10 Activities to do this spring in Los Angeles:
1. The Getty
The Getty is located in Brentwood, Los Angeles. It was designed by Richard Meier and is one of the most spectacular places in Los Angeles to visit. The Getty is famous for its marble building architecture, which is surrounded by pools, fountains, and a circular garden overlooking Los Angeles. Get to the Getty by either hiking your way up or taking the funicular.
2. The Venice Canals
The Venice Canals were excavated from marshland in 1905 by a real estate developer who wanted to recreate the canals of Venice Italy. Los Angeles’ historic Venice Canals offer a taste of the real thing with quite side streets and gorgeous homes set amongst the canals. The Venice canals are the perfect place to take a walk and enjoy the various styles of architecture of the homes along the water.
3. Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
LACMA is an art museum located on Wilshire Boulevard in the Miracle Mile. The LACMA is the largest museum on the Western side of the United States. In addition to art displays, the LACMA frequently hosts a variety of outdoor film and concerts. The LACMA grounds are perfect place to enjoy the weather outdoors while taking in a show.
4. Griffith Observatory
The Griffith Observatory is loved amongst tourist and locals alike. The best way to visit is to hike up to the observatory, where you can take in beautiful scenery and spectacular views of Los Angeles including the Hollywood and Downtown skylines, the Hollywood Sign, and, on clear days, the ocean.
5. Hollyhock House
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House is his first house in Los Angeles. The home has recently reopened to the public after a huge restoration. The house was taken back to as close an approximation as possible of how it looked in 1921, when it was completed; the house features the plaster, elaborate ceiling moldings, and accordion glass doors that it was intended to have. The house is open for tours Thursday through Sunday each week; standard admission is $7. After your tour, stick around for a picnic in barnsdall Art park.
6. Echo Park Lake
One of Los Angeles’ most scenic parks, Echo Park Lake began as a reservoir but has been purely recreational for well over 100 years now. Echo Park Lake has a cafe where you can rent pedal boats, a short boardwalk, and a walking path around the lake.
7. Museum of Neon Art
MONA is one of Los Angeles’ most unique museums, featuring neon art from around the world. The museum has also preserved iconic signs from Hollywood’s golden age, including the rooftop sign from the Brown Derby's old Hollywood and Vine location. This spring, there are two-must see exhibits on display: “Motel California” a companion to California author Heather David’s book on the same topic and “There’s More to Neon Signs Than Liquor, Motels, and Live Nude Girls.” Both are on view through August 26. MONA is open Friday through Sunday; admission is $10.
8. Angels Flight Railway
If you want an old-timey LA experience, it doesn’t get any better than Angels Flight, a tiny railway that climbs up and down Bunker Hill in Downtown Los Angeles. The two train cars are 116 years old, and, after nearly four years of laying dormant, they just started running again in August. The short ride costs $1 each way.
9. Dodger Stadium
start spring off in proper american style with a baseball game. Even if you’re not a Dodger’s fan or even a baseball fan in general, there’s one really good reason to take in a game at LA’s ballpark, the sunsets.
10. Los Angeles State Historic Park
This Chinatown park has reopened with a brand new look. After a $20 million renovation, the park has a superb new pedestrian walkway, picnic areas, wetlands, a public fruit orchard, and an elevated lookout point. The park is open daily from 8 a.m. to sunset.