Living in a major metropolitan city can make you long for the outdoors. If you live in, or are visiting Los Angeles, you’re in luck! Thanks to L.A.’s beautiful weather, these amazing outdoor activities should be added to your list when seeking the ultimate outdoor adventure.
How a boat it
If you really want to see California, try taking a deep-sea fishing cruise. Marina Del Rey Sportfishing offers U.S. Coast Guard Licensed vessels and provides a variety of Los Angeles based fishing trips for both beginners and pros. From Rocky Point in the south up to Point Dume in the north, you can fish them all while cruising around the Santa Monica Bay. Here, you’ll find a variety of fish including Halibut, Sand Bass and Calico Bass, Barracuda, White Sea Bass, and Yellowtail. If fishing isn’t for you, there’s always whale watching. Los Angeles Waterfront Cruises offers daily whale watching trips, during which you’ll also spot dolphins and other marine mammals. Keep your eyes open for Gray Whales, Blue Whales, Humpback Whales, large pods of Common Dolphin, Bottlenose Dolphin, California Sea Lions and Harbor Seals. You can catch pods of gray whales in action as they take their own vacations down south for the colder months. Even though winter is the most popular time to spot them, there are still plenty of other opportunities outside of migration season to take a peek at the marine life off the California coast.
Have horse will travel
Plenty of visitors (and locals) in L.A. love to hike places like Runyon Canyon or head up to see the Hollywood Sign. But to make things really interesting, add a horses! After all, you are in the West. For anything but the typical L.A. experience, try a scenic horseback ride under the Hollywood Sign. Sunset Ranch Hollywood offers special tours to give you a unique look at one of Hollywood’s most iconic symbols. Most stables offer 2-hour horseback-riding tours with a 360-degree view of Los Angeles County. Experts will guide you on an incredible journey, on horseback, from Griffith Park to the top of Mt. Hollywood through the Santa Monica Mountains. Even if you’ve lived in L.A. for years, this is something you must do. If you’re visiting, you can expect to be picked up from your hotel (even outside of L.A. county) and transported to the Griffith Park Observatory to absorb the view from an angle you’ve only ever dreamed of.
Wine not go on a safari
Malibu is known for its beaches and celebrities, but how about its wine and wild animals? Imagine after arriving at Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu, hopping aboard your 9-passenger safari truck to begin your family wildlife adventure. This incredible experience includes an unforgettable safari and wine tasting on a beautiful land that rests on 1,000-acres. The Malibu property is home to water buffalo, yaks, camels and more. You’ll take in stunning views from your family’s own safari truck, and stop to taste some reds and whites from the ranch’s vineyard labels. Try the winery’s Saddlerock and Semler labels while kids enjoy snacks and sparkling cider. Check out views of the rolling landscape, pause at a couple of scenic viewpoints, and enjoy some more wine! The animal sightings start at your first stop, where you’re introduced to three zebras: Timon, Pumba and Rafiki. Then you’ll meet Speeder and his water buffalo family. You’ll see alpacas, yaks, llamas and some Spanish Highland cattle. When you arrive at a life-size yellow picture frame, jump out with your camera to capture Saddlerock’s views of the Conejo Valley. And just to remind you that you’re actually in Los Angeles, your tour also takes you past filming sites of several TV shows, movies and commercials, such as “The Bachelor”, “The Biggest Loser”, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, “Doogie Howser, M.D.”, and “Ghost Whisperer”. Head to Camp Cabernet, a funky vintage trailer park, and meet a curious camel named Camille before capping off your wildlife sightings with some cute Scottish Highland calves. All in all, this epic outdoor adventure is exactly what movies are made of.
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