LA – we’re in the middle of one of the most bustling, culturally diverse cities in all of America, but it’s still easy to plan a hangout with friends and have no clue what to do. The default is shopping, eating, and – let’s be honest – squatting (we call it hanging out), but there are also a lot of fun more active things to do! Since we’re in Southern California, it’s always a good idea to enjoy the outdoors (and also it feels better when you do something active first, and then indulge in good eats 😉 ). These are three top things I think of when I plan with my friends:
- Boating: Going to the beach is really cool, but it’s also nice to be in, and on, the water. Since I grew up in a city where it took at least two hours and lots of traffic to get to the ocean, I really appreciate having the Pacific so near to me now — and with the marina so accessible it’s just a dream! There are a lot of activities to do on the water, most of which start somewhere near Marina del Rey. So, sometimes I’ll just meet my friends there and we’ll decide spontaneously which we want to do — or sometimes we’ll consult the internet first. We haven’t tried stand up paddle boarding yet, so that’s definitely one on the bucket list. For those who aren’t really in the mood to be splashed or do exercise, LA also has many
casual cruises that let you enjoy the bay in comfort!
- Hiking: The trails of LA county are quite photogenic if I do say so myself. Personally, I’ve gone with friends to Temescal Canyon, Runyon Canyon, Sandstone Peak, and of course the Hollywood sign hike. It’s always fun because hiking is one of those activities that is super-easy to coordinate as a group, basically free (unless you’re looking for more organized tours), and not too strenuous! As a big fan of flowers and nature, I also enjoy being able to get away from the city for a little bit and chat with my friends in the great outdoors. I don’t even really realize that I’m exercising, or that so much time has passed, because the activity, surroundings, and company are so enjoyable. Just don’t forget to bring water to hydrate!
- Biking: I am always excited for biking, especially since it’s so convenient to do in the area! There’s a bike trail that runs really far (22 miles!) down the coast that takes you through Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Venice, Marina del Rey, and Redondo. Each of these places always have something new going on, whether it’s the opening of a new restaurant, concert, or holiday-themed event. Since I love people-watching and window shopping, biking is such a fun way to see what’s happening in those cities! One of my favorite biking memories is when I learned to tandem bike — also the day I first tried the Earl Grey Tiramisu at the basic but yummy Urth Caffé. Although I don’t own a bike, it’s pretty inexpensive to rent one anywhere along the Strand for a few hours and spend an afternoon exploring.
Ah, how could I have had so many indecisive conversations planning things with friends when there are so many wonderful things to do in LA? May finding fun activities to do in LA be much easier for you and your friends henceforth!