Los Angeles Attractions

Adamson House
1930s home filled with famed Malibu Potteries tile. Guided tours W-Sa 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (last tour 2 p.m.). $2-$7, under 6 free. No credit cards. 23200 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 310.456.8432

 

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.

 

long-beach-aquariumAquarium of the Pacific
Focus is on Pacific Ocean sea life. Touch the ocean’s predators in Shark Lagoon and jellies in the Wonders of the Deep gallery, and meet penguins, sea otters, sea lions and 11,000 other animals. New Frogs: Dazzling and Disappearing exhibition. Daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m. $17.95-$29.95, under 3 free. 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, 562.590.3100. aquariumofpacific.org

 

Artists & Fleas
Hip artist, designer and vintage market—an import from Brooklyn and Chelsea, New York—also offers food trucks, workshops and DJs. Downtown: Sa 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Venice: Sa 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. 740 E. 3rd St., downtown; 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.900.9987.

 

Barnsdall Art Park
Park in the Los Feliz/Hollywood area that features Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House, as well as the L.A. Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Art Center, Junior Art Center and Barnsdall Gallery Theatre. Park: daily 6 a.m.-10 p.m.; Municipal Art Gallery: Th-Su noon-5 p.m.; Hollyhock House tours: Th-Su 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Hollyhock House tours $3-$7. 4800 Hollywood Blvd., L.A., 323.913.4031. barnsdall.org

Battleship Iowa
Former battleship is permanently docked as a floating museum. Continuing exhibit follows the ship’s history through World War II, Korean War and Cold War. Explore the missile decks, bridge, mess areas and captain’s cabin. Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; last ticket sold at 4 p.m. $11.95-$19.95, under 5 free. Pacific Battleship Center, USS Iowa BB-61, 250 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro, 877.446.9261.

 

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 one-way, $5 round-trip. Ride free on your birthday. 800.481.3470. catalinaexpress.com

 

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
Stunning contemporary cathedral opposite Music Center. M-F 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sa 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Su 7 a.m.-6 p.m. 555 W. Temple St., downtown, 213.680.5200.

 

Central Library
Downtown beaux arts-style landmark is the nation’s third-largest public library in terms of book and periodical holdings. It also holds many archival collections. M-Th 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; F-Sa 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Su 1-5 p.m. Free. 630 W. 5th St., downtown, 213.228.7000.

 

Chinatown
Ornate architecture, dim sum, trendy eateries (Howlin’ Ray’s, Baohaus) and shops with Eastern wares centered around a central plaza. Art and antiques on Chung King Road. Between Cesar E. Chavez Avenue and Bernard Street, Yale and Spring streets, downtown.

 

City PassCity Pass
Southern California CityPass offers discounted admission to Disneyland Resort and Disney California Adventure (including one Magic Morning admission), Universal Studios Hollywood (including the behind-the-scenes Studio Tour, all rides and attractions) and SeaWorld San Diego. $334, ages 3-9 $291, under 3 free. Purchase pass at attractions or order online. 888.330.5008. citypass.com

 

Descanso Gardens
Collections include the Ancient Forest, the Japanese Garden and an award-winning camellia garden. New restaurant Maple is open for weekend brunch. M, F, Sa-Su 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tu-Th 9 a.m.-8 p.m. $4-$9, under 5 free. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, 818.949.4200.

 

DisneylandDisneyland
Mickey Mouse’s theme park. Attractions include Pirates of the Caribbean and updated Star Tours. Disney California Adventure is adjacent. Call for hours. $97-$124, under 3 free. 1313 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.781.4565. disneyland.disney.go.com

 

Dolby Theatre
Tour the home of the Academy Awards, formerly named the Kodak Theatre. M-Sa 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $18-$23, under 3 free. 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.308.6300.

Egyptian Theatre
Restored 1922 Hollywood landmark screens classics, cult favorites, indie films. Excellent Forever Hollywood screenings are exclusive to the theater. Call for schedule and pricing. 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.466.3456.

 

El Capitan Theatre
1926 Spanish-style movie palace screens Disney films new and old. Musical accompaniment to many shows. Tours available. Call for schedule and pricing. 6838 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.467.7674.

 

El Pueblo de Los Angeles
Birthplace of Los Angeles; the site of this historical monument dates to 1781. Historic buildings, 11 of which are open to the public, include 1818 Avila Adobe, L.A.’s oldest. 125 Paseo de la Plaza, downtown, 213.628.1274.

 

Exposition Park Rose Garden
Grassy pathways bisect 20,000 rosebushes of nearly 200 varieties. Daily 9 a.m.-sunset. Free. 701 State Drive, Exposition Park, L.A., 213.763.0114.

 

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

 

Gamble House
Landmark Arts and Crafts-style home. Advance tickets recommended for guided tours. See website for details. Th-Su noon-3 p.m. $12.50-$15, under 12 free.bWestmoreland Place, Pasadena, 626.793.3334.

 

Grand Park
Pleasant urban park positioned between the Music Center and City Hall. Daily 5:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Free. Entrances at 200 N. Grand Ave., 221 N. Hill St., 221 N. Broadway and 227 N. Spring St., downtown, 213.972.8080.

 

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

 

Griffith Observatory
Iconic attraction with spectacular views of L.A. and the Hollywood sign. Hourly shows at planetarium. Tu-F noon-10 p.m.; Sa-Su 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Admission free; planetarium shows $3-$7, under 5 free. 2800 E. Observatory Road, Griffith Park, L.A., 213.473.0800.

 

Guinness World Record Museum
Shrine to amazing achievements. Su-Th 10 a.m.-midnight; F-Sa 10-1 a.m. $9.99-$16.99, under 5 free. 6764 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.463.6433.

 

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.

 

Hollywood Wax Museum
Hollywood and pop culture greats in wax. Su–Th 10 a.m.–midnight; F–Sa 10 a.m.–1 am. $8.95–$15.95, $5.95–$12.95 online, under 5 free. 6767 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.462.5991.

Ifly Hollywood
“Indoor skydiving” via a vertical wind tunnel. Two to four flights per session. Check website for hours. $59.95-$99.95. Universal CityWalk, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 818.985.4359.

 

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.

 

L.A. LIVE
Bustling entertainment center is home to the Grammy Museum, Microsoft Theater and the Novo by Microsoft (formerly Club Nokia), restaurants including new Cleo, high-tech bowling lanes and nightspots such as the Conga Room. 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.763.5483.

 

SEX AND THE CITY ZOOL.A. Zoo And Botanical Gardens
Home to more than 250 animal species, many of them endangered, living among immersive habitats and lush gardens. Daily 10 am-5 pm. Ticket sales cease one hour before closing. $15-$20, under 2 free. 5333 Zoo Drive, Griffith Park, L.A., 323.644.4200. lazoo.org

 

Legoland
Resort features more than 60 rides, shows and attractions, Sea Life Aquarium, Legoland Water Park and Legoland Hotel. New Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens Miniland model display. See legoland.com for hours, ticket packages. Parking $17-$25. 1 Legoland Drive, Carlsbad, 760.918.5346.

 

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden
Peafowl roam the grounds and roost overhead at 127-acre garden. Make your own idyllic route or take the tram tour. Daily 9 am-5 pm (last admission 4:30 pm) except Christmas; tram tour Sa-Su, $5. $4-$9, under 5 free, free third Tuesday of the month. 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, 626.821.3222.

 

Madame Tussauds HollywoodMadame Tussauds Hollywood
Re-create favorite film and musical moments at the world-famous museum of wax figures. Hours vary. $23.95-$30.95, under 3 free. 6933 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.798.1670. madametussauds.com/hollywood

 

The 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 a.m.–2 p.m. most days. Free. 151 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.4399. musiccenter.org

 

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

 

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.

Original Farmers Market
Local landmark with 120 produce stalls, restaurants and gift shops in open-air setting. Adjacent to the Grove shopping center. 6333 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.933.9211

 

OUE Skyspace JulyOUE Skyspace Los Angeles
OUE Skyspace Los Angeles is California’s tallest open-air observation deck and premiere destination for panoramic, 360-degree views of Los Angeles and the Skyslide, a 45-foot, all-glass slide on the exterior of the building that takes you flying from the 70th to the 69th floor. Located nearly 1,000 feet above downtown, Skyspace LA honors the culture, community and people that make LA what it is today! 633 W. 5th St., downtown, 213.894.9000. OUE-skyspace.com

 

pacific parkPacific Park
Amusement park at the end of the famous Santa Monica Pier offers games, food and rides, including a Ferris wheel. See pacpark.com for hours and ticket prices. 380 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, 310.260.8744. pacpark.com

 

Point Vicente Interpretive Center
Small park adjacent to the Point Vicente Lighthouse offers a whale-watching deck and an interpretive center featuring exhibits about local history and ecology. 31501 Palos Verdes Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, 310.377.5370.

 

Queen MaryQueen Mary Ship and Seaport
Historic ocean liner permanently berthed in Long Beach Harbor. Shops, hotel, art deco lounge, a 4-D theater and restaurants. Daily self-guided and guided tours; night tours available. Check queenmary.com for hours and prices. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0738. queenmary.com

 

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum
Three hundred displays feature curiosities gathered by traveler Robert Ripley in the 1930s. Daily 10 a.m.-midnight. $10-$20. 6780 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.466.6335.

 

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
Visit the Air Force One Pavilion and see a full-size replica of the White House Oval Office. Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $16-$29, under 2 free. 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley, 800.410.8354.

 

San Antonio Winery
Complimentary tastings and tour of the only producing winery in L.A., which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. Restaurant and wine shop on-site. M-Th 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; F-Sa 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Su 8 a.m.-6 p.m. 737 Lamar St., downtown, 323.223.1401.

 

San Fernando Mission
1797 mission with museum, archives and gardens. Daily 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $3-$5, under 7 free. 15151 San Fernando Mission Blvd., Mission Hills, 818.361.0186.

 

San Gabriel Mission
Mission includes the oldest building (1771) in Southern California. M-Sa 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Su 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $3-$5, under 6 free. 427 S. Junipero Serra Drive, San Gabriel, 626.457.3035.

 

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreational Area
Hiking, horseback riding, climbing, camping, mountain biking, wildflower viewing, bird-watching and more on 150,000 acres. National Park Service Visitor Center open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (holidays exempt). 26876 Mulholland Hwy., Calabasas, 805.370.2301.

 

Seaworld
The 189-acre adventure park features thousands of marine animals including killer whales, fish, reptiles and birds. New Orca Encounter show. Open daily; call for hours, ticket packages and discounts. $73-$93, under 3 free. Parking $17-$30. 500 SeaWorld Drive, San Diego, 619.222.4732.

 

Six Flags Magic Mountain
Theme park has 17 coasters, plus dozens of rides and attractions for kids and families including world’s tallest, fastest and longest flying coaster, Tatsu, the new virtual-reality coaster the New Revolution and the world’s tallest vertical drop, Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom. Call or visit sixflags.com for hours. $57.99-$82.99, under 3 free. 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy., Valencia, 661.255.4100.

 

Smorgasburg
This popular Brooklyn transplant is a “market for food, design, vintage and events,” set on the 5-acre site of the weekday Alameda Produce Market, in downtown’s hip Row DTLA redevelopment complex. Participating local vendors include Amazebowls, Donut Friend, Cheezus and Wanderlust Creamery. Su 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 746 Market Court, downtown. la.smorgasburg.com

 

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.

 

TCL Chinese Theatre
Historic, meticulously restored Hollywood movie palace (formerly Grauman’s Chinese Theatre) with Imax screen and walkway of stars’ handprints and footprints in the forecourt. Visit tclchinesetheatres.com or call for movie schedule. 6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.461.3331.

 

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 p.m. Free. 391 S. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena, 626.449.4100.

 

Univeral Studios HollywoodUniversal CityWalk
Dining, shopping and entertainment promenade includes boutiques such as Fossil and Billabong; new restaurants such as Margaritaville, Dongpo Kitchen, LudoBird and Voodoo Doughnut; novelty stores such as Magnet Max and Things From Another World; state-of-the-art cinema and Imax theater; and simulated skydiving wind tunnel iFly Hollywood. Call for hours. 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 818.622.4455. universalstudioshollywood.com

 

Universal Studios Hollywood
Movie-based theme park. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and The Walking Dead Attraction are popular recent additions.Other attractions include Transformers: The Ride 3-D; Jurassic Park; Revenge of the Mummy—the Ride; the 3-D, ultra-HD movie motion-simulator ride Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem and adjacent Super Silly Fun Land; and the Simpsons Ride and its immersive environment, Springfield. Tram studio tour includes Peter Jackson’s King Kong 360 3-D, film and TV sets and the Fast & Furious—Supercharged hydraulic motion-based thrill ride. Call or check universalstudioshollywood.com for hours and prices. 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 800.864.8377.

 

Virginia Robinson Gardens
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-Sa 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. $4-$11, under 5 free. 1008 Elden Way, Beverly Hills, 310.550.2087.

 

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

 

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.