Los Angeles Pier

Top 10 Must-Do Activities in Los Angeles, CA

1. Santa Monica Pier

You have to check out this wooden wharf at the end of Colorado Boulevard in Santa Monica. With street performers, an arcade, ferris wheel, amusement park rides, eateries, and other shops, it is a great place for the whole family. Check out Muscle Beach while you’re at it. 

2. Griffith Observatory / Griffith Park Hiking Trails

One of the largest urban parks in the world at 4,000+ acres, there is plenty to do in this park including visiting the Griffith Observatory (museum of astronomy and earth science), the LA Zoo, Travel Town (museum for trains, trolleys, and other forms of mechanical transportation).

3. Runyon Canyon

Go for a hike through one of LA’s parks and get some exercise and fresh air. Runyon Canyon is very scenic and moderate hike, dog friendly, and offers free yoga classes. Eagle Rock 

4. Santa Monica Farmer’s Market 

In the heart of Santa Monica, just off the 3rd St, Promenade is the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market. Know for offering an awesome variety of fresh vegetables, flowers, fruit, fish, and other local fare, it is a must visit, even if you don’t plan on purchasing anything. 

5. First Friday’s

If you love to sample food trucks, you have to check out First Friday’s. Street performers, dog friendly, but super crowded, be prepared for delicious foods but long lines. Located on Abbot Kinney Blvd. in the heart of Venice, CA 90291 from 6-10pm the first Friday of each month. 

6. Roscoes Chicken & Waffles / In & Out

Roscoes Chicken & Waffles is a must-try. It is a restaurant chain that serves exactly what it sounds like— chicken and waffles together or separately (other items traditional menu items offered as well). In & Out is a popular burger fast food restaurant chain located throughout Los Angeles (and the West Coast in general). A must try. If you’re in for adventure, google their secret menu and order off that. 

7. Third Street Promenade

Mentioned before in conduction with the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market, it is an upscale shopping district that probably has your favorite stores and eateries. Touristy, but vibrant and definitely a great place to people-watch or pass time. 

8. Mulholland Drive

A scenic 21-mile drive in the eastern side of the Santa Monica Mountains, this drive offers gorgeous views of LA. If you’re interested in seeing the homes of the rich and the famous, join a tour group. You also get a view of the Hollywood sign at multiple points along the drive. 

9. Lake Shrine Temple

Beautiful and tranquil garden when you’re looking for a more contemplative place to escape the often-times hectic Los Angeles. A great place for anyone looking for some serenity. 

10. Beaches

Leo Carrillo State Beach (sea caves and tide pools), El Matador Beach (romantic, secluded, rocky shores, clear waters), Surfrider Beach (best place to surf), Santa Monica Beach (popular, touristy pier), Venice Beach (popular, touristy, people-watching), Manhattan Beach (trendy, limited water activities near pier), Hermosa Beach (hipster), Cabrillo Beach (good for kids)


I hope you enjoyed my list. If there is anything you think I’m missing, please feel free to comment to share with others!