Your teenager should find no end of activities in the bustling city of Los Angeles during a Southern California summer. Whether it's lounging at one of the scenic beaches as he takes in the sights of street performers or relaxing at the pristine outdoor garden of a renowned museum, your teen is certain to find an enjoyable way to spend the day.
The Getty Center
Many teenagers will enjoy spending a day at the scenic Getty Museum atop the hills of Los Angeles (getty.edu). While the museum features a collection of Western art from the Middle Ages to the present, a teenager who does not particularly enjoy art history still will find plenty to do. The Central Garden with its views of the city is the perfect place to curl up with a book or magazine, or pack a lunch and enjoy an outdoor meal with friends. Check the calendar of events for outdoor summer concerts and film screenings in the auditorium.
Farmers Market and the Grove
The Farmers Market on Third and Fairfax (farmersmarketla.com) offers special events during the summer, including festivals, auto shows and free Friday concerts featuring local musicians. Your teenager will enjoy strolling through the market grounds with friends or family and sampling the fare -- a little bit of everything from seafood to farm fresh peaches. If your teen gets bored with the food, she can walk next door to The Grove (thegrovela.com) -- a premiere Los Angeles mall with plenty of stores to suit her tastes.
Venice Beach (venicebeach.com) offers plenty for your teen to see on a summer afternoon. Street performers, artists, skaters and vendors line the sidewalks, making it the perfect place to watch people. Your teen can also buy a day pass to Muscle Beach -- the outdoor weight room where the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger have bulked up. Special summer events at Venice Beach include weekly basketball games at the beach courts, farmers markets and art crawls, featuring live music and local artists.
Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Pier
This famous Santa Monica street (downtownsm.com) boasts shops, restaurants, art galleries, clubs and a movie theater -- giving your teen a variety of activities to choose from. Even if she never enters one of the buildings that lines the street, the promenade is alive with street vendors and performers ranging from mimes to break-dancers. It is only a short walk from the promenade to the Santa Monica Pier (santamonicapier.org), if your teen feels like watching the surfers or taking in the ocean views from the famous Ferris wheel.
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