Your L.A. Summer Guide to Fun in the Sun

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Summer in L.A. comes with so much outdoorsy fun that it’s easy to become overwhelmed with all your choices. That’s why we’ve put together this best-of outdoors guide—leave the research to us, and spend more time actually having a great time.

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All beaches are not created equal, but they are all special. Whatever vibe you’re looking for—surf, romance, a good dose of L.A. personality—we’ve got you covered.

Read: A Beach for Every Occasion

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You shouldn’t need the sleuthing skills of Chinatown’s Jake Gittes to find a cool dip of water in this city, but sometimes it can feel that way. We’ve handled the investigation so all that’s left for you to do is to show up in your best pool style, get a cocktail in your hand ASAP, and make a splash.

Read: Dive Into L.A.’s Best Pools and Poolside Experiences

Even the most scenic picnic is only as good as its food, so stock up on provisions from these spots before your trek. Cheese? Check. Charcuterie? Check. How many people you’re going to invite along to actually share your delicious haul with? That’s totally up to you.

Read: Pack the Perfect Picnic From These 15 Outposts

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All that food is going to need complementary wine. Score yourself a great bottle or two at these shops, which boast expert curation and an eye for cult favorites that will ensure you leave with the most sublime sips for your outdoor soirée.

Read: Sip and Swirl at the Best Wine Shops in Town

You’ve got the nosh, the vino, and the SPF 100—now what to read? Maximize the L.A.-ness of your day with one of these great nonfiction picks, all of which paint a fascinating  (and sometimes sordid) picture of the City of Angels using the very words of the people who live here.

Read: 9 Great Nonfiction Reads About Los Angeles, by Angelenos

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It’s an indisputable scientific fact that music just sounds better out in the open air. Thankfully, L.A. is packed with summer-long outdoor music programs, ranging from big-name acts at our beautiful amphitheaters to neighborhood nights that will getting you grooving to music from around the globe.

Read: The Best Outdoor Music Series to Keep You Grooving All Summer Long

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Whether you’ve got a budding golfer, a marine life enthusiast, or an indecisive tyke on your hands, there’s plenty in Los Angeles to keep both you and the little ones entertained. We’ve rounded up the best family-friendly outdoor fun in town, and even thrown in some indoor options for when it’s time to cool off.

Read: Surefire Family Fun All Spring and Summer Long

From rooftops to beaches to, yes, cemeteries, Los Angeles lets you chill out with a movie and clock some outdoors time all at once by transforming some of our best outside spaces into impromptu cinema nights. Laugh, cry, and be on the edge of your seat (or blanket) with our top picks for outdoor movies this summer.

Read: Stars Under the Stars: 2019’s Best Outdoor Movie Series