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.
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 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
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.****