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20 Fun Activities in LA That Don’t Involve Alcohol or Food
20 Fun Activities in LA That Don’t Involve Alcohol or Food

20 Fun Activities in LA That Don’t Involve Alcohol or Food

Let’s go out—minus the calories and hangovers. 🌴🎨🏎️


Published August 19, 2022

Ever feel like city to-do lists are a revolving door of brunch spots and bars? Even an “LA Water” is made with vodka, tequila, and gin.

While we love a good cocktail or California burrito as much as the next guy, we’re equally happy to provide sober and food-free adventures to shake up your routine. The City of Angels is a treasure trove of sights to explore from beaches, parks, and jet ski tours to vintage shopping and museums. Let’s get into it!

Kayak the LA River

Kayak the LA River

While there are plenty of beach days to be had, don’t forget the freshwater options in LA.Try something adventurous and kayak down the LA River! You’ll find rentals and guided tours at L.A. River Kayak Safari (Elysian Valley), L.A. River Kayaks (Elysian Valley), and L.A. River Expeditions (Sepulveda Basin, Elysian Valley).

While there are plenty of beach days to be had, don’t forget the freshwater options in LA.Try something adventurous and kayak down the LA River! You’ll find rentals and guided tours at L.A. River Kayak Safari (Elysian Valley), L.A. River Kayaks (Elysian Valley), and L.A. River Expeditions (Sepulveda Basin, Elysian Valley).

Visit Greystone Mansion

Visit Greystone Mansion

Bring your Bridgerton dreams to life with a stroll through The Greystone Mansion, also known as the Doheny Mansion. This Tudor Revival mansion is on a gorgeously landscaped estate with distinctive formal English gardens, all right inside the modern metropolitan Beverly Hills.  

Where: 905 Loma Vista Dr
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Bring your Bridgerton dreams to life with a stroll through The Greystone Mansion, also known as the Doheny Mansion. This Tudor Revival mansion is on a gorgeously landscaped estate with distinctive formal English gardens, all right inside the modern metropolitan Beverly Hills.  

Where: 905 Loma Vista Dr
For more information on Greystone Mansion.

Go For A Joyride

Go For A Joyride

For a true “shot” of adrenaline, get behind the wheel and experience the excitement of a Polaris Slingshot.

Where: 100 W. Broadway Glendale
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For a true “shot” of adrenaline, get behind the wheel and experience the excitement of a Polaris Slingshot.

Where: 100 W. Broadway Glendale
For more information on Top Off Rides LA.

Peruse the Last Bookstore

Peruse the Last Bookstore

Luckily this isn’t actually the world’s last bookstore—the name is an homage to its status as the largest new and used bookstore in California. The iconic building is 22,000-sqft, with a record store, comic book store, 5 art studios, an epic yarn shop, a famous book tunnel, a mammoth head, and unexpected nooks of funkiness throughout. Plus, it's a filming and celebrity hotspot.

Where: 453 S Spring St – Ground Floor
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Luckily this isn’t actually the world’s last bookstore—the name is an homage to its status as the largest new and used bookstore in California. The iconic building is 22,000-sqft, with a record store, comic book store, 5 art studios, an epic yarn shop, a famous book tunnel, a mammoth head, and unexpected nooks of funkiness throughout. Plus, it's a filming and celebrity hotspot.

Where: 453 S Spring St – Ground Floor
For more information on The Last Bookstore.

Watch Planes Take Off at Dockweiler Beach

Watch Planes Take Off at Dockweiler Beach

The local favorite, Dockweiler Beach, is always popping with crowds, a hang gliding training park, bonfires, and—most uniquely—views of departing airplanes to enjoy.

Where: 12000 Vista Del Mar
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The local favorite, Dockweiler Beach, is always popping with crowds, a hang gliding training park, bonfires, and—most uniquely—views of departing airplanes to enjoy.

Where: 12000 Vista Del Mar
For more information on Dockweiler Beach.

Visit Barnsdall Art Park

Visit Barnsdall Art Park

Did you know that there is a world-class gallery in East Hollywood? The grassy Barnsdall Art Park sits on Olive Hill, and has hosted local and international art exhibits for decades within its main facility, the LA Municipal Art Gallery. It’s also home to the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, Junior Arts Center, with art classes for adults and children alike, and the famous Hollyhock House that was designed in the 1920's by the acclaimed architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

Where: 4800 Hollywood Blvd
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Did you know that there is a world-class gallery in East Hollywood? The grassy Barnsdall Art Park sits on Olive Hill, and has hosted local and international art exhibits for decades within its main facility, the LA Municipal Art Gallery. It’s also home to the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, Junior Arts Center, with art classes for adults and children alike, and the famous Hollyhock House that was designed in the 1920's by the acclaimed architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

Where: 4800 Hollywood Blvd
For more information on Barnsdall Art Park.

Jetski To Catalina Island

Jetski To Catalina Island

An all-day Pacific Ocean adventure like no other. You’ll jet ski from Long Beach to Catalina Island, stopping to snorkel in crystal clear waters, and swim with dolphins through beautiful caves. Photos and videos of the entire excursion included!

Where: Jetski2catalina: 700 Queensway Dr, Long Beach, CA 90802
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Jetski Adventure To Catalina Island

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An all-day Pacific Ocean adventure like no other. You’ll jet ski from Long Beach to Catalina Island, stopping to snorkel in crystal clear waters, and swim with dolphins through beautiful caves. Photos and videos of the entire excursion included!

Where: Jetski2catalina: 700 Queensway Dr, Long Beach, CA 90802
For more information on Jetskis to Catalina Island.

Check Out Two Bit Circus

Check Out Two Bit Circus

No ordinary circus, this tech-infused Big Top is a whole new world of interactive entertainment. Here, you’ll find arcade games, fully immersive experience rooms, and friendly robots. And, while it is reservation-recommended, all ages are welcome!

Where:  634 Mateo St
For more information on Two Bit Circus.

No ordinary circus, this tech-infused Big Top is a whole new world of interactive entertainment. Here, you’ll find arcade games, fully immersive experience rooms, and friendly robots. And, while it is reservation-recommended, all ages are welcome!

Where:  634 Mateo St
For more information on Two Bit Circus.

Explore the Broad Museum

Explore the Broad Museum

For a more modern art museum twist head to the Broad Museum! Generously providing free general admission and an active program of rotating temporary exhibitions, the Broad is home to nearly 2,000 works of art, making it one of the world’s leading collections of postwar and contemporary art.

Where: 221 S. Grand Avenue
For more information on the Broad Museum.

For a more modern art museum twist head to the Broad Museum! Generously providing free general admission and an active program of rotating temporary exhibitions, the Broad is home to nearly 2,000 works of art, making it one of the world’s leading collections of postwar and contemporary art.

Where: 221 S. Grand Avenue
For more information on the Broad Museum.

Wander through the Getty Museum

Wander through the Getty Museum

A museum with something for everyone: art (from the middle ages to today), modern design, unique gardens, and spectacular city views. 

Where: 1200 Getty Center Drive, LA
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A museum with something for everyone: art (from the middle ages to today), modern design, unique gardens, and spectacular city views. 

Where: 1200 Getty Center Drive, LA
For more information on the Getty Museum.

Visit Walt Disney Concert Hall

Visit Walt Disney Concert Hall

Home of the LA Philharmonic, presenting the best in classical music, contemporary music, and jazz, the WDCH is a must-see. Designed by architect Frank Gehry, it’s internationally recognized as an architectural landmark and one of the most acoustically sophisticated concert halls in the world.

Where: 111 S Grand Ave
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Home of the LA Philharmonic, presenting the best in classical music, contemporary music, and jazz, the WDCH is a must-see. Designed by architect Frank Gehry, it’s internationally recognized as an architectural landmark and one of the most acoustically sophisticated concert halls in the world.

Where: 111 S Grand Ave
For more information on Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Stargaze at Griffith Park Observatory

Stargaze at Griffith Park Observatory

Griffith Observatory is SoCal’s “gateway to the cosmos.” Visitors can look through telescopes, explore exhibits, and see live shows in the Planetarium. And don’t forget to check out spectacular views of LA and the Hollywood Sign at the top. Thanks to its stunning 360 views, Griffith Observatory has also been the shooting location for several epic films, from The Terminator to La, La, so you know it's a stunner.

Where: 2800 E Observatory Rd
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Griffith Observatory is SoCal’s “gateway to the cosmos.” Visitors can look through telescopes, explore exhibits, and see live shows in the Planetarium. And don’t forget to check out spectacular views of LA and the Hollywood Sign at the top. Thanks to its stunning 360 views, Griffith Observatory has also been the shooting location for several epic films, from The Terminator to La, La, so you know it's a stunner.

Where: 2800 E Observatory Rd
For more information on Griffith Park Observatory.

Experience Immersive King Tut

Experience Immersive King Tut

100 years ago the boy king’s tomb was discovered. This summer, celebrate the anniversary by venturing into the valley of the kings at Immersive King Tut! Unravel a story 3,300 years in the making, and experience a mythical journey through the Egyptian afterlife!

Where: Lighthouse ArtSpace Los Angeles: 6400 Sunset Blvd
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100 years ago the boy king’s tomb was discovered. This summer, celebrate the anniversary by venturing into the valley of the kings at Immersive King Tut! Unravel a story 3,300 years in the making, and experience a mythical journey through the Egyptian afterlife!

Where: Lighthouse ArtSpace Los Angeles: 6400 Sunset Blvd
For more information on Immersive King Tut.

Shop the Outdoor Flea Markets

Shop the Outdoor Flea Markets

You can’t separate fashion from LA–the city is known for high-end shopping and glitzy storefronts. But if you’re looking for vintage treasure, try exploring some of their flea markets! From the curated Melrose Trading Post and Silverlake Flea Market, to the world-famous sprawling Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena, there’s a market for everyone.

You can’t separate fashion from LA–the city is known for high-end shopping and glitzy storefronts. But if you’re looking for vintage treasure, try exploring some of their flea markets! From the curated Melrose Trading Post and Silverlake Flea Market, to the world-famous sprawling Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena, there’s a market for everyone.

Stroll Along the Venice Canals

Stroll Along the Venice Canals

Walking along the Venice Canals (in LA) is one of the most unique things you can do during a day at the beach. Stroll the sidewalks and bridges and take in the scenery along these picturesque canals.

Where: Carroll Canal & Carroll Avenue
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Walking along the Venice Canals (in LA) is one of the most unique things you can do during a day at the beach. Stroll the sidewalks and bridges and take in the scenery along these picturesque canals.

Where: Carroll Canal & Carroll Avenue
For more information on the LA Venice Canals.

Customize Your Sneakers

Customize Your Sneakers

Whether you’re looking to flex your creative muscles, turn a passion into a business, or just want a super unique date idea, this is the class. Majorwavez Lab sneaker customization class will help you create someone one-of-a-kind.

Where: 
Nesquik: 1457 Colorado Blvd. unit 102, Los Angeles
Northridge Mall: 9301 Tampa Ave, Northridge
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Custom Sneaker Class

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Whether you’re looking to flex your creative muscles, turn a passion into a business, or just want a super unique date idea, this is the class. Majorwavez Lab sneaker customization class will help you create someone one-of-a-kind.

Where: 
Nesquik: 1457 Colorado Blvd. unit 102, Los Angeles
Northridge Mall: 9301 Tampa Ave, Northridge
For more information on Custom Sneaker Class.

Spend a Day at Manhattan Beach

Spend a Day at Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach is a stunning South Bay spot popular for its white sand, volleyball courts, and strand bike path that winds along the oceanfront. The low-key Manhattan Beach Pier also features a quaint aquarium and views of surfers. 

Where: 45th Street to 1st Street/Neptune Avenue
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Manhattan Beach is a stunning South Bay spot popular for its white sand, volleyball courts, and strand bike path that winds along the oceanfront. The low-key Manhattan Beach Pier also features a quaint aquarium and views of surfers. 

Where: 45th Street to 1st Street/Neptune Avenue
For more information on Manhattan Beach.

Hike LA’s Most Scenic Trails

Hike LA’s Most Scenic Trails

LA is different from your typical urban metropolis–we have plenty of green trails with amazing ocean and mountain views. Get outside and try some of the most iconic hikes in Los Angeles.

LA is different from your typical urban metropolis–we have plenty of green trails with amazing ocean and mountain views. Get outside and try some of the most iconic hikes in Los Angeles.

Catch A Live Comedy Show

Catch A Live Comedy Show

LA is known for star power and that definitely includes comedians. The Citizen Public Market has an epic must-see series showcasing comedians from CONAN, America's Got Talent and HBO. It’s sure to be a night to remember!

Where: 9355 Culver Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90232
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Live Comedy Shows

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LA is known for star power and that definitely includes comedians. The Citizen Public Market has an epic must-see series showcasing comedians from CONAN, America's Got Talent and HBO. It’s sure to be a night to remember!

Where: 9355 Culver Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90232
For more information on Live Comedy Shows.

Take A Sunset Flight

Take A Sunset Flight

Experience the city from the sky! Get unbeatable views of Downtown Los Angeles, Dodger Stadium, Griffith Observatory, the Hollywood Sign, and more!

Where: Sunset Flights 4015 Santa Anita Ave, El Monte
For more information on Sunset Flights LA.

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Sunset Airplane Flight Tours (+ Day & Night!)

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Experience the city from the sky! Get unbeatable views of Downtown Los Angeles, Dodger Stadium, Griffith Observatory, the Hollywood Sign, and more!

Where: Sunset Flights 4015 Santa Anita Ave, El Monte
For more information on Sunset Flights LA.

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