Cool Things to Do in LA, Literally

When the Temperatures Rise, Find Relief by the Shore

With all of the green lawns, paved streets and endless strip malls that cover the city of Los Angeles, sometimes we forget that LA is actually a desert. And, like most deserts, LA can have incredibly high temperatures that reach way above the 100 degree mark. Cases of sunstroke and heatstroke are not uncommon, and not just amongst the elderly population. When temperatures rise above normal, try to make your way West if at all possible for one of the smartest, cool things to do in LA. Since the average temperatures along the coast can be 10-20 degrees cooler, you’ll be glad you did.

Avoid the Crowds with These Cool Things to Do in LA

If you try to avoid large crowds at all cost, you may be faced with the unsettling paradox of living in a city like Los Angeles, which by most standards is considered a crowded urban sprawl. A good way to avoid big crowds: think like the crowd in order to do the opposite. For example, if most people are of the mindset that heading to the Santa Monica Pier on a Saturday is at the top of their ‘cool things to do in LA’ list, I’ll make time to go on a Monday, in December, at 8AM, and enjoy the silence.

Visit the Greystone Mansion to Get Your Dude On

There are plenty of other hip spots to hit in Los Angeles. Pay a visit to the Big Lebowski mansion, otherwise known as the Greystone mansion in real life. The cult classic Coen Brothers movie was filmed there, as well as Spiderman, The Social Network, Ghostbusters and There Will Be Blood. The mansion was built in 1928 by oil tycoon Edward L. Doheny as his home digs. It made the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. The City of Beverly Hills purchased the property in 1965 and opened the 18.3 acre site as a public park in 1971. The lush gardens are free and open to the public. The interior is open to small private group tours.