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A Huge List of Places That Are Open in Los Angeles & Safe Things To Do!

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Updated Jan 13th: List of venues and places that are open in and near Los Angeles!


(Updated 01/13/21) Do you want to know what's open in Los Angeles This Weekend? Here is a big list of places that are open in and near LA that you can enjoy with your family this weekend that are safe. We update this list as LA County Guidelines change due to the number of COVID-19 cases.


Starting November 16, 2020, nonessential retail establishments must close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Also, beginning November 25 at 10 p.m. to slow the spread of COVID-19, LA County’s Department of Health will suspend outdoor, on-premise dining in Los Angeles. Takeout and delivery of restaurant food can continue.


As of December 6, 2020, bars, wineries, personal services like hair salons, barbershops, museums, movie theaters, amusement parks, and indoor recreation facilities must close. Playgrounds were on this list, but as of December 9, 2020, Playgrounds in LA County are open again!



What's open near me for kids and families? What is Happening in LA that is Covid-Safe? Here is a huge list of places that are open in L.A.:


Happy Place – The Drive Thru – Presented by Subaru

From now to January 18th, Happy Place will be at Westfield Century City with reimagined drive thru experience. This event features 18 larger-than-life experiences and interactive moments. Some highlights include the world’s first giant piano you play with your car, a rainbow road, a pulsating nightclub for your car, and supersized sweets. Tickets are $49.50 on weekdays and $69.50 per vehicle on weekends.


Insomniac's Electric Mile Drive-Thru Experience

A brand new, fully immersive, audiovisual drive-thru experience, Insomniac's Electric Mile, is at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. At this drive-thru experience, a curated soundtrack of fun, uplifting dance music hits will accompany you as you travel through a stunning array of synchronized light installations and visual effects from the comfort of your own car. Tickets are on sale now at electricmilefun.com and start at $69.99 plus fees per vehicle. All passes allow up to eight people in a vehicle.


Venice Boardwalk

Venice Boardwalk is open to the public. You can grab a bite to eat and shop at stores.


Gondola Cruises

This venetian adventure through the canals of Naples Island offers one of the most unique experiences in Los Angeles! As you travel past the Accademia, to the Ravenna, to the Toledo and the Neapolitan East and then the famous “Treasure Island” bridge, you will notice bridges are the stitches that connect this unique island community of waterfront homes in Long Beach.


Jurassic Quest Drive Thru

Jurassic Quest is a drive thru experience that will take place at Rose Bowl, Orange County Fairgrounds, and Pomona Fairplex from January 15, 2021 through February 28, 2021. This drive-thru experience features over 70 moving and roaring dinosaurs and a 50 foot Megalodon! Click here to learn more about this event.


Downtown Disney District

A variety of shopping and dining experiences has reopened at the Downtown Disney District, including the World of Disney store. Face coverings are required for Guests ages 2 and older.


Swan Pedal Boat Rental At Echo Park

The Swan Boats at Echo Park Lake are one of Los Angeles’ hidden gems. Explore Echo Park Lake on Echo Park pedal boats during the day or night. You can have up to 5 people on each boat. Reservations are necessary and required in advance.


Train Tours

Enjoy a beautiful family friendly round-trip train adventure through the Heritage Valley on scheduled Saturdays & Sundays. Ride on historic train cars used in several well known movies and TV shows. A Weekend Scenic Adventure includes 2 fun stops to explore along the route. Please note, trains run on select Saturdays & Sundays.


Rogue Aviation Helicopter Tours

Fly Rogue and see Orange County, Long Beach, the Pacific Coastline and other famous spots in California like never before. From the beautiful coast of Laguna Beach to the incredible homes of Newport Coast and all over the amazing Orange County landmarks, this will be your chance to see it all from a new perspective with Rogue Aviation!


Malibu Bike Tours at SaddleRock Ranch

Take bike tours through vineyard in the mountains of Malibu. An easy course through this tableau will be explored at a leisurely pace, stopping at the most picturesque points along the way. Refreshments will accentuate the truly refreshing nature of this ride through the outdoors at its best. (This event is for adults only).


Drive-in Movies at Santa Monica Airport

Watch a movie with your family right from your own vehicle. Movies are projected onto a 52-foot screen, and audio is broadcast through the FM transmitter radio in your car. This Rooftop Cinema is entirely contactless. Click here for the schedule of the movies.


Santa Monica Surf Trip

Spend a day surfing LA with local experts. Hop in a customized open-air surf buggies and hit the PCH with a local guide. Visit two iconic surf breaks in southern California, learn about the history of our beloved beaches, enjoy a picnic lunch with your feet in the sand, and have a day of surfing you'll never forget.


Los Angeles State Historic Park

Los Angeles State Historic Park provides an extraordinary opportunity for recreation in the heart of Los Angeles. Within its 32 acres of open space directly adjacent to Chinatown, you can wander pathways and enjoy a view of downtown, as well as discover and celebrate the natural and cultural heritage of Los Angeles.


Scenic Routes by L.A. County Parks

This “open streets” concept is brought to you by LA County Parks every Thursday evening from 5pm-8pm, and Saturday mornings from 8am-11am. The Parks are closing off streets for you and your families to safely walk and ride while maintaining social distancing during the pandemic. Bikes, scooters, and skateboards are welcome! Be sure to wear protective equipment as well as a face covering to stay safe. Click here for the list of parks and dates. (This week's events are cancelled due to poor air quality).


Los Angeles County Beaches

Los Angeles County's beaches are open with restrictions. That is they will be open only for active use like swimming, surfing, walking, biking. This means people will not be able to lay down on the beach or picnic. Beach parking lots are now open.


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Malibu Wine Hikes

The wine hike is a 2 mile loop hike where you get to explore the vineyards of Saddlerock Ranch, organic gardens, Chumash Native American cave paintings, and more! On the wine hike you will join with other small groups for a guided hike and will receive wine to-go.


Luxury Picnics

Event Factory provides luxury picnic experiences on the beach or at a park. Available locations are Santa Monica, Venice Beach, Beverly Hills, or Marina Del Rey. You will get picnic table(s) with pillows and rug seating, fresh flowers, decor, candle(s), umbrella(s), and more for 2 to 10 people.

Universal CityWalk

Select venues are open for limited operations from 12-8pm daily. Self parking is free. You are required to wear a face covering and get your temperature checked at the entrance.


Playgrounds & Outdoor Fitness Equipment

As of December 9, 2020, all playgrounds have reopened again for public use with mandatory social distancing and limited use up to 30 minutes.


Pacific Park Santa Monica Pier

The Santa Monica Pier is open with limited hours, 10 am – 8 pm. You should enter the Pier from Ocean Front Walk. Not all businesses on the Pier will be open during this limited operation. (Santa Monica Pier will be closed the entire month of January 2021 due to the rise in the number of COVID cases.)


Battleship Iowa Museum

Battleship USS Iowa served our country proudly in WWII, Korea, and the Cold War. Today, the historic U.S. Navy ship is an iconic Los Angeles landmark and considered one of the region’s best outdoor museums for families and visitors of all ages. The outdoor museum is open during the pandemic

Underwood Family Farms

Underwood Family Farms is open for pick your own fruits and veggies. Reservations are recommended on weekends but are not required.



Stranger Things At ROW DTLA

Stranger Things: The Drive-Into Experience is open at Skylight ROW DTLA. Grab your flashlights, buckle up and prepare for an electrifying adventure into the mysterious world of 1985 Hawkins.  


Private Vineyard Adventure Tour

The 4x4 Adventure tour is a 2 hour guided Adventure around the Saddlerock Ranch Vineyards. You will get to explore the vineyards and natural areas on the property. Stops may include visits to Chumash Native American archaeological site, organic vegetable garden, mountain top overlooks, and many more. This is a private tour and accommodate from 1-5 guests.


Graham Garden at Halo

Graham Garden at Halo in DTLA is now open. Graham Garden integrates Fountain Figures I-IV, a collection of graceful sculptures created by late Los Angeles artist Robert Graham, in a newly designed outdoor plaza at Halo.




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Soulcycle

Soulcycle in DTLA is bringing select studios outdoors for classes 7 days a week throughout the summer. The bikes are placed at least 6 feet apart.


Wildlife Learning Center

Wildlife Learning Center is open and offers tours to families. You need to wear masks and maintain the recommended 6-foot social distancing guidelines between your group and the tour guides.


Interactive Tours At Ocean Institute

Experience Ocean Institute with an interactive tour of the entire facility that houses 1,000 marine animals. This tour explores the food chain from top to bottom and offers a hands-on experience with the new horn shark and tidepool touch tank. Weekend Tour Times are 10:00 am, 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm.

Malibu Surf Camping Trip

Experience the Malibu coast, from the ocean to the mountains. These one or two day trips allow beginners a chance to learn surfing in a locally flavored way. Your surf guide will take you on a surf trip giving you personalized surf instruction, insider tips, as well as meals, transportation, and all the gear you need for the weekend.


L.A. County Arboretum

L.A. County Arboretum is open but tickets are limited to preserve safe distancing. Members are required to reserve free tickets online prior to visiting. Non-members must buy tickets online in advance. When visiting, you are required to wear a mask or other face covering. All indoor spaces are closed and all classes, events, and tours activities are suspended.

Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area

The Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area in the Baldwin Hills area is open, including its parking lot. The vehicle entrance fee is $6 on weekends and holidays, free on weekdays. Playgrounds and picnic areas in the park remain closed.



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The Grove LA

Holiday Hours at The Grove are from 10am to 8pm on weekdays and 9pm on weekends. Click here for a list of venues that are open now.


Westfield Mall Century City

Westfield Century City is open with modified hours from 11 am to 7 pm. Click here to find out if your nearest Westfield Mall is open.


Harry Potter Themed Coffee Shop: Nimbus Coffee

Nimbus Coffee offers Coffee Delivery Service starting at $21. You can have personalized coffee & drink, and daily pastry delivered right to your door with customized subscriptions.


Newport Landing & Davey’s Locker Whale Watching

See giant blue whales, finback whales, gray whales, and many more in their natural habitat at a whale-watching cruise! With one of the largest marine protected parks just outside of Newport Bay, whales and dolphins of all types can be viewed as soon as you leave the bay. Use promo code ‘mommy50’ in the ‘promo code/voucher code’ box and it will take 50% off your entire whale watching order for whale watching in Newport Beach.




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The Original Farmers Market

The Original Farmers Market is open daily from 10 am-7 pm. Many Market grocers and restaurants provide home delivery through Mercato.com and various delivery platforms including Doordash, GrubHub, Uber Eats, Postmates and ChowNow.


Los Angeles County Bike Paths

LA County bike paths are open. To find LA Bike Paths, click here for a map.



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Glendora Public Market

Glendora Public Market is only open for delivery and pickup.


Santa Monica Mountain Trails

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area has reopened most of its trails, parking lots, and restrooms. National Park Service urges hikers to wear face coverings and keep social distancing.


Farmers Markets

Outdoor certified farmers' markets are open to ensure that fresh food is available to residents and are allowed to operate under certain conditions. Click here for a list of all the farmer's markets that are open.


Kids Ride Free Weekends

Each Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, your kids ride free on Metro. Adults pay $10 for a weekend pass while kids 17 and under ride for free. Each fare-paying adult may be accompanied by up to three children. The promotion is good on all Metrolink routes offering weekend service.


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Burton Chase Park

Burton Chase Park is open and you can enjoy the 10 acres of lush lawn and trees extended into the marina's main channel offering magnificent boat and ocean vistas.


Malibu Beach RV Park

Malibu Beach RV Park is open during social distancing. You can rent an RV site or tent camping spot, which is on the third level, separate from the RV sites, and is a walk-in camping area.



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Mission Tiki Drive-In Theatre

The Mission Tiki drive-in theatre is open nightly. You can view the movie from within your vehicle with social distancing. A $10 adult ticket and $1 kids ticket allows you admission for two movies playing on the same screen. This means you'll get to see two movies for half the price!


Van Buren Drive-In Theatre

This Drive-In Theater offers the current double-feature movies for you to enjoy in the comfort and safety of your cars. The drive-in theatre is open nightly. You must view the movie from within your vehicle, and practice social distancing.





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Arlington Garden in Pasadena

Arlington Garden is a three-acre garden on Caltrans-owned land. The garden is open every day except on Tuesdays during the pandemic and is free to the public. You may not use the furniture, maintain six-feet from others, wear a face mask, and bring your own hand sanitizer during social distancing.

California Botanic Garden

California Botanic Garden is open with limited capacity on Wednesdays through Sundays from 8 am to 1 pm and 3 pm to 8 pm. Members may visit without reservation, but the general public will need to purchase a ticket in advance.


The Gentle Barn Drive-Thru

You can experience The Gentle Barn in a whole new way. This new drive-thru experience will take you behind the scene to areas of the California property that is normally not open to the public. Starting with a tour of the Sun Chlorella: Healing Center in Agua Dulce, just 10 miles up the road. Then down to the main Gentle Barn property, and ending with you casting a wish in the wishing well.


Stone Soup Farm

Enjoy meandering through the lush paths of the Woodland as you pick apples, press your own apple cider, tour the reproduction Farmhouse with interactive activities, and enjoy the beauty of the seasonal gardens. (1 1/2 hour drive from LA). (Worth the drive)


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Manhattan Beach Botanical Garden

The Garden is open sunrise to sunset. Face masks and 6' social distancing are required. No events are scheduled at this time.


Orange County Beaches

Orange County beaches are also open now with restrictions. For a full list of California beaches that are open, click here.




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SkyPark At Santa’s Village

Right here in Southern California, only two hours drive from Los Angeles, you can experience a slice of the North Pole during the winter time at SkyPark at Santa's Village! This year through January 10, 2020, visit Santa and his friends in the Northwoods, a Village with so many fun attractions that will make you feel like you have been transported to the North Pole itself.


Lake Casitas

Lake Casitas Recreation is open for fishing, camping, bird watching, hiking, and bike riding. Lake Casitas is one of the premier fishing lakes in the region and is known for its "world-class" bass fishing.



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Irvine Park Railroad

The train and Wheel Fun Rentals at Irvine Park including bike and paddleboat rentals are open now. Visitors are required to social distance and wear face masks in line and for the train ride. Restrooms will be open as well with hand sanitizer stations. Pony rides and horse rentals will be open as well. Playgrounds remain closed and group areas and picnic benches are taped off and may not be used.


Dana Wharf

Orange County’s Sportfishing, Whale Watching & Charters are open now with restrictions. Take a boat ride with Santa this holiday season around Dana Point Harbor! Tickets are $5 per person. Reservations are required & there is 6 person per reservation limit. Click here for rules and restrictions.



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Newport Dunes Rentals

Rentals in the Newport Dunes are open for taking out kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, paddleboats, and Duffy boats.

Dolphin Adventures

Channel Islands Dolphin Adventures specializes in safely leading small groups on dolphin and whale watching excursions out of the Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard CA. They take you on a tour aboard a state-of-the-art 30ft commercial tour boat.


National Forests

Most National Forests are open for walking and hiking. Hikers should practice social distancing, and stick to wide roads instead of single-track trails that are too narrow.


Heritage Square

Heritage Square is open on Friday, Saturday & Sunday for Self Guided Walking Tours. View the lovely historic buildings from the outside, stroll through the beautiful grounds and take a look at the garden in progress. Tickets are available online.


Rose Bowl Loop Trail

The 3.1-mile loop trail near Pasadena is now open to the public for hiking. Everyone need to practice social distancing and wear facial coverings while on the trials. Lot 1 is the only open parking lot and you can only park there for 90 minutes.


Paramount Drive-In Theatre

The drive-In will operate at 50% capacity. Customers must leave 9’ spacing between vehicles. General admission is $10 for adults and $3.50 for kids 5 through 8. Kids under 5 are free.


Street Food Cinema Drive-In

Watch a movie in the great outdoors while staying safe and cozy in your car. Car entry is $20 and general admission is $8 per person. Please check the website for the schedule.


Catalina Express

Catalina Express continues to operate for essential travel to and from Catalina Island twice a day. All passengers and employees are required to wear a face-covering on board or mask when in the terminals or on board the vessels.


Jetski Adventure To Catalina Island

Ride a jetski from Long Beach to Catalina Island and experience all the wonder that exists in the offshore playground. This adventure puts you "face to face" with hundreds of pacific ocean dolphins. This is an all-day open water jetski adventure and includes a jetski ride across the ocean to catalina Island, riding with the dolphins, swimming thru caverns, and snorkeling in crystal clear waters.


Catalina Island Beaches & Moorings

Catalina Island's remote beaches are open for those who have the permission and ability to access them. The Conservancy's remote moorings have been reopened. The Harbors General Store is open as is the West End Gallery for meals and drinks to go.


Mt Baldy Resort

Mount Baldy Resort is open for tubing. Take a serene alpine lift ride to the Top of the Notch recreation area for snow-play at an elevation of nearly 7,800ft. The tubing park is made up of lanes for sliding and walking with a stoping hill at the bottom. In the meantime, you can enjoy the Tubing Park! Face coverings are required and you need to practice social distancing.


San Diego Beaches

San Diego County has reopened its beaches for swimming, surging, kayaking, and paddle-boarding. Group activities, sunbathing, or boating, however, are not allowed.





Oasis Camel Dairy

Oasis Camel Dairy Farm is open now! They are booking private tours where you can meet and feed camels and other animals.


Las Vegas' Casinos, Resorts & Hotels

Las Vegas’ resorts and hotel-casinos are open throughout Nevada! Click here for all the hotels that have reopened in Vegas.


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