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Summer in Los Angeles

Top 10 Reasons to Visit Los Angeles in the Summer

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The biggest reason NOT to visit LA in the summer is the crowds. But of course, the reason there are crowds is that summer is a great time to visit LA. Here are some of the best reasons to visit Los Angeles during the summer months.

1. The Beach

Belmont Shore Beach
Photo © 2006 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com
Summer is really the best time of the year to go to the beach in LA. It may still be cool, but you have a better chance of hot days and the water is a little warmer than the rest of the year. Lifeguard towers are only staffed during the summer, and most beach vendors only operate in summer.

Check out my guide to LA Beaches and the Top Things to Do at the Beach.

2. Oceans of Fun

Surfing in Huntington Beach
Photo © 2009 Kayte Deioma, used with permission
From kayaking to kite boarding, surfing to water-skiing, sailing to sport fishing, summer is the best time to be out on the Pacific Ocean keeping cool in the summer heat.

3. Long Hours at Theme Parks

Deja Vu at Six Flags Magic Mountain
© Peter Brandt/Getty Images
The lines are longer during the peak summer theme park season, but the hours are also longer, giving you more hours to get your money's worth out of your park visit.

4. Water Parks Are Open

Soak City
Photo © 2006 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com
LA area water parks tend to stay open from Memorial Day though September or October weekends. So this is the only time of year you can enjoy this wet and slippery fun.

5. Summer Outdoor Music

Grand Performances at California Plaza
Photo © 2006 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com
Nearly every community in Greater Los Angeles offers some kind of outdoor music series in the summer, from the Santa Monica Pier to Downtown Los Angeles. Some are ticketed events, but many are free. Check out more free things to do in LA.

6. Summer Theatre Festivals

Shakespeare by the Sea Comedy of Errors
Photo © 2006 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com
With the plethora of talented actors in town, there is great theatre all year long, but during the summer, Shakespeare and other classics take over LA's outdoor stages.

7. Summer Family Festivals

Gulistan Dancers at Ford Amphitheatre
Photo © 2006 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com
Summer is a great time to visit with kids, since there is some kind of family festival going on almost every weekend, from neighborhood carnivals and international street fairs to special events at museums and the Hollywood Bowl.

8. July 4th in Los Angeles

Huntington Beach 4th of July Parade
Photo © 2006 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com
Los Angeles area communities go all out to celebrate Independence Day from fireworks at the Rose Bowl to the biggest 4th of July Parade in the west in Huntington Beach.

9. Orange County Fair

Pig Races at the Fair
Photo © 2006 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com
Four weeks of typical county fair fun mid-July through mid-August including rides, games, art, livestock, harvest and cooking competitions, technology exhibits and gadgets galore.

10. Laguna Arts Festivals

Pageant of the Masters
Courtesy of Pageant of the Masters
Just 40 minutes south of Los Angeles, Laguna Beach stages three summer-long arts festivals including the Sawdust Festival, the Art-A-Fair, and the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters.

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