LA city guide: 75 things to do in the summer

Use this LA city guide as your road map for things to do in the summer and ways to explore the City of Angels.



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Detox with juices and smoothies

You've stuffed yourself at LA's finest restaurants and tippled at the city's best watering holes and now it's time for a detox. Ditch the fat (and solid food) and chew on this—juices are sprouting up faster than you can turn that kale into liquid green. From seaside smoothies in Malibu to raw juices in Hollywood, check out the best juice bars in LA.


Go to a Dodger game and find cheap eats afterwards

There's no dearth of cheap eats in LA, especially on the Eastside. So if you're looking for somewhere to host a celebratory meal—or drown your sorrows—after a Dodgers game, check out our list of the twelve best budget places to eat and drink near Dodger Stadium, from dive bars and taco trucks to al fresco dining and fancy brews. No matter your budget or your palate, we've got the spot for you.... Unless you're rooting for the opposite team, in which case our advice is to get out of the 'hood as fast as you can.


Practice yoga on a helipad

  • Price band: 1/4

Forget sweating your brains out in a Bikram yoga studio—this summer, treat yourself to some fresh air and stunning city views while you master your Warrior pose. Starting mid-July, the InterContinental LA Century City will host rooftop yoga every Tuesday evening, led by the legendarily bendy Noah Christensen. Classes are complimentary to hotel guests and $16 for locals. Rooftop yoga on the helipad? Only in LA.

  1. 2151 Avenue of the Stars, 90067
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Stop and smell the roses (and trees)

These gorgeous grounds in Arcadia, very close to the Santa Anita racetrack, have been designed as an educational facility (the plants are mostly arranged by region, and tours are available), but many people simply come here for a little peace and quiet. You could wander the LA Arboretum and Gardens for hours; many do, taking in tropical forests and waterfalls, trees and fish.


Turn up the heat at the Helmut Newton exhibit

  • Free

This somewhat self-explanatory photography exhibition showcases images from the controversial fashion portraitist's first three books. See largescale renditions of Newton's erotic shots, taken as part of his lifelong mission to capture "the right girl at the right moment." On top of the more than 100 prints on display, take in two special documentaries about the photographer: Helmut by June, shot and directed by his wife of 56 years; and Provocateur from Arclight Productions.

  1. 2000 Avenue of the Stars
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Set up an afternoon picnic at Watts Towers

When Italian-born tilesetter Simon Rodia moved to Watts, the neighborhood was ethnically mixed. Three decades later, when he left, it was predominantly black and Latino, widely seen as the heart of LA's African-American community. In the intervening years, though, Rodia had constructed its single iconic structure, an extraordinary piece of folk art that's one of only a handful of National Historic Landmarks in Los Angeles. Rodia started work on constructing what have become known as the Watts Towers shortly after purchasing a triangular lot in the area and moving on to the site in 1921. Using nothing but found objects (salvaged metal rods, cast-off pipe structures, broken bed frames)... (click to read more).


Eat roadside seafood during your next beach day

  • Price band: 2/4

Consistently good seafood (think fresh lobster, shrimp tacos, and New England clam chowder)—not to mention an unbeatable waterfront location—makes this iconic Malibu lunch and dinner spot, which first opened in 1956, a popular choice for families, beach bums, and regular old fried food lovers.


Take an architectural homes tour

Whether you’re interested in local history, celebrity digs or plain old house porn, we’ve got a spot for you. So get off the beaten museum track and check out these landmark architectural homes, all within a few mile radius and (mostly) open to the public.


Beat the heat and head underground

As an Angeleno you know all the city's best places to see and be seen—from the hottest restaurants and bars to pool parties and popular hiking trails—there's bound to be a few celebrity sightings as well. Though sometimes escaping the bustling cityscape (without really leaving LA) is just what you need. Here, your list of the best places to take cover—literally—and be underground in LA.

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