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25 Fun Things to Do in Los Angeles with Kids

1. Disneyland Resort

The Disneyland Resort includes two theme parks situated right next to each other: Disneyland Park and Disney’s California Adventure Park.

Millions of people visit the original Disneyland each year and you should too. If not for yourself, then for your kids!

Photo: Gabriel Tovar

Address: 1313 Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92802


2. Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios Hollywood has something for everyone.

Get on the their tram for a tour of real filming locations in their back lot.

Sit down and watch live action adventures (including pyrotechnics) like Waterworld.

Or get on movie-themed thrill rides like Revenge of the Mummy or Jurassic World.

Universal Studios Hollywood
Photo: Jeremy Bezanger

Address: 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608


3. Six Flags Magic Mountain

This is the ultimate roller coaster park in Southern California.

For those in the know, this was also the place that stood in for Wally World in National Lampoon’s Vacation.

Magic Mountain
Photo: Suryansh Agrawal

Address: 26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355


4. Walt Disney Concert Hall

Walt Disney Concert Hall is home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

The building itself is an architectural masterpiece designed by Frank Gehry.

In addition to their regular (world-famous) performances, the LA Phil offers special programs for kids ages 5 – 11.

And if you don’t have time for music, you can still participate in a guided tour of the building.

Walt Disney Concert Hall
Photo: Linda Pomerantz Zhang

Address: 111 South Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012


5. Huntington Library

The full name is the Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens but most people just call it the Huntington Library or just the Huntington.

The Botanical Gardens are actually the centerpiece of the Huntington and include plants from all over the world.

The stunning backdrop has been a major attraction for film studios and the Huntington has appeared in numerous TV shows and movies (Memoirs of a Geisha, Bridesmaids, Beverly Hills Ninja, GI Joe, Charlie’s Angels, Parks and Recreation etc).

While the Huntington is technically located in the city of San Marino, it’s also closely associated with nearby Pasadena.

Huntington Library
Photo: Rain Yan

Address: 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108


6. Venice Beach

Venice Beach is the hippest beach in all of LA.

The Venice boardwalk included everything you can expect from such a place.

Indulge the fortune tellers and street performers.

Stop by the famous skatepark to witness out of this world acrobatics.

Head over to muscle beach to catch a glimpse of (young) Arnold Schwarzenegger lookalikes keeping busy with extreme weight lifting.

When you are done with the beach, take a stroll around Venice’s famous canals. The neighborhood is the reason why the place is called Venice.

Venice Beach
Photo: Gina Lemafa

Address: 1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291


7. Griffith Observatory

The Griffith Observatory is an iconic landmark of Los Angeles and really a must-see location on any kind of list you carry.

It has been featured in countless films, most famously Rebel Without A Cause. There is even a statue honoring James Dean.

Admission to the observatory and its grounds is free to the public and that includes using their world-class telescope!

Plus, you get fantastic views you get of the Los Angeles skyline and the Hollywood Sign.

And to top it all off, the surrounding Griffith Park area is also one the most enjoyable places to hike in LA.

Griffith Observatory
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Address: 2800 E Observatory Ave, Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles, CA 90027


8. Hollywood Sign

The Hollywood Sign is visible from many places in and around Hollywood of course but hiking up close to it is even more exciting.

The Mt Hollywood Trail from the Griffith Observatory (which is where you’d park your car) to the Hollywood Sign is only 3 miles round trip.

Hollywood Sign
Photo: Bailey Alexander

Address: 2800 East Observatory Road. Los Angeles, CA 90027


9. Hollywood and Highland

The area where Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue intersect is the number one tourist destination in all of Hollywood and for good reason.

Your kids will enjoy seeing the numerous street performers and superhero lookalikes.

It’s also where you have the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Dolby Theatre (home to the Oscars), the Chinese Theatre, the El Capitan Theatre and so much more.

If you time it right or are just plain lucky, you may even get to see celebrities arrive in limousines and step up for red-carpet events.

Hollywood Blvd
Photo: Benoit Debaix

Address: 6801 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028


10. Getty Center

The Getty Center is named after J. Paul Getty, a billionaire who was once acclaimed as the richest man in America.

Getty left most of his wealth and art collection to the J. Paul Getty Museum Trust, which went on to establish the Getty Center and other institutions under his name.

The Getty Center is kind of what you’d expect given its background.

It’s located in Brentwood, one of the most desirable neighborhoods of Los Angeles, perched on top of a hill and beautifully designed.

The art collection is spectacular and includes paintings by famous artists like Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Renoir and Monet.

And amazingly, it’s all free!

Getty Center
Photo: Sarah Wood

Address: 1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049


11. Getty Villa

The Getty Villa is run by the J. Paul Getty Trust in very much the same spirit as the Getty Center.

This location in Pacific Palisades (right next to Malibu) is not as expansive but still quite impressive in its own way.

The collection focuses mainly on Greek, Roman and Etruscan antiquities.

Getty Villa
Photo: Oxana Melis

Address: 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272


12. La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

The LaBrea Tar Pits are an active fossil excavation site.

It is here where scientists have found the remains of numerous prehistoric animals like mammoths, sabre-toothed tigers and American lions.

These are animals that every kid gets excited about.

The on-site museum displays some of those fossils and also covers the history of the site.

La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
Photo: Rowan Lamb

Address: 5801 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036


13. Los Angeles Zoo

The Los Angeles Zoo is located in the Griffith Park area of Los Angeles.

It’s owned and operated by the City of Los Angeles and as such it exists to serve the public.

It has everything you’d expect from a decent zoo, including animals like lions, tigers, bears, elephants, chimps, gorillas, zebras, giraffes and more.

The Los Angeles Zoo is not as famous as the San Diego Zoo, its big brother to the South, but it’s still a lot of fun. (Also worth noting, ticket prices are about 3 times less and very affordable.)

Elephant LA Zoo
Photo: David Achilles

Address: 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027


14. California Science Center

In many ways, the California Science Center is very similar to science centers in other states.

It’s there to give kids hands-on opportunities to learn about science and maybe get excited to become scientists themselves when they grow up.

But of course a picture is worth a thousand words and the photo of the Space Shuttle Endeavour says it all.

That’s the top attraction and why you too should definitely make your way to this out of this world place.

You’ll get to see an actual space craft!

Endeavour Shuttle at California Science Center
Photo: Niklas Fredengren

Address: 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037


15. Los Angeles Museum of Art (LACMA)

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is one of the largest art museums in the country and a long-time destination for school excursions from all over Southern California.

It’s right next to the La Brea Tar Pits, so when you come for one, you come for both.

Photo: Elmer Canas

Address: 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036


16. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is adjacent to the University of Southern California.

It’s one of the top natural history museums in America.

Not to be missed: the huge triceratops and T-rex fossils in Dinosaur Hall.

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Photo: Crisoforo Gaspar Hernandez

Address: 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007


17. Queen Mary

The Queen Mary is a former transatlantic ocean liner.

After being retired from service, it moved to Long Beach, California to serve as an on-site museum and hotel.

The ship is absolutely stunning and a real pleasure to visit.

The ship undergoes periodic renovations so be sure to call before you go but even looking at it from shore is quite the experience.

The Queen Mary also hosts special events. One of the best times to visit or stay overnight is in September / October, during Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor event for Halloween. No question about it, getting onboard a haunted ship for Halloween is spooktacular.

Queen Mary Long Beach
Photo: Lisa Larsen

Address: 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802


18. Dodgers Baseball

Those LA baseball hats are for the Dodgers and Dodger Stadium is the place to be.

Get seats for the family, hot dogs and drinks and enjoy the show!

Dodgers Baseball
Photo: Mat Weller

Address: Dodget Stadium, 1000 Vin Scully Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012


19. Los Angeles Lakers Basketball

Staples Center is now called Arena. (Yeah, we’ll get used to it.)

But either way, it’s still home to the Lakers, the most popular basketball in Los Angeles.

Don’t delay. Get tickets to watch the next NBA champions!

Lakers Basketball
Photo: Tim Hart

Address: 1111 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015


20. Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills is a place you cannot skip.

Stop by Rodeo Dr and let the kids admire the expensive sports cars and the Rolls-Royce Phamtom parked in front of Bijan’s.

Perhaps you can also make time for some personal shopping or have breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Beverly Hills Rodeo Dr
Photo: Colton Sturgeon

Address: Beverly Hills, CA 90210


21. Aquarium of the Pacific

The Aquarium of the Pacific (formerly known ad the Long Beach Aquarium) shined inside and out.

When you enter the building, be sure to check out the under water diver in the Blue Cavern tank at the Southern California / Baja Gallery.

Outdoors stop by the Shark Lagoon where kids even get to touch and play with the sharks. For real.

Aquarium of the Pacific
Photo: James Lee

Address: 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802


22. Warner Bros. Studio Tour

LA is the entertainment capital of the world.

The Warner Bros Studio Tear gives you a chance to see up close how tv shows and movies are made.

Warner Bros Studios
Photo: Chase Yi

Address: 3400 Warner Blvd, Burbank,


23. Malibu

Malibu is of course famous for its celebrity residents and sandy beaches.

Having fun at the beach and passing by famous people’s homes and their nice cars on Pacific Coast Highway are all part of the allure of this small town.

It’s also a great place for many other types of outdoor activities.

There are great hiking trails around the nearby canyons. And if you don’t like to walk, there’s also horseback riding!

Photo: Andre Benz

Address: Malibu, CA


24. South Coast Botanic Garden

South Coast Botanic Garden is located uphill in the beautiful Palos Verdes Peninsula.

Some of the highlights include the giant redwood trees and the massive bay fig tree.

South Coast Botanic is not quite as famous as the Huntington but it’s still one of the best botanical gardens in California.

The grounds are so expansive and the collections are so vast that walking along the paths can feel like long hikes.

South Coast Botanic Garden
Photo: James Lee

Address: 26300 Crenshaw Blvd, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274


25. Catalina Island

Catalina Island is located just off shore from LA. You can catch a ferry from Long Beach to get there.

The 1-hour ferry ride itself can be a fun experience.

And then once you are on the island, there are lots of outdoor activities like bicycling, hiking, fishing and kayaking.

Catalina Island
Photo: Stella Guan

Address: Avalon, CA 90704


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