Things to Do in Los Angeles With Family: Our Recommendations for You
In California with kids? Come discover all the entertaining things that you can do in Los Angeles when traveling with family. Fun for all ages!
So, you're going to Los Angeles on a family vacation and don't know what you should do? We get it, we really do. Planning a vacation can be extremely difficult as it is, and when you have to take your family into account as well, it just makes things more difficult. But that's why we're here at Daring Penguin, to help make your vacation planning just that much easier!
So, here today we're happy to present you with the top 11 entertaining things in Los Angeles with family!
1. Los Angeles Zoo
Lions, tigers and bears. Oh my!
Is someone in your family an animal lover? Or better yet, have you always wanted to see so many different types of animals that you haven't gotten to for whatever reason? Then you have the perfect reason to go to the Los Angeles Zoo! Of course, there's the standard bears, lions and tigers that you can go and visit while in the zoo. It'd be a shame to not visit them, if you're going to go to the zoo anyways. They have a host of animals that you can go and see, while also having a smaller selection of animals in their petting zoo. They also have a botanical garden on the premises that you can visit, if that's more of your thing. Overall though, it's just a matter of finding what exactly you want to look at.
Mickey, Goofy and Donald are waiting for you!
It's every child's dream to meet those cartoon characters, that they watch early in the mornings before they go to school. Parent's who also grew up with Disney, tend to feel nostalgia when they go to Disneyland. Disney itself, is something which nearly every person in America has grown up with, and just getting to see familiar faces is nice. Not to mention, the park also has many different rides and shows, that kids and adults will enjoy as well. So, what are you waiting for? Mickey and Pluto are waiting for you!
3. Griffith Park
Come take a step into nature, or stare at the stars!
Griffith park is more than just a small area where you can take your children and enjoy a nice picnic. It is one of the largest parks in North America, holding an astronomical 4,300 acres. Trees dot the entire landscape, creating absolutely breath taking scenery, that you would normally only find in pictures. If you, or your family enjoys nature then you would feel at peace here.
If earthly nature isn't exactly your thing though, then you also have The Griffith Observatory located inside the park, where you can go and watch the stars. The Observatory is in an absolutely beautiful location, with a look on the city. Either way, at Griffith Park you should be able to find something that you wish to go or see.
4. La Brea Tar Pits
Wonder into the ice age. Make sure to bring your jacket!
The La Brea Tar Pits is nearby the Los Angeles County Museum of art. When you arrive here, you'll instantly be assaulted by visuals of mammoths trying to climb out of the tar pits. As a result, it's probably a better location for slightly older children, if you believe that they can handle it. But regardless, it's hard to deny the fact that the area has a stunning view, and definitely has a feel that you just can't get anywhere else.
If you are a lover of The Ice Age, or just extinct animals in general this place will be perfect for you. If you don't particularly care one way or another about it though, it is still impressive to see the large sculptures of mammoths trying to escape from the tar. It's without a doubt a place that you should try to visit at least once while you're in Los Angeles.
5. Hollywood Wax Museum
You won't realize they aren't alive at first!
This museum follows a very peculiar subject; Wax statues. It's a weird concept to wrap your head around, but people have been turned into seemingly permanent works of art. Or at least, wax recreations of them have been. The statues inside the museum look absolutely realistic, and it's actually kind of crazy just how they look. Unless you get up extremely close to the statues, it's hard to actually tell if they are made out of wax.
6. Dolby Theatre
Where the magic happens!
The Dolby Theatre is home to many live performances. They have had a relatively short life span, only opening back in 2001, though it's proven that it's going to stay. The types of shows that are mostly on stage at the Theatre are of the musical variety. If you enjoy music, and want to have an experience like none you've ever had before, then it would be a good idea to go and visit and see just how you enjoy it!
7. Dodger Stadium
Bottom of the ninth!
Do you or anyone in your family like sports? Specifically baseball? That's great then! You should find a chance to head on over to Dodger Stadium, and watch a Dodgers game. It's a large facility, and even if you don't know much about what team the Dodger's are playing, it still would be a great time. Just being around people that are extremely excited is enough to get some people enthralled into something, and it would be a nice experience to have either way.
8. The Grammy Museum
The stars shine brightly!
Are you a fan of American movies or actors? Is there a particular Grammy winner that you would like to get to know more about? Then you've come to the right place! The Grammy Museum is a place with a lot of information on every person who has won a Grammy, and it's a blast to learn about. There's so many different individuals who you can get a chance to hear about in the museum, that it makes visiting again many different times a worthwhile thing.
The museum also gets updated yearly, with all of the new Grammy Winners, who they have to add to the exhibits. It's an ever-changing area, that deserves at least a visit if you have any interest in actors or things of that nature. It'll be a blast, and who knows? You may get scouted yourself while you're there!
9. Travel Town Museum
Vroom, vroom. It's time to go!
So listen, at first this place may or may not seem like it's a boring place. But you see, it focuses on various forms of train related transportation. Really think about it, in this day and age when cars are so widely used, a train is something that people don't really get to stay inside except for specific parts of the country where subways are common. In regards to that, an entire museum based on trains is something enthralling which you wouldn't normally get a chance to see otherwise. Give it a shot, who knows. You may end up having to buy a model train after your visit because you just can't get enough!
10. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles
Get in Marty, we're going back to the past!
Welcome to the wonderful world of the past, it's a treat to see that you brought the entire family. So, you have an interest in history do you? Well then, that's great because this Museum is dedicated entirely to it! Do you enjoy Dinosaurs? What's that you say, you absolutely love them? Well then you came to the right place! There is a permanent exhibit dedicated to Dinosaurs here.
Do you still like animals after going to the zoo? Great, because we have plenty of information on them here! You can go on an African Safari and get an example of what it would be like to be on the plains. You can also learn various facts about Bugs, Birds, Mammals, Spiders and rare American Animals.
Maybe California history is more of your thing? Well that's fine too! There's exhibits based entirely on how California was during the pre-colonial era. There's also exhibits on what it's like to be an American in today's society. But if both of those are still too new for you, why not give the gem exhibit a shot? You may just find something you absolutely love there.
11. Wayfarer's Chapel
This Chapel is just breath taking. If you want to get a family portrait done while in Los Angeles, this is without a doubt where to do it. It's a Chapel surrounded by beautiful trees near the pacific ocean, and there's plenty of windows to allow you to have just an astounding picture opportunity. If you can only go to one place on this list, I would personally recommend this one. The view is just so amazing, that it would be too much of a shame to pass up.
Of course, this list is just a few small suggestions. It's ultimately up to you to make the ultimate decisions of where you go. Who knows, you may find things that would make for a better list than this all together, in which case go for it. It's you and your families opinions that matters the most, so you may as well try to make the best memories with them that you can while in Los Angeles. If you do happen to find places that blow these out of the water, then feel free to inform me, and I'll get around to making an updated list eventually. So go on out there and explore, my dear Penguins.
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