Comprising of unique rock formations that began more than 20 million years ago, Vasquez Rocks make an iconic site that has been featured in numerous TV series, movies and documentaries. The site is named after the notorious bandit Tiburcio Vasquez who used these rock formations to hide from the law in 1874. As of today however, the site is sought out for hiking, picnics and horseback riding. Owing to its prehistoric significance, the site was added to the US National Register of Historic Places in 1972.
This is where the Walt Disney Company has been working its magic since 1923. Relocated from its original studio at Silver Lake, the Burbank studio was established after the monumental success of the 1937 film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The international headquarters of this iconic company, this state-of-the-art facility offers its services in the fields of film production, music publishing, stage production, distribution, and marketing. The site spans over 51 acres (21 hectares) and features notable structures like the Michael D. Eisner Building, Disney Legends Plaza, and the Frank G. Wells Building, among others. There is also a provision at the Main Theater to showcase first-run Disney movies for special guests. A colossal landmark on 500 South Buena Vista Street, the studio is unfortunately not open to the public, but hoists gigantic head constructions of Mickey Mouse and the Seven Dwarves over its steep red-bricked walls for passers-by to savor.
One of the most noted places in the world, the Warner Brothers Studio has played home to some of the entertainment worlds most famous comedy and drama series. The studio has numerous sets for various scenes all of which have excellent facilities, props and sound and light systems. On location here are also craft and set shops where patrons can purchase memorabilia. There is a tour of the entire studio which takes guests on a journey into the entertainment world with guides who are well versed with the place.
Burbank’s answer to the Hollywood Bowl, this marvel is a much-loved and frequented concert venue near Stough Park. A wide variety of concerts, from classical to pop, are held in this stunning setting throughout the summer. This beautiful natural bowl offers ample seating, both on benches and in the grass, where guests may enjoy their favorite performers and amazing acoustics to the transporting views of sunsets gradually superceded by starry skies. Visitors are invited to pack a picnic, including drinks of their choosing with no express restrictions imposed, other than non-interference with other patrons’ enjoyment of the event. Pricing is very affordable, enabling music buffs to get their fill during the summer months, after rationing their patronage of rather more expensive concert halls and arenas during the rest of the year.
Mission San Fernando Rey de Espana is an old mission that has been transformed into a museum that offers a unique look into the region's past. The original mission was founded on September 8, 1797 and has been meticulously restored to closely resemble the original structure plus a few modernizations. Visitors to the mission can tour the church, monastery, living quarters and even an archival center featuring preserved documents and records. Also be sure to check out the museum's theater, which offers short films pertaining to the mission's illustrious history.
This small theater in Burbank features intimate productions of high quality. The group has received praise from local drama critics and produces plays in all genres-musicals, comedy, and drama—classical and contemporary. Ray Bradbury, the science fiction writer, has a special affection for this theater. The Colony has mounted four Bradbury productions through the years, including three world premieres: The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451 and The World of Ray Bradbury.
The Burbank City Hall is historical and beautiful building that houses the local government. It was built between 1941 and 1943 in a Modernist style. Inside City Hall there are 20 types of marbles and 2 murals created by Hugo Ballin. When you enter City hall's lobby you can see a large mural that honors Burbank's past with pictures of the entertainment industry and airplanes.
Located in Downtown Burbank, the AMC Burbank 16 is a perfect place to catch that favorite flick. The place has all the cinema house requirements, including state-of-the-art amenities and a great concession stand. This multiplex has several screening halls and can also play 3D films. Plus, since this movie theater is in Burbank and is close to several movie studios, it often offers special film screenings.
One of the most renowned comedy clubs in the city, Flappers Comedy Club has hosted some of the most famous names in the comedy business. The club is also a restaurant, and serves some delectable American food. Among the comics who have graced the stage here include Christopher Titus, Josh Blue and Paul Rodriguez. Do see the club’s website to know more about upcoming shows and other details.
Run by the Burbank Historical Society, the Gordon R. Howard Museum is located in the historical Victorian Mentzer House. Built in 1887, you can explore this historic home and admire interesting displays and artifacts about life in the past. This small museums showcases the local Burbank history where you can view photographs that show the evolution of Burbank from a small settlement to an entertainment wonder. Tours are by appointment only.
Do you want to learn how to duel with a sword master? Look no further than Swordplay Fencing Studio. These folks trained Antonio Banderas for the movie The Mask of Zorro. Sign up for one of their classes, including classes focused on martial arts, on fitness, and on strengthening your muscles. Swordplay Fencing Studio also hosts amazing events. For one-and-a-half hours, kids seven and older take a class through a series of game-like activities from an instructor dressed as either a pirate, a knight, or in a Zorro costume.