7 Remarkable Things to Do at Night in Los Angeles for First Timers
Starting you out on potentially the best nights of your life takes serious committment. That's why I'm here. Check it out! ~Picture by Mike Crawford
Los Angeles is impressive, but for first-timers, maybe a bit overwhelming. Here are a few bite-size pieces for the hungry visitor. You might not be able to experience everything, but a few quality activities will make up for that... and maybe give you an appetite to keep coming back!
1. Hike your Heart Out at Griffith Park
Take your love of nature one step further with a late jaunt along the 53 miles of trails, fire roads and bridle paths. Get a current trail map and up-to-date information on trail closures by checking in with the Ranger Station ahead of time, (323) 913-4688. The park is open 6 am to 10 pm daily, but trails close at sunset. No need to disturb the wild foxes and coyotes after that! However, if sunset is too early to leave the park, drop by the Griffith Park Observatory. Admission is free, except for select special events. They offer amazing views of the cosmos six days a week-Tues. through Sun. The Planetarium also offers eight showings a day. More questions? Check out the websites below.
4730 Crystal Springs Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone: (323) 644-2050
2800 East Observatory Rd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone: (213) 473-0800
2. Catch an Evening Film at Electric Dusk Drive-In
Maybe you are more interested in the film world than the natural one, or you just want a change of scene. That’s okay. Electric Dusk drive-in has what you’re looking for! Park your car or take or buddy up to the screen on the outdoor Astroturf with your favorite picnic blanket and someone to cuddle with. Check out the snack-shack while you are there,but be sure to confirm your tickets early! Once the space is sold out, showing up won’t get you in. Thankfully, you can buy online for two dollars cheaper! Double-features are also available. See if ABC 7, LA Weekly and The LA Times were right to feature it and weigh in on their Facebook or Twitter pages.
Electric Dusk Drive-in
At the City Market of LA:
1000 San Julian St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(Enter thru the gate on 11th St. between San Julian and San Pedro)
3. Check out the City Skylines from the Streets
If LA is gorgeous during the day, try nighttime! Plan a route along the main streets to check out the neon along the shopping strips. If you haven’t already driven up to the Griffith Observatory, take the scenic loop to the overlook outside the building and snap a few shots. Cruising through the heart of LA on Wilshire Blvd toward Santa Monica at the eastern end of the city will take you through Koreatown, past art deco designed theaters and diverse museums. The Beverly Hilton, home of the Golden Globe Awards is at the crux of Santa Monica and Wilshire. If being star-struck is your forte, stop at the historic Walk of Fame at Hollywood and Vine. What could be more appropriate than a night gawk over the celebrity tribute, where favorite actors, actresses and film characters are embedded in gold stars? Plus, the stars at the intersection honor the Appollo 11 astronauts. Salute the moon they walked on if you can find it past the lights as you drive away!
4. Tour Hollywood on a Double-Decker Bus
If it is not your style to drive it, view the city from a double-decker bus. Starline Tours will professionally introduce you to LA. Sit back and enjoy such highlights as the Chinese Theatre, Sunset Strip, Downtown Los Angeles, Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills and the Avenue of the Stars. A four-hour tour starting at sunset will give you chance to stop at the Original Farmer’s Market and the Grove for international food or unique items available at specialty stores. Book online for discounts and see the city in a unique way you won’t forget!
6925 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
City Tour By Night, daily tour, Hollywood tour, Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood Sign, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Chinese Theatre
5. Kill it in Laser Tag
If you’ve never played laser tag at Ultrazone on a Friday or Saturday night, your world is about to get a little bit bigger, a little bit darker and a whole lot more intense than you ever expected. Okay, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration, but mind you, slight! Seriously, isn’t it the height of awesomeness to suit up in a flashing suit and venture among the dimly lit obstacles to protect your honor and the integrity of your team? Take video games to the next level with the special effects of the laser tag arena setting the theme as you warily explore 5,000 square feet of multi-level mazelike structures in the interior of Ultrazone’s rink. The extra drive to get you a bit northeast of LA is absolutely worth it!
Ultrazone Laser Tag
231 E Main St
Alhambra, CA 91801
Phone: (626) 282-6178
ULTRAZONE: The Ultimate Laser Tag Adventure
6. Play Mini Golf Under the Stars
Stay ‘til the clock strikes 12 while you rack up an awesome score on the 18-hole mini-golf course offered at Sherman Oaks Castle Park. You have three runs to choose from, and especially if you’re bringing little ones, the prices will please as much as the landscaping. It’s easy and discounted to replay a game ($3 instead of the original $6.50 for adults), plus you have access to other convenient attractions while you’re at it—arcade games, batting cages, a great food selection from pizza to chef salad and beautiful, spacious party areas for a group. The castles of Sherman Oaks Castle Park await. (Yes, there really are turrets!) Check out their site for more specifics.
Sherman Oaks Castle Park
4989 Sepulveda Blvd.
7. Check out Theatrical Arts – It’s LA, After All
How can you come to the city of dreams without dreaming along with the classic characters she has to offer? Los Angeles houses several classic theaters with an excellent selection from Broadway musicals to “Disney on Ice: Frozen”. At one of Los Angeles best theaters, you have so many options that you can’t come up empty! Enjoy what generations have loved — live action under the bright lights paired with the intimate ambience of an comfortable seat in the darkened elegance of the theatre. Whether on your own or with accomplices, snatch up the delights of the theater up close and personal. Search the LA Theater guide by show to find what suits your taste.
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