After Class Activities in Los Angeles
Even for Americans, Los Angeles is BIG, and so are the attractions! Whether you’re interested in art, sports, nature, night life, raw thrills, or a bit of everything Los Angeles will never leave you at a loss for new, awesome, and larger than life experiences! Santa Monica pier, Venice Beach, Universal Studios, Disneyland, Six Flags Amusement Park, hiking, boogie boarding, beach sports, and annuals like the International Surf Festival are only some of the great activities available in Los Angeles. School staff and host family members are just as excited to show you their home as you are to experience and can give you even more great suggestions. With so much to choose from your language learning trip is bound to be an adventure!
Part of the reason Los Angeles manages to be such a bustling city while keeping its cool attitude is because of the amazing weather. It’s hard to be stressed when you can expect clear skies, warm air and lots of sunshine almost every day of the year! The average temperature during the hottest month, July, is usually around 22°C and January is usually the coldest month with a very mild average temperature of 13°C. Because of the summery conditions you can make water sports and beach time a part of your daily routine!
Entertainment in Los Angeles
Considered by many to be the entertainment capital of the world, Los Angeles will absolutely keep you inspired.
If you’re interested in the lives of the rich and famous, Los Angeles is the place to be. There are many celebrities who call Los Angeles home, so make sure you have your camera handy in case you cross paths with one! If you want to get closer to the action you can also take one of the many guided tours (walking tours, bus tours and even helicopter tours!) that take you past the homes of Hollywood stars, movie sets and more traditional attractions like the Hollywood walk of Fame.
For those who want to add a bit more excitement to their star-studded experience, Universal Studios Theme Park has rides and rollercoasters based on some of Hollywood’s biggest and most iconic film franchises. See real life film sets and learn how to do some of your own special effects during the day before checking out more than 30 venues for shopping, concerts, movies, clubbing and great food on The Universal CityWalk!
Thrill seekers will love riding the massive roller coasters at Six Flags theme park and dreamers can get swept away in a fairy tale at Disneyland.
Being in a city with so much art and colour might inspire you to visit some of Los Angeles’ acclaimed museums, the most famous of which is the Getty. The Getty museum’s vast collection is exhibited at two campuses, the Getty Center, and the Getty Villa. Both house brilliant works of art and are works of art unto themselves. The Getty Center was designed by famous architect Richard Meier and the extravagant Getty Villa is an impeccable recreation of a real Roman Villa. For those looking for something a bit more contemporary, the Guinness World Record Museum and the Hollywood Wax Museum with its Chamber of Horrors showcase some of the world’s best collections of the strange and the fantastic!
And, last but not least, make sure to take advantage of Los Angeles’ stunning beaches during your stay. You can try out surfing, boogie boarding, paddle boarding, snorkeling and beyond in the beautiful Pacific Ocean. If you would rather stay dry you can play beach volleyball, soccer, go for your morning run along the picturesque coast between city and serenity, or lay back, bask in the warm sun and get the perfect tan.
Cuisine in Los Angeles
Los Angeles isn’t just a city with a lot of flavour, it’s a city with a lot of different flavours! Since it is so close to the border it is not surprising that Southern California is a great place to get traditional Mexican and Mexican inspired dishes. Because the city has such a large international community you will have the opportunity to try foods from across the globe. Los Angeles is also famous for its food trucks which are consistently rated among the best in the world! These trucks are found all over the city, serving up tasty creations ranging from simple to gourmet. In Los Angeles there is always something delicious to eat, anytime and anywhere.
Shopping in Los Angeles
Los Angeles is a city with a lot of personality and style. No matter what your budget, there will be something for you. Make sure to check out the famous Rodeo Drive and remember that in a place as fashionable as Los Angeles, even window shopping can make for an amazing afternoon.