LA Day 2 & 3
Day 2 & 3 were pretty packed (as if Day 1 wasn’t?!) There is SO MUCH TO SEE IN LA!! Downtown LA isn’t really worth staying in because parking is expensive and it isn’t a great hub for everything else you’ll want to do, but it is a REALLY cool city. My husband had a conference next door to the Staples Center a few years back. I’d spend my days exploring the city and I learned to love the different districts.
Venice Beach and the Botanic Gardens are both fun and honestly, I felt like a half day for each was perfect. Much longer at either place might have been a bit much for the kids. And so here was our experience:
Walked Olympic down toward the garment district and browsed a little. We started at the north end of Santee Alley and walked all the way to the end, bought some frozen mango, and then walked back up on Maple to the Los Angles Flower Market. Keep in mind that this closes pretty early. You don’t want to linger forever at Santee or you will miss it and this was our favorite spot. We then took 7th to Broadway and headed north to The Last Bookstore (DO NOT MISS THIS if you like books at all. This place is so cool). We went on to the LA Public Library, although I’d skip that next time. It is cool but added too much walking.
At this point, my trooper of a daughter and I are getting tired. We thought we could find food at Grand Central Market but it was so packed and hot and loud. We both looked at each other and she said, “All I really want is a nice plate of cheese and unlimited water.” I said, “All I really want is a nice quiet place to sit with some red wine.” Like it was a mirage, we found Maccheroni Republic and almost cried with happiness. It was the most perfect place.
Boys met up with us and we were all rested enough to take the Angels Flight Railway up to Chinatown. It was a mile walk once we got to the top but through the concert hall area, which was cool. We liked wandering around Chinatown and enjoyed some good Chinese food for dinner. We opted to walk back to Figat7th. We probably should have used Lyft. It was only 2 miles but at that point in the day, we were all pretty tired.
The first time I went, we stayed right on the boardwalk. It was fun but windy and wind and sand make life kind of rough. I also saw the darker side of the Boardwalk because we were there late at night and then up again early in the morning. I don’t really recommend staying on the boardwalk with kids. The drug scene is pretty intense as the night goes on.
This time we parked in Santa Monica and walked the whole board-walk. It happened to be Super-bowl Sunday and I thought the boys could find a bar and watch while the girls admired art and explored. I was wrong. Turns out, Venice Beach had no idea that it was the Superbowl and there was not one restaurant with a TV let alone the game on. We walked back to Santa Monica and there were plenty of places to watch. We had some expensive but great snacks, a few drinks, and saw the end of a really exciting game before heading back to our place and bed because we had a super early flight the next day… that of course got delayed like 7 hours.
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