Culture / Outdoor Activity
Party Earth Review Featured in films like Pretty Woman and known for its uber-exclusive designer labels and haute couture fashions, the world-renowned Rodeo Drive is LA’s most famous high-end shopping district. A short three-block stretch of exclusive boutiques, Rodeo has become a mecca for wealthy female shoppers and celebrities, as well ... more
Rodeo Drive between Wilshire Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Outdoor Event / Festival
Taking place annually in the fall, the Halloween Harvest Festival in Woodland Hills, CA, is a family-friendly ... morePierce College
6201 Winnetka Avenue
Woodland Hills, CA 91371
Come join the Battle! A nightlife experience like no other! This unique exclusive event is a bizarre hybrid ... moreThroughout the city
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
Beach / Outdoor Activity
Party Earth Review A nearly seamless continuation of the famed Venice Beach to the south, Santa Monica Beach offers a bevy of waterfront fun to suit almost any visitor’s tastes, from intense recreation to avid shopping to burning away the day on 245 acres of sand. The hundred-year-old Santa Monica Pier marks the beach’s southern edge, where ... more
Bordered by the Santa Monica Pier to the south and Will Rogers State Beach to the north
Santa Monica, 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
Outdoor Activity / Park
Party Earth Review Mostly obscured from view near the eastern edge of the Santa Monica Mountains, Franklin Canyon Park is a hidden gem for LA denizens looking to escape the crowds that so often invade the city’s better-known nature retreats. Unless they remember its cameo in the opening credits of the classic Andy Griffith Show, many longtime ... more
North Entrance: Mulholland Drive & Franklin Canyon Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90210
West Entrance: Franklin Canyon Drive & Moreland Drive West
Los Angeles, CA 90210
Party Earth Review The largest stretch of nature in Los Angeles, Griffith Park’s 4,000 acres boast a plethora of attractions and activities, from horseback riding and swimming to the study of the cosmos, that draws visitors of every stripe. Mornings often see tourists wandering through the zoo, as weekend warriors take to the tennis and basketball ... more
4730 Crystal Springs Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
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
Reviewed by Ross S.
"This place is fun! Plenty to buy/see for men and women! Only $1 to get in. Great people watching too. My favorite stand is the one that sells old phot ..." more
Fairfax High School
7850 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
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!