Summer Things to do in Los Angeles

There are countless summer things to do in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica.  It’s only April 23rd, and it actually feels like summer at a cozy 84 degrees.  Come July, August and September, look for spikes in heat up to 100F or 38C.  Keep this in mind when planning out your days.  If it helps, it’s usually a dry desert heat, as opposed to a humid sticky kind of hot.

Here’s a handful of ideas, both inside and outside for summer things to do in Los Angeles:

Take a Hike:  Yes, this can be done in summer.  It’s actually a very popular time to take in the outdoors.  Just bring plenty of water, and sunscreen…and keep you eyes down and look ahead –we’ve already seen a handful of rattlesnakes in the hills.  Advisable to stay on designated paths and avoid brush.  Also, if walking with pets, keep them on a short lease.  Dozens of dogs in Runyon Canyon each year encounter rattlers.

View the Hollywood Sign from Runyon Canyon

View the Hollywood Sign from Runyon Canyon

Go to the Beach:  Glitterati Tours actually does a beach tour called “Coastal Access,” which concentrates on the beach communities, including Venice and Santa Monica.  More times than not, we actually talk guests out of this tour if they’ve got the time to explore it on their own.  One can make their way to the Santa Monica Pier, and from there enjoy Palisades Park, Pacific Park amusement area, The 3rd Street Promenade,  and even walk the boardwalk down to Venice Beach.  If you did decide to take a tour, we don’t recommend taking it on a weekend during summer.  You could be paying tour rates to sit in a sea of cars.  Especially in Malibu, for it’s one way up and one way back along Pacific Coast Highway.

Los Angeles Dog Parks Include Runyon Canyon

Los Angeles Dog Parks Include Runyon Canyon

Visit a Museum:  We’ve got so many options for art lovers.  There’s MOCA and The Broad Museum in Downtown L.A., Norton Simon Museum and The Huntington Library in Pasadena, and The Getty Center, The Getty Villa, LACMA, Petersen Automotive Museum, The Resnick Pavilion, The Broad Contemporary Art Museum at LACMA, The La Brea Tar Pits and The Reagan Library.  These museums are spread out through Los Angeles, Simi Valley, Brentwood and Pacific Palisades.

The Eclectic Venice Beach

The Eclectic Venice Beach

Take a Swim at Your Hotel:  There are some amazing pools at fantastic hotels throughout Los Angeles.  There’s the legendary pool and cabanas at The Beverly Hills Hotel, and rooftop pools with great views at hotels like The Viceroy L’Ermitage, The London West Hollywood, The Peninsula, The Andaz, Petit Ermitage, The Sixty, and The Montage.

The London West Hollywood Hotel Rooftop Pool

The London West Hollywood Hotel Rooftop Pool

Take a Tour:  With summer temperatures soaring, there’s no better option than a private tour with Glitterati Tours in a closed-in air-conditioned SUV.  There are options in L.A. for open-top vans and buses, but this could make for a miserable trip with no way to escape a hot sun for 2 to 5 hours.

Of course, no summer in Los Angeles in complete without taking in a show under the stars at The Hollywood Bowl.  Check the Hollywood Bowl calendar 2017 for upcoming live music performances and entertainment.