With summer coming in hot, there’s no better time to venture out into the diverse geographical landscape of California. From the serene valleys, rocky mountains, and cliffs to the sandy beaches and expansive ocean, an endless world is waiting to be explored. Of course, swimming and hiking are the go-to activities, but there are far more thrilling ways of discovering what L.A. has to offer while practicing the art of social distancing. Step outside your comfort zone and get your pulse racing again…
DTLA is getting its very own outdoor roller rink with an exclusive beer garden by the Black/woman/veteran-owned Crowns & Hops Brewing Co. You can roll under the L.A. skies at FIGat7th from July 15th to the 17th then refresh yourself with limited edition BPLB hazy IPA or Mama’s Keys key lime gose. While the rink opens at 10 a.m., each night DJs curated by the Beat Junkie Institute of Sound will be transporting you back to the ’80s, 90s or 2000s with your favorite throwback tracks. Get your tickets here before they’re all gone.
Go horse riding through the stunning setting of Cheseboro Canyon Park. You’ll traverse through oak forests, grassy fields, wildflowers and dry arroyos while taking in the fresh, clean air. Upon your return, there’ll be a beautiful bottle of wine and some delicious snacks to end the 2-hour experience. Book your adventure here.
Sail into the sky and take in the breathtaking views of the California Temecula wine country with a hot air balloon ride. You’ll have all the old-world charm and state-of-the-art technology to create a safe and unforgettable journey over the scenic Perris-Temecula Valley and the surrounding region. There’ll be pre-flight coffee with snacks and a post-flight breakfast to enjoy on the ground while watching the impressive skydivers above. Book your own private terrace in the clouds.
You’ve spent hours on the beach watching the suited-up surfers glide over the curls of the wave and enjoy the Pacific in a way that only surfers can. If there’s ever been a good time to pick up a new water skill, then a summer of social distancing is definitely it. These surf lessons will take you from paddler to pro as you reach that magical moment of standing up for the first time. You’ll never look at the ocean the same way again. Book your first lesson here.
The Swan Boats at Echo Park Lake is one of Los Angeles’ hidden gems, it’s also one of the best ways to explore the setting, in a fun but intimate way. You can paddle around the iconic lotus beds and fountain during the day or go on an illuminated boat ride with the Downtown city lights in the backdrop. Rated one of the best L.A. activities by tourists and locals, Echo Park pedal boats are a great way to make the most of this city’s gorgeous weather! Find out more here.
Hop aboard and sail straight into the luxurious embrace of The Old Plank Luxury Boat. Allow the salty air to blow through your hair while you bathe in sunlight while you enjoy the wine and gourmet hors d’oeuvres on this 3-hour adventure. You might be lucky enough to have up-close encounters with wildlife as you experience the relaxing sway of the water. Book your Mediterranean experience on the Pacific shores.
Allow the Santa Monica Picnic Co to treat you to a luxurious, private picnic in a gorgeous beach setting. Enjoy the chef-curated cheese & charcuterie boards and sip on drinks with waves gently crashing on the shores. As the sun sinks into the horizon, you and your SO can cuddle under the blankets while the fairy lights and candles create a romantic atmosphere.Book your seaside soiree here.
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Head to this dreamy sanctuary in the heart of L.A. for an unforgettable, immersive retreat. You’ll check in at this beautiful location, where you’ll embark on a spiritual, mental and physical journey with an intimate candlelight experience, expert-led yoga, meditation, and immersive sound bath. There’ll be herbal tea, snacks, and relaxation on an outdoor poolside patio to send you off in your newly-found Zen state.Book your session here.
Find hidden spots in the marina and discover local wildlife, including sea lions, dolphins, and a wide variety of birds. You’ll be guided through the local environment and marine life and learn paddleboarding techniques while enjoying the peaceful atmosphere of the Los Angeles boater’s realm. Book yourself a soothing trip with nature.
Glide down the Naples Canals, one of these 38-foot asymmetrical beauties as Gondoliers propel you down under the romantic, high-arching bridges as you travel past the Academia, to the Ravenna, to the Toledo and the Neapolitan East and then the famous “Treasure Island” bridge. It’s an authentic European experience on West Coast shores, and you can make it a date with a champagne cruise or make a full-blown mimosa brunch with you and your friends. Find out more here.
Calling all adrenaline junkies with a penchant for fine wines! Margarita Adventures’ “zip and sip” experience might be your new favorite weekend activity. You’ll get the rush of soaring above Pinot Noir vines with breathtaking views of the Santa Margarita. Then you’ll get to mull over the experience upon landing at Ancient Peaks Winery on Highway 58. Find out more here.
Soar over L.A.’s iconic landmarks like the Griffith Observatory, Dolby Theatre and the Hollywood sign in an elegant French aircraft. This incredible trip is by far the most unique way to see the city, plus you’ll be treated to a cheese board and drinks on your luxurious trips through the clouds. Find out more here.