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Summer Fun in Los Angeles – The Ultimate Guide

Updated for 2022

Summer is by far the best season in Los Angeles. Don’t you agree? There’s an endless supply of fun to be had, and nothing stopping you from getting out there and enjoying it with your whole family: no school, no schedules, and so much more daylight!

We’ve rounded up the Best Summer Fun Los Angeles has to offer, all in one great Guide, with lists of Concerts, Movies, Southern California Beaches, Ice Cream Scoop Shops, Summer Freebies, Splash Pads, Best Beach Playgrounds, and even more!

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Here’s Everything You’ll Find in our Summer Fun Guide:

  • 100 Days of Summer Fun in Los Angeles
  • Awesome Outdoor Concerts in SoCal
  • Super Fun Outdoor Movies for Summer
  • the Best 4th of July Fireworks and Events in Southern California
  • All the Best Splash Pads in LA County
  • Super Fun Water Parks in SoCal
  • The Best Hotel Pools in LA
  • All the Best Public Swimming Pools in Los Angeles
  • Swim Lessons for Kids in SoCal
  • The Best Beach Playgrounds along the Coast
  • Family-Friendly Beaches in SoCal
  • Best Dog Beaches in Los Angeles
  • Find the Best Shaved Ice in LA
  • Enjoy some of the Best Ice Cream in Los Angeles
  • Best Parks for a Summer Picnic
  • And more!
Check out our Ultimate Guide to Summer Fun in Los Angeles for all of the great things to do in LA from Outdoor Movies to Summer Festivals to the Best Pools and Splash Pads for kids! #summer #summerfun #summerinlosangeles #familytravel #LosAngeles #southerncalifornia

Start with 100 Days of Summer Fun!

Need to fill up those summer days? Check out or 100 Days of Summer Fun post to find something amazing to do every day from Memorial Day to Labor Day!

You'll find 100 days of amazing summer fun activities for kids and families in Los Angeles! #summer #summerfun #summerinlosangeles #familytravel #LosAngeles #southerncalifornia

Take in a Summer Movie Under the Stars! Or enjoy one of the Summer Bargain Movies on our list.

We have a list of all of the great places to see an outdoor movie all over Los Angeles from the valley to the westside to DTLA to the South Bay! And some of them are FREE!

Get the kids and head to an ourdoor movie this summer! #summer #summerfun #summerinlosangeles #familytravel #LosAngeles #southerncalifornia

Or an Outdoor Summer Concert

There’s nothing like listening to music outside during the summer in LA. You’ll find so many fun venues to hear your favorite bands (and discover sone new ones!) in concet post.

Los Angeles is a great place to be in the summer. There are outdoor concerts happening all over town this summer! #summer #summerfun #summerinlosangeles #familytravel #LosAngeles #southerncalifornia

Check out the Best Splash Pads in Los Angeles!

Sometimes you just need to let the kids run around and get wet on those hot Los Angeles Summer days. We have a list of some lovely places the entire family will enjoy visiting.

Grand Park is one of the great places in Los Angeles with a spalsh pad open for the summer! #summer #splashpad #summerfun #losangeles
Photo courtesy of Grand Park

Here are the Best 4th of July Celebrations in Los Angeles

Los Angeles goes all out for the 4th of July with some of the best fireworks shows in the country. Whether you want to head to the water or go to the ballpark, you’ll find great places to celebrate independence day.

You'll find some fantastic 4th of July celebrations in Los Angeles from Marina del Rey to Dodger Stadium! #summer #summerfun #summerinlosangeles #familytravel #LosAngeles #southerncalifornia

Best Beach Playgrounds
in Los Angeles

Going to the beach with kids is one of the best things about living or visiting Los Angeles. There are some gorgeous beach playgrounds and we want to help you find them!

One of the best things about being a mom in LA is the proximity to some gorgeous beach playgrounds! #summer #summerfun #summerinlosangeles #familytravel #LosAngeles #southerncalifornia

Find the Best Family-Friendly Beaches

Spend the day at one of these beautiful beaches in Los Angeles! Boogie board, swim, splash or just lay on the beach!

Take the family and enjoy a great day out with kids at one of these family-friendly beaches in Los Angeles. #summer #summerfun #summerinlosangeles #familytravel #LosAngeles #southerncalifornia

And here are the Best Dog-Friendly Beaches in Southern California!

Walking in the sand with your best pal is one of the great things about living in California. Here is our list of the best dog-friendly beaches in the area.

Your very special family member also needs a great day out! Check out these dog beaches on Southern California! #summer #summerfun #summerinlosangeles #familytravel #LosAngeles #southerncalifornia #dogbeaches #dogs

Looking for a treat? Check out our Guide to Ice Cream Scoop Shops.

Ice cream is an art form in Los Angeles. You’ll find experimental to good old fashioned Ice Cream parlors on this list.

Los Angeles has some of the best ice cream shops around! #summer #summerfun #summerinlosangeles #familytravel #LosAngeles #southerncalifornia #icecream

Or how about the Best Shave Ice

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Shave Ice is the perfect treat for summer. Check out our list of great places to find it.

Want to spend time at one of LA’s great Public Pools?

Los Angeles doesn’t just have great beaches to go to, but you’ll find some great pools to visit on those hot summer days.

Looking for a fun way to cool off this summer? Head to one of these fun Los Angeles pools. #summer #summerfun #summerinlosangeles #familytravel #LosAngeles #southerncalifornia

And don’t forget to check out the Best Hotel Pools in Southern California:

And if you’re looking for a staycation, why not hit one of the great hotels and swim in their pools. There are also hotels that offer day passes, which can be a lot of fun for kids and also moms on their own.

Looking for a staycation? or just an afternoon away? Head t one these luxurious hotel pools. #summer #summerfun #summerinlosangeles #familytravel #LosAngeles #southerncalifornia #hotelpools

With all this swimming to do, your little ones may need Swim Lessons.

No matter where you live, you’ll find a great place to take kids on this list.

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Check out our list of Water Parks!

Taking kids to a water park is a great way to beat the heat and we’ve got a list of some of our favorites!

The Best Water Parks in the Los Angeles. #summer #summerfun #summerinlosangeles #familytravel #LosAngeles #southerncalifornia

Best Outdoor Playgrounds

Los Angeles has some great parks with beautiful playgrounds. Here is a list of our favorites.

Best Outdoor Playgrounds in Los Angeles. #summer #summerfun #summerinlosangeles #familytravel #LosAngeles #southerncalifornia

Best Parks for a Picnic

Kids love to be outside during the summer. You’ll find parks all over Los Angeles where you can lay down a blanket and have a picnic.

The best parks for a picnic in Los Angeles. #summer #summerfun #summerinlosangeles #familytravel #LosAngeles #southerncalifornia

Best Shopping Malls in Los Angeles

Los Angeles has some great shopping and the indoor and outdoor malls have great stores plus restaurants and entertainment. Check out our list!

Los Angeles has some of the best shopping malls in the country. From the Glendale to Santa Monica to Topanga, you'll find great shopping, food, entertainment and people watching around. #shoppingmalls #familytravel #losangeles #shoppinglosangeles

Best Kid-Friendly Museums in LA

Looking to get out of the heat while having a great afternoon with kids? Check out our list of the Best Kid-Friendly Museums in Los Angeles. You’ll find great art, culture or science along with air conditioning and sometimes a great cafe!

Best Kid-Friendly Museums in Los Angeles. #summer #summerfun #summerinlosangeles #familytravel #LosAngeles #southerncalifornia

These are the Best Bike Trails for Kids in Los Angeles

Hit one of these Los Angeles bike trails for a fun day out with kids.

Best Bike Trails for Kids in Los Angeles. #summer #summerfun #summerinlosangeles #familytravel #LosAngeles #southerncalifornia

Here are some great Family-Friendly Hikes in Los Angeles!

Los Angeles has excellent hiking for kids of all ages. You’ll find easy walking trails to more difficult hiking.

The best family-friendly hiking trails in Los Angeles #summer #summerfun #summerinlosangeles #familytravel #LosAngeles #southerncalifornia

Best Campgrounds for Families

If you want to take your hiking adventure one step further, check out one of these campgrounds for families.

The best family campgrounds near Los Angeles. #summer #summerfun #summerinlosangeles #familytravel #LosAngeles #southerncalifornia #camping #campingcalifornia #californiaroadtrip

These are good year-round! Our list of Places Where Kids Eat Free in LA

Eating out can be expensive so we really appreciate when restaurants offer a kids eat free deal.

Kids Eat Free in Los Angeles. #summer #summerfun #summerinlosangeles #familytravel #LosAngeles #southerncalifornia

Best Indoor Play Places

For those days when it’s just too hot to go outside, but your really need to run around, head to one of these great indoor play places!

If it's cold, raining or really hot in Los Angeles, check out one of these fun indoor play places. #summer #summerfun #summerinlosangeles #familytravel #LosAngeles #southerncalifornia

By the way, if you’re looking for Summer Camps, check out our Guide.

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