Layover In LAX – Things To Do
Who wants to sit around at the airport? If you’ve got a layover in LAX, parking your bags somewhere will give you the freedom to explore and you can still be back in time to make your connection. There’s no left luggage at the airport itself, but you can use LAX Luggage Storage for a pickup and drop off service that means your bags will be safe while you look around. At between $5 and $12, it’s a small price to pay for peace of mind. Alternatively, use the LAX parking facilities and leave your bags in the trunk. Once your bags are safely stowed, it’s time to get moving. There’s plenty to see nearby.
Five Miles Or Less From LAX
If you’ve only got a couple of hours to spare, there’s plenty to see and do close to the airport. Flying can be tiring, so why not pamper yourself with an hour at a spa? The Body Clinic is a full service spa just over a mile away where you can massages, reflexology, aromatherapy, facials and much more. You’ll feel like a new person by the time you make that connecting flight.
For keen golfers, a long layover gives you the chance to play a round at the Westchester Golf Course just over a mile away. Frequent fliers can test their skills at this flat, 15-hole executive course which is open till 10pm every day. Another option if you’re staying overnight is the Manhattan Beach Marriott Golf Course, a nine-hole course which is accessible from your room.
Want to soak up some California sunshine? Then head to the Dockweiler State Beach, which is just two miles from LAX. This four mile beach stretches from El Segundo to Playa del Rey and offers peaceful surroundings despite its proximity to the airport. Porto State Beach, a half mile further, is even quieter.
Five To Ten Miles From LAX
If you have more time to play with, then there are more attractions five to ten miles from LAX. TV addicts will welcome the chance to visit CBS Television City, just under ten miles away. Many CBS programs are filmed here, and if you book in advance, you can score free tickets to your favorite shows.
There’s no need to worry about parking in Los Angeles when you visit the Petersen Automotive Museum, less than nine miles from LAX. There are special exhibitions all year round, featuring classic cars, hot rods and more. It’s a great place to explore automotive history. When you’re done, continue your voyage of discovery at the California Science Center, just over nine miles from LAX. Admission to the permanent exhibits is free and the museum also features an IMAX theater which shows short films.
A layover in Los Angeles can be a walk in the park. Palisades Park is a great place to relax and it’s just over seven miles from LAX. Exposition Park Rose Garden is a feast for the eyes and is only a couple of miles further away. Finally, check out Greystone Mansion, the largest home built in Beverly Hills. It dates from 1928 and cost $50 million to build.
(Photo: Kevin Connors)