7 Ways to Spend the Day Around Town | Out & About

Even as a local, it’s easy to forget that LA has a bounty of things to do to spend the day around town. With so many local gems, we thought to share the sites you may not often see. Read on and take a stroll around town with this week’s out-and-about recommendations!

See Los Angeles from 6,000 feet above at Mount Wilson Observatory

Located in the San Gabriel Mountains, the Mount Wilson Observatory has amazing views of the city. Admission to the area is free, and guided tours are available. For parking, you’ll just need to buy a Forest Service Adventure Pass.

Hike the Silver Lake Stairs

If you are looking for a workout, these WPA-era staircases are ideal for fitness enthusiasts. Open for public use, you can spend the day, morning or afternoon, taking on this hidden Silver Lake gem. For an exhaustive list of the stairs, check out author Charles Fleming’s Secret Stairs.

Catch a Family-Friendly Flick at Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens

This famed botanical garden/wonderland is famed for its scenic setting. With the soon-to-be arrival of fall, it’s also where you can catch a family-friendly flick. Spend the day at Huntington and stay for a feature film in Pasadena’s most beloved nature destination.

Bike Your Way Down the Strand

Take in the coastline with a bike ride down the Strand. This bike-friendly path kicks off at Will Rogers State Beach before ending in Torrance County Beach. The Strand bike trail is a great way to spend the day and a good workout too!

Take Your Furry Friend to the only off-leash beach

Contrary to popular belief, there is only one off-leash beach in L.A. County. For the best waterfront spot to take your furry friend, make your way to Rosie’s Dog Beach. The four-acre area is perfect for the pup in your life and a lovely way to spend the day!

Get Your Foodie on at Smorgasburg LA

An incubator for L.A.’s next big food spot, everyone in LA should experience Smorgasburg LA at least once…a month. With more than 80 food and retail stalls at ROW DTLA, there is something for every appetite. Spend the day the food lover way at this downtown staple.

Enjoy Nature at Malibu State Creek Park

There is more to Malibu than the beach. Malibu State Creek Park is a nature lover’s paradise. Spend the Day in this state treasure for dramatic gorges, open pastures, lush forests, and more! With just one visit, it’s easy to see why Malibu Creek is considered one of Southern California’s most stunning spots.