For all of our last minute planners and spontaneous bookers, it’s every mom’s favorite time of the year. Mothers Day! That being said, don’t wait until the last minute to sort out where to take mom on the one day a year other than her birthday where the planning is up to you. Read through our round-up of things to do throughout and around L.A. A perfect pairing to alongside those homemade coupons and bouquet of whatever flowers you opted for this year. Spend some time Out and About with Mom!
ADDRESS25000 Glen Ivy Rd, Corona, CA 92883, USA
A spa getaway is perfect for any mom, whether dad wants to hire a babysitter and take mom for a day of pampering, adult daughters want to bond with their mom in the relaxation lounge, or you want to gift your mom a fun day with her girlfriends. We recommend taking in the waters and mud baths at Glen Ivy Hot Springs in Corona, which is a day trip from Los Angeles. Treatments are available, but you can also enjoy the 10 pools, club mud, saunas, and classes included in the entrance fee without scheduling a treatment.
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Bike Along the Beach Path
Taking a bike ride along the beach path is a fun day for the whole family to share with your mom. If your mother isn’t fond of bike seats, covered pedal surreys with bench seats are available for rent at several locations along the path and can hold from two to eight people. Even your grandma can ride along! For the pedal-lazy, electric bikes are available at some locations.
ADDRESS32115 Mulholland Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265, USA
You don’t have to go to the Napa Valley to explore wine country. If all the kids are grown, take mom on a wine country tour of Malibu vineyards north of L.A. or Temecula vineyards to the south. Let someone else do the driving with a variety of Malibu wine tours; some include animal sightings and filming locations. Or go vineyard hopping on a Temecula Valley wine tour. Right in Los Angeles, you can pay a visit to the San Antonio Winery, a downtown Los Angeles staple since 1917. The vineyards are further afield, but you can tour the only producing winery in Los Angeles and taste the results. There is also a restaurant on-site
ADDRESS6233 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA
If you have the budget, treat your mother to a live theater performance at the Pantages Theatre or one of the stages at the Los Angeles Music Center for an unforgettable experience. But theater in Los Angeles is accessible on all budgets. If it’s not an everyday occurrence, a night out to see a show in a small theater for $7 half-price tickets is just as much of a treat.
ADDRESS2623 Old Topanga Canyon Rd, Topanga, CA 90290-4124, USA
If your mom is adventurous and enjoys the outdoors, a horseback ride through the Hollywood Hills with a view of the Hollywood sign or a ride through the hills of Malibu and a visit to the Old West Paramount Ranch would be a great change of pace. Both locations have options that can include a meal in the deal.
Take a Gondola Ride
ADDRESS14045 Panay Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292-6104, USA
Cruising around the local waterways in a gondola makes any occasion seem special. Gondolas hold from four to 12 people depending on the boat and the company, so you can take the whole family, or your dad can sneak your mom away on her own for a romantic Mother’s Day interlude. There are gondola companies from Marina Del Rey to Long Beach and Newport Beach.
ADDRESS429 Shoreline Village Drive, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
More active moms might enjoy a kayaking sea life tour or a surfing or stand-up paddleboarding lesson. If your mom would rather let someone else do all the work, a harbor tour of the L.A. or Long Beach Harbor; a sea life cruise from Marina Del Rey, San Pedro, Long Beach or Newport Beach; or sail aboard a tall ship might be more her speed.
You could also rent an electric Duffy to cruise around Newport Beach marina with family and friends.
Plus, Spirit Cruises offers sea life and harbor tours from Long Beach and San Pedro, included in the Go Los Angeles Card.