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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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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.