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eLAYOVER - LAX: WHAT TO DO WITH 3-5 HOURS
You've got a little time on your hands, so it's time to let loose.
On this page you'll find suggestions which will let you slip away from the airport, take in a little fun, and get back in time to board your continuing flight. Just look at all the things you can do!
  • Art Galleries
  • Beach
  • Bicycling
  • Billiards
  • Bowling
  • Casino Gambling
  • Driving Ranges
  • Fabulous Food
  • Firing Range
  • Golf Courses
  • Gyms / Exercise
  • Horse Racing
  • Ice Skating
  • Kayaking
  • Limousine Tours
  • Nature Cruise
  • Roller blading
  • Sailing / Boating
  • Shopping
  • Spas and Massage
  • Speed Boat Ride
  • Swimming
  • Whale Watching


  • GETTING FROM ONE TERMINAL TO ANOTHER


    If your changing airlines, you'll need to take the "A" free LAX Shuttle which makes a continuous loop in the oval roadway which connects the terminals. There are shuttle bus stops located outside each terminal on the lower level roadway in the center island. Look for an overhead sign which reads "LAX SHUTTLES." Note: This shuttle does not go to the Imperial Terminal which is on the opposite side of the airport. To get there, you will have to take a taxi or a van shuttle. You can find more information under ground transportation after clicking on the terminal button.

    ART GALLERIES
    If you're interested in art, Bergamot Station, a complex of 22 art galleries in Santa Monica's burgeoning Olympic corridor. This fabulous collection of art galleries is tucked away, off the beaten path, in a space which once housed a former Red Car Trolley terminal. Here you'll find some of Southern California's best galleries and a neat little cafe. It's not all that easy to find, unless you're familiar with the area, so print out driving directions to make your taxi driver's job a bit easier. Most galleries are open Tuesday through Saturday.
    9.6 miles 18 minutes
    Bergamot Station
    2525 Michigan Avenue (Off Cloverfield Blvd.)
    Santa Monica,CA 90404
    310-453-7535

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    ART GALLERIES
    Showcasing national and international art and design, The Otis Gallery at the Otis College of Art and Design has been long recognized as one of Southern California's most significant cultural and educational resources. Located on the ground floor of the Goldsmith Campus, the Gallery serves the College as both a prominent exhibition venue and a model professional art space.
    2.2 miles 6 minutes.
    Otis College of Art and Design
      9045 Lincoln Boulevard
    Los Angeles, CA 90045
    Local: 310 665-6800
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    BEACH
    An afternoon at The Santa Monica State beach might be just the perfect way to sample the laid back California lifestyle. Get yourself to the foot of Ocean Park Ave. and Barnard Way and amble to a neat spot on the sand. The pacific ocean swimming is great (You'll feel you're on a tropical holiday) and after you've tanned a bit , lunched at the local hot dog and pizza stands, you can walk less than a mile to Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier and soak up the carnival like atmosphere complete with Ferris wheel, roller coaster and shooting galleries. You can ride the wooden horses on the century-old carousel for the bargain price of 50 cents for adults and 25 cents for children. Better yet do it on rollerblades.
    7.8 miles 20 minutes
    SANTA MONICA STATE BEACH
    foot of Ocean Park Ave.
    Santa Monica, CA 90405
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    BEACH
    A bit farther south from The Santa Monica beaches you'll find world famous Venice Beach, where you are likely to find much more activity. The stretch of beach front which runs from Rose Avenue (north) to Washington Boulevard (South) is a bustling spot filled with shops, cafes and street vendors guaranteed to fill an afternoon with fun. If you're hungry, or just want to stop for a drink, you'll find a number of bars and restaurants with outdoor patios which offer the perfect perch for people watching, one of this colorful beach's more popular activities. On weekends Venice Beach takes on a carnival atmosphere as its famous boardwalk becomes crowded with street performers, musicians, jugglers and comedians entertaining the throngs out to explore the myriad of clothing, jewelry, and other fantastic wares offered for sale at the colorful shops and by the many street vendors. A trip to Southern California wouldn't be complete without an afternoon visit to Venice Beach. 7.8 miles 20 minutes
    VENICE BEACH
    foot of Washington Blvd.
    Venice, CA 90291
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    BICYCLE RENTALS
    Marina to Santa MonicaThere's a great 6.5 mile bike path along the beach from Washington Blvd. to Temescal Canyon Rd north of Santa Monica. You can rent bicycles from Perry's on the Beach in Santa Monica. They're located just off the sand about one and one half blocks south of Pico Blvd. They'll rent you a blades for for 6.00 /hr, 11.00/2 hrs 15.00/3 hrs and 18.00/day. Along with the great sunsets and seagulls you'll find several terrific restaurants to stop at. Our recommendation is Back To The Beach, which is located on the sand a few miles north of the Santa Monica Pier. On weekends be prepared for crowded bike path which you'll find yourself sharing with roller bladers and an occasional pedestrian who ventures off the footpath.
    8.3 miles 12 minutes

    Perry's Cafe/Bike & Skate Rentals
    2400 Ocean Front Walk
    Santa Monica, CA 90405
    310-372-3138

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    BILLIARDS and POOL
    Another place to play pool close by is Crystal Palace Billiards #of pool tables, hours and menu. hours they are open - lunch, dinner, 4.2 miles 10 minutes
    Crystal Palace Billiards
    4335 W Imperial Hwy
    Inglewood, CA 90304
    310-677-2965
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    BILLIARDS and POOL.
    The Stick and Stein is a restaurant and sports bar, about three miles south of the airport, which has about a half dozen pool tables. The food is typical diner food which runs the gamut from breakfast to sandwhiches to full course dinners. Even if you aren't great with a pool cue, this can be a fun hang out where you can quaff a beer and watch sports on big screen tvs.
    3.5 miles 9 minutes
    Stick & Stein Saloon
    210 E Grand Ave
    El Segundo, CA 90245
    310-322-6502

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    BILLIARDS and POOL
    Another place to play pool close by is Crystal Palace Billiards #of pool tables, hours and menu. hours they are open - lunch, dinner, 4.2 miles 10 minutes
    Crystal Palace Billiards
    4335 W Imperial Hwy
    Inglewood, CA 90304
    310-677-2965
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    BOATING & SAILING
    If you're a sailor, we've got the perfect way for you to spend a bit of time on the Santa Monica Bay. LAX is very close to Marina del Rey where you can rent a sailboat for a couple of hours and be back in plenty of time to catch your flight. Marina Boat Rentals will rent you a 14' Holder 4 for $25.00/ hour or a 22' Capri 6 for $50.00/ hour. Power Boats more your thing, you can find a 19' Runabout -115hp for $75.00/ hour. Rentals require a deposit and photo identification and they take Visa, Mastercard and American Express cards. It is easier to get a boat during the week, as weekends during the summer months are quite busy. We recommend you telephone ahead for a reservation so your boat will be waiting when you arrive.
    4.7 miles 13 minutes.
    Marina Boat Rentals
    13719 Fiji Way
    Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
    Tel: 310/574-2822
    Hours: 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM

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    BOWLING
    If you've got time to spare, the strike out to the AMF El Dorado Lanes just five to six minutes from the airport. This AMF equipped facility has 32 lanes.If your laying over on Mondays and Thursday between 9-5 you can bowl for just $1.50 per game. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays the day rate is $2.60 and during the weekend when demand is high, figure on $3.60 per Person per game. Shoe rental will cost you another $2.50.
    2.7 miles 6.0 minutes

    Total distance: El Dorado Center
    8731 Lincoln Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90045-3504
    Phone: 310-670-0688

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    CASINO GAMBLING
    The Hollywood Park Casino, a $20-million, state-of-the-art gaming complex which opened July 1, 1994, is the country's first live gaming casino built at a race track. The 24-hour facility features more than 150 live-action tables offering a variety of card games including L.A. and California Blackjack, Super Pan 9 (Baccarat), Pai Gow Poker, Pai Gow Tiles, Tonk, Hold'em, 7-Card Stud, Omaha and Mexican Poker."California Casino Games." There is also a Restaurant, a deli, a 300-seat sports lounge, a 24-hour health club that costs only $10.00 to use, a professional massage center, beauty salon/barber shop and a gift shop. If your into horse racing, Live and simulcast wagering is offered in the Casino as well.
    4 miles 10 minutes
    Hollywood Park Racetrack & Casino
    1050 S. Prairie Avenue
    Inglewood, CA 90301
    Tel: 310/419-1529
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    FABULOUS FOOD
    Not much more than five minutes away from the airport is Landry's which is in the Sheraton Gateway Hotel. Hardly what you expect to find in an airport hotel, this fine dining establishment was recommended to us by a friend, who is a food industry professional. They are only open for dinner 5PM -11PM. The fare might best be described as California Continental cuisine, includes steaks, chops, seafood and pasta's. They also have a terrific sushi bar, which we've heard described as one of the best on L.A.'s west side. The average food cost is currently running under $20.00. They feature a full bar and wine cellar. The real bonus is that you can hop on the Sheraton Gateway hotel shuttle to get there and back. Of course you may have to give yourself an extra 15 minutes to wait for the Shuttle.
    1.3 miles 9 minutes.
    Sheraton Gateway hotel
    6101 West Century Blvd.
    Los Angeles, CA 90045.
    310-642-4076
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    FIRING RANGE
    LAX Firing Range is a full-service shooting facility that offers firearm enthusiasts, beginners and competitive shooters a place to fire handguns, rifles and shotguns. Southern California's newest shooting range has 14 firing positions, three of which include the True Fire Video Shooting Interactive System. Since federal law prohibits carrying firearms onboard commercial flights, you're in luck. This place will rent you one and have plenty to choose from. For seven bucks you can test every firearm on their wall.
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    LAX Firing Range 927 W. Manchester Blvd.
    Inglewood, CA 90301
    310-568-1515

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    GYMS - GET A WORKOUT
    If you only have a couple of free hours, you can jump into a taxi, or take the Hilton Hotel Shuttle to the 24 Hour Fitness Club at the Airport Hilton Hotel (5711 West Century Boulevard). As their name indicates, they are open 24 hours a day.The day use fee is $ 10.00. Their phone number is (310) 410-4000
    1.6 miles 4 minutes
    24 Hour Fitness In the Airport Hilton Hotel
    5711 West Century Boulevard
    Los Angeles, California 90045
    (310) 410-4000

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    GYMS - GET A WORKOUT
    Another terrific place to work out is the Spectrum Health Club. This is a private "members only" facility in Culver City, a bit further from the airport but one with more deluxe facilities. They do allow day use for visitors from out of town who are members of IHRSA affiliated health club back home. So before leaving check with your club to see if they belong to IHRSA and if they do, be sure to remember to bring your membership card with you. The Spectrum's hours are daily from 5 AM to 11 PM. To use the club you'll have to pay the preferred IRSHA guest fee of $10.00.
    2.8 miles 8 minutes
    The Spectrum Health Club
    6833 Park Terrace
    Los Angeles, CA 90045
    Tel: 310-216-3060
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    GOLF
    Westchester Golf Course Just six minutes away is probably the world's only 15 hole golf course. It had the traditional 18 holes when it was built, but a road widening project stole 3 holes, however I think most would agree that 15 holes might fit beautifully into a layover. Our driving expert tells us this course is just six minutes away from LAX. It's hours are hours: 5:00 AM to 10:00 PM weekends and 4:30 AM - 10:PM on weeknights. The cost is $12.00 Monday - Thursday, $13.00 on Fridays and $17.00 on weekends. Carts can be rented for $9:00/1 and $15.00 / 2 - You can rent a set of golf clubs for $15.00. The easiest times to get onto the course is during weekday mornings and on weekend afternoons. You can call ahead and reserve a tee off-time and this is one of the rare courses which accepts reservations for singles.
    2.5 miles 6 minutes
    Westchester Golf Course
    6900 W. Manchester Blvd.
    Los Angeles, CA 90045
    Tel: 310/649-9167
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    GOLF
    The Lakes at El Segundo Easily no more than fifteen minutes away including the time it will take you to get out of the terminal and catch a cab, The Lakes of El Segundo is a terrific 9 hole, 29 par golf course. The greens fees are $9.00 during the week and $11.00 on weekends A set of clubs can be rented for $5.00 and a pull-cart for $3.00. They also have a very pleasant restaurant and bar, with a lovely outdoor patio overlooking the course, where you can just get away and enjoy the scenery of pretty man made lakes and waterfalls. The facility also has an excellent driving range: Chosen in the Top 100 Ranges by Golf Range & Recreation Report. You can hit 35 balls for 3.50 and 100 for $7.50. They'll loan you a club.
    2.5 miles 6 minutes
    400 S. Sepulveda Boulevard
    El Segundo, CA  90245
    Phone: (310) 322-0202
    3.1 miles 8 mins.
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    GOLF DRIVING RANGE
    Westchester Golf Course Driving Range. If you don't have time to take in a round of golf, you can practice your tee shots at the Westchester Golf Course's lighted driving range. The driving range is open daily from 5:00 AM until 10:00 PM and the cost is five bucks a bucket. If you need a club they'll rent you one for a buck.
    2.5 miles 6 minutes
    Westchester Golf Course
    6900 W. Manchester Blvd.Los Angeles, CA 90045
    Tel: 310/649-9167

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    GOLF DRIVING RANGE
    No more than fifteen minutes away from the airport (Including the time it will take you to get a taxi, The Lakes of El Segundo has a great driving range: This well maintained place was chosen in the Top 100 Ranges in the country by Golf Range & Recreation Report. You can hit 35 balls for 3.50 and 100 for $7.50. They'll even loan you a club.

    3.1 miles 8 mins.
    The Lakes of El Segundo
    400 S. Sepulveda Boulevard
    El Segundo, CA  90245
    Phone: (310) 322-0202

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    KAYAKING
    If you're an ocean kayaker, you can rent a Kayak for 10.00 / hour from Marina Boat Rentalsin Marina Del Rey. Rentals require a deposit and photo identification and they take Visa, Mastercard and American Express cards. It is easier to get a boat during the week, as weekends during the summer months are quite busy. We recommend you telephone ahead for a reservation so your boat will be waiting when you arrive.
    4.7 miles 13 minutes.
    Marina Boat Rentals
    13719 Fiji Way
    Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
    Tel: 310/574-2822
    Hours: 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM

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    HORSE RACING
    Spend an afternoon at the track. Famed Hollywood Park Racetrack which is a straight shot east on Century Blvd. as you exit the airport. This year's fall meeting begins on November 10th and runs through December 20th. As we get closer to the season we'll list the post times.
    4 miles 10 minutes
    Hollywood Park Racetrack & Casino
    1050 S. Prairie Avenue
    Inglewood, CA 90301
    Tel: 310/419-1529

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    LIMOUSINE TOURS
    Here's an ideal way to see the sights of your choice and do it all without hassle. Too Hip Limousine Service will meet you at your gate, whisk you out of the airport and let you enjoy the sights of Los Angeles in the comfort of your very own chauffeured limousine. This is a great way to enjoy the coastal scenery, or go shopping in Santa Monica or Beverly Hills. Mention that you found them at e-layover and they'll crack open a bottle of champagne. 3 hours door to door for $199.00. They'll accommodate up to eight people.
    no travel time - they'll meet you at your gate
    Too Hip Limousines
    310- 379-7549
    Toll Free within California
    (800) 704-LIMO (5466)
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    MUSEUMS
    Located at the Santa Monica Airport, The Museum of Flying has more than 30 vintage aircraft on display. Many of these vintage planes are in flight condition and are maintained at the museum which is located on the site where Donald Douglas built the first DC-3. The museum is closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, and on New Year's day.
    9.4 miles 20 minutes.

    The Museum of Flying
    2772 Donald Douglas Loop90405
    Santa Monica CA
    310-392-8822
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    Nature Cruise
    This half hour excursion is available only on weekends and holidays. The double decked VOYAGER, or the classic JOCKO, will take you on a 7.8 mile, half hour harbor/nature cruise to see King Harbor and the spectacular South Bay coastline, sea lions, pelicans, seagulls, cormorants, and a variety of sea life and bird life. No reservations are necessary and the rides are scheduled every half hour starting at noon. The cost is only $4.00. 8.5 miles 22 minutes.
    181 Harbor Way
    King Harbor
    Redondo Beach Marina Basin
    310-372-2111
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    SHOPPING
    No more than 15 minutes south of LAX is a secluded shopping center with a wonderful upscale collection of shops and restaurants. Manhattan Beach Village. If your looking for a gift, for something to replace an item you've discovered you've forgotten at home, or just looking for a good meal, you'll find just about anything you could want at this location.
    4.0 miles 10 mins.
    Manhattan Village Mall
    3280 N. Sepulveda Boulevard, At Rosecrans Ave.
    (just Behind the Fry's Electronics store)
    Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
    (310) 796-1233

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    SHOPPING
    The Galleria of the South Bay Redondo Beach.
    If you've left something behind at home, need to buy a gift, or just love the sport of shopping the The Galleria at South Bay features 160 world-class stores is just 15 minutes away from LAX. It's department stores, specialty stores and cafe's are set amidst three levels of splashing fountains, vaulting skylights and tropical greenery.Hours are Mon-Fri 10am-9pm, Sat 10am-8pm and Sun 11am-7pm

    5.5 miles 13 minutes
    The Galleria at South Bay
    1815 Hawthorne Boulevard
    corner of Hawthorne and Artesia Boulevards
    Redondo Beach, CA 90278
    310-371-7546

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    SHOPPING
    Originally designed by World renown architect, Frank Gehry, Santa Monica Place which borders the southern end of the Third Street Promenade, is a tri-level sky lit Galleria of 570,000 square feet where you'll find 140 shops,2 department stores and many restaurants which will cater to just about your every need. About a half hour taxi ride from LAX, the nice place about this Mall is that being adjacent to the 3rd Street Promenade and there is a lot more to do in the neighborhood and it is easy to get around on foot.
    10.9 miles 30 minutes
    Santa Monica Place
    Santa Monica, CA 90401

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    SHOPPING
    Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade, between Wilshire and Colorado, has been turned into four block long, immensely popular pedestrian mall which many have described as having a European flavor to it. You'll find many place to shop, eat,see a movie or just be entertained by the myriad of street performers and musicians who perform day and night. If you're looking for a four star meal, a quick cappuccino, an interesting gift, a book, or just a place to watch people, this is a great place to while away a few hours. 10.9 miles 30 minutes.
    Santa Monica Place
    Santa Monica, CA
    310
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    SPA AND MASSAGE
    Looking for a way to relax between long flights. If you have the time, Burke Williams Day Spa and Massage Center in Santa Monica could be the place. You can get any of the followoing:Shiatsu, Swedish, and Deep Tissue Sports Massages as well as facial and body treatments like Salt Glow, Full Body Mud Masque, Thermal Seaweed Wrap, and Aroma therapy Facials. They also have a full service hair salon: They also have separate spa facilities for men and women with amenities that include whirlpools, steam rooms and dry saunas, private lockers and velour robes. Use of the facilities is complimentary with the purchase of any half-hour or longer Burke Williams service. So pamper yourself with anything from a half hour facial to a full day (7 hour) spa treatment, depending on your layover time.
    10.9 miles 30 minutes
    1460 4th Street (at Colorado)
    Santa Monica, California 90401
    (310) 587-3366

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    WORLD'S LARGEST SPEEDBOAT
    Ride the OCEAN RACER, the West Coast's largest speedboat. At 70 feet long and 18 feet wide, the racer offers a one of a kind thrilling and safe ride. The boat carries up to 140 passengers while it speeding along the coastline, giving passengers a view of the beach cities, from Palos Verdes to Manhattan Beach, as they have never seen it before. No reservations are needed. Tickets go on sale at 11:00 AM for rides which go every half hour from noon on. The fare is 10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children between six and ten years old. This adventure is summer only on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays.
    7.8 miles 20 minutes
    Ocean Racer
    Redondo Beach Amusement Pier.
    310-535-1400
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    WHALE WATCHING
    Winter only - from the day after Christmas through late April. The double. decked ship, VOYAGER provides the ideal place to observe the annual Gray Whale migration. Enjoy a three hour excursion guided by volunteer naturalists from the American Cetacean Society. In addition to Gray Whales, passengers are likely to see playful dolphins, sharks, sea lions, and a variety of bird life. Warm clothing, rubber. soled shoes, camera and binoculars will help to make your trip comfortable and memorable. Trips leave from the sport fishing pier in Redondo Beach Marina 10:00 am  and   1:30 daily. Reservations are a good idea. The fare is $12.00 /adults and $10.00 for children under 12.
    7.8 miles 20 minutes
    Redondo Sport Fishing
    Redondo Beach Marina
    233 N. Harbor Drive
    Redondo Beach, CA 90277
    310-372-2111
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