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Unusual & Off-The-Beaten-Path Things To Do in Los Angeles

13 October 2016 Written by   Jeff Shotwell Published in blog
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If you're planning a vacation in the greater Los Angeles area, you already know about the many wonderful big-name attractions here, like Universal Studios Hollywood, Disneyland and the Hollywood Walk of Fame, all of which are fabulous places to visit. But sometimes you want to go off the beaten path and do something a little different, so here are a few of the many things to do in Los Angeles that you might not be familiar with.

Venice in America? Absolutely! Over a hundred years ago a developer named Abbot Kinney wanted to duplicate the Venice canals right here in Los Angeles. He created canals and brought in Italian gondoliers to take visitors on gondola rides, but the enterprise didn't work out. However, the charming canals still remain, and today the two-mile-long Venice Canals Walkway is a beautiful place to walk during the day or evening. Admire the striking architecture and stunning landscaping of homes along the canal, visit the duck pond, and take children to the play area as you explore this special site.

SuihoEnThe Japanese Garden is a 6-1/2 acre paradise with three gardens in one: a Zen meditation island with Tortoise Island, a stone garden and a wisteria arbor; a "Chisen" or wet-strolling garden with waterfalls, streams, lakes, gardens and hand-carved stone lanterns; and an authentic tea house with an adjacent garden of its own. The gardens are designed after the strolling gardens on the estates of 18th and 19th century Japanese feudal lords, but these gardens use reclaimed water to be more environmentally friendly. The Japanese Garden hosts special events throughout the year with such origami lessons, Japanese story telling, specialty exhibits and much more.

Hollyhock House at Barnsdall Art Park is Frank Lloyd Wright's first L.A. project, now considered "the Hill's crown jewel." Constructed from 1919 to 1921, the main house and two additional residences were originally built on 36 acres. Hollyhock House is surrounded by art galleries and a modern theater, where you can enjoy a season of themed "Outdoor Movie Nights" preceded by musical entertainment. Food trucks will be on hand and a curated selection of wines will be available, or you can bring your own picnic. There are many other events held here, including family art workshops, wine tastings, literary games and more.

These are just some of the many unique places you can visit when you stay at the Sea View Inn at the Beach, where you can also enjoy cruising along the beachfront bike path in one of our beach cruisers, strolling along miles of sandy beaches, checking out eclectic shops or just watching the sunset. Contact us for reservations today.



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