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Old Beacon Street Fountain

638 S. Beacon St., Los Angeles, CA, 90731

Plumber Luther Haws invented the drinking fountain in 1906 and installed the first one at a school in Northern California.

Website: http://www.sanpedro.com

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Paddle the L.A. River

6300 Balboa, Los Angeles, CA, 91316

Near Anthony C. Beilenson Park in Van Nuys, the Los Angeles River is unrecognizably beautiful, with thickets of trees clinging to its earthy embankments.

Website: http://paddlethelariver.org

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Paradise Cove

28128 Pacific Coast Hwy., Los Angeles, CA, 90265

Don’t fight for space on the sand; rent one of three cabanas at Paradise Cove, next to Bob Morris’s Beach Cafe.

Website: http://www.paradisecovemalibu.com

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Pasadena Roving Archers

415 S. Arroyo Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91105

626-577-7252

With all those arrows flying around in movies like The Hunger Games, The Avengers, and Brave, archery is enjoying a renaissance in the era of GPS.

Website: http://www.rovingarchers.com

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Red Rock Canyon State Park

23601 W. Red Rock Rd., Los Angeles, CA, 90290

The rules at Red Rock Canyon State Park require dogs to be kept on-leash, but this area has so few hikers, most people untether theirs.

Website: http://lamountains.com/parks

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Silver Lake Branch Library

2411 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90039

213-228-7272

Hear ye, homebound script slingers, bloggers, and freelance writers. Sometimes the best ideas happen when you’re wearing pants.

Website: http://www.lapl.org

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Studio LOL

11634 Ventura Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91604

818-660-3460

Whether through gibberish poetry or fake infomercials, kids at Studio LOL learn to speak up and skip the “ums”.

Website: http://www.studiolol.com

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The Grand Ole Echo

1822 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90026

213-413-8200

Los Angeles may not be known for its country music, but the Grand Ole Echo serves a tasty slice of the Nashville sound.

Website: http://www.thegrandoleecho.com

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The Local Peasant

14058 Ventura Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91432

818-501-0234

The waitresses at The Local Peasant, a two-year-old Sherman Oaks gastropub, are so sweet and patient with the younger guests, it seems as if a degree in child psychology is a prerequisite for employment.

Website: http://www.thelocalpeasant.com

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The Reverend Martini Presents

900 W. Riverside Dr., Los Angeles, CA, 91506

818-845-2425

Girls with flowers in their hair and cherry tattoos on their calves twirl with gents in zoot suits, a live band wails, and vintage teen delinquent films screen around the room.

Website: http://www.vivacantina.com

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Victory Variety Hour

4923 Lankershim Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91601

818-763-6581

Our city is home to some of the biggest and boldest burlesque shows in the world. Though Devil’s Playground is known for its Star Wars- and comic book-themed acts, the bawdiness of the babes and the subversive brilliance of the skits set the Victory Variety Hour apart.

Website: http://www.VictoryVarietyHour.com

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Vintage Venice Tours

1601 Main St., Los Angeles, CA, 90291

424-999-8687

Locals may scoff at out-of-towners as they ride Segways along the beach, but we could all stand to learn more about our city.

Website: http://www.vintagevenicetours.com

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Woodbridge Park

11240 Moorpark St., Los Angeles, CA, 91602

On the northern border of Studio City along the 101 freeway, Woodbridge Park boasts two mini playgrounds (one for toddlers and one for bigger, more rambunctious kids), four swings, shady benches, a jogging trail, covered picnic areas, a couple of card tables, and alfresco workout stations.

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