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Things to do in Los Angeles

Sunset Strip and the Hollywood Walk of Fame are the places for star spotting in Hollywood. Soak up the sunny weather on a Paramount Pictures tour. Convertibles cruise down Sunset Boulevard to Santa Monica Pier and onto The Getty Center Los Angeles to see a real van Gough. Kids have fun in Beverly Hills with rollercoaster rides at Universal Studios Hollywood. Most attractions are open daily, 10am-6pm.

Santa Monica Pier, Los Angeles. © John Paul Iacoangelo/LA INC. The Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau
The Hollywood Museum, Los Angeles. &copy  John Paul Iacoangelo/LA INC. The Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau
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The Hollywood Museum

The history of Hollywood

The Hollywood Museum in the heart of Hollywood features four floors of famous and rare props, costumes, scripts and vintage photos from the television, stage and recording industries. Displays are arranged chronologically, from the Silent Era to current productions.



Cost

US$15; concessions US$12

Opening Hours

Thu-Sun 10am-5pm

Address

1660, North Highland Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles CA 90028

Telephone

+1 323 464 7776

Transport

Car or taxi

Website

The Hollywood Museum Website

Universal Studios Hollywood, Los Angeles. © LA INC. The Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau
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Universal Studios Hollywood

Movie and amusement park

Universal Studios Hollywood amusement park combines popular television programmes and movies with high-tech thrill rides such as The Simpsons roller coaster. The main attraction is the Studio Tour, a guided tram ride around the company's 170 hectares within Universal City.



Cost

US$67; children under 1.2m tall US$57; under-2s free

Opening Hours

Winter daily 10am-6pm; summer daily 9am-7pm

Address

100, Universal City Plaza, Universal City, Hollywood, Los Angeles CA 91608

Telephone

+1 818 622 3801

Transport

Bus 150, 248, 750 or metro to Universal City

Website

Universal Studios Website

The Paley Center for Media, Los Angeles. © Grant Mulford
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The Paley Center for Media

Favourite TV shows

Roughly 140,000 television and radio programmes such as The Twilight Zone and I Love Lucy can be viewed in private consoles at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. Nearly a century of television and radio history is represented.



Cost

Suggested contribution US$10; under 14s US$5

Opening Hours

Wed-Sun 12pm-5pm

Address

465, North Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles CA 90210

Telephone

+1 310 786 1091

Transport

Car or taxi

Website

The Paley Center for Media Website

The Getty Center in Los Angeles. Courtesy of LA INC The Convention and Visitors Bureau
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The Getty Center Los Angeles

Massive art museum

The Getty Center Los Angeles is a billion-dollar postmodernist complex, located atop the Santa Monica mountains. It houses an enormous collection of Impressionist paintings - including van Gogh's Irises - priceless decorative arts, fine manuscripts, contemporary photography and much more.



Cost

Free

Opening Hours

Tue-Sun 10am-5.30pm (until 9pm Fri)

Address

1200, Getty Center Drive, Brentwood, Los Angeles CA 90049

Telephone

+1 310 440 7300

Transport

Car or taxi

Website

The Getty Website

California Science Center. © Carol Martinez/LACVB
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California Science Center

Science made fun

Located in South Los Angeles' Exposition Park, the California Science Center is one of the city's top family attractions. Hands-on displays explore invention and cutting-edge technology, while The Fun Lab offers interactive gadgets for kids to push, pull and prod.



Cost

Free

Opening Hours

Daily 10am-5pm

Address

700, Exposition Park, Los Angeles CA 90037

Telephone

+1 323 724 3623

Transport

Car or taxi

Website

California Science Center Website

Petersen Automotive Museum, Los Angeles. &copy John Paul Iacoangelo/LA INC. The Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau
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Petersen Automotive Museum

Car-lovers' heaven

The four-storey, 27,871m² Petersen Automotive Museum on Miracle Mile displays more than 200 cars and motorcycles. The collection includes vintage classics, racing cars, and famous movie vehicles. An interactive learning centre teaches the scientific principles of how a car works.



Cost

US$10; 5-12s US$3; under-5s free

Opening Hours

Tue-Sun 10am-6pm

Address

6060, Wilshire Boulevard (at Fairfax), Los Angeles CA 90036

Telephone

+1 323 930 2277

Transport

Car or taxi

Website

Petersen Automotive Museum Website

La Brea Tar Pits, Beijing. &copy LA INC./Richard Carroll
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La Brea Tar Pits

Primordial pools

Located on L.A.'s Miracle Mile, the La Brea Tar Pits is a large pool of tar that's been bubbling up from the earth for more than 40,000 years. It's one of the world's richest excavation sites for Ice Age fossils.



Cost

US$7; 5-12s US$2; under-5s free

Opening Hours

Daily 9.30am-5pm

Address

5801, Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles CA 90036

Telephone

+1 323 934 7243

Transport

Car or taxi

Website

La Brea Tar Pits Website

Walt Disney Concert Hall from 1st and Grand Avenues, Los Angeles. Courtesy of Tom Bonner
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Walt Disney Concert Hall

An architectural masterpiece

Opened in 2003, the Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles is one of the most acoustically sophisticated concert halls in the world. The dramatic stainless-steel exterior consists of wildly undulating curved surfaces.



Cost

Various

Opening Hours

Various; audio tours daily 10am-2pm

Address

151, South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90012

Telephone

+1 323 850 2000

Transport

Bus 14, 37 or 714 to Downtown; Civic Center metro

Website

Walt Disney Concert Hall Website

L.A. Zoo, Los Angeles. © LA INC. The Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau
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L.A. Zoo

Hundreds of exotic animals

L A Zoo in Griffith Park contains nearly 1100 animals spread over 46 hectares. The highlight is the Red Ape Rain Forest, home to the zoo's unique orangutan population. Kids can pet cuddlier creatures at the Winnick Family Children's Zoo.



Cost

US$13; seniors US$10; 2-12s US$8; under-2s free

Opening Hours

Daily 10am-5pm

Address

5333, Zoo Drive, Los Angeles CA 90027

Telephone

+1 323 644 4200

Transport

Bus 96 to Griffith Park

Website

L.A. Zoo Website

Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles. &copy LA INC. The Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau
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Griffith Observatory

Hollywood's other stars

Made famous in the James Dean film Rebel Without a Cause, Griffith Observatory's bronze domes have been a Hollywood Hills landmark since 1935. The central dome houses the 300-seat Samuel Oschin Planetarium, where hourly screenings reveal the stars and planets.



Cost

Free admission to observatory & grounds; nominal charge for Samuel Oschin Planetarium

Opening Hours

Tue-Fri 12pm-10pm; Sat & Sun 10am-10pm

Address

2800, East Observatory Road, Los Angeles CA 90027

Telephone

+1 213 473 0800

Transport

Car or taxi

Website

Griffith Observatory Website

Hollywood Walk of Fame, Los Angeles. The Hollywood Walk of Fame™ & © 2002 Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, Licensed by Global Icons, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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Hollywood Walk of Fame

World-famous sidewalk

Since 1960 over 2,200 celebrities, including Elvis Presley and Greta Garbo, have been honoured along the world's most famous sidewalk. Each bronze medallion on the Hollywood Walk of Fame honours a famous television, film, radio, theatre, or recording personality.



Cost

Free

Opening Hours

Daily all day

Address

Hollywood Boulevard (between Gower Street and La Brea Avenue), Hollywood, Los Angeles CA 90028

Telephone

+1 323 469 8311

Transport

Car or taxi

Website

Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Website

Venice Beach, Los Angeles. &copy Peter Bracken
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Venice Beach

A community of canals

Venice Beach is renowned for its buzzing beach and wide boardwalk popular with rollerbladers and sunseekers, but inland lies a canal network that gave the area its name. Look out for 1920s European-designed buildings that formed the original development here.



Cost

Free

Opening Hours

Daily all day

Address

1800, Ocean Front Walk, Venice, Los Angeles CA 90291

Transport

Bus 33 or 333 to Venice Beach

Website

Venice Beach Website

Santa Monica Pier, Los Angeles. © John Paul Iacoangelo/LA INC. The Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau
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Santa Monica Pier

Seaside amusement park

The Santa Monica Pier is a classic American wooden wharf where seafood restaurants, souvenir shops and thrill rides are perched above the Pacific Ocean. Highlights include an old-fashioned wooden carousel, a roller coaster, a shooting gallery and a large aquarium.



Cost

Free

Opening Hours

Daily all day

Address

Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, Los Angeles CA 90401

Telephone

+1 310 458 8900

Transport

Car or taxi

Website

Santa Monica Pier Website

Paramount Pictures, Los Angeles. &copy John Paul Iacoangelo/LA INC. The Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau
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Paramount Pictures

How movies are made

Paramount Pictures is the only major studio still located in Hollywood. The two-hour studio tour offers a historical lesson on filmmaking and a real-life, behind-the-scenes look at a working movie and television facilities in day-to-day operation. Look out for celebrities.



Cost

US$35 (advance reservation only)

Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 10am-2pm

Address

5555, Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90038

Telephone

+1 323 956 1777

Transport

Car or taxi

Website

Paramount Pictures Website

The Sunset Strip, Los Angeles. &copy John Paul Iacoangelo/LA INC. The Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau
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The Sunset Strip

Boulevard of dreams

The Sunset Strip in West Hollywood is a 2.8km stretch of Sunset Boulevard where some of the world's most famous - and infamous - bars, clubs and hotels reside. The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, and Bob Marley got their start on this street.



Cost

Free

Opening Hours

Daily all day

Address

8000-9000, Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles CA 90046

Transport

Car or taxi

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