Lake Shrine Temple

Lakeshrine, located in SoCal, is the perfect place to take a day trip and relax! Check out my experience here

Wow. So things have been a little busier than normal what with my dad and I trying to sell the house, and since just yesterday we had an open house, we decided to visit my aunt in Santa Monica and go a little sightseeing!

For those of you in the SoCal area, I highly recommend going to the Lake Shrine Temple (officially the Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine). It’s really good for a nice walk, and there’s a temple if you want a quiet place to meditate! They also offer various retreats and classes to take if you’re interested.

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We just went for the walk, and let me tell you – it was very pretty. Basically it’s a walk around the man-made lake, but you can also take the stairs to the actual temple, which is semi-featured in the cover photo!

Surprisingly, it smelled really sweet. At first I wasn’t sure if I was around a kid who had a lot of candy or something, but now I’m 95% sure it was the flowers.

There’s plenty of shade and sitting benches, so you can always just stay and relax. However, that does mean that you can encounter quite a few people, both old and young. The temple itself required quietness, but the outside does not. It doesn’t really get loud though, so that’s a plus. Unfortunately, you are also next to a pretty big road, so there’s some traffic noise.

Beside that, there’s some marine life! Not counting the two swans, plethora of ducks, and turtles, there are also some larger fish! I want to say they were koi fish, but I’m not too sure. You’ll definitely see the swans though. There are a few patios that can get you closer to the water.

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Excuse my thumb/finger.

Lake Shrine also features two waterfalls, which are definitely picture worthy!

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There’s not too much else to say, but I think it’s worth seeing just for the beautiful sights! It’s totally free, and if you park in the front (right next to the actual temple) there should be enough parking. If not, there’s a small plaza right across the street with a Starbucks where we parked.

Now I’ll leave you with some good scenery!

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I do feel inclined to tell you that the posing turtle is NOT a statue!

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20150628_153204If you’re ever in the area, check this place out!

Have fun,

Samantha