Spring is the best time to enjoy all that Southern California has to offer. We’ve recommended activities that you can do this season!
Spring in California is one of the best times to experience. The skies are clear and sunny, and wildflowers bloom across the deserts. If you’re wondering how you can enjoy the remaining few weeks of this season, there are a few ways you can safely welcome it by planning tons of spring activities to celebrate.
As we see more attractions across Southern California start to reopen, some counties are now allowing visitors inside at limited capacities. We’ve recommended some places you can go to and Knowz your way this season while maintaining safety protocols.
What Knowz Recommends!
Going on a road trip to a desert oasis such as Palm Springs is always a great idea during springtime. With stylish hotels, golf courses, spas, and boutiques, Palm Springs has so much to offer. Whether you’re hitting the pool all day while sipping cocktails at different resorts or taking a mid-century house tour, the drive is sure worth it.
A favorite backdrop of filmmakers, Joshua Tree is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s an easy road trip destination from Southern California cities, and a wonderland of desert rocks and the yucca tree. There are a few points of interest that you can venture into like going for a picnic at the Hidden Valley Picnic Area, learn about the park’s history at Barker Dam, see the cool rock formation at Arch Rock, and visit the Cholla Cactus Garden at sunset. Make sure to be careful with the cacti, though!
What’s spring without witnessing the burning orange poppies at the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve? Rolls of grassy hills that are filled with the state’s official bright orange flowers are a beautiful sight to see and a favorite among nature lovers. To know more about whether the poppies are in full bloom, you can check out Theodore Payne Foundation’s weekly updates.
Los Angeles Hotel Day Passes
A host to the Golden Globe Awards and the official Academy Awards luncheon at least during pre-pandemic, the Beverly Hilton Hotel offers a day pass for your dream daycation! Feel like a star as you bask in the LA sunshine and dip in its renowned Aqua Star Pool, which is the largest heated pool in Beverly Hills. The day pass might be a bit pricey, but it includes a comfy day bed for the ultimate luxury experience.
Day pass: $50; cabana, $225
You might be thinking that you need some eclectic luxury hotel for your daycation. If you are, then SLS Beverly Hills is exactly what you need! Designed by Frenchman Philippe Starck, this hotel is ultra-stylish but with a hint of quirkiness. They’re known for their rooftop pool with stunning views of the city, ocean, and the Hollywood sign. It’s voted one of the best in L.A.
Day pass: $60; day bed $350 (four people); cabana $300 (six people); grand cabana $450 (10 people). Food and drink minimums are required and collected at the hotel.
If you’re fascinated with Old Hollywood, this hotel is the best place to go to. It was once the home of silver screen actors Clarke Gable and Marilyn Monroe, plus it’s steeped in Hollywood history. Now, you can enjoy a day pass at the David Hockney-designed pool with palm trees and available poolside food and drink service at the Tropicana Pool & Cafe.
Day pass: $45; ($20 per person food and beverage minimum)
It’s the perfect time to go visit the Butterfly and Spider pavilion to connect with nature and its amazing creatures. After a full year of closure, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles Country welcomes back the public starting April 1. They also have new health and safety protocols in place, and only allow visitors at a reduced capacity. To know more information, you can go to their website to check schedules and advance tickets.
Taking a day to stimulate curiosity and inspire science learning wouldn’t be complete without a visit to California Science Center. Reopening on March 27, the science center features several exhibitions including “The Art of the Brick” which is built entirely on LEGO bricks, “Space Shuttle Endeavor,” and “Kelp Forest.” There’s also a new exhibit, “All In This Together” which explores facts about COVID-19 and the science behind powerful health tools for fighting the pandemic. You can get advance tickets by making a reservation through their website here.
Welcoming kids back to their happy place on April 22, Kidspace is a museum specially designed for children. Offering exhibits where kids can play, create, explore, invent, and more all while making splashes and giggles, you and your kids will surely have fun! Their 3.5acre outdoor campus features more than 40 hands-on exhibits such as Trike Tracks, Physics Forest, and the most awaited springtime celebration, the Butterfly Season. You can get time-entry online tickets and more information on their website.
Take a 3-mile hike to a palm tree oasis tucked on the north end of Joshua Tree National Park. The trailhead has a separate access road and along the way, you’ll enjoy spectacular views as you climb the ridge on the way to a rare spring. It’s the perfect place to snack and rest, making the hike and your steps count worth it!
If you want to go to a more quiet side of Laguna Beach, then taking a hike at Laurel Canyon Trail would be perfect for you! The trail starts at the Willow Staging Area parking lot then climbs up the ridge between Willow and Laurel Canyons. There are small caves, quiet meadows, and a giant boulder called “Ghost Rock.” Plus, if you’re lucky, you might see the seasonal sixty-foot waterfalls.
With six trails, this state park makes choosing a hiking trail easy and breezy. Torrey Pines Trails is perfect if you don’t want to break a sweat all while enjoying amazing views and a lot of sunshine. One of the most popular trails is the Beach Trail, which leads to Torrey Pines State Beach. It’s a twenty to thirty-minute hike, but totally worth it once you get a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean at the Yucca Point Trail then take a dip down to the beach.
Drive-by Film Festivals
- Lark Drive-In, San Francisco
A year after the lights on the Lark Theater’s marquee went out, you can go watch a movie in the comfort and safety of your car seats at the Lark Drive-In. They’re back with some family-friendly programming Thursdays through Saturday and at a more permanent home at the Village at Corte Mader’s large parking lot. The drive-in has a capacity for 120 cars, and you can buy picnic dinners from the Village restaurants. For more information, you can check out their movie schedules on their website.
Want to watch a movie from the back of your vehicle? Drive-In At The Park is back and now takes place at Culver City and Santa Clarita. You can now cruise in for a vibrant evening of films, live DJs, awesome food trucks, and more. Get your tickets online and check movie schedules on their website. There’s nothing better than a socially distanced and scenic outdoor movie night!
A pop-up drive-in that’s popular among Bay Area film lovers, Fort Mason Flix has been the home to special events like this year’s first virtual Sundance Film Festival and this April’s San Francisco International Film Festival. According to Fort Mason officials, films are shown on a 40-by-20 foot high-definition LED screen, which is 90 times brighter than a standard movie theater projector. Check their website for more information on schedules and tickets.
Knowz Before You Go This Spring
Are you looking for the best hiking trails? Which available drive-in theater is open? Is the local museum in your area at full capacity? We know asking all these questions might be overwhelming. It’s all about being in the Knowz to find out your options and get the best recommendations in one mobile app! With Knowz, you can stay on top of your favorite places’ status this season all while staying safe and following health protocols.
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