While the booming July 4th fireworks displays may now be just a fleeting memory, these is still plenty of summer 2017 left to enjoy. And, with a weather report calling for some scorching days ahead, it may be time to head out and enjoy some of LA’s cooler hot spots to have some fun.

One key destination should include the Japanese Garden at the Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant. Here you’ll find a 6.5 acre oasis that features waterfalls, an arbor, and lots of green, leafy trees to provide you with shade.

You could also plan to paddle your way through Echo Park Lake. Initially a reservoir, this local fun spot has been home to recreation seekers for more than a century now. Check out the cool water from the boardwalk or the path that goes around the lake. And, after you’ve worked up an appetite paddling, enjoy lunch or a tasty treat at the cafe.

If you’re in more of a wine tasting mood, be sure to check out Malibu Wines. On the weekends here, you can listen to live music, while sipping on your favorite vino. You’re also free to pack a picnic and plan to stay awhile.