While the red carpet exclusives and overshadowing iconic Hollywood sign may be what Los Angeles is known for, the city still has a lot more to offer than what lies on the surface. Think year-round boat cruises that come with wine and seafood, and endless wellness centers that make you feel as though your part of the elite. LA has a lot to do, and since those certain itineraries tend to get quite expensive, we often look at the most reliable place to get the best stuff for the best price - on Groupon.
A much more subtle sport compared to TLC’s Extreme Couponing, Groupon can save you some massive - not big, massive - bucks. From 70% off at a downtown LA hair removal joint to discounts you can find on last-minute trips to Barcelona, we’ve compiled a list of must-do activities that you and your friends should take advantage of in November.
Check Out The King Tut: Treasures Of The Golden Pharaoh Exhibit At The California Science Center
Original Price: $29.95 (for one adult admission)
Savings: $19.95 (33% off)
Why You Should Go: Because history is important, and especially when the admission costs are 33% off. For the last few weeks of the California Science Center’s King Tut exhibit, you can get some serious Halloween costume inspiration for $19.95 for a general admission.
Get A Skip-The-Line OUE Skyspace Admission With The Option Of Skyslide
Original Price: $25
Savings: $21 (16% off)
Why You Should Go: Okay, so this one isn’t the biggest on savings, but didn’t your mother teach you to appreciate the little things?!
Check Out The Museum Of Selfies
Original Price: $25
Savings: $22.50 (10% off)
Why You Should Go: Kim Kardashian may have a book of selfies, but you have the chance to visit a museum of them. Beat that, Kimberly.
Board A Whale Watching Boat Tour For 2
Original Price: $50
Savings: $27 (46% off)
Why You Should Go: Imagine going whale watching while listening to the Free Willy soundtrack? Hey now, those aren't tears in my eyes. It’s just makeup mixed in with a bit of salt water.
Beauty & Spa Groupons
A 24-Hour Admission For Two At Grand Spa
Original Price: $60
Savings: $25 (58% off)
Why You Should Go: I’ve personally never been to an LA spa, but I can only assume it’s what the celebrities go to everyday in order to maintain that A-lister glow. And who doesn’t want to feel like an A-lister?! *cough* Dan Humphrey *cough*
A 60-Minute Massage At Sparadise
Original Price: $115
Savings: $45 (61% off)
Why You Should Go: Who would ever deny a 60-minute massage?! Especially if that massage is 57% off!! At Sparadise, a thai massage place in Central LA, you can experience aromatherapy and reflexology (whatever that means) at a killer savings price.
Two Seat Sessions At Shape House
Original Price: $100
Savings: $82 (18% off)
Why You Should Go: It's a traditional sweat lodge - where sweating is on purpose, and not something you try to cover up with men’s extra strength deodorant.
Six Laser Hair-Removal Treatments At New Look Skin Center
Original Price: $400
Savings: $124 (69% off)
Why You Should Go: I can’t be the only one who turns down a night to go out because I am so not in the mood to shave my legs. At New Look Skin Center, you get the chance to experience dress days all season long (which, in LA, is basically year-round).
A 60-Minute Swedish Massage With Hot Stones And Oil At Sandee Wellness Center
Original Price: $110
Savings: $53.50 (51% off)
Why You Should Go: I’m not sure what the health benefits are behind hot stones being placed on your body, but I don’t usually question things that are half-price.
Attend The Stranger Things Musical Parody At Rockwell: Table & Stage
Original Price: $29
Savings: $18.75 (35% off)
Why You Should Go: Does anyone feel as though Halloween should have been cancelled this year because there’s no new season of Stranger Things to celebrate it with? Apparently Rockwell: Table & Stage felt that way, too. Thank you for answering our calls, Rocky.
90-Minute Harbour Cruise For Two With A Bottle Of Wine And Apps
Original Price: $125
Savings: $69 (45% off)
Why You Should Go: They had me at wine and apps. And the whole boat thing is pretty cool too, I guess. Set along Coastal San Pedro, you can jet along in a 90-minute luxury harbour cruise for 45% off the original price.
Get The Ultimate Margarita Experience For Two At L'SCORPIAN Bar Presented By Taste LA
Original Price: $90
Savings: $50 (44% off)
Why You Should Go: You never need a reason to drink some flavourful cocktails, but, you know, drinking discounted cocktails does allow you to get even more of them.
Score A Two-Night For Two At The On The Beach Bed & Breakfast in Cayucos
Original Price: $468
Savings: $279 (40% off)
Why You Should Go: I mean come on, it’s a 2-night stay for two with wine tasting and breakfast on the beach in Cayucos. Need I say anything else?
Join A Hop On Hop Off Tour With Proper Sightseeing
Original Price: $49
Savings: $33 (33% off)
Why You Should Go: The worldwide reputation of a Hop On Hop Off tours is so much more than just celebrity spottings and a unique place for One Direction to film music videos. They’re also meant for sightseeing and the occasional Kardashian-in-disguise interactions. You know, just normal LA things.
A 5-Day Iceland Vacation With Flight, Hotel, And A Northern Lights Tour
Why You Should Go: Don’t let the name of this European country fool you. You know the old trick: Iceland is scattered with green and Greenland is scattered with ice. In Iceland, a nature lover’s paradise, you can get a 5-day trip with hotel and air for just $599.
Spend A Weekend At Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa In Bermuda
Original Price: $359 per night
Savings: $172 per night (51% off)
Why You Should Go: Bermuda, Bahama, come on pretty mamas! Don’t miss out on an epic half-off deal at this luxurious resort in Bermuda. I’m talking blue water, relaxing spas, and a view of one of the most stunning beaches along peninsula.
A 6-Day Barcelona Vacation With Flight And Hotel
Original Price: $1,101
Savings: $749 (32% off)
Why You Should Go: Ah, Barcelona. The only city in Europe where the Cheetah Girls could dance along the street and sing “Strut” without getting heckled.
Get Into Some World Champion Cardio Boxing
Original Price: $1,100 for 20 sessions
Savings: $56 for 20 sessions (95% off)
Why You Should Go: Besides food, kickboxing is my stress-reliever. And even if it’s not yours, who wouldn’t want to punch the crap out of something for more than 92% off their original price? A little tip: do it while listening to any Eminem song. Lose Yourself is the ultimate “kick some ass” anthem.
Join The 5K Drumstick Dash On November 22
Original Price: $40
Savings: $20 (50% off)
Why You Should Go: We all have that post-Thanksgiving stuffing that we want to run off. Or, in Southern European culture, what we call post-everyday-dinner.
Join The Muddy Warriors Xperience On November 18
Original Price: $220 for 2 5K run
Savings: $110 (50% off)
Why You Should Go: Move over, Lizzie McGuire. We all know that Cadet Kelly was the Hilary Duff character we all secretly wanted to be growing up. Running through mud, carrying tires over uneven territory. Ah, the ultimate teenage dream.
Get Into Some Liberation Yoga
Original Price: $130 for 10 yoga classes
Savings: $45.50 (65% off)
Why You Should Go: In my first year of university, I was definitely that girl that said “new chapter, new me” every day, so yoga became something I tried to master. I eventually gave up after having to do the downward dog for five minutes straight - but, you know, you can definitely give it a shot.
POP Into That Physique With Pop Physique
Original Price: $122 for 5 classes
Savings: $39 (68% off)
Why You Should Go: It’s time that POP that physique ya’ll!!! Only $39 for five sculpting classes, you can get a workout so good that it would be featured on an episode of Khloe Kardashian’s “Revenge Body.”