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Since freedom is a notion that every Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21) holds dear, it might seem contradictory to suggest the Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens as an ideal place for them in the city. But bear with us (no pun intended): you could try to take them to a wolf sanctuary or to see the whales, but they would probably bail out on the long ride at the last minute—planning, you said? Sagittarius can’t be tied down! They live for the moment and so watching the animals at the zoo will make them reflect on the idea of freedom while feeling relieved that nobody is putting a cage around them. Also, the Los Angeles Zoo is an amazing place where animals are treated humanely by teams of scientists, which will tickle the Sagittarius’ sense of intellectual parsing of morally complex ideas.
5333 Zoo Dr, Los Angeles 90027
Discover Los Angeles
Many Angelenos are rightfully proud of our historical waterway, the Los Angeles River. But not many people know about the hidden gem that currently houses the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens. Located in the Cypress Park neighborhood of Los Angeles (immediately east of the river, where the 110 and the 5 meet), this compound of stunning buildings in the Midcentury version of “Spanish” or “Colonial” style (both euphemisms that try to conceal the obvious Mexican influences) was built by the Lawry’s spice company in the 1950s. They expanded it in the 1960s) and Lawry’s became a famous collection of restaurants that highlighted the brand’s seasonings. The complex, known as Lawry’s California Center, operated until the early 1990s, when the City prevented its demolition and redevelopment by turning it into the Los Angeles River Center, with a stated mission of serving as "a focal point for the renewal of the Los Angeles River, and a prime location for community gatherings, educational conferences, and special events.” The buildings also serve as a home to several conservancy groups, including the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, which manages it.
The combination of open and closed environments that look like a Technicolor, movie-set version of a Spanish-style villa—complete with ivy-covered walls, courtyards, soothing fountains, lawns, and even a working fireplace!—has made the Los Angeles River Center a word-of-mouth success with people planning all manner of events, especially weddings. (The location is reportedly recouping its entire operational costs out of wedding rentals.) Located in an inconspicuous nook of the city, guests are surprised and then thrilled when they arrive to this ideal (and idealized) version of a California-style fantasy only a few minutes away from DTLA and northeastern neighborhoods like Los Feliz and Silver Lake. The complex also features an educational exhibit about the L.A. River, and it’s right next to the River Garden Park.
570 W Ave 26, Los Angeles 90065