With perfect weather, big-city attractions, and easy access to outdoor recreation, Los Angeles is a top vacation destination. From world-class entertainment to famous museums, the city offers an abundance of options to get the most out of a trip. Below we’re exploring some of the best activities for active adults living in Los Angeles.
Watch a Performance at the Hollywood Bowl
Since its opening in 1922, the Hollywood Bowl has been a top choice for entertainment in the Los Angeles area. This historic amphitheater has hosted Fred Astaire, the Doors, and some of the world’s greatest musicians. From symphony performances to rock concerts, the Hollywood Bowl continues to offer a diverse lineup of acts throughout the year.
What makes the Hollywood Bowl so special is its ambiance. This outdoor venue is nestled against the backdrop of the Hollywood Hills and guests sit under the stars while enjoying some of the best entertainment that Los Angeles has to offer. As the largest natural outdoor amphitheater in the United States, it provides an unbeatable experience that is sure to impress any fan of live music.
Head to a Museum
Los Angeles is home to countless museums that all offer a piece of what makes the city so dynamic. For those interested in art, the Museum of Contemporary Art is a must-visit. This museum has three different locations in the greater Los Angeles area: downtown LA, the Little Tokyo district, and West Hollywood.
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is another top choice for viewing modernist masterpieces and contemporary exhibits. For viewing more historical pieces, locals and visitors head to the Getty Museum, which features medieval and Renaissance art, 17th-century Baroque paintings, and more.
There are also a number of museums that share the experiences and contributions of Los Angeles’ many cultural and ethnic groups, including the California African American Museum, the Chinese American Museum, the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles, and LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes.
Stroll Through Historic Olvera Street
Olvera Street is where Los Angeles all began. This historic district in the middle of downtown Los Angeles captures what the city felt like and looked like during its beginnings. Known as the “birthplace of Los Angeles,” Olvera Street was created in 1930 to preserve this important part of the city’s heritage when Los Angeles was under Mexican rule. During this time, this vibrant plaza was the heart of Los Angeles.
Today, visitors to Olvera Street can stroll down the brick-lined streets, dine at authentic Mexican eateries, watch traditional Mexican dancing, and explore the many gift shops and street vendors. Olvera Street is also home to some of the oldest structures in Los Angeles, including the Avila Adobe, which was built in 1818 and is the oldest surviving residence in the city.
Go for an Urban Hike
For those wanting a break from the city, the greater Los Angeles area offers plenty of trails that meander through beautiful open spaces. One of the most popular hiking spots is Runyon Canyon Park, which has wide, well-maintained trails that are dog-friendly. As the busiest hiking spot in Los Angeles, the trails at Runyon Canyon are perfect for people-watching and enjoying the outdoors.
For a less-crowded trail, locals head to Fryman Canyon, which offers a 3-mile loop through the scenic Hollywood Hills. Griffith Park is another popular spot that has dozens of trails. The park covers over 4,000 acres, making it one of the largest municipal parks in the entire country. The trails at Griffith Park wind through beautiful species of plants native to California, including manzanita, sage, and oak trees.
Explore Griffith Park
While the surrounding park is known for its popular hiking trails, Griffith Park has a host of other attractions. The Griffith Observatory is where locals can enjoy sprawling views of Los Angeles, from the Hollywood sign all the way to the coast. The observatory also has live shows inside the planetarium, as well as telescopes and fascinating exhibits.
For those wanting to enjoy a game of golf, Griffith Park has beautifully landscaped courses. Both Harding and Wilson Golf Courses at Griffith Park have a full-service restaurant, practice facilities, golf shop, lighted driving range, and a lounge. Griffith Park is also home to the world-famous Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, which attracts nearly 1.8 million visitors per year.