Westside Bestside: Guide to 5 Outdoor Hotspots
If you’re in Los Angeles during Spring Break, it’s time to experience the great outdoors! Surf, swim, chill on the beach, people watch on the pier & more!
Venice Beach & Boardwalk
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Live up your spring break at the Santa Monica Pier! Are roller coasters and arcade games not your thing? No problem! Just walk a few blocks up and hit up the Third Street Promenade where you’ll find stores like Urban Outfitters, Brandy Melville, PacSun, Forever 21, and so many more!
Japanese Garden – West LA
This hidden gem of tranquility and beauty is located near UCLA. The garden is peaceful and quiet. It features a small waterfall, several footbridges over the fish pond plus bamboo trees and flowers. Drive on Wilshire and turn at Bonsall Av and park past the baseball field parking (while you see signs for a Vet’s garden at the lot, this is NOT the Japanese garden.) Walk back on the road you drove on to get to the parking lot and turn right on Bonsall, walking alongside the edge of the baseball field where you see multiple staircases and walk up the hill. There are signs for the garden and a 9 hole golf course.
11301 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90073 (Note the garden is not actually on Wilshire, this is where you enter the VA property)
Just a short distance away from Pacific Palisades on Sunset at Temescal Canyon Dr, you can explore the multiple hiking paths Temescal Canyon has to offer! Is sweating not your thing? We hear you! Pack up your picnic basket and enjoy the green scenery! Park for free on Sunset or park in a paid lot.
Malibu Lagoon & Fishing Pier
While Malibu isn’t technically the Westside it’s close enough for us! If you want a beautiful drive on PCH with the top down, Malibu is the place to do it! Explore The Malibu Lagoon, a bird sanctuary, with a path leading to the beach, where it’s a short walk to the Malibu Fishing Pier. After that catch a few waves, whether it’s surfing, boarding or swimming! Parking is available at a pay lot by the lagoon or free spaces on PCH.