When I was in Los Angeles for five months last year, I was lucky enough to meet someone who was just as interested as I was to do more unique, outdoorsy things on our dates.
We made it a challenge to find something fun, unique and interesting to do every Sunday when we met — and this list is a collection of pretty much every place we went to.
Without further ado, let’s get into it!
#1: Painting at The Lions Lighthouse in Long Beach
The Lions Lighthouse in Long Beach, and the park surrounding it, is absolutely beautiful. It’s an amazing place to sit down, talk, take in the breeze, have a small picnic, and paint!
We brought a sheet, painting supplies, and a small Bluetooth speaker, and we found some shade under a tree and started painting. What a wonderful way to spend a summer afternoon.
#2: Hiking + A Picnic at El Dorado East Regional Park
The south side of the park has some beautiful hiking trails with small lakes with turtles, woods, and beautiful paths. The north side of the park has large expansive open spaces and picnic tables.
We hiked some of the trails in the south side before heading over to the north side with a pre-packed homemade lunch (sandwiches, salad, and blueberry tart!) and finding a picnic table to sit at!
#3: Going to Palos Verdes and The Wayfarer’s Chapel
Palos Verdes honestly felt surreal and dream-like to be in. It’s definitely one of the most beautiful places that I’ve been to across all of my travels, and in Palos Verdes, the most beautiful place we visited was the Wayfarers Chapel. The compound of the chapel overlooks the Pacific Ocean and the cliffs of Palos Verdes, with beautiful landscaping providing the frame.
This is when I felt like I’ve arrived.
The Abalone Cove Shoreline Park right opposite the chapel is also amazing for daytime hiking.
#4: Walking Along The Beach Path in Long Beach
Perfect for a summer evening – walk along the beach bike/pedestrian path on the beaches in Long Beach. Or even better, get skateboards and skate along the path instead.
#5: Exploring Fingerprints Music
If you’re into music, movies or media in general, this is one place that you must check out. They’ve got a fantastic collection of media as well as memorabilia, plus some interesting grab bags of random music. Super cool place!
#6: Kayaking at Naples
This is the perfect thing to do on a summer afternoon – going kayaking! It wasn’t even that expensive: somewhere around $12/person per hour. It’s quite a workout, and definitely builds team spirit in your two-person team!
#7: Chilling In The Car at White Point Park in San Pedro
I think this was without a doubt our favorite of all the things we did. I literally found this spot while looking at satellite mode on Google Maps for a parking lot on the beach, and I found White Point Park in San Pedro.
We parked the car trunk-facing-the-beach and just chilled out for the entire afternoon with a pizza. Best date ever.
#8: The Korean Friendship Bell
The Korean Friendship Bell is located in Angel’s Gate Park in San Pedro, south of LA. It’s a beautiful place to visit and drive to the White Point Park (see above) from.
#9: Getting on a Harbour Cruise in Long Beach
Another fantastic and inexpensive thing to do on a warm summer day — go on a harbor cruise! It lasts around 45 minutes and you get to take in the amazing sea breeze while observing the Long Beach harbor and seals!
#10: Taking In Some Peace at the Japanese Garden at CSULB
In the CSULB campus, there’s a beautiful Japanese Garden open to the public for a $5 entry! It’s extremely calming, and the entry includes a bunch of fish food to feed to the Koi fish in the pond.
#11: Talking About Life Over Sunset at Hilltop Park
On a clear day, you can see all the way from Long Beach harbor to DTLA from this viewpoint. It’s just amazing to view the sunset from here.
#12: BONUS: Bubble Tea at Loose Leaf Boba Company
I mean, it’s boba. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
That’s pretty much it! If you’re in Los Angeles, I highly encourage you to explore Long Beach, San Pedro and Palos Verdes — hopefully, this list gives you the motivation and inspiration you need for this summer.