Los Angeles

Adventures to Have While Saving for Bigger Adventures – Los Angeles Edition

In comparing my adventure list from 2017 to the one I’ve made for 2018, I’ve found that about a third of my adventures this year are a little more on the pricey side (pricey as in more than $100 each). In 2017, I went on a lot of smaller adventures, discovering that some of the best adventures are the ones that are both close by and inexpensive.

Inexpensive adventures make it so much easier to adventure to more places and more often. 

Like anyone else, in between bigger adventures I need time to save money but don’t want to sacrifice going out and experiencing different things.

Here are 20 things to do in LA if you’re looking to have an adventure that will allow for some space to save for bigger adventures or if you’re just looking for a way to have some fun without breaking the bank:

  1. Hike to the Hollywood sign (Free) – If you’re feeling outdoorsy, grab some water and take the 5 mile hike up to see the famous Hollywood sign. This is a great way to get some exercise and have an adventure.
  2. Go to the Getty Museum (Free admission +$15 for parking) – Not only is the Getty Museum filled with beautiful and thought provoking art, but the grounds are truly amazing.
  3. Go to the Getty Villa (Free admission +$15 for parking) – If you’re feeling super adventurey and you have the whole day to spare, you can visit both the Getty Museum and the Getty Villa (located in Malibu) on the same day and only have to pay for parking at one of the two.
  4. Griffith Park Zoo (Free) – Good for hiking and exploration.
  5. Griffith Observatory (Free admission + Parking) – This is a beautiful place to look over the city if you visit during the day and a perfect place to see the stars if you visit at night. You could also pair this adventure with hiking at the Hollywood sign and visiting the Griffith Park Zoo, as the three are all in the same general area.
  6. Visit the Bradbury Building (Free) – If you love architecture, you will love this place. It makes for a quick adventure, as you are not allowed to go up the elevators or most of the higher staircases but nevertheless, it’s still worth the visit. It’s located right next to Blue Bottle Cafe which is a cute place to grab a cup of coffee.
  7. Visit The Broad Museum (Free + Parking) – Visit one of LA’s most well known museums for free when you reserve your tickets ahead of time on their website.
  8. Take a hike at Escondido Falls in Malibu (Free) – This hike is about 3 miles long roundtrip and if you’re lucky, the waterfall at the end of the trail will have lots of running water.
  9. Enjoy some time at The Grove (Free) – I visited this outdoor shopping area for the first time during Christmas this year and it was magical. Regardless of when you go, it’s a great place to walk around, people watch, or do a little shopping.
  10. Visit the California African American Museum ( Free + $12-$15 Parking) – Check out this museum from Tuesday-Sunday for free, just pay for parking and be aware ahead of time that parking is cash only.
  11. Visit the Museum of the Holocaust (Free + Parking ) – Even parking is free if you can snag one of the limited free spaces in the museums underground garage.
  12. Visit the Last Bookstore to get your book fix (Free + Metered parking) – This bookstore not only has a major selection of books, but it’s also infamous for it’s book arch, color coordinated book wall, and wacky bookcases that look like something out of Alice in Wonderland.
  13. Check out the exhibition galleries at the California Science Center (Free + $12 Parking) – Admission to the exhibition galleries is free and you have the option to pay for admission to the museum’s special exhibits for under $20.
  14. Take in the beauty of the Wayfarers Chapel (Free) – Wayfarers Chapel is a breathtaking glass chapel overlooking the water in Palos Verdes which is in LA county but not quite in LA. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy in the rose garden which is right next to the chapel.
  15. Check out the view at Signal Hill Park in Long Beach (Free) – Again, not located in LA but still in LA county. This view is spectacular at night, and you can enjoy it for free. If you have some extra money to spare, head a few miles down the road from the park and grab a bite to eat at SteelCraft. SteelCraft is an outdoor space with a variety of different food options, including a waffle spot that I definitely recommend.
  16. Roam through the Venice Canals (Free) – Pick a good weather day and head over to stroll through the beautiful canals of LA.
  17. Grab a flower inspired drink and piece of cake at Bia Coffee in Koreatown ($6-$14) – Bia Coffee isn’t the most inspiring as far as interior design goes, but they have rose and lavender infused coffee, lemonade, tea, and cake. The drinks and the cake are so aesthetically pleasing and they are even garnished with edible flowers. I would definitely recommend checking it out at least once.
  18. Grab a latte with your picture on it at Carerra Cafe ($7) – This super cute cafe will put any picture you want on top of your drink of choice. It’s also located directly across from the infamous pink wall in the event that you wanted to get in a few trendy LA pics.
  19. Soak in the ocean breeze while drinking a cocktail at the Strand House in Manhattan Beach (about $15 per drink) – This restaurant is one of my favorite places to soak in the sun, breeze, and ocean views while sipping on a mimosa. They also have killer homemade donuts if you feel so inclined.
  20. Ride the SkySlide (Less than $30 + Parking) – Where else can you ride a glass slide on the side of a skyscraper?

 

Hoping this list gives you some ideas for a worthwhile adventure at a cost that leaves a little extra money in your wallet.

Happy adventuring ♥

Adventure of the Week – Happy Place

Ducks

This week was a busy one! In the midst of work, school break, traveling, and the holiday, we still made sure to get in our weekly adventure.

Our mom has some kind of radar for pop up museums and other random events, and she got us tickets to Happy Place on opening day. Happy Place is a Los Angeles pop up museum centered around positivity, fun, and of course, happiness. The creators of the museum have created colorful rooms full of sensory goodness and selfie opportunities. The rooms include a yellow and white striped room featuring giant shoes covered with M&M’s,  a red room with a lip couch, a flower room, an upside down bedroom, a giant birthday cake room with delicious cake pops you can take home, and several others. The highlights include jumping into a giant pot of golden coins creatively placed under a rainbow, confetti “snow” perfect for making confetti snow angels, and a confetti filled dome where visitors can spend up to 60 seconds frolicking or taking pictures.

Here’s your adventure guide for Happy Place if you plan to go:

  1. We got our tickets via Groupon, but they have since sold out. You can purchase your tickets through the museum’s website, which can be found here. Tickets are $28.50 each and are only on sale until January 7th, 2018. Happy Place is open Wednesday-Monday and closed on Tuesdays.
  2. There is street parking, but it is limited. We paid $10 to park in a lot that is directly down the block from the museum.
  3. Entry is timed, but once you are inside you can spend as much time exploring as you like. However, you cannot go back into a room once you have gone through it, so be sure to soak in the fullness of each room while you are in it. It takes about an hour or less to walk through the whole museum.
  4. If you get hungry, they do have their own food truck that serves rainbow grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup. Two sandwiches, two bottled drinks, and one cup of soup cost $38, which was a bit expensive in my opinion. Happy Place is also within a very short walking distance of Urth Café, where you can get breakfast, lunch, or dinner. If you decide to go there, make sure to try their Spanish latte – it’s amazing.
  5. There are unfortunately some major downfalls of this pop up in my opinion. Picture taking is highly encouraged, but the lighting inside of the museum leaves much to be desired. The rooms are much darker than portrayed in pictures, the sets are hard to photograph well, and overall it is slightly underwhelming. Some areas seem like the creators were in a rush to finish instead of properly planning and executing. All in all it is still a very worthwhile experience, especially if you make a full day out of being in LA and plan out other adventures while you’re in the area.

If you adventure to Happy Place, tag @spillyoursoul_ in your pictures on Instagram or share your experience with me in the comments ♥

Adventure is out there!

 

 

Adventure of the Week – Carrera Cafe

Spill Your Soul Latte

This week we cruised over to Melrose to grab lunch at Carrera Cafe. Julianna had been to this cafe once before and recommended that we go again. The drive from the freeway to the cafe is filled with art, colorful walls, and inspiration.

Here’s the need to know about Carrera:

  1. This little cafe is located on the corner of Melrose and N Harper Ave in Los Angeles; it is directly across the street from the infamous Paul Smith pink wall. If you’re planning to take pictures in front of the pink wall, there is a security guard who stands near the wall making sure that the only pictures that are taken are taken with a camera phone (no professional looking cameras are allowed).
  2. Everything about Carrera Cafe screams “aesthetic.” Outside you will find brick walls, walls with murals, cute chairs with patterned umbrellas, and street art everywhere you look. Inside, the cafe is a vision of black and white, and the natural lighting it gets is heavenly.
  3. Most people come to Carrera to order a coffee with their selfie on it. Once you arrive, download the app “Coffee Ripples” to pick a picture to go on top of your drink. They can put your picture on any hot or cold drink, so long as it has hot foam on top. I got a vanilla latte ($4 + $1.50 for the latte art) and thought the coffee itself was delicious.
  4. Their menu has a range of items from salads to waffles to sandwiches to freshly baked goods. I got a Cobb salad, and Julianna got a Greek salad ($12 each). Each salad comes in a clear bowl with a lid which makes them look even more appetizing. The food is fresh, made with quality ingredients, and very filling.
  5. There was plenty of metered parking around the cafe, but we did arrive fairly early in the day (11AM). Upon arrival, there was only one other person in the cafe, but it was about 3/4 full when we left.

After lunch we did some shopping in the nearby area which is filled with boutiques and trendy shops.

Be sure to tag @spillyoursoul_ in your Instagram pictures so I can be a part of your adventures!

Happy Adventuring ♥