Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Summer Fun! Things To Do and See in L.A. this Summer 2011

Whew, it sure is hot over here! Summertime has hit L.A. and I'm ready to bask in the sun and soak up that Vitamin D. To celebrate the dog days, here's my Summer 2011 list:

The Channel Islands are just a short boat ride away, but seem like another world. See eagles, lizards, foxes and sea lions at these island sanctuaries. You have your choice of five islands to visit and can either camp or do a day trip.

This O.C. event runs from July to August and features "live art"--that's right, real people actually posing in the art. You've gotta see it to believe it!

Don't know what to do with the kids this summer? Sky High in Costa Mesa is a tiny tot's dream come true; imagine wall to wall trampolines and a foam pit! Adults can enjoy this place too--they have dodgeball games and even "airobics" classes.

photo from kidsclubzilla

The GCC is the only facility in the world dedicated solely to protecting Gibbons. Tours are by appointment only and are $7-$12 per person with a $100 group minimum, so grab a bunch of your friends and make a day of it!

photo from hollywoodlegend

With thousands of rocky outcrops peeking out of the green hillside, this Chatsworth park makes for a great rock scrambling playground. This is where The Lone Ranger was filmed.

photo from alltrails

This Malibu hike was featured as one of the L.A. Mag's Ten Great Walks. They have it as as a 6.8 mile roundtrip hike, but if that's too far for you, I found this site which makes it into a 4-mile figure 8 hike.

Saturdays off the 405 is a free summer concert series at the Getty. Get there early to see the art and avoid traffic getting into the parking lot.

This is for all you westsiders who complain about having to drive to the eastside for good music. McCabe's serves up your weekly dose of live folk, country and rock music in an intimate concert setting. Added bonus: McCabe's is a guitar shop and concert venue in one.

Every Thursday evening of July, displaced westside indie hipsters converge on the Hammer Museum in Westwood for a free night of music and art.

Other Things To Do:

Culver City Music Festival: Eight free concerts on Thursday evenings starting July 7th

Santa Monica Pier Twilight Dance Series: Free summer concerts at the pier

Grand Performances (#130): Free summer concert series in downtown

The Hollywood Museum: a must-see for Old Hollywood lovers

The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden: a zen garden in Long Beach

The Gamble House: take a tour of this National Historic Landmark, which was owned by David and Mary Gamble of the Procter and Gamble Company.

****Be sure to also check out last year's list of Things to Do and See in L.A. Summer 2010.****


  1. Those all look fantastic! We might need to join you on some of them. Let us know when you're in Costa Mesa for the trampoline place. We'll be down there a few weekends this month so maybe we can join you.

  2. I love the trampoline idea! Looks like so much fun! Your blog is great :) I've been looking to do all sorts of new things this year and look at your blog for ideas. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Thanks for the comment Jilayne! Have fun trampoline-ing :)