Hiking on a hot summer day isn’t always ideal, especially in Southern California where many trails lack shade. If you want to be outside but need an alternative to hiking, here are a few casual outdoor activities to try:
Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark (an hour-ish north of DTLA) let’s you roam their plots of homegrown fruits & veggies in search of the freshest produce. Admission is only $3 on weekdays/$6 on weekends, and you pay for whatever you pick. It ends up being cheaper & fresher than Ralph’s.
Check out the Pick-Your-Own-Crop Calendar for what’s in season.
There’s an outdoor yoga class happening somewhere on any given day. Most are donation-based and usually take place in the morning. Even if you don’t feel like practicing with others, you can always post up with your mat on a relaxing knoll.
You’ll never have a problem finding a café patio to work from, and there are even several parks with free wifi:
There are several beach towns along the coastline of Los Angeles but no two beaches are the same. Some are no-frills with simply sand and waves while others have amenities like boardwalks and firepits.
Here are my favorite beaches in LA, based on activity:
Still feel like hiking but in the comfort of a cool ocean breeze? Check out my hiking guide to the shipwreck in Palos Verdes.