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5 Fun Things To Do In Los Angeles

Between visiting and living in Los Angeles I have had the opportunity to do many things. There is so much to do there it would take a few trips. Even if you have never been there, certain things should be seen or checked out while there! So here is my list of 5 fun things to do in Los Angeles. Knowing me I will put a part 2 of this out.

5 Fun Things To Do In LA

1. Go horseback riding at Sunset Ranch Hollywood! I love going there, even if it is just to walk around. The prices are very reasonable and affordable. You can also take a ride and then stop and have a BBQ. You will be able to have an amazing view of Los Angeles, the Hollywood Sign, and more. I had a great horse named Kennedy. It can be a little scary as horses walk on the edge, but it was an amazing experience! If you do happen to go just to walk around be mindful of the horse poop. Also I have seen women show up in heels, bad idea! Come in comfortable footwear, it is pretty much a bit of a hike.

Horseback Riding at Sunset Ranch in Hollywood, CA ©2015 Holly Dayz
Horseback Riding at Sunset Ranch in Hollywood, CA ©2015 Holly Dayz

2. Head over to Lake Hollywood. There are a ton of Angelenos who didn’t even know this place exisited. I have seen a few tour vans go up there, but it still seems to be a bit low key. There is an amazing view of the Hollywood sign as well as a gorgeous view of the lake. Down the hill is a dog park. If you keep driving you will end up very close to the Sunset Ranch Hollywood, just be mindful of the blind turns when driving.

Lake Hollywood ©2015 Holly Dayz
Lake Hollywood ©2015 Holly Dayz

3. It is a tourist attraction, but not everyone seems to make it to The Griffith Observatory. I absolutely adore this place! I have seen their Centered in the Universe show countless times and I always enjoy it. The seats are extremely comfortable and you want to get tickets early as they sell out fast. The views from there are gorgeous as well! Getting their early is ideal, the later you wait the further down from the observatory you have to park. The further down you go the less light there actually is when it gets dark and you will be doing a lightly steep walk. They also have star parties, where people come out with their telescopes and allow you to use them. Amazing place!

Griffith Observatory pic courtesy waymarking.com
Griffith Observatory pic courtesy waymarking.com

4. Not exactly in LA, but not too far from it is Pasadena. Specifically Colorado Blvd. There are tons of places to shop, clubs, bars, lounges, and restaurants. It is beautiful. Enjoy the day just walking up and down the street stopping in at different places. Another favorite thing of mine to do in Pasadena is to hike at Eaton Canyon Falls.

Me on Colorado Blvd. ©2015 Holly Dayz
Me on Colorado Blvd. ©2015 Holly Dayz

5. Hit the beach! I’m not talking about Santa Monica or Venice. Try Zuma and El Matador State Beach out in Malibu. Much cleaner, less tourist, and an amazing scenic drive on the way. Another great beach is Dockweiler. Many people hang out there and even have bonfires and get togethers.

Overlooking the beach ©2014 Holly Dayz
Overlooking the beach ©2014 Holly Dayz

Have you ever been to Los Angeles? If so have you done any of these things?

33 Comments

  • kp3reloaded

    I’ve been wanting to go to LA for a minute now, and this list makes me want to go even more! Everything on your list sounds fun, I’ll keep it in mind for when I finally get there.

    Kasi | http://www.thejmichaelproject.com/kasiperkins

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    • Holly Dayz

      LA is a nice place to visit. I am sure you will be in LA sooner than you think. If you do any of these things or need suggestions let me know.

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  • patricemfoster

    Holly, Love beach hopping in Ca. and visit Hollywood a couple of times. great post . Thanks for sharing bring back memories.

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    • Holly Dayz

      There are so many beaches each with their own personalities. Thanks, glad I could bring back some great memories of you.

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  • Kayvona

    I really want to visit LA!!! I use to want to move there but decided it might just be a visit type of place for me.

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    • Holly Dayz

      Living there and visiting there are def 2 different experiences. Great place to visit

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  • thesophislife

    I love the LA area and always explore someplace new when there. Thanks for these new options! I love Malibu and would love to do horseback riding again!

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    • Holly Dayz

      Yes, there is a lot to explore. No problem, let me know if you do any of them. Horseback riding is fun!

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  • Elaine J. Masters

    Tickled to hear about Sunset Ranch. Will definitely have to go horse back riding there one day.

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    • Holly Dayz

      I love Sunset Ranch. Sometimes I will just walk around the area. The ride is so much fun, but a little scary because horses naturally walk on the edge lol

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  • Camesha

    Great list! I live here and don’t do nearly enough. There are so many choices! I really want to do the horseback riding.

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    • Holly Dayz

      Honestly there is so much I still haven’t done. There have been days I have been driving around with my friends wondering what to do lol. Def try it, very enjoyable!

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  • Patricia

    I have never been to LA, but I would love to go there and enjoy the weather and beautiful scenery.

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    • Holly Dayz

      It is a nice place to visit. The weather is usually good, LA has its moments though. The mountains are my favorite

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  • Vashti@veepeejay.com

    Thanks for the great list Holly. I’ve never been to LA but this is a great list to have.

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    • Holly Dayz

      Welcome! Whenever you do make it let me know what you see and do

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  • hovelstay.com (@hovelstay)

    I seriously LOVE living in Los Angeles. I’ve never thought to go hike at the Hollywood lake but I do love going urban hiking in DTLA and going on waterfall hikes in the San Gabriel mountains. I also love exploring Los Angeles on the weekend. I always find something different!

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    • Holly Dayz

      LA is a really nice place. The Hollywood Lake is beautiful. I usually drive and stand up there and take it all in. Then drive around to Sunset Ranch and hike up the mountain over there. There is so much to see and discover!

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  • Paula Morgan (@sydneyexpert)

    We are spending 4 days in LA later this year and I am really struggling to decide what to do and what to leave out. You have not helped 😉 I have even more on my list now lol.

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    • Holly Dayz

      lol I’m sorry, didn’t mean to make things tougher. There are ton of other LA things on my site that may make it harder lol. Is this your first time to LA? What do you want to get out of your trip? I may be able to help!

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  • staciesayzso

    I visited LA about 20 years ago and I’d love to go back! I could really use some ocean and sun in my life!

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    • Holly Dayz

      You should catch some sun. Go soon, Cali is running out water. It is a beautiful place to visit.

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  • One Girl: One World

    I’ve never been to Lake Hollywood! Funny ^_^ Nice list… totally agree with all of it! Especially the last one! I love the beach!

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    • Holly Dayz

      Thanks! I have bought a cupcake and driven out to Zuma and sat there eating it. Lake Hollywood is very pretty, I love going up there.

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  • Carin Kilby Clark

    I love LA and hope to make it back out there soon. Great list – will definitely try these when I’m out there again. Thanks.

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    • Holly Dayz

      Thank you, so do I! Great! I hope you have a lot of fun when you do!

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  • Kay's Ways (@OdashKay)

    LA is on the list of places I want to travel to. One day I’ll take the kids to Disney out there instead of here on the East. I’d be down to visit Pasadena and the beaches as well.

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    • Holly Dayz

      It is a great place to visit! I love Disneyland, so fun!

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  • Jaye@Curvatude

    I have only spent time in Beverly Hills while in LA but I like that you included some off the grids and less touristy options. Bookmarking.

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    • Holly Dayz

      Awesome! Next time maybe you will get to see some of the places I listed, you won’t be disappointed.

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  • McCool Travel

    Good stuff. Glad you did not recommend the same ole places in Los angeles everyone else does.

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    • Holly Dayz

      Thanks! Yea, there is so many other things to do there that people aren’t aware of!

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