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Family Activities in Los Angeles

Los Angeles

is one of America’s legendary cities. With its landmarks and landscapes appearing in countless movies and TV shows, the City of Angels evokes images and fantasies for most visitors—including young ones. Among our favorite activities for families:

  • Ride bikes along the beach in Santa Monica with stops at muscle beach and the Santa Monica pier. (Bikes can be rented on the pier itself at Blazing Saddles)
  • Santa Monica pier can be crammed with tourists and the rides are nothing really special but there’s something magical about the ferris wheel lit up at night and seeing the city from its perch. Now, you can sign up for an acrobatic class at the trapeze school too.
  • Visit one of the movie studios such as Universal Studios, where you can get a behind-the-scenes look at movie making combined with time at the amusement park or Warner Bros. for a deeper understanding of the industry that has powered this town.
  • Take a hike through some of the great parks and up to the Hollywood sign.
  • Try sky diving in a safe way at the new simulator at Universal Studio’s City Walk.
  • Drive through Beverly Hills, preferably in a convertible, and revel at the beauty of the neighborhood, then end it with a stop at the Beverly Hills Hotel for lunch by the pool at the Cabana Café or at the Fountain Coffee Room with its legendary banana leaf wallpaper.
  • Petersen Automotive Museum to see great old cars and vintage motorcycles and great interactive displays so kids learn science and history while having fun.
  • Hiking and/or surfing in Malibu with lunch at the Malibu Beach Inn where if you sit outside on the terrace you may spot dolphins or a beach-walking celebrity.
  • An evening seeing improv comedy at The Groundlings provides a glimpse into the dreamers who make LA what it is.

Published onDecember 23, 2012

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