Beach / Outdoor Activity
Party Earth Review The official name for this sandy expanse – located steps from the affluent mansions that line Malibu like (really, really fancy) weeds – is Malibu Lagoon State Beach, but most people know it as Surfrider Beach thanks to the preeminent importance it has played in California surfing history. Centered on Malibu Lagoon where ... more
23200 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90265
Party Earth Review A carnivalesque 1.4-mile pedestrian walkway bursting with frenetic weirdness, the Venice Boardwalk is one of LA’s prime gawker destinations. A whirlwind of activity keeps shutterbugs busy, while tourists crowd around storefronts to peruse the cheap knickknacks, postcards, handicrafts, t-shirts, and knock-off sunglasses ... more
Ocean Front Walk, between Navy Street to the north and Washington Boulevard to the south
Venice, CA 90291
Party Earth Review Once the center of LA’s underground and counterculture scene, Melrose Avenue may have lost a bit of its edge in recent years, but it’s still a vibrant destination for an oddly mixed, hyper-eclectic crowd. Although the brightly-painted head shops, thrift shops, sex shops, comic book stores, and tattoo parlors still thrive ... more
Melrose Avenue between Fairfax Avenue and La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Party Earth Review Although Sunset Boulevard runs all the way from Downtown Los Angeles to the Pacific Ocean, the most famous stretch of this road is the roughly mile-and-a-half span through West Hollywood known as The Sunset Strip. A nightlife hotspot as far back as the 1920s, The Strip today packs in a massive collection of high-end boutiques ... more
Sunset Boulevard roughly from
Sierra Drive on the west and
North Crescent Heights Boulevard on the East
West Hollywood, CA 90046
Outdoor Activity / Park
Reviewed by Heather P.
"A day at Malibu Creek State Park is going to be filled with activity, gorgeous views, and plenty of nature. I personally went to Malibu Creek for a ..." more
1925 Las Virgenes Road
Agoura, CA 91376
Party Earth Review Bookended by the Beverly Center to the west and The Grove to the east – two of LA’s most popular malls – Third Street offers one-of-a-kind boutiques, restaurants, and bars that are a welcome respite from the typical corporate chain stores. Although this mile-long stretch is less snooty than Rodeo ... more
West Third Street (between La Cienega Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue)
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Party Earth Review Arguably LA’s most popular tourist attraction, Hollywood Boulevard’s one-mile main stretch is packed with souvenir shops, museums, a mall, restaurants, and bars. Tourists from all over the world crowd the Walk of Fame to click photos of the brass celebrity stars embedded in the sidewalk that celebrate everyone from Charlie ... more
Hollywood Boulevard between La Brea Avenue and Vine Street
Hollywood, CA 90028
Reviewed by Haley M.
"Malibu Country Mart is by far my favorite location to roam on the perfect sunny day. The lively atmosphere paired with the amazing food and shopping i ..." more
3835 Cross Creek Road
Malibu, CA 90263
Party Earth Review Abbot Kinney Boulevard is a cozy corner of Los Angeles where the notion of the “mom and pop” retailer is alive and thriving. Named for the 1900s-era father of Venice who worked to create an American version of the eponymous Italian city, the area is lined with specialty boutiques, casual bars, and top-rated restaurants ... more
Abbot Kinney Boulevard roughly from
Main Street on the north to
Washington Boulevard on the south
Venice, CA 90291
Party Earth Review With its charming Main Street, European architecture, and rich local history, The Grove outdoor shopping center and Farmers Market draws a diverse and upbeat crowd of local shoppers and tourists of every kind. Organized as a city center complete with street lamps and a small park in the center, The Grove is usually ... more
189 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Reviewed by Jasmine U.
"My Take: This hike is the epitome of maximum benefits with minimum effort. Although the hike itself is only about 1.5 miles (each direction) the view ..." more
West Sunset Boulevard & Los Liones Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90272
Party Earth Review The vibrant seaside community of Santa Monica is also home to the Third Street Promenade, a lively three-block stretch of boulevard that is one of LA’s most popular outdoor malls. Dedicated to pedestrian traffic only, the Promenade sees a diverse mix of people during the day, from camera-toting tourists to suited professionals ... more
Third Street between Broadway and Wilshire Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Seeing as it is bursting with sunshine and overflowing with beaches and expansive parks, it’s hardly a surprise that there are so many outdoor activities in Los Angeles.
Spending time outdoors in LA is a must – if only to calm your soul from all the traffic – but it’s also easy, not just because of the weather but also because there are so many great outdoor activities in LA to partake in. Whether it’s a thigh-busting hike through the famous expanses of Griffith Park or celebrity-filled Runyon Canyon, running, biking, and rock climbing in the Santa Monica Mountains, or a tourist-filled stroll down Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles begs its visitors to come out and stay out all day and long into the night.
Much like a walk down Hollywood Boulevard, a stroll along the chaos of the Venice Boardwalk is a must for any new visitor or longtime resident, and the same could certainly be said of shopping (or maybe just ogling the storefronts) along the glitzy sidewalks of Rodeo Drive. After getting even more shopping in down the hip blocks of Melrose Avenue, it’s time to explore the famous Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, which packs in a massive collection of high-end boutiques, glitzy eateries, swanky hotels, hopping bars, pulsing live music venues, velvet-rope clubs, and plenty of chances to spy a celebrity at practically any hour.
When the next morning rolls around, you can head on down to the Grove outdoor shopping center and Farmers Market, or bop on over to nearby Third Street for one-of-a-kind boutiques, restaurants, and bars that are a welcome respite from the typical corporate chain stores. Still not done? Abbott Kinney in Venice and the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica make for fabulous shopping, dining, drinking, and people-watching, and First Fridays along Abbott Kinney is an awesome Los Angeles outdoor event when neighborhood merchants feature their best wares, special gifts, new products, and live music, complete with lots of food and drink…..whew!