VISIT THE WILDLIFE – Los Angeles Zoo:
Release the thrill for adventure & visit the LA Zoo! Prepare to see an array of exotic animals & a list of fun activities to attend. Home of The Elephants of Asia habitat, the LA Zoo now holds one of the largest exhibits in zoo history. If that didn’t catch your attention, wait until you get up close & personal with the tallest animals in the world. The Giraffe feeding exhibit is one of the zoo’s main attraction. Prepare to enjoy a weekend full of exciting & WILD! activities.
The Deets: The Zoo is located at the northeast corner of Griffith Park at the junction of the I-5 & the 134 freeways. Once you arrive it’s directly across from the Autry Museum of Western Heritage. General admission for Adults (ages 13 or older) $20, Children (ages 2 to 12) $15, under 2 are free. Parking is free only on selected dates. (Please call before you arrive to confirm.) On April 27th the zoo will have a Wine + Dinner Series featuring Malibu family wines (Malibu). The menu will include shrimp & popcorn ceviche, gorgonzola dulce arancini, & much more! $130 for members & $150 for non-members. Also, at the giraffe exhibit the feedings are $5 (cash only) 11 AM to 2:30 PM daily. Tickets will be available once you arrive & don’t your camera. (Be sure to check for visible signs & with the zoo specialist, pictures may affect certain species.)
Address: 5333 Zoo Dr, Los Angeles CA 90027 | Phone: (323) 644-4200 | Website: lazoo.org
FRUIT | VEGE PICKING – Pick-Your-Own at Underwood Family Farm:
Now open for the 2017 season! Enjoy a day on the farm with the entire family while picking Los Angeles freshest fruits & vegetables. The farm has a list of fresh produce (in season) to purchase & pick right off the vine. Sounds like a hand full of scrumptious ingredients right? The perfect getaway, children will be amazed at the amount of activities the farm provides including: animals you can feed, tractor rides, & much more!
Address: 3370 Sunset Valley Road. | Phone: (805) 529-3690 | Website: underwoodfamilyfarms.com
BIKE RIDING – on Santa Monica Beach:
Enjoy a refreshing ride along the beach. Sea Mist Rentals has a beautiful 22 mile bike path to explore near the Santa Monica Pier. The facility is known as one the best options to rent bicycles & roller blades. Take the family out for a weekend ride to explore all the exciting activities along the pier. Such a great way to exercise & explore right next to the beach.
“The bike path along the pier is very refreshing. What a great experience!” – Jodi
The Deets: The rental facility is now open Mon – Sun from 9 AM – 7 PM. Located on the land end of the Santa Monica pier (right on the bike path) below the carousel. Adult bicycles are $7.00 an hour & $20.00 all day. For kids $5.00 an hour & $12.00 all day. They offer a selection of bikes that include: free baskets, safety helmets, & light weight alloy bicycles. Roller blades are the same price as the bicycles.
Address: 1619 Ocean Front Walk Santa Monica, CA 90401 | Phone: (310) 395-7076 | Website: seamistrentals.com
HORSEBACK RIDING – at Sunset Ranch:
Saddle up & enjoy the ride! Sunset ranch is the perfect weekend adventure to explore. Prepare to experience the best 360° view of Los Angeles, the San Fernando, the Hollywood Sign and even the Pacific Ocean! It’s a riders tradition in every state to end a trail ride with amazing BBQ, fun, & laughter. Rumor has it, Sunset Ranch has the best BBQ your taste buds could ever taste.
“I’ve been on quite a few trail rides. Sunset ranch is the ideal location if you’re ready for the ultimate riding experience.” – (Equine Lover) Rodney
The Deets: Sunset Ranch is known for exploring the best views in Los Angeles while riding. Plan to arrange an individual or group trail ride well in advance. The standard 2 hour tour starts at $125, ($100 when you purchase 10 days in advance.) 1 Hour (guided) Day tour starts at $50, 9 AM – 3 PM & 2 hour (guided) Day tour $75, 9 AM – 2 PM. ** Children must be 8 years or older to participate.** The riding facility offers a variety of packages to choose from (prices may change), so prepare to plan ahead. Enjoy an afternoon filled with stunning views while trailing through nature, great food, & beautiful horses.
Author: Rodney D. Williams II