Adamson House
1930s home filled with famed Malibu Potteries tile. Guided tours W-Sa 11 am-3 pm (last tour 2 pm). $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 meet penguins, sea otters, sea lions and 11,000 other animals. Daily 9 am-6 pm. $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 is an import from Brooklyn and Chelsea, New York. Food trucks, workshops, DJs and guest entertainers are also on hand. The market takes place on the third weekend of each month in a former truck-service station. 11 am-5 pm. Free. 647 Mateo St., downtown, 310.900.9987.

 

Barnsdall Art Park
Eleven-acre 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 5 am-10 pm; Municipal Art Gallery: Th-Su noon-5 pm; Hollyhock House tours: Th-Su 11 am-3 pm. Hollyhock House tours $3-$7 (credit card only). 4800 Hollywood Blvd., L.A., 323.913.4031. barnsdall.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 one-way, $5 round-trip. Ride free on your birthday. 800.481.3470. catalinaexpress.com

 

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 am-8 pm; F-Sa 9:30 am-5:30 pm; Su 1-5 pm. Free. 630 W. 5th St., downtown, 213.228.7000

 

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-6 pm. 555 W. Temple St., downtown, 213.680.5200

 

Chinatown
Ornate architecture, dim sum 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 coast live oaks, roses and an award-winning camellia garden. Enjoy family-friendly festivals, performances, classes and activities for children. The Oak Woodland and the Ancient Forest are recent additions. Daily 9 am-5 pm. $4-$9, under 5 free. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, 818.949.4200.

 

Disney California Adventure Park
Soarin’ Over California, A Bug’s Land, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Toy Story Mania!, Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, Cars Land and more. Call for hours. Admission (includes all rides and attractions): $93-$99, under 3 free. 1600 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.781.4565. disneyland.disney.go.com

 

DisneylandDisneyland
Mickey Mouse’s theme park. Attractions include Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage and updated Star Tours (including a new location from Star Wars: The Force Awakens).Call for hours. Admission (includes all rides and attractions): $93-$99, under 3 free. 1600 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.781.4565. disneyland.disney.go.com

 

Dolby Theatre
Tour the home of the Academy Awards, formerly named the Kodak Theatre. Daily 10:30 am-4 pm. $16-$20, under 3 free. 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.308.6300.

 

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

 

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 or visit elcapitantheatre.disney.com for details, 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 am-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 am-9 pm; Sa 9 am-8 pm; Su 10 am-7 pm. 6333 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.933.9211. farmersmarketla.com

 

Gamble House
Landmark Arts & Crafts-style home. Advance tickets recommended for guided tours. See website for details. Th-Su noon-3 pm. $12.50-$15, under 12 free. 4 Westmoreland Place, Pasadena, 626.793.3334, gamblehouse.org

 

Grand Park
Pleasant urban park positioned between the Music Center and City Hall offers draws such as a farmers market, concerts and more and community entertainment. Splash pad for kids. Daily 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.

 

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.

 

Griffith Observatory
Iconic attraction with spectacular views of Los Angeles and the Hollywood Sign. Hourly shows at planetarium. Tu-F noon-10 pm; Sa-Su 10 am-10 pm. 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 am-midnight; F-Sa 10-1 am. $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 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.

 

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 Club Nokia; restaurants including WP24, Ford’s Filling Station and Tom’s Urban; 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 garden. 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
Legoland California Resort features more than 60 rides, shows and attractions, Sea Life Aquarium, Legoland Water Park and Legoland Hotel. See legoland.com for hours, ticket packages, hotel accommodations and discounts. Parking $15-$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
Step behind the scenes to re-create favorite film and musical moments at the world-famous museum of wax figures.. M-F 10 am-7 pm, Sa until 8 pm Open daily at 10 am; closing hours vary. $22.95-$29.95, 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 am–2 pm 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.

 

Point Vicente Interpretive Center
Located on a bluff on the southwestern corner of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, this 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.

 

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. Individual rides $4-$8; wristbands $16.95-$28.95. 380 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, 310.260.8744. pacpark.com

 

Queen MaryQueen Mary Ship and Seaport
Historic ocean liner—bigger than the Titanic!—permanently berthed in Long Beach Harbor. Shops, hotel, art deco lounge, a new 4-D theater and restaurants including Sir Winston’s. Daily 10 am-6 pm for self-guided and guided tours. Night tours available. Check queenmary.com for pricing. 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 am-midnight. $13-$17, under 5 free. 6780 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.466.6335.

 

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
Library and Museum Visit the Air Force One Pavilion, which houses the flying White House, and a full-size replica of the White House Oval Office. Daily 10 am-5 pm. $6-$16, 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 98th anniversary this year. Restaurant and wine shop on-site. Su-Th 9 am-7 pm; F-Sa 9 am-8:30 pm. 737 Lamar St., downtown, 323.223.1401.

 

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.

 

San Gabriel Mission
Mission includes the oldest building (1771) in Southern California. M-Sa 9 am-4:30 pm; Su 10 am-4 pm. $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 am-5 pm (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. Open daily; call for hours, ticket packages and discounts. $83-$89, under 3 free. Parking $16-$21. 500 SeaWorld Drive, San Diego, 800.25.SHAMU.

 

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, and the world’s tallest vertical drop, Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom. Call or visit sixflags.com for hours. $47.99-$72.99, under 3 free. 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy., Valencia, 661.255.4100.

 

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’ hand- 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 pm. Free. 391 S. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena, 626.449.4100.

Smorgasburg
This popular Brooklyn, N.Y., transplant is a “market for food, design, vintage and events.” Choose from 100 local cult-favorite vendors including Donut Friend, Greenspan’s Grilled Cheese, Guerrilla Tacos, Ramen Burger and more, set in the 5-acre site of the weekday Alameda Produce Market every Sunday beginning June 19. 10 am-6 pm. Free. 746 Market Court, downtown. la.smorgasburg.com

 

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. universalstudioshollywood.com

 

Universal Studios Hollywood
Movie-based theme park. Eagerly anticipated Wizarding World of Harry Potter is now open; immersive The Walking Dead Attraction opens July 4. Other attractions include Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem and the Simpsons Ride. Tram studio tour includes King Kong 360 3-D, film and TV sets and the Fast & Furious—Supercharged ride. Call or check universalstudioshollywood.com for hours. Tickets $109-$115 at front gate; discounts available online. 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 800.864.8377.

 

USS Iowa
Former battleship (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. Daily 10 am-5 pm; last ticket sold at 4 pm. $11.95-$19.95, under 5 free. Pacific Battleship Center, USS Iowa BB-61, 250 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro, 877.446.9261.

 

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 am-4 pm. $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.