Los Angeles Attractions

Adamson House
1930s home filled with famed Malibu Potteries tile. Grounds open daily; house W–F 10:30 am–3:30 pm, Sa 11 am–3 pm. $2–$5, under 6 free. No credit cards. 23200 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 310.456.8432 Map west of K7

 

Annenberg Community Beach House
Public facility on Santa Monica State Beach with pool, play area, beach volleyball and tennis courts, gardens, cafe. Free tours of Marion Davies Guest House. 415 Pacific Coast Hwy., Santa Monica, 310.458.4904 Map L8

 

long-beach-aquariumAquarium of the Pacific
Focus is on Pacific Ocean sea life. Pet the sharks at Shark Lagoon; other exhibits include Lorikeet Forest, Turtle Vision 4D, June Keyes Penguin Habitat. Daily 9 am–6 pm except Christmas and during the Grand Prix of Long Beach. $14.95–$28.95, under 3 free. 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, 562.590.3100 Map O16 aquariumofpacific.org

 

Catalina ExpressCatalina Express
Year-round boat service to Catalina Island; daily departures from Long Beach, Dana Point, San Pedro. Reservation recommended. Call for hours. San Pedro, Long Beach: $29.50–$37.25 one-way, $59–$74.50 round-trip; Dana Point: $30.50–$38.25 one-way, $61–$76.50 round-trip; under 2 $2.50–$5. Ride free on your birthday (up to $76.50 round trip). 800.481.3470. catalinaexpress.com

 

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
Stunning contemporary cathedral opposite Music Center. M–F 6:30 am–6 pm; Sa 9 am–6 pm; Su 7 am–6pm. 555 W. Temple St., downtown, 213.680.5200 Map H17

Chinatown
Ornate architecture, dim sum, shops with Eastern wares. Art and antiques on Chung King Road. Between Cesar E. Chavez Avenue and Bernard Street, Yale and Spring streets, downtown Map G17
City Pass

 

City Pass
Buy one pass to experience several attractions at a discounted price. 707.256.0490, citypass.com

 

 

Descanso Gardens
Collections include coast live oaks, roses, an award-winning camellia garden and more. Enjoy family-friendly festivals, performances, classes and activities for children. The new Oak Woodland is
Descanso’s first major garden addition in 30 years. Daily 9 am–5 pm except Christmas. $4–$9, under 5 free. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, 818.949.4200 Map Q19

 

DisneylandDisneyland
Mickey Mouse’s theme park. Attractions include Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage. Updated Star Tours, Pirates of the Caribbean and Space Mountain. Fireworks, fantastic Fantasmic! continues. Call for hours. Admission (includes all rides and attractions): $90–$96, under 3 free. 1600 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.781.4565 Map I10 disneyland.disney.go.com

 

Disney’s California Adventure
Soarin’ Over California, A Bug’s Land, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Toy Story Mania!, Ariel’s Undersea Adventure. Cars Land is a recent addition. Call for hours. Admission (includes all rides and attractions): $90–$96, under 3 free. 1600 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.781.4565 Map I10 disneyland.disney.go.com

 

Dolby Theatre
Tour the home of the Academy Awards, formerly named the Kodak Theatre. Daily 10:30 am–4 pm. $15–$19, under 3 free. 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.308.6300 Map H13

 

Downtown Disney
Twenty acres of admission-free shopping, dining and nightlife adjacent to theme parks. 1510–1590 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim Map I10

 

Egyptian Theatre
Restored 1922 Hollywood landmark screens classics, cult favorites, indie films. Excellent Forever Hollywood screens daily. Call for schedule. 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.466.3456 Map H13

 

El Capitan Theatre
1926 Spanish-style movie palace screens Disney films new and old. Musical accompaniment to many shows. Call or visit elcapitan.go.com for schedule. VIP admission with reserved seat $22. 6838 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.467.7674 Map H13

 

El Pueblo de Los Angeles
Birthplace of Los Angeles. Twenty-seven buildings include 1818 Avila Adobe, L.A.’s oldest. 125 Paseo de la Plaza, downtown, 213.628.1274 Map H17

 

Exposition Park Rose Garden
Grassy pathways bisect 20,000 rose bushes of nearly 200 varieties. Daily 9 am–5 pm. Free. 701 State Drive, downtown, 213.763.0114 Map K15

 

Farmer's MarketFarmers Market
Local landmark with 120 produce stalls, restaurants and gift shops in open-air setting. M–F 9 am–9 pm; Sa 9 am–8 pm; Su 10 am–7 pm. 6333 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.933.9211 Map I13 farmersmarketla.com

 

 

Gamble House
Landmark Arts & Crafts–style home. Advance tickets recommended for guided tours. See website for details. Th–Su noon–3 pm. $10–$12.50, under 12 free. 4 Westmoreland Place, Pasadena, 626.793.3334, gamblehouse.org Map Q19

 

Grand Park
Pleasant urban park positioned between the Music Center and City Hall offers draws such as a farmers market, lunchtime yoga classes, concerts and more community entertainment. Splash pad for kids. 5:30 am–10 pm. Free. Entrances at 200 N. Grand Ave., 221 N. Hill St., 221 N. Broadway and 227 N. Spring St., downtown, 213.972.8080 Map H17

 

Greystone Mansion And Park
Gardens and park grounds open daily. Tours first Saturday of the month. 10 am–5 pm most days. Free. 905 Loma Vista Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.285.6830 Map I11

 

Griffith Observatory
Iconic attraction overlooking Hollywood. Hourly shows at planetarium. Tu–F noon–10 pm; Sa–Su 10 am–10 pm. Free; donations accepted. 2800 E. Observatory Road, L.A., 213.473.0800 Map U23

 

Guinness World Record Museum
Shrine to amazing achievements. Daily 10 am–midnight. $8.99–$16.99, under 5 free. 6764 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.463.6433 Map H13

 

Hollywood Walk of Fame
Celebs’ names are enshrined in bronze-and-terrazzo stars. Free. Hollywood Boulevard from Gower Street to La Brea Avenue and Vine Street from Yucca Street to Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, 323.469.8311 Map H13

 

Hollywood Wax Museum
Hollywood and pop culture greats in wax. Su–Th 10 am–midnight; F–Sa 10 am–1 am. $8.95–$15.95, $5.95–$12.95 online, under 5 free. 6767 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.462.5991 Map H13
k1-speed-carlsbadK1 SPEED
Indoor kart racing offers challenging track for speed enthusiasts. Arrangements for private parties or corporate events possible. $20. 9038 South Vermont Ave., Gardena, 310.532.2478. k1speed.com

 

Knott’s Berry Farm
More than 165 rides and attractions. Roller coasters include Silver Bullet, GhostRider and Xcelerator. Call for hours. $33–$62, under 3 free. 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 714.220.5200 Map D5

 

LA LiveL.A. Live
Bustling entertainment center is home to the Grammy Museum, Nokia Theatre and Club Nokia; restaurants including Nest at WP24 and Tom’s Urban, high-tech bowling lanes and nightspots such as the Conga Room. 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.763.5483  Map I15  lalive.com

 

L.A. Zoo And Botanical Gardens
More than 250 wildlife species (many of which are rare or endangered) and 800 plant species in parklike setting. New Rainforest of the Americas exhibit. Daily 10 am–5 pm except Christmas. Ticket sales cease one hour prior to closing time. $14–$19, under 2 free. 5333 Zoo Drive, Griffith Park, L.A., 323.644.4200 Map T23

 

Legoland
Find 50-plus rides and shows and Sea Life Aquarium’s new Jellyfish Discovery. Call for hours. Legoland California only, $73–$83 (see legoland.com for upgrades, Hopper ticket packages and discounts). Parking $15–25. 1 Legoland Drive, Carlsbad, 760.918.5346

 

madame tussauds HollywoodMadame Tussauds Hollywood
Spend the day as a Hollywood star. Walk the red carpet and mingle with celebs from screen stars to sports heroes, and step behind the scenes to recreate favorite film moments at the world-famous
museum of wax figures. Taylor Swift is a new addition. M-F 10 am-7 pm, Sat-Su 10 am-8 pm. Adults $29.95, children 4-12 $22.95, under 4 free. 6933 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.798.1670 Map H13madametussauds.com/hollywood

 

 

Music CenterThe Music Center
The 90-minute Symphonian Music Center Tour includes history, architecture. Also see listing for Walt Disney Concert Hall at the Music Center. First come, first served. 10 am–2 pm most days. Free. 151 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.4399 Map H16 musiccenter.org

 

Ocean Front Walk
Boardwalk with street performers, souvenir vendors. Muscle Beach–adjacent. Along beach between Marine Street and Grand Boulevard, Venice Map N9

 

Olvera Street
Festive open-air Mexican marketplace with restaurants, shops at historic El Pueblo de Los Angeles. Alameda Street between Main and Los Angeles streets, downtown, 213.628.1274 Map H17

 

pacific parkPacific Park
Amusement park on the Santa Monica Pier with rides including a solar-powered Ferris wheel, plus midway games, food vendors, specialty shops. M–Tu noon–7 pm; F–Sa 11 am–midnight; Su 11 am–11 pm. Admission free; rides $3–$5, unlimited pass $15.95–$24.95. 380 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, 310.260.8744 Map L8 pacpark.com

 

Ports O’ Call Village
Fifty stores and restaurants. Harbor cruises, helicopter tours, boat tours of Port of Los Angeles. 77 Nagoya Way (off Harbor Boulevard), San Pedro Map O15

 

Queen MaryQueen Mary Ship and Seaport
Historic ocean liner—bigger than the Titanic!— permanently berthed in Long Beach Harbor. Shops, hotel, art deco lounge and restaurants including Sir Winston’s. Russian Foxtrot-class submarine Scorpion is adjacent. M–Th 10 am–6 pm, F–Su 10 am–7 pm for self-guided and guided tours. Night tours available. $14.95–$25.95+, under 4 free. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0738 Map O16queenmary.com

 

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum
Three hundred displays feature curiosities gathered by traveler Robert Ripley in the 1930s. Daily 10 am–midnight. $8.99–$16.99, under 5 free. 6780 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.466.6335 Map H13

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
Air Force One Pavilion houses the Flying White House. Daily 10 am–5 pm. $6–$12, under 11 free. 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley, 800.410.8354 Map northwest of A1

San Antonio WinerySan Antonio Winery
Complimentary tastings and tour of the only producing winery in L.A., which celebrates its 97th anniversary this year. Restaurant and wine shop on site. Su–Thur 9 am–7 pm; Fri–Sat 9 am–8:30 pm. 737 Lamar St., downtown, 323.223.1401 Map G17 sanantoniowinery.com

 

San Fernando Mission
1797 mission with museum, archives and gardens. Daily 9 am–4:30 pm. $3–$5, under 7 free. 15151 San Fernando Mission Blvd., Mission Hills, 818.361.0186 Map north of A1

 

San Gabriel Mission
Mission includes the oldest building (1771) in Southern California. Mon–Sa 9 am–4:30 pm; Sun 10 am–4 pm. $3–$5, under 6 free. 427 S. Junipero Serra Drive, San Gabriel, 626.457.3035 Map B4

 

Santa Monica Bayside DistrictSanta Monica Bayside District
Drawing locals and world travelers alike, Downtown Santa Monica is a popular Southern California coastal destination, anchored by the world-famous Third Street Promenade. Known for a twice-weekly farmers’ market, fabulous dining and terrific shopping, Downtown also has lots of entertainment choices from movies to live theater to street performers. All this comes packaged in a moderate Mediterranean climate, just minutes from beaches and the Pacific Ocean. 310.393.8355. downtownsm.com

 

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreational Area
Hiking, horseback riding, bird-watching on 150,000 acres. National Park Service Visitor Center open daily 9 am–5 pm (holidays exempt). 401 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, 805.370.2301 Map west of B1

 

Scorpion Russian Submarine
Tour the Scorpion, moored next to historic Queen Mary ocean liner. Daily 10 am–6 pm. $9.95–$12.95, under 5 free. Must be at least 48 inches tall to board submarine. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0738 Map O16

 

Six Flags Magic Mountain
Theme park has 17 coasters, plus dozens of rides and attractions for kids and families. Call or visit sixflags.com for hours. 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy., Valencia, 661.255.4100 Map A2

 

Sunset Ranch
Horseback riding in the Hollywood Hills and Griffith Park daily. Evening sunset rides through Griffith Park to Burbank include dinner at Mexican restaurant and nighttime ride back to ranch, schedule in advance except for Fridays. $40–$110. 3400 N. Beachwood Drive, Hollywood, 323.469.5450 Map V21

 

TCL Chinese Theatre
Historic, meticulously restored Hollywood movie palace (formerly Grauman’s Chinese Theatre) with giant Imax screen and walkway of stars’ hand- and footprints in the forecourt. Call or visit tclchinesetheatres.com for movie schedule. 6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.461.3331 Map H13

 

Tournament House
Tours of Rose Parade headquarters in Wrigley Mansion, Italian Renaissance-style home featuring Centennial Rose Garden and Wrigley Gardens. Th 2 and 3 pm. Free. 391 S. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena, 626.449.4100 Map R19

 

Univeral Studios HollywoodUniversal CityWalk
Eye-popping dining, shopping and entertainment promenade includes boutiques such as Fossil, Guess? and Abercrombie & Fitch, novelty stores and state-of-the-art cinema and Imax theater. iFLY Hollywood is a simulated skydiving wind tunnel. Call for hours. 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 818.622.4455 Map U20 universalstudioshollywood.com

 

Universal Studios Hollywood
World’s biggest motion picture/TV studio. Rides include the 3-D, ultra-HD movie motion-simulator ride Despicable Me Minion Mayhem and adjacent Super Silly Fun Land with interactive play zone and Silly Swirly Fun Ride. Tram studio tour includes King Kong 360 3-D and film and TV sets. VIP Experience is private guided tour through prop warehouse, working movie sets, soundstages. Call for hours. $87–$92, under 3 free. Front-of-line pass, $139-$179. VIP Experience $299. 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 800.864.8377 Map U20

 

uss-iowaUSS Iowa
Former battleship USS Iowa, known as the “Battleship of Presidents,” is permanently docked as a floating museum. The ongoing exhibit follows the ship’s history through World War II, the Korean War and the Cold War. Also explore the missile decks, bridge, mess areas and Captain’s Cabin. M–Su 10 am–5 pm; last ticket sold at 4 pm. $10–$18, under 6 free. Pacific Battleship Center, USS Iowa BB-61, 250 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro, 877.446.9261 Map O15 pacificbattleship.com

 

virginia-robinson-gardensVirginia Robinson Gardens
Tour one of Beverly Hills’ first homes, open to the public (by appointment). The historic estate’s idyllic grounds include a grand Italian terrace, rose garden and lush palm-tree forest. Advance reservations required for guided tours, Tu-F 10 am and 1 pm. $6-$11, under 5 free. 1008 Elden Way, Beverly Hills, 310.550.2087 Map I10 robinsongardens.org

 

Walt Disney Concert Hall
Frank Gehry-designed architectural landmark at the Music Center. Tour options include hour-long, self-guided audio tours and docent-led tours.  Hours and days vary; visit musiccenter.org for schedule. 151 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.4399 Map H16

 

Watts Towers
Monumental folk-art sculpture in South Central Los Angeles was built by Simon Rodia alone from 1921 to 1954. The tallest tower is about 100 feet. 1727 E. 107th St., L.A., 213.485.1795 Map C3

 

 

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