Halloween in Los Angeles 2014

Los Angeles Attractions

Looking for fun and festive activities to enjoy this Halloween? Check out our list of top Los Angeles attractions and events that celebrate the spookiest holiday of the year. These attractions are great for the whole family (although some are definitely scarier than others – use caution when bringing small children) and they’re the perfect way to celebrate Halloween, LA-style. Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights Each year Universal Studios Hollywood hosts the scariest and most exciting Halloween event in LA – Halloween Horror Nights. Expect nothing but the best makeup, special effects, set décor, music, and general ambiance from this legendary studio. You’ll enjoy featured spooky performances, terrifying mazes, and much more as you traverse the back lots of Universal City. There’s even an all-new “Terror Tram,” inspired by AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” … [Read more...]

Los Angeles Attraction Tips

Los Angeles Pass

Looking for things to do in Los Angeles that fall outside the box? Hollywood tours and the like are always fun, but sometimes we all need to explore a little further afield to seek out new and unique attractions. To help you take the path less traveled in LA, we’ve put together this “must-see” list of local hidden gems. If you’re a nature lover, you can’t go wrong with a visit to the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens. Located in the beautiful Griffith Park, the LA Zoo hosts over 1000 different creatures from all over the animal kingdom. The accompanying Botanical Gardens feature the plants that constitute the natural world in which these creatures live. In fact, a significant point of emphasis at the LA Zoo is the protection of natural habitats and the ways in which humans can positively impact the natural world through preservation and conservation activities. The … [Read more...]

Tips for Visiting Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios

Universal Studios Hollywood is a must-see attraction in Los Angeles. A favorite of movie buffs and pop culture fans from around the work, Universal combines the best park of a theme park, a historical attraction, and a working movie studio into one fantastic experience. Here are a few insider tips for visiting Universal Studios from our destination experts – we hope they’ll make your next visit to this top Los Angeles attraction a fantastic one! Start with the Tour Begin with 45-minute tram tour through one of most famous working studios in Hollywood. Jimmy Fallon (SNL alumnus and new host of “The Tonight Show!”) will be your video guide through Universal Studios, highlighting the exciting bits of movie magic along the tour. Highlights include the site of the plane crash from the movie “War of the Worlds,” a block of Wisteria Lane from ABC’s “Desperate Housewives,” … [Read more...]

Discount Hollywood Attractions Pass

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Wondering what’s going on in Hollywood these days? August is a wonderful time to be in Los Angeles, as the summer is wrapping up and autumn is just around the corner. Of course, the weather is still generally hot and sunny around this time—and well into September—and Hollywood is always hopping with big-name attractions, lesser-known gems, and a hip and glamorous night life. Spend the day in Hollywood familiarizing yourself with the attractions you’ve heard so much about, from the Hollywood sign to the Walk of Fame, then make sure to explore the other myriad Hollywood attractions the area hosts. See the lifestyles of the rich and the famous without breaking the bank by taking advantage of a discount Hollywood attractions pass, your all-inclusive ticket to the city. While it’s not actually in Hollywood any more, Universal Studios Hollywood is the ultimate blockbuster … [Read more...]

Best Los Angeles Tours

Los Angeles Tours

Los Angeles is a pretty big city, and for first-time visitors, it can be very tricky to get your bearings. With so much to do and see, how do you decide where to go? We recommend checking out a few of these popular Los Angeles Tours. They’ll introduce you to everything from Hollywood hotspots and cultural centers to celebrity homes and famous filming locations. See the best of Tinseltown with any of these top Los Angeles attractions! Everyone loves a good celebrity homes tour. After all, it’s the real life equivalent of reading People Magazine or watching E! Whether you want to scope out Hollywood or Malibu, either of these tours provides you with insider anecdotes and fun details about the lives of some of our favorite celebrities. You’ll also see iconic landmarks and neighborhoods like Rodeo Drive, the Hollywood sign, Muholland Drive, and the sunny Pacific … [Read more...]

Huntington Library Opens New American Art Galleries

Los Angeles Art Museums

Art lovers visiting the LA area this summer are in for a delightful surprise – the beautiful Huntington Library is about to open up a brand new expansion of their American Art galleries. Be sure to stop by the Huntington for a few hours to check out the new space; it’s bound to be a fantastic addition to a culturally inspired Los Angeles vacation. The new space debuts on July 19th. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the place (and it is a little hidden in San Marino), the Huntington is a unique cultural center that combines a little bit of everything – lush botanical gardens, a world-renowned research library, and several well furnished art galleries. Now, they’ve expanded their American Art gallery by adding five new rooms (previously used as storage space) – that’s a lot more space for art! The expansion means that over 100 new works of art can be displayed to … [Read more...]

Aquarium of the Pacific Discount Tickets

Aquarium of the Pacific Discount Tickets

Are you searching for seals and dolphins on your kayak ride through La Jolla? Scouring tide pools for tiny starfish and anemones? There’s an easier way to see the best Pacific sea life on your LA vacation this summer – with a trip to the Aquarium of the Pacific! Located in Long Beach, California (just south of LA proper), the Aquarium of the Pacific is the best place to get to know the creatures that live and play in the world’s largest ocean. With more than 11,000 different creatures, the Aquarium of the Pacific is home to a stunning variety of specimens from the Tropical Pacific to Southern California and Baja California all the way to the chilly North Pacific. Some of our favorite areas and special exhibits at the aquarium include: the Sea Otter Habitat, featuring Maggie, the beloved resident icon of the zoo; the Shark Lagoon, perfect for those of you who wish every week was … [Read more...]

Summer at Knott’s Berry Farm

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A Southern California vacation often involves a trip to one or more of the area’s top theme parks. However, summertime in places like Disneyland means lots of crowds and long lines – not to mention the astronomical prices. This summer, enjoy short lines and sweet rides at a theme park that maintains a hometown feel: Knott’s Berry Farm. Plus, with Knott’s Berry Farm discount tickets, the price is unbeatable. Billed as America’s first theme park, Knott’s Berry Farm boasts a long history of providing quality entertainment and hospitality in Southern California. What started as a highway-side fruit stand known for the creation of the hybrid boysenberry and delicious berry pies in the 1920s evolved into a “summer long county fair” by the 1950s and a theme park to rival the giants by the 1990s. Today, the park continues to grow, and while you can still get a slice of fresh … [Read more...]

A Guide to LA Studio Tours

LA Studio Tours

Planning your trip to LA and trying to decide which studio tour is right for you and your family? Check out our handy guide to the top Los Angeles Studio Tours for information on tour content, location, hours of operation, and any additional admission information you need to know. Each of these tours has something unique to offer visitors. Indulge your love for the entertainment industry with a visit to one – or to all! – of these top Los Angeles attractions. In no particular order: Universal Studios Universal Studios Hollywood often tops many must-see lists. Begin with 45-minute tram tour through one of the most famous working studios in Hollywood. Jimmy Fallon (SNL alumnus and new host of “The Tonight Show!”) will be your video guide through the park, pointing out some of the exciting pieces of movie magic that you’ll see throughout the tour. Highlights include a bit of … [Read more...]

Los Angeles 4th of July Fireworks 2014

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If there’s one day of the year where the city known for its glitz and glamour is even more filled with sparkle and light than usual, it’s the Fourth of July. Los Angeles attractions love Independence Day as much as the rest of us, so you can expect to find the whole sprawling metropolis celebrating. Of course, it’s the fireworks that are the main attraction. This year, when you spend Fourth of July in Los Angeles, you should know where to go to see the best fireworks displays from the most ideal viewing spots. Whether public extravaganzas or ticketed events, these five Los Angeles attractions each put on a fireworks show you won’t want to miss—and over half of them are free. Rose Bowl - AmericaFest AmericaFest at the Rose Bowl is one of the most well-known Fourth of July events in L.A. In fact, it features one of the largest fireworks displays in all of Southern … [Read more...]