City of Angels: What you Need to See The Next Time You Visit LA With Kids
When you’ve burnt yourself out on tourist traps like DisneyLand and SeaWorld, don’t fret, there are still plenty of interesting places to visit in LA that the whole family will enjoy. Family vacations are interludes you will all remember for years, but trying to please everyone in the group can be difficult. The City of Angels might surprise you with how many great sites it has to offer. Here are our suggestions for fun days in LA:
Visit a Kitschy Museum
If your kids were completely enraptured by the technology found at DisneyLand, then bring them to this seemingly boring storefront off Venice Boulevard. Here you’ll experience one of LA’s most fascinating attractions, the Museum of Jurassic Technology. See such technological wonders as a bat that can fly through walls, and hand-painted sculptures so small that they can fit in the eye of a needle. Visitors also learn about the history of trailer parks all the way to the 17th century Renaissance. This is an informative and less crowded destination sure to interest everyone in the family.
Take a Trip Back in Time
If you and your kids are into history and want to learn as you go, try a visit to the Battleship USS Iowa. This floating museum is a tour into military history and naval exploits. The “Battleship of Presidents” has seen 70 years of service and tours are offered daily. Not only will you get a fascinating glimpse into history but out on the ocean you get a great view of the city as well.
See the City From a New Angle
If you want to get the complete LA experience try Griffith Park. Covering over 4,300 acres, this is one of the largest urban parks in North America. Named for its former owner “Colonel” Griffith J. Griffith, this park is sure to excite everyone in the family. Located just above the city, you’ll get great urban views as well as seeing nature and native plant life in the park itself. The park includes The Los Angeles Zo0 and Botanical Gardens and the world famous Hollywood sign. The Griffith observatory is a short distance miles away and offers a view of the ocean and downtown LA. This park is vast, you and the kids will find ways to spend all day here.
Burn Off Your Calories With a Trip to Runyon Canyon Park
If you and your kids need to burn some energy hop on a San Gabriel Transit taxi, as this Hollywood cab company will drive up to the picturesque Runyon Canyon Park, located just two blocks from Hollywood Boulevard. Trails of various difficulties snake through this chaparral wilderness with evergreen trees and shrubs. At its highest points, hikers can catch glimpses of the Pacific Ocean, Catalina Island, and the Sunset Strip. Keep your eyes out for celebrities, as they’re often seen hiking among the common folk here.
Go Behind the Silver Screen
Really wow the kids by going where their favorite Hollywood movies are made on a Universal Studios Hollywood tour. You’ll be taken through the process of making a movie step by step. Universal Studios also offers fun themed restaurants, shops and cinemas and CityWalk. Kids will love seeing the places their favorite actors worked as well as trying some of the themed rides available.
Los Angeles is so much more than Hollywood and large attractions. Beneath its glitz, it has a rich culture that’s both fascinating and strange, providing residents and visitors with a unique escape if you know where to look.
About The Author: Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and recent graduate of the University of New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and writing about family, travel, home and fitness. From media sales jobs, to a whole host of other employment opportunities, Brooke has found ways to travel no matter the work. Contact her via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.