Huntington Library Opens New American Art Galleries

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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

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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...]

Things to do on Valentine’s Day in L.A.

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Looking for last minute Valentine’s Day ideas for the weekend in Los Angeles? In the city of glitz and glamour, you can expect businesses and restaurants to go all out on the romance scale. While this is great for some, many prefer Valentine’s Day plans that are less expensive, more casual, less stuffy, and more fun! There are so many exciting things to do in Los Angeles this Valentine’s Day, no matter what your interests. The Theme Park Date Show your special Valentine a good time with one of the many different theme parks in Los Angeles—or see them all! You’ll get your taste of showbiz when you visit Universal Studios Hollywood, which includes both a behind-the-scenes tour of the working studio and an amusement park filled with thrill rides based on all your favorite movies and television shows. Meanwhile, Six Flags Magic Mountain is a thrill seekers paradise, … [Read more...]

Top Los Angeles Winter Attractions

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There are several reasons why a trip to Los Angeles in the winter will be advantageous to both you and your wallet. Among the top few reasons are that the weather is mild, hotel rates are nearly half of what the are in the peak season, and you’ll experience way fewer crowds and lines at the top Los Angeles attractions! Theme Parks & Studio Tours Visiting Universal Studios Orlando without having to navigate through throngs of tourists is any movie buff’s dream come true. Fortunately, you can make this a reality by scheduling your trip to Universal in the winter—from the enormous back lot, to the special effects stage, to the all new King Kong 360 3-D movie adventure, it’s all yours to explore! You’ll travel through working sets, learn all about cutting-edge movie-making technology, and get on board rides built to resemble your favorite blockbuster hits. Want to see more … [Read more...]

Summer Things to Do in Los Angeles

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Out in Los Angeles, summertime is celebrated for its long days, cool nights, and infinite opportunities to enjoy the diverse Los Angeles attractions for which the city is so well known. As we approach the end of July (already!), we start to remember that summer doesn’t last forever. That’s why I’m reminding you that it’s now or never when it comes to enjoying the best summer things to do in Los Angeles in 2013. It’s the perfect time for a little round-up of Los Angeles attractions – so when August approaches you’ll know just what to do! Bike the Beaches This summer, spice up your beach bathing and boardwalk wandering with a little action and exercise. If you’ve never gone biking or skating through the beach communities, you’re in for a treat. In Los Angeles, it can be easy to get caught up in all that’s going on and forget to simply appreciate the beautiful scenery. … [Read more...]

Things to Do in Los Angeles When It’s Hot Out

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In sunny southern California, Los Angeles is a city designed for beating the heat. From the beach communities to Hollywood, there are always things to do in Los Angeles when it's hot out. To experience the best of these Los Angeles attractions, use the Smart Destinations' Go Los Angeles Card and save up to 55% off of 37 attractions. Here are the top five things to do in Los Angeles when it's hot out.   Spend the Day in Santa Monica There's a reason why Santa Monica is a famous beach front city and resort town: The 3.5 miles of beach in Santa Monica are absolutely pristine. Enjoy bathing on the beach, splashing in the water, and ample opportunity for people watching. Santa Monica Beach also features some top attractions, like Pacific Park, an amusement park right on the Santa Monica Pier, and the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, which is home to hundreds of marine species that … [Read more...]

Things to do in Los Angeles

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Los Angeles is often billed as the “Creative Capital of the World” due to the fact that one in every six of its residents works in a creative industry. So what exactly are all these artists, actors, dancers, writers, filmmakers, and musicians doing here? Most would argue that this dense body of creative residents is largely due to a certain Los Angeles district known as Hollywood. This infamous district is situated in the west – northwest region of downtown Los Angeles, and is an active beacon for creative artists from all around the world. There are many things to do in Los Angeles, but a visit just isn’t complete without experiencing the glamour and prestige of all that Hollywood has to offer. Get in the action with a Los Angeles Attractions Pass, and see the many marvels of Los Angeles for one low price. With the Go Los Angeles Card, you can experience some of Hollywood’s … [Read more...]