Sun Sensitivity and Summer Activities

It’s the middle of June and you’re getting stir crazy at home… what are your options? The beach seems like a flare up waiting to happen, the park is going to feel like an oven, there has to be some other way to escape the heat and still have a good time. If you’re in the LA area, there are plenty of ways that you could enjoy your day without risking your health.


Most of these activities are free, some have a parking fee. You may also need to show proof of vaccination and/or wear a face mask for some of the activities. All information was gathered from the provided links, check them out to start planning your day of exploration!


Feeling artsy? Take a gander at these museums


Residents of LA get in for free Monday-Friday after 3pm.

Parking is $18 or $10 if you park after 8pm.

La Brea Tar Pit –

The outdoor area is free.

Residents of LA get in for free daily from 3-5pm.

Parking is $15.

Griffith Observatory –

The Observatory building, grounds and public telescope are free and open Friday-Sunday.

Planetarium tickets are $5 for students with a school ID, $7 for 13 years and older, $5 for 60 years and older.

Parking is $4 per hour.

Getty Villa –

Admission is free, you can reserve an entry time online.

Parking is $20 per car or motorcycle or $15 if you park after 3pm.

California Science Center –

Time-entry reservation is necessary and has a $3 service fee.

Parking is $15 until 5pm or $18 if you park after 5pm.

Hammer Museum –

Admission is free.

Parking is $7 for the first 3 hours (with museum validation), $3 for each additional 20 minutes, with a $20 maximum for the day.

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Is nature calling? Try these shady slices of paradise.

Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine and Meditation Gardens –

Admission is free Wednesday-Sunday. Time-entry reservation is necessary.

Parking is free.

If you like to hike, then you’ll love these shady trails. Click the link to see the LA Times List of 10 shady trails


Looking for a place to dine without the sunshine? Here are some delectable eateries.

Santa Monica’s Farmers Market is open Wednesday mornings from 8am-1pm.

The patio seating is calling! Click the link to see Infatuation’s top 25 shaded restaraunts.


Summer doesn’t mean that you have to decide between entertainment and comfort. Take some time to indulge your senses while you nurture yourself!


For more information about lupus and sun sensitivity, see the most recent edition of The Lupus Book. Schedule a visit with one of our compassionate doctors at Wallace & Lee Center if you have further questions about your treatment options.