Top 5 Things to Do in L.A. Before It's Back to School

Venice Beach at sunset | Photo courtesy of Eric Demarcq, Discover Los Angeles Flickr Pool

Summer is winding down, and that means vacation is almost over and it's time to go back to school. But that doesn't mean it's time to stop having fun! Here are five summer activities for students and teachers to do in L.A. before school is in session again.

"Purple Rain" courtesy of Kelly Lee Barrett/Cinespia

See an outdoor movie



For movie fans, the summer outdoor movie season in Los Angeles is the best of all worlds: classic films and modern hits, shown on a big screen under the stars, with plenty of great food and drink. Gather your friends and enjoy hours of entertainment with our guide to L.A.’s outdoor movies

Manhattan Beach | Photo courtesy of Imagineth, Discover Los Angeles Flickr Pool

Bike the Strand



One of L.A.'s quintessential summer experiences is biking the Marvin Braude Bike Trail (aka The Strand), a 22-mile bike path that connects many of L.A.’s best beaches and offers an unforgettable day of coastal bike riding. Read our guide to biking the Strand, which takes you from Will Rogers State Beach in Pacific Palisades to Torrance Beach in the South Bay.

Grand Park Sunday Session

Sunday Session | Photo: Grand Park, Facebook

Have a picnic



It doesn't get much better than hanging out with friends, spreading out a blanket and enjoying a picnic at some of L.A.'s most picturesque locations. From cultural attractions and state parks to the L.A. Zoo and even a cemetery, here are the best places in Los Angeles for a picnic

Randy's Donuts | Photo courtesy of Extra Medium, Flickr

Stay up late



Whether you're a student or a teacher, if morning classes are on your academic calendar, that means an early bedtime this fall. Better enjoy staying up late and sleeping in while you can! Read our guide to 24-Hour Los Angeles and discover restaurants, a spa, and even a bowling alley for night owls.

Photo courtesy of Everson Royce Bar

Enjoy Drinks Al Fresco



With the days growing shorter, there's no better time to sip an adult beverage al fresco. From rooftop patios to luxurious hotel pools, here are the best places in L.A. to drink outdoors. (Of course, this guide is meant for teachers and grad students 21 and over.)