After all that rain, we deserve to celebrate the clear skies, perfect weather, and vivid blooms. At last, a time to truly enjoy spring through the city’s best spots al fresco with the fresh, floral scents filling the air and California sunshine on our skin. As much as Angelenos needed the downpour, we’re extremely excited to switch up our plans for some fresh activities.
Here are all the reasons you should be enjoying L.A. outdoors this spring:
1. Check out one of these incredible museums for free
Springtime brings showers, but no need to keep yourself at home. You can get your cultural fix at one of these fine Los Angeles institutions for free below:
- Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
- Museum Of Latin American Art (MOLAA)
- andmore here!
2. Go on a search for wildflowers in SoCal at these local fields
All this rain served Southern California well because we’re in for a wonderful bloom this year! Which means there are more vivid fields of wildflowers for you to admire. Here are wonderful fields around L.A. to catch these blooms here!
3. Float around Echo Park Lake on a cute swan boat
The iconic floating swans are the perfect way to explore the park amongst the lotus beds. You’ll get a thigh workout with views of the lush scenery. Book yourself a fun day with swan boats out here!
4. Sip on Rosé all day at the Rosé Bowl in Pasadena
Rosé lovers, we found the perfect event for you! Rosé Bowl is a wine festival featuring a selection of over 40 delicious rosé wines that are sure to delight your taste buds. Bask in the sunlight and sip on good times at this unique festival. There will also be gourmet food and music that will make the one-night-only event one to remember! Grab your tickets here.
📅When: Saturday, April 2024, 2024, from 2:00 p.m. — 7:00 p.m.
📍Location: 1001 Rose Bowl Dr, Pasadena, CA 91103
5. Go on a foodie adventure full of picnic treats and picturesque views
Embark on a Mystery Picnic this beautiful spring all around Los Angeles and beyond with AmazingCo! On this self-guided foodie adventure, you will solve clues to collect gourmet picnic treats and discover a hidden, picturesque picnic spot away from the crowds. This is the perfect outdoor date between lovers and friends — book your spot to Mystery Picnic here!
6. Plan a classic cinema outing with this unmatched AMC Black Ticket deal
There’s nothing like walking into a theater with the fresh smell of popcorn and the anticipation of watching the newest hit movie. Whether you take your love, a bestie, or even yourself on a movie date—you can’t beat the incredible price of an AMC Black Ticket offered at the discounted promotional price of $11.99. Enjoy any 2D movie, on any day at any time. This ticket can be used at participating AMC Theaters across the United States. Grab your discounted AMC ticket(s) here!
7. Soak up the springtime sun and floral scents at one of these plant-filled rooftop havens
If there’s one way to take in spring in Los Angeles it’s from the top floor, shrouded in plants and dotted with fairy lights — with a cocktail of course. We collected some of our favorite gardens in the sky where cocktails, music, food, and good times are guaranteed. Get the full list of our favorite springtime rooftops here!
8. Take in the delightful floral aromas at one of these 5 botanical gardens
Botanical gardens never cease to be an inviting paradise away from the smoke and smog of city life. The blooms are ever-changing and L.A. is lucky to be the home of truly remarkable plant species. So take a day to wander through the tranquil, manicured landscapes and inhale the fresh floral aromas of Mother Nature. Here are 5 botanical gardens that are open for reservations right now!
9. Let your springtime creative juices flow at Galco’s Soda Pop Stop
Looking for a unique adventure this season? Look no further than Galco’s Soda Pop Stop! Here’s where you can unleash your creativity and craft your very own soda flavor. From delicious flavor combinations to fizzy experiments, the possibilities are endless. Quench your thirst for something new, and read more about Galco’s Soda Pop Stop here!
10. Take in the spring scenery with a gondola cruise
While traveling over 6,000 miles to Venice isn’t always in the budget, there’s still the option of taking a 30-minute drive to Long Beach for a taste of European life. You can glide down the stunning Naples Canals on 38-foot asymmetrical beauties as Gondoliers propel you down under the romantic, high-arching bridges as you travel past the Accademia, to the Ravenna, to the Toledo and the Neapolitan East and then the famous “Treasure Island” bridge. Find out more about these gondola cruises here!
11. Head to this whimsical mosaicked gem in Venice
Just off Palms Boulevard in Venice, you’ll find this huge art installation full of vibrant colors. The husband and wife duo, Cheri Pann and Gonzalo Duran have spent over two decades covering every single inch of the original bungalow with an assortment of tiles, dolls, teacups, and other fascinating found objects. Walking through this embedded masterpiece is like exploring a ceramic version of Fiji’s Rainbow Reef. Learn more about the Mosaic Tile House here!
12. Discover the history behind this hidden Japanese garden
Found in Pasadena, the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden is a beautiful zen retreat with a life full of devastation and triumph. Its constructed bridges, traditional cedar log house, and lush gardens are surrounded by two ponds full of koi fish. As you and your loved one take in the landscape, it’s clear that dedication and patience went into this tranquil masterpiece. Learn more about Storrier Stearns here!
13. Witness beautiful whales with Newport Landing Whale Watching
Looking for an adventure? Blue whales are often seen in the waters off Laguna and Newport Beach. In fact, over 780 whales were viewed last year’s summer/fall migration and 130 of those were giant blue whales – which were once considered a rare sight in SoCal. Now you can experience their beauty up close with Newport Landing Whale Watching. Find out more here!
14. Visit this mesmerizing glass chapel overlooking the pacific ocean
Image by Amy Theilig via The Wayfarers Chapel
Tucked away in the lush cliffside woods of Palos Verdes is this stunning glass chapel, designed by Lloyd Wright—son of famed American architect Frank Lloyd. It looks like it’s straight out of The Enchanted Isles from The Lord of the Rings, but you don’t have to be a fan to appreciate this stunning place. Find out all the details of The Wayfarers Chapel here.
15. Cruise in luxury with this e-boat featuring wine, charcuterie, and sea lion spotting
16. Transport yourself to a seductive and whimsical world with afternoon tea at this hidden parlor
The Lilly Rose is an intimate tea parlor by day and a seductive speakeasy by night. Of course, this is no ordinary tea room. Their underground space is decked out in whimsical decors such as their red plush couches, posh ceramic tea sets, Zoltar fortune teller, and vintage pinball machine — all accompanied by dim lighting and colorful stained glass lamps. Learn more about Lily Rose here!