Los Angeles, CA is known as the entertainment capital of the world. This distinction officially refers to LA’s role in hosting many of the World’s leading television and movie studios, and all things associated with the industry, but as entertainment goes, Los Angeles has much more to offer to its residence and visitors then just a day at the movies. From world famous museums, to awe inspiring beaches, unique shopping, and dining choices galore… LA has it all! Here’s a glimpse at just a handful of the things you can do on most days in Los Angeles….
Arts & Culture:
Los Angeles holds the distinction of having more museums and theatres than other city in the US. It has the first and largest historic theatre district, with 12 still standing movie theatres in just a several block radius of downtown LA. One can visit over 100 museums, ranging from those housing some of the world’s most fine art objects, to investigative science centers, and even a Bunny Museum!
Museum of Contemporary Art
Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust
United Artist Theatre @ The Ace Hotel
Rialto Theatre (South Pasadena)
Pacific Theatres at the Grove
Cinespia (outdoor movies)
AMC Century 15
Regal Cinemas LA LIVE 14
TCL Chinese Theatre
Los Angeles is not short on dining choices! There are almost 10000 full service restaurants to choose from in LA, ranging from fine dining options like Spago of Beverly Hills and Patina, to trendy eateries like, Cassia, STK Los Angeles, B.S. Taqueria, and Hopdoddy Burger and old time favorites like Dan Tana’s, Du-Par’s, and The Original Pantry. In a hurry, don’t miss out on Pink’s Hot Dog’s or the Original Tommy’s Hamburgers. Would you like to sample something unique? LA also has over 200 food trucks roaming the streets serving everything from Korean BBQ Tacos to comfort food with a twist. Have a doggie who like to dine? La even offers dining options for your canine companion, try Park Bench Café or the Morrison. One thing is for sure, you will not visit Los Angeles and leave hungry and if you live there, you better have a good work out plan in place!
Shopping, like dining is wide ranging in Los Angeles. From the upscale, designer boutiques of Robertson Blvd and Rodeo Drive to the vintage shops on Melrose, LA offers something for everyone!
The Americana at Brand
Santa Monica Place
Shopping Districts/ Street:
LA Fashion District (Santee Alley), LA Flower District
Westside/ Beverly Hills
Beverly Blvd, Robertson Blvd, Rodeo Drive
Hollywood Blvd, Larchmont, Melrose Ave
Santa Monica/ Beaches
Main St., Montana, 3rd street Promenade, Santa Monica Place, Abbot Kinney Blvd
Los Angeles has beautiful weather year round! Why not take advantage of this and enjoy one of the city’s many parks or beaches. Most parks are free of charge and offer picnic areas, BBQ pits, walking/ hiking trails, and much more. Beaches are another great source of free entertainment. Enjoy a quiet walk, exploring tide pools, surf, or just people watching or even a nighttime bonfire.
Recreation Areas with BBQ Facilitites:
Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area
Echo Park Lake
Pan Pacific Park
Leo Carrillo State Beach-secluded and romantic
Will Rogers State Beach-voted best CA beach for swimming
Malibu Lagoon/ Surfrider- tide pools, fishing, surfing
Venice Beach-people watching
Manhattan Beach-surf, swim, shop
Santa Monica Beach-boardwalk and amusement games
Beaches for Bonfires: Most beaches in LA do not allow bonfires, so we’ve also included beaches for bonfires that run a little further south and into Orange County.
Los Angeles and Surrounding Area Beaches for bonfires:
Dockweiler State Beach-El Segundo
Bolsa Chica beach
*Please check individual locations for bonfire restrictions and don’t forget to bring your bonfire approved wood!
Wood for bonfires and BBQ’s can be purchased locally in Los Angeles at Southbay Firewood BBQ & Charcoal.