverly Hills to the Hollywood Sign, you’ll be amazed at want hidden gems you’ll discover.
#InsiderTip After the tour, rent a bike for a day or two and keep exploring on your own. But don’t forget your helmet!
ANOTHER SIDE OF LA
Instead of going for a ride, YOU are the ride when you cruise along the sidewalks of LA on one of their famous Segway® Tours. Imagine gliding along the coast from Santa Monica to the Venice Canals, or zipping up the palm tree-lined streets in Beverly Hills—you can see it all without exhausting yourself!
#InsiderTip Book their Pacific Strand Deluxe Segway® Tour that ends with a picnic on the beach!
ELITE ADVENTURE TOURS
No need to limit yourself to the streets of LA, when you can explore the city from above! Elite Adventure is one of the premier private tour companies in Los Angeles and offers helicopter tours of the city. Each chopper can hold a group of 4 – 5 people, and you can fly from Downtown LA to Hollywood and the out to Malibu within minutes! This is a big MUST DO on my list!
#InsiderTip Be it a private wine tour or sightseeing with your pets, whatever you dream of doing for a special occasion or memorable vacation, they can make it happen!
SCHOOL’S OUT! WHAT ARE SOME GREAT THINGS TO DO OUTDOORS WITH THE KIDS?
You’re in Los Angeles… and it’s summer! Step away from the tube and big screen (if just for an afternoon), and try out one of these family-friendly activities. You might want to start taking something like tennis lessons near charlotte with your kids as a family routine. You’ll create memories, for both you and the kids. Get the family singing together with some fun videos on YouTube! Sans kiddos? Age ain’t nothing but a number. These are still fun ideas to do on a date or with a group of friends!
LEARN TO SURF LA
In less than two hours, you and your kids can actually learn to catch a wave! With several beach locations and options for group or private lessons, they provide the board and wetsuit while you learn to surf or stand up paddle board. Without a doubt, this is the classic Southern California summer experience. Warning: Surfing can be highly addicting!
#InsiderTip Book a 3- to 7-lesson package to become a pro at hanging ten!
SUNSET RANCH HOLLYWOOD
Hiking up to the Hollywood sign is fun—but it’s double the fun on horseback! They offer day and evening rides, suitable for ages 8 and up. Book a BBQ Tour to end your ride with food, music, and festivities, or their Evening Tour to bask in the stunning sunset. Interested in more than a tour, they also teach horseback riding lessons.
#InsiderTip Tuesdays are two-for-one! Check out their website for discount details!
TRAPEZE SCHOOL NEW YORK: LOS ANGELES
Located on the Santa Monica Pier, you can learn to fly and swing while overlooking the ocean! Their open-air facility offers classes in static and flying trapeze, along with silks and trampoline. Regardless of your fitness level, they welcome everyone ages 6 and up. No need to run away with the circus when you can experience the circus!
#InsiderTip Parking at the pier can be tough. Plan ahead and check out this website for parking availability: www.parkme.com/santa-monica-parking/santa-monica-pier.
I’M CRAVING ADRENALINE! ANY COOL ACTIVITES FOR ADVENTURE SEEKERS?
Southern California is no stranger to extreme sports. With so many different terrains within a short drive, there are plenty of ways to get an adrenaline rush. So if shopping and sightseeing are not your speed, try out one of these awesome outdoor adventures. Bust out your Go-Pro, and do it!
CATALINA ISLAND ZIPLINE ECO TOUR
Escape for a day or two and head out to Catalina Island where you can enjoy a short hike and propel down 5 separate zip lines! Reaching speeds of nearly 40 mph, you’ll be going faster than golf carts that dominate the island. More than just adventure, you will even learn about the history, wildlife, and vegetation that make Catalina so unique.
#InsiderTip Make sure you have a strap on your camera so you can easily take your own video and pictures!
Just a quick one hour drive out of Los Angeles, they offer several package options that include Indoor Skydiving, a Tandem Jump, and even the real-deal Accelerated Free-Fall. They even have a full bar, restaurant, and pool, so you can relax and take in what you’ve just experienced. Don’t let age hold you back, Seniors get a discount on Sundays, and every first timer gets a free t-shirt!
#InsiderTip: Get the video package.’Nuff said.
MARINA DEL REY PARASAILING
You can choose from their 500 ft or 800 ft flying packages that will take you soaring over the Pacific and along the coast. Enjoy the panoramic views of the Marina, Venice Beach, Santa Monica Pier, and maybe even spot a dolphin or two! Fly solo or with friends as flights can accommodate up three people! Of course, you can always observe from the boat, but whats’ the fun in that?!
#InsiderTip You decide whether you touch the water or not. But the choice is clear—get wet!