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1. Posted by olliefresh (Budding Member 12 posts) 8y

Hey everyone

I am currently thinking about planning a trip for me and my mate to go to LA around September/October time this year, couple of resons for that time, its my birthday around then, and im planning on seeing an LA Galaxy game around then to, also heard the weather isnt bad then to , (also herad its never ever bad lol)

The problem is, what is there to do for people who are under 21 there? Becuase we are both 20 and i know the drinking age is 21 there, not that we are alchaholics, just at night example we cudnt go into bard or anything just socially becuase of that law, so ws wondering if we went there for a few days would we be bored?!

Thanks for any help
Ollie

2. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 8y

If you go in mid- September, then the schools are just getting back in session--so my suggestion would be to go hang out down by the beach, in a beach town with a college (like the east edge of Long Beach where California State University at Long Beach is located) or near Loyola Marymount (just south of Marina del Rey and Venice Beach). I'm not suggesting you go to school--I'm just saying there will be a lot of people hanging around doing stuff--and you can probably get invited to a few fraternity parties at these places (although you need to know that Loyola Marymount is a religious school--so I suggest Cal State Long Beach or University of California at Irvine--which is near Newport Beach.

Also, you could go to the amusement parks--Disneyland in Anaheim, Knotts Berry Farm in Buena Park--or down to San Diego, but the amusement parks are expensive unless you get a yearly pass (you might consider this for a place like Universal Studios--I think if you pay for two days right now, you get the whole year for free).

Also, there are places like art museums and the Huntington Library/Gardens--but that may not be your thing. I think the horse racing track is open then (either Hollywood Park or Santa Anita)--and I think you only have to be eighteen to place bets there. (Note: I think in September the horse racing may still be at Del Mar in San Diego, though--it rotates from one of these three places to the other one to the other one--so check the newspaper, which will tell you which is operating). Thinking of sports besides soccer, the baseball stadiums will still be having games until first week in October--so there will be a game everyday at either Dodger Stadium (just north of downtown Los Angeles) or at Anaheim Stadium (in Anaheim). The colleges start playing college football (American football) the first week in September, so consider going to a USC or UCLA game on a Saturday. The NFL plays on Sundays, but believe it or not, LA has no team--so you'd have to go to San Diego to watch the Chargers play. Also, I think the hockey season starts in late October or early November.

One other thing to do--especially on the weekends--go to the beaches where they allow bonfires on the beach--like just north of Huntington Beach. It's always possible to meet people at these places--and even often get a free meal if you are friendly.

Good luck and enjoy yourselves.

P.S. The LA Galaxy play most of their games in Carson--which is south-southwest of LA--but not in the best of areas--(well, it's okay--but Compton next door is dangerous--and there's not that much to do in Carson), so don't book too many of your hotels or hostel nights in that area.

3. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 8y

Reviewing my last post, I realize that Cal State Long Beach doesn't have many fraternities, so your better chance to hang out at fraternity parties would be at UCLA (in Westwood on the west side) or at USC--near downtown. I think UCLA would be slightly preferable, both because it is in a better area (just west of Beverly Hills) and because it's not too far from Santa Monica and the beach.

Enjoy

4. Posted by macwilly (Budding Member 4 posts) 8y

You can't go wrong with Calcruzr. He's the expert in this area.

5. Posted by jadeverell (Respected Member 255 posts) 8y

On the back of these post, I am 25 and guessing i will be having a few bevvy's whilst out in US.

My quick question is, what forms of ID are excepted by bars/clubs out there. Woukd i be able to take my UK driving License, as i really dont want to take my passport out with me everywhere (would prefer to leave it ini the hostel safe).

thanks in advance.

JD

6. Posted by Ham Radio (Respected Member 284 posts) 8y

Quoting jadeverell

On the back of these post, I am 25 and guessing i will be having a few bevvy's whilst out in US.

My quick question is, what forms of ID are excepted by bars/clubs out there. Woukd i be able to take my UK driving License, as i really dont want to take my passport out with me everywhere (would prefer to leave it ini the hostel safe).

thanks in advance.

JD

As long as the document has a photo of you and the date of birth you shouldn't have a problem. Just smile and tell the server or door person that you are a visitor from overseas and that you are presenting your home driver license.

7. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 8y

Thanks for the positive vibes, macwilly--

Still waiting for your post on when you'll be visiting California or Vegas.