Los Angeles is spectacular no matter what season but springtime suits it best. Whether you’re a visiting tourist or a bored local in search of exciting activities to fill your weekends with, exploring L.A. is easier and breezier during this time of the year.
Cherry Blossom Festival at Descanso Gardens
One of the most awesome things about being in Los Angeles in spring is the cherry blossoms. Yes, we have them here, too. There’s no need to book a flight all the way to Japan just to see them.
In fact, you can also experience the month-long celebration of Japanese heritage and culture at Descanso Gardens. At 4 to 9 dollars, you can tour its picturesque Japanese garden with the delicate pink flowers and attend any of the scheduled workshops on origami or ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement.
The Cherry Blossom Festival at Descanso Gardens runs until Saturday, March 31.
Chill out at the beach
L.A. spring brings out utterly pleasant weather that’s perfect for either strolling the tree-lined streets of Hollywood or basking in the warm sunshine as you chill in the sand in any of its beautiful beaches. From Venice to Malibu to Playa Vista, the choices are plenty.
Here are a few of our favorite L.A. beaches.
- El Matador State Beach
- Zuma Beach
- Leo Carillo State Beach
- Abalone Cove Ecological Reserve
- Rosie’s Dog Beach
- Santa Monica State Beach
Take note: the average temperature during spring daytime can go anywhere from 14 to 15 degrees Celsius, so we suggest you scratch swimming off your list.
Have a ball
If you’re the sporty type, this seasons is for you. The L.A. Marathon kicks off every year in March. Spring is also baseball season for Los Angeles with homegrown teams, Dodgers and Angels, opening in April.
Hit popular tourist attractions
If you haven’t been to Disneyland or Universal Studios lately, now is the time to visit. It’s technically off-season during March and April, so there will relatively be fewer tourists queuing. Plus the fact that it’s going to be less sweaty and humid, too.
Check out L.A.’s free tourist spots you’ve never been to.
- Griffith Observatory, Griffith Park
- The Broad, Downtown L.A.
- Mariachi Plaza at Boyle Heights
- Santa Monica Pier
- Will Rogers State Historic Park, Pacific Palisades
See the spring flowers
As self-confessed flower aficionados, we’re thinking of spending a weekend at these gardens in Los Angeles to check out the spring blooms.
- Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
- Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden, Arcadia
- Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Griffith Park
- Descanso Gardens, La Cañada
- South Coast Botanic Garden, Ranchos Palos Verdes
The Getty Villa in Malibu usually holds a 40-minute tour of its gorgeous Roman gardens. Don't miss it!
What's your favorite spring activity around Los Angeles or Orange County? Share them with us in the comments below.