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Top Things to do in LA in the Spring

Springtime on the Gold Coast in nothing less than enchanted.

With sunshine spilling along the coast and longer days ushering in warmer nights, springtime on the Gold Coast is nothing less than enchanted. We’ve curated the top things to do in L.A. in the spring, from indulging your cravings for adventures to discovering emerging artists. 

Unwind with a Day at the Beach


Your beach chair is ready, with a cooler of drinks and artisanal dining delivered oceanside. Whether you want to start an active day with beachside yoga or spend hours unwinding oceanside, our Day at the Beach package is a celebration of relishing the sunshine, your way. From cruising down the Strand to grab a coffee in Venice or cheersing to being OOO with cocktails at sunset, we’ve imagined everything you need to embrace the beach spirit. 

Book your stay at Oceana today to reserve your Day at the Beach package.

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Find Tranquility at the Huntington Library


The Japanese practice the art of “forest bathing,” finding restoration and balance by spending time in nature. Reconnect with your inner peace by touring the vibrant grounds of the San Marino estate. The 120 acres encompass 16 themed gardens, including the California Garden, Australia Garden and Rose Garden, with the spring bloom just beginning. The gardens are home to more than 16,000 species, more than any other botanical garden in the world. 

Other notable botanical gardens include the South Coast Botanic Garden on the Palos Verdes Peninsula and the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden. Tickets to the Huntington Library Botanical Gardens must be booked in advance, and indoor space and galleries remain closed.*

Discover the L.A. Billboard Project


The L.A. Billboard Project, from nonprofit arts organization The Billboard Creative, shares art from emerging and established artists across 30 billboards around Los Angeles. The month-long exhibition, now in its seventh year, showcases large-scale work and creativity across styles and techniques. This year is curated by Victoria Burns, whose efforts have supported advancing the professional lives of women in the visual arts. Past featured artists include Paul McCarthy, Laurie Simmons and Jack Pearson.


The Natural History Museum’s Butterfly Pavilion welcomes guests into a wonderland of over 30 butterfly and moth species and local California fauna. Guests can stroll through the museum’s Nature Gardens and among hundreds of butterflies and springtime wildflowers.

Tickets are timed to reduce crowding and allow for physical distancing.

With sunshine spilling along the coast and longer days ushering in warmer nights, springtime on the Gold Coast is nothing less than enchanted.


While LA’s temperate climate guarantees optimal hiking conditions year-round (see our guide to the best winter hikes in Santa Monica), spring hikes abound with explosions of wildflowers and a lush, refreshed landscape.


Situated on a 500-foot peak, the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook enchants with expansive, picture-perfect views of L.A. Reaching the top requires climbing up 260 stone steps; bring shoes that are comfortable to walk in. The urban park showcases the vibrance and diversity of native fauna, and shares exhibits depicting the area’s history and restoration. 

For a classic Instagram shot and to raise your heartbeat, take the 2.7-mile roundtrip trail at Runyon Canyon, a mainstay trip for visitors and locals with iconic skyline views.


The Rivas Canyon Trail winds 4.6 miles through the Santa Monica Mountains, granting new perspectives with views of the Pacific Ocean and Santa Monica Bay. With limited elevation gains, it’s ideal for all skill levels and its chaparral-studded topography, diversions through woodlands and ocean views deliver immediate rewards. For sunset views, plan an evening hike — and refresh afterwards with a cocktail at Sunset Terrace.

The trail can be accessed at either the Temescal Gateway Park Trailhead or the Will Rogers State Park Trailhead. Note that to reduce crowding, limited parking is available to the public.

At Oceana, we’d be delighted to design an itinerary of the best things to do in LA this spring to create your dream vacation. Visit us to indulge in Santa Monica’s endless golden hours.
Please be respectful of social distancing and mask-wearing guidelines at each locale. Visit websites for more information on specific safety protocols, and updates to trail closures.
*Indoor spaces remain closed at time of writing. Visit website for up-to-date details

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