If you're a Westsider, a beach picnic is an easy thing to whip together. If you hail from further east, Griffith Park gives you all the green space you need. But what if you're between perfect picnic spots? There are a handful of parks that dot our city, but really, the best place to go for a picnic right in the middle of town is LACMA. The campus sits on a sea of grass that weaves among buildings, much of it peppered with large trees that provide ample shade. But due to its irregular shape, the lawn isn't conducive to sports, so there's little worry about balls flying into the potato salad. It's a lovely place to lounge and then meander through, taking in the sculpture garden and, if you're lucky, an open observation pit at the La Brea Tar Pits next door. Depending on the day, you may catch some live music from the open-air pavilion. And if you feel like making it happy hour, Ray's & Stark Bar is just steps away. If “glamping” is upgraded camping, LACMA is like that, for picnics. —Ali Trachta
5905 Wilshire Blvd., Miracle Mile, 90036. (323) 857-6000, lacma.org.