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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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Palos Verdes Drive

Palos Verdes Drive, Los Angeles, CA, 90274

With no zoned-out pedestrians (as on the beach) or speeding drivers (PCH), and far better views than both, Palos Verdes Drive is cyclist heaven

Website: http://wikitravel.org/en/Palos_Verdes

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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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Pasadena Roving Archers

360 N. Arroyo Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91103

626-447-7600

Every Saturday morning from 9 to 11, the dusty hollows of the Arroyo Seco become Sherwood Forest…

Website: http://www.rovingarchers.com/

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Penmar Municipal Golf Course

1233 Rose Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90291

310-396-6228

Executive courses, as the truncated versions of the 18-hole game are called, too often feel claustrophobic and look dog-eared from the heavy use. Not Penmar Municipal Golf Course in Venice…

Website: http://www.ci.la.ca.us/RAP/golf/cdp_penmar.htm

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Performance Bicycle

1038 N. Hollywood Way, Los Angeles, CA, 91505

818-848-8330

Performance Bicycle in Santa Monica is the place to get a good deal on a two-wheeler. We’ve fared well at Helen’s Cycles, too, which got its start 68 years ago…

Website: http://bicyclejohns.com/

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Physique 57

320 North Canon Drive, Los Angeles, CA, 90210

(310) 271-0570

Unlike its competitors, Physique 57 (which takes its name from the length of the workout, just three minutes short of an hour) features classes with a duo of instructors, so you can count on extra correction and encouragement.

Website: http://www.physique57.com

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Pilates Studio City

11650 Riverside Fr., Los Angeles, CA, 91602

Beginner-friendly sessions are led by hands-on teachers who offer guidance while classic rock keeps time.

Website: http://www.pilatesstudiocity.com

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Pinz

12655 Ventura Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91604

818-769-7600

From shabby two-tone kicks to greasy chili-cheese dogs, bowling alleys offer little in the way of sex appeal…

Website: http://www.pinzbowlingcenter.com

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Piru Creek

Los Padres National Forest, Piru, CA, 93040

Of the countless myths that have defined Los Angeles, the most persistently misguided one is that the city is too congested, too paved, to allow the natural world much chance of survival

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Poseidon Stand Up Paddle Surfing

1654 Ocean Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90401

310-694-8428

Sure, Matt Shubin of Poseidon Stand Up Paddle Surfing is laid-back: He grew up in Malibu and has surfed his whole life. But he never spaces out to where students feel abandoned to the big blue…

Website: http://poseidonstandup.com

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Racket Doctor

3214 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90039

323-663-6601

A technician refurbishing an expensive Volkl C-10 racket at one of the eight stringing machines at the Racket Doctor wears surgical scrubs…

Website: http://racketdoctor.com/

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Raging Waters

111 Raging Waters Dr., Los Angeles, CA, 91773

909-802-2200

The long lines into Raging Waters look scary, but once inside the 50-acre grounds, the crowd quickly scatters…

Website: http://www.ragingwaters.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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Riviera Tennis Club

1250 Capri Dr., Los Angeles, CA, 90402

310-454-6591

At the Riviera Tennis Club in the Pacific Palisades, children get the attention of funny and patient instructors as parents sit on the tranquil, immaculate terrace…

Website: http://therivieracountryclub.com

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Rockreation

11866 La Grange Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90025

310-207-7199

Forget meditation. When we really want to quiet our minds, we head for Rockreation, the indoor climbing gym where your search for the next toehold requires a focus…

Website: http://www.rockreation.com/

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Roger Nolan at the Yoga House

11 W. State St., Los Angeles, CA, 90033

626-403-3961

Meditation may involve clearing your mind, but it requires the opposite to find the right beginner’s class. We sat in on a religion-infused session involving prayer…

Website: http://www.yogahouse.com/html/workshops/roger.html

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Round 1

1600 S. Azusa Ave., Ste. 285, Los Angeles, CA, 91748

This well-kept, noise-filled neon arcade puts even the most tricked-out rumpus room to shame.

Website: http://www.round1usa.com

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