It’s summertime in Los Angeles and we’ve got a lot of lost time to make up for. With our city opening back up, the Angel City team has put together a list of our favorite summertime activities for you to enjoy with your family & friends. Close your laptop & get outside — here are five local businesses to support that’ll be open all summer long!
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Annenberg Community Beach House
Nothing says summer in Los Angeles like the beach! Located in Santa Monica, the Annenberg Community Beach House combines elements of the historic Marion Davies Estate with new amenities to create a unique community destination that’s open to all. This summer, the popular Beach House pool is back along with their splash pad, playground, beach courts & fields, community events and more. To plan your visit to the Beach House, click here.
Address: 415 Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica, CA 90402
Located in La Cañada Flintridge, Descanso Gardens is a hillside botanical garden that harbors a year-round collection of native flora. The urban retreat is home to nine botanical collections, a miniature railroad, house museum, modern art gallery, cafe and gift shop. This summer, the garden will be offering live music for guests to enjoy as they explore this summer’s blooms — roses, summer annuals and perennials, crape myrtle and cassia. To plan your visit to Descanso Gardens, click here.
Address: 1418 Descanso Dr, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
Smorgasburg Los Angeles
If you’ve missed your Sunday strolls through dozens of restaurant stalls and pop-up shops, you’ll be happy to hear that Smorgasburg Los Angeles is officially back! The open-air food market features a variety of local food vendors and artisans making it the perfect way to support your community. With free entry, tons of parking & something for everyone in the family, Smorgasburg Los Angeles will be your go-to every Sunday this summer.
Address: 777 S Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Swan Boats at Echo Park Lake
The Swan Boats at Echo Park Lake are one of Los Angeles’ hidden gems. The boats are a unique way to explore the lake’s fountain, signature lotus beds and Lady of the Lake statue while soaking up the perfect summer weather. The best part? The fun continues after dark! The iconic Swan Boats are also illuminated with LED lights making for a whimsical Echo Park Lake experience.
Note: Due to social distancing and capacity limitations, reservations are necessary. Click here to book your Swan Boat.
Address: 751 Echo Park Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90026
The Strand (Marvin Braude Bike Trail)
The Marvin Braude Bike Trail (also known locally as The Strand) is a 22-mile bike path that connects many of L.A.’s best beaches. The path passes Santa Monica and Venice, heads inland at Marina Del Rey, gets back on the beach at Playa del Rey, and stays close to the sand as you approach the beach cities of the South Bay and Torrance Beach. The Strand is popular among cyclists, joggers and rollerbladers making it a great place to visit all summer long.