It’s easy to get comfortable going to the same places for birthday celebrations or taking the same hike when it’s a beautiful day. But, have you ever thought about exploring the city as a tourist? It can be fun to get out of your local bubble and explore LA like a tourist. You never know who you will meet or what new things you’ll discover. Explore the Los Angeles area like a tourist now because while others are waiting for summer vacation, all of the fun is in your backyard right now. Here are some tourist attractions you can check out:
This popular educational attraction is the most visited public observatory in the world, and there’s a reason for that. The Griffith Observatory is a hybrid of public observatory, planetarium, and exhibition space. During your visit, you can expect to look through telescopes, explore the exhibits and see live shows in the planetarium. There are even views of Los Angeles and the infamous Hollywood Sign that are bound to take your breath away.
Universal Studios Hollywood
We would be remised if we didn’t include this great attraction – Universal Studios Hollywood. Its many rides, attractions, and adventures are perfect for the entire family. The theme park has nine rides, seven live shows, and one large outdoor play area. You can experience the freakishly scary attractions like The Walking Dead Attraction and/or the cute and adorable like the Despicable Me Minion Mayhem. You can expect to see your favorite movie characters strolling through the park at any point, too. We’re getting excited just thinking about it.
Santa Monica Pier
Ditch your car for a bike and explore the Santa Monica Pier, one of the most scenic rides west of LA. Bustling with restaurants and nightlife spots, Santa Monica is a must visit location for visitors and residents. It’s three miles of shoreline and is known as the best in the area thanks to its soft sands, ideal weather and number of attractions. There’s a 26-mile bike path that runs parallel to the Pacific Ocean. There’s also a Ferris wheel great for getting an aerial view and a number of roller coasters. It’s the perfect place for a little fun in the sun.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Where are all of our art lovers? This one is for you! The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is the foundation of LA’s museum district since it open in 1965. They have showcased thousands of pieces over the decades from Picasso to Cézanne. They also host art-inspired conversations and events throughout the year. LACMA has worked hard to create an artful experience outside as well. At night you can enjoy a Chris Burden’s Urban Light installation, which consists of 202 restored antique street lamps. It’s located on Wilshire Boulevard in West LA and open 7 days a week.
As you can see, the LA area is always bustling with something to do, and the tourist attractions are fun for residents and visitors alike. And you don’t have to spend a lot to have a good time. In fact, here are 3 free things to do in LA for the whole family. Share your favorite things to do in LA with us on Facebook.