The sublime ocean, the majestic mountains, the privacy, the exceptional dining opportunities — living in Topanga affords a life of luxury. This beautiful mountain town has it all. If you’re planning a move to this incredible area, you may be ready to plan for some exciting things to do in Topanga. Perhaps you’ve already compiled a list of activities but aren’t sure where to start. Hesitate no more! We’ve made it easy on you by providing this list of things to do in your first week in Topanga. Find the best hiking spots, where to enjoy a phenomenal meal, and other must-visit gems below.

Head to the top of Topanga Overlook 

As you make your way up Topanga Canyon Drive, you’ll find a scenic overlook atop an expansive valley below. The glorious vistas at the top of Topanga Overlook speak for themselves. Visitors enjoy panoramic views of the Santa Monica Mountains, the San Gabriel Mountains, the Santa Susana Mountains, and the deep valley below. The Overlook features a colorful landscape of native plants, interpretive displays, benches, restrooms, and picnic areas, so pack some snacks and enjoy the stunning view!

Take in the sights at Tuna Canyon Park

Boasting 1,255 acres of lush greenery, Tuna Canyon Park is situated in the western Santa Monica Mountains above Pacific Coast Highway and offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, the San Gabriel Mountains, and Santa Monica Bay. If the park weren’t vast enough, you’d be impressed to learn that Tuna Canyon Park connects over 18,000 acres of contiguous protected open space spanning Las Flores Canyon.

Wandering the park, you’ll come across native Southern California plant communities, including coastal sage scrub and native grasslands. You’ll also find immaculate aquatic habitats weaving through the property’s eastern end leading to the ocean. Tuna Canyon Park is the perfect place to enjoy a reflective moment alone, take a nature walk with a friend or furry friend, and imagine all the possibilities of your new neighborhood.

Hike at Red Rock Canyon

Rocky terrain in Red Rock Canyon
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The red sandstone rocks, the colorful blooms, and the enchanting micro-habitats are a sight to behold at Red Rock Canyon Park. Bring a picnic to enjoy after you make your way through the trailhead studded with bush sunflowers, laurel sumac, mountain mahogany, and other glorious flora. You’re welcome to bring your canine companion along or your favorite horse, hike with friends, or bike the trail. You’ll relish spectacular views of the surrounding Santa Monica Mountains along the way before you descend to the bottom of Red Rock Canyon.

Grab a bite at Rib Ranch BBQ

Special places to eat
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There’s no question about it: moving is hard work, so you’re bound to grow an appetite after all the unpacking and decorating. Satisfy your hunger with a trip to Rib Ranch BBQ. This establishment has provided the Topanga community with delicious barbecue since 1970 and remains a local favorite. So, grab an ice-cold brew, order a rack of tender smoked ribs, share some laughs with friends, and take a load off. You deserve it!

Go horseback riding

If you cherish horseback riding and crave romantic sunset rides, adventurous trail rides, beach rides along the coast, and more, you simply must pay Los Angeles Horseback Riding a visit. This beautiful ranch sits at the top of the Santa Monica Mountains, giving you the opportunity to see 80 miles out from the top of the trails, with scenic views in every direction. While the company does provide various ride options, they also accommodate custom packages if you prefer to curate your own horseback riding experience.

Savor a meal at Inn of the Seventh Ray

Inn of the Seventh Rey
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Photo courtesy of Inn of the Seventh Ray

After you’ve spent the day decorating your luxury Topanga home, the last thing you wish to worry about is dinner. Sure, you can order in, but don’t you think a romantic evening out is more suitable? Take your love to the Inn of the Seventh Ray. Touted “Los Angeles’ Most Romantic Restaurant,” the Inn offers dinner by candlelight under the stars. What separates the Inn from the rest is its unique ambiance, complete with old sycamores, babbling waterfalls, and an imaginative chef who continually changes his phenomenal menu.

Some of the dishes currently offered for dinner include decadent creamy truffle risotto and a fresh take on beef tartare, prepared with hand-cut filet mignon, truffled egg, green apple, soy, and toasted brioche. You can look forward to an ample waffle bar and seafood bar at brunch. Whether you stop by for a fabulous brunch, work lunch, or intimate dinner, you’ll undoubtedly relish an outstanding dining experience at the Inn of the Seventh Ray.

Browse the Spiral Staircase

Located adjacent to the Inn of the Seventh Ray, you must stop by the one-of-a-kind Spiral Staircase. This charming bookstore sells an eclectic mix of trinkets and gifts, including jewelry, crystals, chimes, incense, metaphysical tomes, statues, and spiritual iconography. The Spiral Staircase is a perfect store to browse after a delightful lunch date at the Inn.

Visit Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum

The Stage at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum
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Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum is a historic outdoor theater founded by the famous Will Geer, an artist revered for his work on the New York stage, in film, and on the radio. Will later integrated his botany skills to help create this uniquely green amphitheater. Catch a Shakespearean play during the summer, stop by for a lively concert, or release some stress during improv nights. One thing is certain, you’ll leave the theater more cultured and entertained than when you arrived.

Find luxury Topanga real estate

There are countless things to do in Topanga that will keep you entertained, well-fed, physically fit, and ready to handle everything that life throws at you. Topanga is a beautiful place to call home, with a plethora of offerings awaiting your exploration. If you’re ready to find luxury Topanga real estate, reach out to The Dahl Realtors. This dynamic duo are experts in Malibu, Topanga, and Pacific Palisades real estate and will guide you through a seamless transaction.

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