south coast botanical


Well, well, well, look who decided to start blogging again…

How horrible is it that I have not blogged since November? Honestly, before being quarantined life was just busy. Then of course everything was turned upside down. So can you really blame me for the hiatus?

I’m not going to lie, I’ve missed this. But more so, I’ve really missed going out and exploring my city. I mean, in all honestly, that is what this whole blog was about; going around and exploring all of Los Angeles. But now that LA is FINALLY re-opening, albeit slowly, what better time to rediscover the city and start blogging again?

With all this uncertainty my plan is to help you navigate where to go and what to do while quarantined. Because between homeschooling, working from home, and everything else, who has time to sit and research what is open and what isn’t??

So here is the first post, in hopefully quite a few, that will help you navigate quarantined Los Angeles


botanical garden


A trip to the SouthCoast Botanical Gardens was one of our very first outings since being quarantined. You seriously don’t know how weird yet exciting it was to actually have plans to get out of the house!

Anyways, if you’ve been around for a while then you know that we’ve visited before (you can read all about of first visit here.) Like then, but even more so now, I highly recommend taking the family. Not only it is a beautiful spot but it is a great place to let the kids run free and explore.

While most of the bigger bontaical gardens are opened and accepting visitors, most are not carrying on as normal. For health and public safety reasons, most botanical gardens are asking patrons to keep to social distancing rules and to wear a mask. Also keep in mind the amount of visitor are also kept to a minimum. So before you pack up the family, make sure to check online to see if reservations are required.

Here is a list of botanical gardens currently open in LA:


LA county beaches are officially open for activities! Although we may not be able to layout and sunbath, swimming, walking, and water sports are all permitted. While the piers and bike paths are still closed, taking a walk or swim along the beach is easily the best way to escape all this madness.

For a full list of parking lot, restroom, and other beach related closures, check the LA County Beaches and Harbors website before you plan your visit.


Like the county beaches, many of the public trails in Los Angeles have reopened. While the more popular trails like Runyon Canyon are still closed, many state park trails are reopened and ready for public use.

Malibu Creek State Park, Point Mugu State Park, Topanga State Park, Will Rogers State Historic Park, Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook, Santa Susana State Historic Park, Los Angeles State Historic Park, are all open but with restrictions of course.

Please check Trails LA County for rules, regulations, and a current list of closures. Resources are also available regarding trail information in cities throughout LA.


If you haven’t gone a long scenic ride yet, WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?! I mean with everything locked-down this was the only respite we really had. Regardless if you have or haven’t, here are the best drives in LA:


Tired of standing in-line to get into the grocery store and not finding the what you need? Then you need to check out your local farmer’s market! Opened but with some restrictions like most things in Los Angeles, your local farmer’s market is a great way to get your shopping done while getting some fresh air. Here are a few of the best farmers markets in LA:

For a more comprehensive guide on farmers markets in every LA neighborhood check out


So there you have it. Five different places you can go to escape your couch. It isn’t much but it’s something after being stuck in the house for two months. Am I right?

I know in the coming weeks there will only be more things to get out and do. So make sure to check back often! I’ll be sure to list all the things you can do with the family during quarantined LA.

What are your favorite ways to escape while quarantined? Let me know in the comments below! And please make sure to repin, retweet, and repost so you can share your friends!

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