Don’t worry if you’re staying local this spring break, as there’s something for every personality type to do
So maybe you’re not spending spring break in the Bahamas, and maybe you’re not going on a Palm Springs getaway. There is still plenty to do around town according to your personality type. These suggestions will keep you busy all break long and will be more than enough to fight FOMO.
Girls’ night in/Saturdays are for the boys
Run over to your local grocery store or gas station and stock up on some of your favorite snacks. Choose a movie on one of your streaming services, grab a blanket and get cozy. Who says you can’t have fun while staying in and relaxing?
If a comfy night in is a little too casual for you, why not throw a dinner party? Invite some friends over and choose a fun recipe to recreate. After you’ve had some fun putting your cooking skills to the test, dress up, set the table and have a classy night in.
Spring break can be a great time to catch up on sleep. With the busy semester pushing your limits, take the break as a time to decompress. Don’t be ashamed of recharging for the remainder of the semester (it’s called self care).
Hike to the Hollywood sign
I’m ashamed to say in all of my 21 years of living in Southern California, I’ve never done the famous Hollywood Sign hike. But that doesn’t mean you have to miss out! Grab a buddy and get some exercise while climbing up to the 45-foot-tall letters. It’s basically a must-do if you’re in the area (or if you’re me).
If the Hollywood Sign hike is too mainstream for you, then try Hermit Falls. Hikers can walk through the lower parts of Santa Anita Canyon all the way to the top of Hermit Falls. Once at the top, you may even feel adventurous enough to cliff jump into the icy waters below.
OUE Skyspace LA & Skyslide Ride
If getting out and moving isn’t for you, but you’re still feeling adventurous, then try this one out. On the 69th floor of the US Bank Tower, you can overlook the city of LA. You’ll even have the opportunity to ride a 45-foot, all around glass slide. It hovers over the side of the building –– talk about being an adrenaline junkie!
The Den Cafe
If you’re into pops of color, beautiful plating, fresh foods and boho vibes, then you’re sure to love The Den Cafe. The food is delicious, but the atmosphere is what makes the place. They have two locations, one in Santa Ana and one in Costa Mesa. If you’re looking for a little extra something, then head on over to the Santa Ana location for live entertainment.
Continuing on in the fresh foods category, Urban Plates is sure to lure you in with its rustic atmosphere and mouth watering plate options. Simply looking at their menu made me hungry, so I can only imagine how much more delicious these meals must be.
The Stinking Rose
This may not be for everyone, but if you’re interested in trying some Italian cuisine that features garlic in every dish, then I’d say give this place a go. The Stinking Rose is on the fancier side, but everything from the lighting to the decor to the food is sure to impress. You’re already staying home for spring break, so why not spend a bit extra and treat yourself to a garlicky night out?
The Nightlife Lover
This spot has food and music –– the best of both worlds! It’s an 18 and older joint that features small concerts, and it’s sure to bring about a good time. The Canyon has multiple locations, and you can find their concert schedule of original artists and tributes at this link.
The Ice House
After a wild first half of the semester, you deserve to laugh the stress away. The Ice House is a comedy spot that’s been up and running since 1960. It features open mic nights, contests, special events and more. The show schedule can be found here.
Santa Monica Pier
Sure, maybe you’ve visited the pier during the day, but the pier is completely transformed by the time the sun goes down. Lights line the boardwalk and it looks like a mini theme park. You can ride a rollercoaster, play some games and maybe even take some aesthetically pleasing photos that will be perfect for an Instagram post.
Let’s face it. We will all be doing some homework over break. But that doesn’t mean we have to do it in the confines of our own rooms. Some great coffee shops that feature tasty drinks and fun vibes include The Dirty Penguin Coffee Co., Sanctuary Coffee and Cactus Coffee.
The Last Bookstore
Another LA hot spot is The Last Bookstore. Take a study break and roam the multiple floors of book stacks, find a new or used book you just have to take home and don’t forget to take the infamous photo in the window of swirling books!
Take a trip to the local museums and discover something new. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Griffith Observatory and The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens are some great options with vast differences.