Mom has always been there for you. She gave you life, took care of you for years and years, supported you when no one else did, helped you up when you fell, and so much more. Now it’s time for you to return the favor. Mothers Day is a special day that’s purposeful: it lets you show Mom how much she means to you, how grateful you are for her love and support, and how much you love her and respect her.

So if you’re in Los Angeles for Mothers Day this year, it’s the perfect time to enthrall her with a spectacular date in L.A. From fantastic fine dining establishments to luxurious spas to tours of the city, there is much to do in L.A. for Mom’s big day. Make it a day she’ll never forget with these fantastic Mothers Day ideas in Los Angeles. And don’t forget the Mother’s Day flowers!

1. Mother’s Day Cruise

Hornblower Cruises is offering Mother’s Day Brunch and Dinner Cruises departing from Long Beach, Newport Beach and Marina del Rey. Brunch Cruises depart at 10 am and 2 pm. Dinner cruises depart at 7 pm, with boarding half hour before departure times. Expect to spend near $60 per adult. Call 888.467.6256 for information, other times, pricing and other inquiries.

2. Downtown Brunch

Let Mom see the famous Los Angeles sights while taking in a Mimosa or Bloody Mary! Enjoy quality time with mom over a delicious brunch or lunch in Downtown Los Angeles. These renowned LA restaurants are hosting brunches: Café Pinot (213.239.6500), Chaya Downtown (213.236.9577), Checkers Downtown at The Hilton (213.624.0000), Grand Café at the Omni Hotel (213.356.4155), and Kendall’s Brasserie (213.972.7322).

3. Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

For more than four decades, the private, non-profit Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association, located in the famed Griffith Park, has funded exhibits, plant and animal species conservation, capital projects, and education and community outreach programs. Its become an international leader in the preservation of endangered species and a conservation center for the care and study of wildlife. So take Mom for a stroll through the lovely exhibits. See the elephants, the owls, the monkeys and more on your trip! Then head to the gardens to see rare and endangered plants, beautiful flowers and more! Mom will love this family outing on Mothers Day!

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4. Spa Day

OK, we know moms love the homemade stuff like plaster handprints, and a breakfast in bed is well intentioned, but what mom would really like is an hour or two at a great spa. And in L.A., it’s so easy. Present mom with a rejuvenating spa treatment or enjoy a mother-daughter experience at one of L.A.’s soothing city retreats. Try for reservations at one of these famous Los Angeles spas: The Spa at the Beverly Wilshire (310.385.7023), Ciel Spa at the SLS Hotel (310.246.5560), or Le Petite Retreat (323.466.1028).

5. Beach Picnic

Take the whole family along for a fun picnic at one of LA’s famous beaches! Choose Mom’s favorite beach in L.A. and fill the picnic basket with her favorite eats like cheese and crackers, fruit parfaits or diced fresh fruit, drinks, chips and dips, veggie platters and more refreshments that Mom will love to dive into. Don’t forget your bathing suits! Its absolutely necessary to take a dip with Mom and play in the waves no matter how old or young you are!

6. Santa Monica Pier Trip

The Santa Monica Pier is a recreational and entertainment center featuring restaurants, retail establishments and a fantastic amusement park. The beautiful Santa Monica Pier offers a variety of entertainment, dining and shopping options for Mom and the family, including the thrill rides of Pacific Park; a historic 1922 Carousel, an old-fashioned soda fountain, and an interactive aquarium. As you stroll the Pier, enjoy lively street performers — from musicians to artists plus fabulous vendor carts. Mom will also relish the opportunity to experience one of the best sunsets along the California coast in one of the best places to see it!