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Things To Do in L.A.

Los Angeles Activities Overview

Los Angeles

Fun things to do in Los Angeles include a romantic gondola cruise through the canals of Naples, taking a helicopter to Catalina Island or navigating the Hollywood Hills on horseback. Other fun activities in Los Angeles include harbor dinner cruises and Duffy boat or Surrey bike rentals. Whether it be a day at the horse races or indoor skydiving, there are plenty of fun things to do in L.A.

Things To Do in L.A.

2-person surrey bike

Wheel Fun Rentals are available at several locations throughout the Los Angeles region. They rent unique bicycles including 2 to 6-person Surrey bikes, beach cruisers, road bikes, kids bikes and more. Look for them along bike paths in touristy locations. Los Angeles locations include Lake Balboa in Van Nuys, the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area in Irwindale, Whittier Narrows in El Monte and Shoreline Village in Long Beach.

Wheel Fun Rentals
4526 Telephone Road
Ventura, Ca 93003
(805) 650-7770

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Helicopter charters are available from Van Nuys, Burbank and El Monte Airports. Soar above Malibu, Santa Monica and Los Angeles points of interest like the Hollywood Sign, Hollywood Bowl, Griffith Observatory, Dodger Stadium, celebrities' homes and more. Multiple tour options are available. Helicopter tours is among the more adventurous things to do in L.A.

National Helicopter Service
16750 Roscoe Boulevard
Van Nuys, CA 91406
(818) 345-5222
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Elite Helicopter Tours
16425 Vanowen Street
Van Nuys, CA 91406
(310) 948-4354
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Los Angeles Helicopter Tours
16133 Ventura Blvd, Suite 700
Encino, CA 91436
(818) 859-5500
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photo courtesy of Hornblower Cruises & Events

Hornblower Cruises operates out of Marina del Rey, Long Beach and Newport Beach. They offer dinner and Sunday brunch cruises aboard luxury vessels. Cruise these popular harbors in style. Menu choices may include Baked Atlantic Salmon, Mediterranean Orzo Salad, Grilled Ciabatta Crostini and much more. Hornblower Cruises are fun things to do in L.A.

Hornblower Cruises & Events Marina del Rey
13755 Fiji Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
(888) 467-6256

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K1 Speed is located near the 405 and 110 Freeways interchange. K1 Speed offers electric indoor kart racing in high speed go karts. The combination of tight, technical corners, a wide straight, etched concrete track and karts approaching speeds of 40 mph make this a thrilling adventure. K1 Speed can accommodate groups for special events and parties. Also offered are a snack bar and arcade games. Kart racing is one of the fun things to do in L.A. with kids.

K1 Speed Torrance
19038 S Vermont Avenue
Gardena, CA 90248
(310) 532-2478

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Mariner Sailing Charters is found in Marina Del Rey Harbor. Mariner Sailing Charters offers day sails, dinner cruises, harbor cruises, day cruises, trips to Catalina Island and more aboard a beautiful 46 foot, wooden sailing yacht. The Amethyst features teak decks and a spacious under cabin with a galley, sleeping quarters and restroom. Sailing is one of the unique things to do in L.A.

Mariner Sailing Charters
Admiralty Way
Marina Del Rey, CA 90295
(310) 822-7550

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Blue Pacific Charters is located in Marina Del Rey Harbor. Blue Pacific Charters offers sightseeing tours, sunset cruises, private events, sailing instruction, Catalina Island trips and more. Choose from over a dozen boats including small, maneuverable RIB boats to 72-foot sailing yachts. Amenities include under cabins with full galleys, sleeping quarters and restrooms. Charter a day sail along the Malibu coast or set a coarse for remote Channel Islands. Sailing is one of the unique things to do in L.A.

Blue Pacific Charters
13444 Bali Way #100
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 305-7245

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iFly Indoor Skydiving is found off the 101 Freeway in North Hollywood. Situated within Universal City Walk, iFly offers a skydiving experience without the danger of falling thousands of feet out of the sky. Step into their vertical wind tunnel and float on a cushion of air. Safety gear and instruction is provided prior to flight. Indoor skydiving is among the more adventurous things to do in L.A.

iFly Indoor Skydiving
1000 Universal Studios Blvd
Building 6520, Suite 1
Universal City, CA 91608
(818) 985-4359

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Looking Glass Semi-Submarine is situated in King Harbor in Redondo Beach next to the paddle boat rentals. Tour King Harbor below the surface and spot perch, sardines, sea bass, seals, sea lions and whatever else happens along. Looking Glass features two 7-foot long viewing windows for expansive underwater views. Submarine ride one of the fun things to do in L.A. with kids.

Looking Glass Semi-Submarine
North Harbor Drive
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 909-3179

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Redondo Fun Factory is found in King Harbor in Redondo Beach at the Redondo Beach Pier Boardwalk. Situated on the lower level of the Pier Shopping Center, The Redondo Fun Factory features classic carnival rides and games like Tilt-A-Whirl, horse races, arcade bowling, video games, air hockey and more.

Redondo Fun Factory
531 N. Francisca Avenue
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 379-8510

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Things To Do in Malibu

Malibu Discovery offers several tours along the beautiful Malibu coast and in the Santa Monica Mountains. Tour options include wine tasting, wine estates, movie locations, celebrity homes, a hiking tour and horseback riding tour. There are various pick-up locations depending on the tour.

Malibu Discovery
23000 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90265
(310) 393-6555

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Hidden Malibu offers tours to local wineries and several other tours to interesting Malibu locations. Venture out into the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains for wine tasting at several local wineries. Other adventures include hiking, 4-wheeling, horseback riding and more. Visit the film set of the M.A.S.H. television series, secluded lakes and waterfalls, the Adamson House, Cornell and King Gillette Ranch. Wine tasting is always among the fun things to do in L.A.

Hidden Malibu Wine Country Tours
1850 Olivera Drive
Agoura, CA 91301
(818) 251-0393

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Located in Malibu deep in the Santa Monica Mountains. Hop aboard a safari vehicle and tour a 1,000-acre vineyard. Stop off and vista points and an exotic animal ranch with zebras, camels, alpacas, bison and a giraffe. Visitors are encouraged to hand feed the animals. Enjoy wine pairings with crackers, tapenade, cheeses, pastries, sandwiches and more.

Malibu Wine Safari
32111 Muholland Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265
(818) 497-2206

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Things To Do in Long Beach

London Boat Rentals

Duffy boats are electric powered, easy to drive boats that hold 6 to 10 people and include a canopy top, table, stereo, heater and more. Rentals are available in Alamitos Bay off Interstate 405 near Highway 22 in Long Beach. Bring your own beverages and appetizers as you cruise Alamitos Bay and Naples Island in style. Every boat has a CD player, cooler, table with drink holders, drop-down wind breaks and sun canopy. They are easy to drive even if you've never piloted a boat before. Duffy's are available that hold up to 10 comfortably.

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TIP: Be sure to call ahead because boats sellout quickly and tides may be too high to navigate under the bridges in Naples.

London Boat Rentals
186 Marina Drive
Long Beach, California 90803
(562) 598-2628

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Naples Gondola at Sunset

Venetian-style gondola tours are available at Belmont Shore in Long Beach. Gondolas are available for couples or groups and appetizers are provided. Bring your own wine. Meander the canals amidst multi-million dollar homes as your gondolier sings Italian songs and educates you on the history of the region. Gondola tours are romantic things to do in L.A.

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TIP: This is the real deal. These Gondoliers go to Venice, Italy to compete in yearly gondola competitions.

The Gondola Getaway
5437 E. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90803
(562) 598-2628

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Alfredo's Beach Club has several locations around Long Beach offering rentals for bikes, surrey bikes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards (SUP), Jet Skis and paddle boats. Locations include Rainbow Lagoon, Shoreline Village, Ocean Beach, Belmont Pier, Belmont Shore and Alamitos Bay. Kayak the luxurious canals of Naples Island, burn some calories in a paddle boat on Rainbow Lagoon, get wet on a stand-up paddleboard, ride the bike path with friends in a 6-person surrey bike or hop-on a Jet Ski at Belmont Pier. Alfredo's offers several options for fun things to do in L.A.

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Alfredo's Beach Club
5411 Ocean Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90803
(562) 477-6820

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photo courtesy of Hornblower Cruises & Events

Hornblower Cruises operates out of Marina del Rey, Long Beach and Newport Beach. They offer dinner and Sunday brunch cruises aboard luxury vessels. Cruise these popular harbors in style. Menu choices may include Baked Atlantic Salmon, Mediterranean Orzo Salad, Grilled Ciabatta Crostini and much more. Hornblower Cruises are fun things to do in L.A.

Hornblower Cruises & Events Marina del Rey
13755 Fiji Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
(888) 467-6256

HCE Long Beach
100 E. Shoreline Drive
Long Beach, CA 90802
(888) 467-6256

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Seaplane Tours

Seaplane Tours are based out of Fullerton Airport but sometimes fly out of Long Beach at Shoreline Village. Take offs and landings are possible on both land and sea. Flight options range from a short scenic tour to Palos Verdes and back or to Santa Monica, Catalina Island, Newport Beach and more. They even offer a snorkel from the plane flight to Catalina Island. Fly over Southern California points of interest like Hollywood and Knott's Berry Farm. A seaplane tour is one of the unique things to do in L.A.

PAC.Seaplanes
(855) 246-3594

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Helicopter Flights are available to Catalina or create a custom tour of your choice with Island Express. The helipad is located near the Queen Mary in Long Beach at the end of Interstate 710. They specialize in getting customers to Catalina Island in less than 15-minutes. Consider their tour up the coast to Santa Monica, Hollywood and back. Very few tourists are able to get a picture of the Hollywood sign from a helicopter. Helicopter tours are among the adventurous things to do in L.A.

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Island Express Helicopter Charters
1175 Queens Highway South
Long Beach, CA 90802
(310) 510-2525

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Fun Things To Do on Catalina

Catalina Tours offers multiple tour options on land or sea. Ocean tours include snorkeling, diving, parasailing, glass-bottom boat, semi-submersible sub and dolphin excursions. Land tours include a bus, electric bike, Jeep, Segway and walking tour.

Catalina Tours
228 Metropole Avevue
Avalon, CA 90704
(310) 510-0211

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Santa Catalina Island Company offers multiple tour options on land or sea. Ocean tours include a glass-bottom boat, semi-submersible sub and dolphin excursion. Land tours include bus tours, hiking, biking, helicopter tours, zip lining, off-roading and Avalon Casino & Theatre.

Santa Catalina Island Company
150 Metropole Avenue
Avalon, CA 90704
(310) 510-2000

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Catalina Adventure Tours offers multiple tour options on land or sea. Ocean tours include a glass-bottom boat, seal rocks and dinner cruises. Land tours include an inland tour, Avalon tour, botanical gardens and village walking tour.

Catalina Adventure Tours
1 Cabrillo Mole
Avalon, CA 90704
(562) 432-8828

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All Regions

Whale watching is quickly growing as whale populations have significantly increased in recent years. Whale watching expeditions are offered from every harbor along the California coast. Catch a close-up glimpse of these majestic giants as they migrate between Alaska and Baja Mexico. Whale watching has become one of the more popular things to do in L.A. MORE DETAILS


Horseback riding stables are located from the Santa Monica Mountains above Malibu to the Palos Verdes Peninsula and Catalina Island. Whether looking for a sightseeing trip in the Hollywood Hills or to reminisce about your favorite old Western movies on a ride through Paramount Ranch movie set, there are many stables in the Los Angeles region that can accommodate your interest. MORE DETAILS


Lakes with boating, fishing, water-skiing and more can be found throughout the Los Angeles region. A few of these lakes offer camping with some even offering water parks with giant water slides. MORE DETAILS


Kayak rentals, kayak tours and kayak lessons are offered in Los Angeles from Malibu to Long Beach and out to Catalina Island. In addition to kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) has become a popular activity. We also provide info for stand-up paddleboard rentals, paddleboard tours and paddleboard lessons. Explore lakes, harbors and secluded coastline. Stand-up paddleboarding is among the more popular things to do in L.A. MORE DETAILS


Trump National Golf Course

Golf courses are abundant in the Los Angeles region from Malibu to Palos Verdes. In addition to the panoramic ocean views of The Links at Terranea, the Los Angeles region offers links courses, championship courses, executive courses and more. Golfing is among the more challenging things to do in L.A. MORE DETAILS


Horse racing tracks are located throughout the L.A. region including Santa Anita Park and Los Alamitos. Enjoy a day in the sun while watching beautiful race horses compete. Place a wager and maybe win enough to pay for your vacation. Horse wagering can be one of the more lucrative things to do in L.A. MORE DETAILS


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