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Time to kill at/around LAX - what to do?

Old Aug 30, 2004, 10:59 pm
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Time to kill at/around LAX - what to do?

Recently I've been taking the AA LAX-ORD redeye at 11:15 pm with no troubles. One time, however, I decided to try my luck and go standby on flight right before, a 5:20 departure (or thereabout).

Between having to run home early from work to pack, battling wonderful freeway traffic, and the like, I missed the early flight. So my question at this point is, do I battle traffic back home and then back again to the airport (I live in Hollywood Hills area) or just kill time by LAX? I figured even though there was a six hour gap, it didn't make sense to spend another two hours driving around, so I went to that Howard Hughes parkway mall and saw a movie, went to Borders, etc.

My question here is what would you do/where would you go if you had that much time to kill ... Airline club, hang around the terminal, back home, the mall, Santa Monica, etc?
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Old Aug 30, 2004, 11:07 pm
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I think this thread gives you a bit of options

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=306600
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Old Aug 30, 2004, 11:07 pm
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Good question. 6 hours is a LONG time to spend at the airport when you dont live all that far away, like yourself. I live in the Valley and it would probably take me 2 hours (or longer depending on how bad the 5pm traffic was) round trip driving as it was. I think if I decided not to go home I'd call friends in the area to see if they wanted to do dinner or something.
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Old Sep 6, 2004, 8:47 pm
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Was recently in that situation (having to take the redeye instead of the afternoon). Opted for the Santa Monica pier area that other posts have spoke of....indeed, it's a cool place to hang out. Took an inexpensive shuttle and got off at Venice Beach, ented a bike for $10 for the afternoon and rode along the paved path along the beach, rode up to the pier, etc.
The Marina Del Rey area is, as others have also said, a nice area to hang out...and a good place to enjoy late-afternoon dinner/sunset as well.
I didn't even think of the walk-over-to-In-&-Out-Burger option, but wish I had: when I lived in Northern California, I knew of people who made In & Out Burgers the 1st stop on their list on an L.A. road trip, as their burgers really are great. I've got a few more afternoons like that in L.A. coming up, so I'm keeping that in mind.
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Old Sep 8, 2004, 11:54 pm
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Post in Community. Maybe one of us will be around to meet you for a meal or drinks.
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Old Sep 16, 2004, 2:21 pm
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If lugging bags around is not an issue -- i.e. they are checked onto the onward flight -- and the weather is pleasant, I second the idea of heading into Santa Monica/Venice Beach.

Best deal in town is The Big Blue Bus, which is the Santa Monica public transit line. For 75-cents you can get the #3 from Lot C at LAX into downtown SM, and ask for a transfer so you can catch the #2 which runs back towards Venice. It runs every 10-minutes, so no long waits. There are lots of schedule folders available at the front of each bus, so you can map your travels for the day. It takes about a half-hour to get into SM.

A good way to mingle with the locals too.

BTW, this bus system operates extensively throughout Beverly Hills, Westwood and points west of the LA city centre. And it is 50-cents a ride cheaper than LA's Metro system.
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Old Sep 16, 2004, 3:53 pm
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You'd find me at In N Out! Double Double protein & animal style please!
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