Things to Do at Night in LA

Things to Do at Night in LA
Los Angeles may not be the city that never sleeps, but it's one that stays up late with some interesting and even cozy nighttime activities. Never mind being cooped up in some loud, raucous and crowded club, you can enjoy Los Angeles' great outdoors after the sun sets with star gazing, night hiking or a relaxing and romantic trek to one of many beaches.

Star Gazing

While Los Angeles is full of stars of the Hollywood type, outdoor enthusiasts may get more thrills from stars of the heavenly variety. A great vantage point for such an activity is the observatory at Griffith Park. Admission to the observatory is free, and free telescopes are available through 9:45 p.m. on days the observatory is open. Guides are also on hand to help you make the most of your star viewing. The Griffith Observatory is closed on Mondays and some holidays.

Griffith Observatory
2800 East Observatory Road
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(213) 473-0800

Night Hikes

Just because the sun goes down doesn't mean your hiking boots have to go back in the closet. Every Thursday at 7 p.m., the Sierra Club meets to hike at a brisk pace for a five-mile round trip not for the novice hiker. Sturdy shoes, windbreakers and a sense of adventure are recommended for this free activity. Because of their popularity, the night hikes, which were canceled for a while, came back full force in early 2008 and have been plodding along ever since. Hikers meet at the park's visitor center on Crystal Springs Road, but not if it rains after 5 p.m., which cancels that week's hike.

Griffith Park
4730 Crystal Springs Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027


An evening at the beach can be just as grand as a day at the beach, provided you are properly prepared. Los Angeles' dozens of beaches offer amenities from equipment rental to restaurants. A simple stroll beneath the stars can also make for a relaxing and romantic activity, just be sure to bring a jacket in case the evening becomes cool and a flashlight just in case you need help watching your step.

Article Written By Ryn Gargulinski

Ryn Gargulinski is a writer, artist and performer whose journalism career began in 1991. Credits include two illustrated books, "Bony Yoga" and "Rats Incredible"; fitness, animal, crime, general news and features for various publications; and several awards. She holds a Master of Arts in English literature and folklore and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in creative writing with a French minor from Brooklyn College.

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Nice easy flat trail that leads to beautiful red rocks.
Stunning hike but extremely steep and tiring! Bring plenty of water.