Best Los Angeles Studio Tours

Swing by Central Perk, the hang-out spot of the "FRIENDS" characters.

What better way to experience the star-studded city of Los Angeles than to visit the studios where your favorite movies, both old and new, were created? Indeed, no trip to LA is complete without a trip to one (or more!) of one of the major film and television studios headquartered in Los Angeles. Back-lots, sound stages, and antique sets are just the beginning of what you’ll discover. Of course, you should also keep your eyes peeled for celebrities currently filming in the studios!

Not sure which studio is best for your visit? Here’s the run down on what to expect at the four big Los Angeles Studio tours, including age requirements and other such necessary information. You can visit any or all of them with your Go Los Angeles Card!

 

 

  • Swing by Central Perk, the hang-out spot of the "FRIENDS" characters.

    Swing by Central Perk, the hang-out spot of the “FRIENDS” characters.

    Warner Brothers Studio Tour

    The highlights of this 2.25 hour tour of one of the busiest film and television studios in the world are too numerous to name them all. You’ll cruise through sound stages, sets, back-lot streets, and memorabilia collections on an extended golf cart that seats twelve. Ever wanted to see the batmobile? Sit on the couch at Central Perk? Peruse an entire floor of authentic Harry Potter props? Now’s your chance!

    As you visit the sets of some of your favorite on-air television programs, it’s likely you’ll run into some celebrities. Make sure you tell your tour guide what you want to see most, as every tour is different and geared towards the tour members’ interests. You may be able to spot stars on set for The Big Bang Theory, The Ellen Degeneres Show, Conan, Pretty Little Liars, The Mentalist, Chuck, Mike & Molly, and many more.

    Restrictions & Requirements:
    Warner Brothers Studio Tour offers admission to guests ages 8 and up. Although cameras are allowed in some areas, video cameras are prohibited. Over-size bags are also prohibited. Adults must bring a photo identification card, and it is suggested you arrive 30 minutes before your tour is scheduled to depart.
    Hours:
    Monday through Friday, 8:20 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Location:
    3400 Riverside Drive
    Burbank, CA 91505

  • Enter through the archway to your Paramount Pictures Studio tour!

    Paramount Pictures Studio Tour

    As the only classic studio still located in Hollywood, the Paramount Pictures Studio Tour offers a unique look into the historic past of the film industry, far different than the modern studios in Burbank. Of course, the Studio is also home to working movie and television facilities, and you’ll get to see the day-to-day operations of the big Hollywood executives and popular movie stars. One of the most impressive parts of the 2-hour tour is the re-creation of streets designed to look like New York and Chicago for numerous film shoots. For example, the New York City backlot is a 5-acre site that recreates 8 distinct areas of New York City, including Brooklyn, SoHo, and the Lower East Side.

    Although we won’t go as far as to say you should expect a celebrity sighting, it is a common occurrence, so keep your eyes peeled! After all, you’ll be strolling along the workplaces of the top celebrities in the industry.

    Restrictions & Requirements:
    You must be 12 years or age or older to take the Paramount Pictures Studio Tour. It is required that you make advance reservations, and cameras and recording devices are prohibited.
    Hours:
    Monday through Friday tours depart at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m.
    Location:
    5555 Melrose Avenue
    Hollywood, CA 90038

  • Walk through the real set of everyone’s favorite game show, Wheel of Fortune!

    Sony Pictures StudioTour

    A tour of the famed Sony Pictures Studio, once the home of MGM, will shed light on the film industry from its historic beginnings to the present. You’ll take a 2-hour walking tour of the place where The Wizard of Oz, Men in Black, and Spider-Man were filmed (along with several other big hits!).

    Your tour will be led by a knowledgeable guide who will take you through Hollywood’s glory days and behind the scenes of the state-of-the-art motion picture studio. Sony Pictures features a whopping 16 sound studios, and you’ll get to walk on the sets of various shows currently being filmed (pending availability), including Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune. As you’ll be at one of the busiest studio lots in the world, it’s quite possible you’ll glimpse some of the stars who work at Sony.

    Restrictions & Requirements:
    To go on the Sony Pictures Studio Tour, you must be 13 years of age or older. Reservations are not required, but they are highly recommended. All adults must carry a photo identification card. Video recording devices are not allowed on the tour.
    Hours:
    Monday through Friday tours depart at 9:30 am, 10:30 am, 1:30 pm, and 2:30 p.m.
    Location:
    10000 West Washington Boulevard
    Culver City, CA 90232

  • Get right in on the action at Universal Studios Hollywood!

    Universal Studios Hollywood Tour

    This 45-minute tour via tram is offered as part of admission to the Universal Studios Theme Park, making it a great option for those who want two experiences in one. The action-packed live studio tour is narrated by video-host and famed comedian Jimmy Fallon.

    On this famed tour, you’ll ride through the largest movie set street expansion in Hollywood history built with creative consultation from Steven Spielberg. The range of sets is beyond impressive: for instance, you’ll see the legendary Bates Motel from Psycho and Wisteria Lane from Desperate Housewives. Then you’ll witness how they make the movie magic at the Special Effects Stage, as you learn about CGI, stop-motion, motion capture, and 3-D technology.

    After the tour, take a thrill ride inside the world of the industry’s biggest movie blockbusters with attractions like The Simpsons Ride and Jurassic Park – The Ride.

    Restrictions & Requirements:
    Although there are no specific restrictions for the Universal Studios Hollywood Tour, visitors should be aware that the tram tour passes through several attractions that may include loud explosions and special effects. This should be taken into account when deciding if the tour is right for your group.
    Hours:
    Universal Studios Hollywood is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the summer and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the winter. (The tour is included in regular park admission).
    Location:
    100 Universal City Plaza
    Universal City, CA 91608

Comments

  1. Kim Glen says:

    The New York and Chicago sets are a must see! It’s like transporting across the country in a matter of seconds. The power of movie magic!

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