Los Angeles is a sprawling metropolis with something for everyone. Therefore making it a popular stop on a West Coast tour of California. However, it can be overwhelming because there are hundreds of things to do in Los Angeles. So, where possible it is always advised to research in advance and create an itinerary incorporating all the things that you want to do. There are tours, theme parks, nature and foodie experiences. In fact, there are so many fun things to do in Los Angeles it may be hard to decide what to add to your itinerary and what to do first. Here is our top 10.
Attend A Live TV Recording
Whether you want to see a chat show, game show or sitcom being recorded, it is easily done in Los Angeles. With so many shows being recorded daily in LA, especially in Hollywood picking up tickets is not too difficult. And the best part, they are usually free. We used 1iota to book our tickets for The Late Late Show with James Corden when we visited Los Angeles which also offers tickets for a number of other different shows.
Brunch on the Beach
If you are anything like us you love brunch and if you have never tried it before what better place than Los Angles? In Los Angeles, there are several beachfront restaurants that offer you the opportunity to have brunch on the beach on their open-air patios. So not only do you get to eat fantastic food and drink great drinks (often bottomless) you also get a great view whilst doing so. The Anchor in Venice is our favourite.
Looking for fresh produce, yummy treats or handcrafted items? Look no further than The Original Farmers Market in West Hollywood. It’s been a favourite with locals and tourists alike since 1934. We highly recommend grabbing a slice of pizza from Patsy D’Amore’s Pizza, indulging in macaroni & cheese or Philly cheesesteak empanadas from Nonna’s
empanadas and washing it down with a locally crafted ale from Bar 326.
Hollywood is home to a number of celebrities and perfect for celebrity spotting. Therefore no visit to Tinseltown is complete without taking a tour (or two) of Hollywood. What you see will depend on the tour that you take. Some tours take you to the restaurants, clubs, bars etc where celebrities like to hang out. Others will simply show you the highlights of Hollywood. Regardless, both are fun things to do in Los Angeles.
Horse Riding Tour
If horseriding is your thing or you want to give it a go, why not try it in LA? A number of Horseback riding tours are available that allow you to see the Hollywood sign up close. Most offer guided trail rides for beginners through to advanced riders. Tours not only allow you to see the sign but also 360 views of the LA Basin, the ocean the valleys. Evening tours are also available allowing you to experience the views of LA at sunset.
If you’re celebrating a special occasion, birthday, anniversary etc, have some cash to splash and fancy doing something unique, why not charter a yacht? A number of companies along the coastline offer a range of different sized vessels. Many offer a range of theme parties for you to choose from i.e. Hawaiian, BBQ, brunch, which takes the pressure of you to organise onboard activities, allowing you to sit back and enjoy.
Segway on the Beaches
Los Angeles is known for its fantastic beaches. Santa Monica, Long Beach and Venice are all popular hot spots for locals, tourists and travellers. A great way of exploring the beaches and what they have to offer is by booking your place on a segway tour. Tours are lead by knowledgeable guides. You can cover a lot of ground, see a lot of famous sights and experience the ocean breeze on your face. All without tiring yourself out in the process.
Universal Studios Hollywood
Universal Studios Hollywood is a theme park perfect for all the family. With an area dedicated to pre-schoolers all the way through to rollercoasters and various live-action shows. And if you are a Potterhead and looking for fun things to do in Los Angeles look no further. Opened on April 7th, 2016, the Universal Studios’ Wizarding World of Harry Potter allows you to experience what it would be like to be a wizard at Hogwarts.
Warner Brothers Studio Tour Hollywood
If you have ever wanted to visit an actual working movie studio and you are visiting Los Angeles do not miss the chance to visit the Warner Brother Studio. Book a tour and your guide will take you through sound stages, TV houses and sets where some of the world’s most popular films and TV shows are recorded. You can also visit Stage 48: Script to Screen from classic Hollywood Costumes to green-screen technology used to create special effects.
If you want the opportunity to see whales in their natural habitat why not take a whale watching tour while you are in Los Angeles? There are numerous whale watching tours available on the shores of Los Angeles. You will be taken into the Pacific Ocean to view some of the largest mammals on the planet. Winter and spring months (January to March-April) are the perfect time to spot grey whales during their migration season.