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LA's Top 5 Spots to Cool Off
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LA's Top 5 Spots to Cool Off

Picture of Summer Powers
Updated: 9 February 2017
Beat the heat at these luxurious, rugged, or just plain fun swimming holes around LA. From the air-conditioned bar of a boutique hotel to the starry-night wonder of camping by a waterfall, these cool down spots won’t fail to disappoint.
The Mosaic Hotel  |  © Summer Powers
The Mosaic Hotel | © Summer Powers

Resort Pool and Bar – Mosaic Hotel

Located in the lively and bustling Beverly Hills, yet enveloped in a quiet neighborhood, The Mosaic Hotel embodies both the chic and peaceful sides of LA. With its moss walls and green ferns decorating the pool side, one experiences the luxury of human-made creations while immersed in the beauty of nature. Mosaic offers many interior beauties as well, especially after recent and partially ongoing renovations being done to create a more open and inviting atmosphere. Inside the hotel lobby, an expansive seating area hosts up to 35, served by an elegant bar and restaurant. The comfort continues outward, under the bright and striped awnings of the patio. Enjoy a drink from the bar while lounging by the pool side, and don’t forget to bring trendy sunglasses.

Check out all Mosaic has in store here, or at their facebook and twitter pages.

The Mosaic Hotel Beverly Hills, 125 S Spalding Dr, Beverly Hills, CA, USA, +1 800 463 4466

Nature Meets Nurture: Half-lake, Half-pool – Hansen Dam Recreation Center

Take a stroll down the beach without all the messy sand at the Hansen Dam Recreation Center. Great for families with children of all different ages, for fitness fanatics who want a new place to train, or for those who just want to relax by the pool (which has water that appears ocean-like). Equipped with water slides, play structures, hiking trails, a golf course, soccer fields, a lake and a pool, it is the perfect combination of outdoor and indoor environment. It even has a dog park and equestrian trails, so animal friends are welcome. A fun nearby stop is Discovery Cube LA, a science center with a variety of interactive exhibits. Dive into adventure without getting too dirty at this mixed activity park on the outskirts of LA.

Hansen Dam Recreation Center, 11770 Foothill Blvd, Sylmar, CA, USA, +1 818 899 6016

Hot Tub in the Forest – Deep Creek Hot Springs

Just outside Hesperia, deep within the San Bernardino National Forest, the Deep Creek Hot Springs promise to boil away any visitor’s troubles. There are five thermal springs, ranging in temperature from hot to cool. As an additional bonus, the surrounding forest encompasses a wide variety of plants to explore, from sprawling oaks to towering spruce trees. Bring water and plenty of sunscreen, then prepare to enjoy an outdoor spa.

Deep Creek Hot Springs 6221 Bowen Ranch Rd Apple Valley, CA 92308 United States +1 909-382-2790

Deep Creek Hot Springs  |  © SparxSparky, yelp user
Deep Creek Hot Springs | © SparxSparky, yelp user

Lava lake – Rock Pool at Malibu Creek State Park

Between the large rocky hills and sloping valley hides a lake like no other, with boulders protruding from the glass-like surface. Experience the feeling of swimming back through history without any real danger in Malibu Creek State Park‘s Rock Pool, a little known “lava lake”. For even more excitement try their rock climbing sites or diving off their 20ft waterfall. Fruit stands nearby hold gems of refreshment, and the park itself is available for camping. Don’t miss out on the chance to be a real explorer through Malibu Creek’s mysterious lake.

Malibu Creek State Park, 1925 Las Virgenes Rd, Agoura, CA, USA, +1 818 880 0367

Hansen Dam Recreation Center  |  © Hansen Dam Recreation Center
Hansen Dam Recreation Center | © Hansen Dam Recreation Center
Eaton Canyon Falls  | © Eaton Canyon Nature Center
Eaton Canyon Falls | © Eaton Canyon Nature Center

Waterfall – Eaton Canyon Nature Center Waterfall

From a 20ft waterfall, who can jump even further – 24 more feet to be exact? The Eaton Canyon Nature Center Waterfall stretches the distance of 44ft, daring thrill-seekers to make the leap. For those who aren’t feeling up to the challenge, Eaton Canyon has a lot more to offer in its location at the bottom of the San Gabriel Mountains. The landscape itself, 190 acres of plants, wildlife, rocks and minerals, holds riches for lovers of zoology, botany, and geology alike, and remains open from sunrise till sunset. If the multitudinous hiking and equestrian trails are not enough to satisfy, Eaton canyon also offers educational displays and programs for the avid learner, one taking place soon on July 25th. This upcoming program is World of Wolves, a part of Eaton Canyon’s Project Windsong, and it takes place in their auditorium on the park premises. Check out the learning and exploring opportunities at Eaton Canyon Nature Center.

Eaton Canyon Falls, 1750 North Altadena Dr, Altadena, CA, USA +1 626 574-5200

Rock Pool, "Lava Lake"  | © Malibu Creek State Park
Rock Pool, “Lava Lake” | © Malibu Creek State Park