Vintage locomotives and autocars are featured at The Nethercutt Museum, making it a haven for an automobile enthusiast. The founder J.B. Nethercutt began his collection in 1956, which was later transformed into a museum that could be enjoyed by the public. Apart from cars, this place also exhibits antique furniture and musical instruments. Though the museum can be visited without a guide, The Nethercutt Collection, located across the street, can only be perused through a guided tour.
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.
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.
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 world famous attraction is one of Southern California's most popular theme parks. With the most exciting thrill rides around, you're guaranteed to have fun. Six Flags California is composed of two parks: Six Flags Magic Mountain and Six Flags Hurricane Harbor. Magic Mountain bills itself as the extreme park with the most roller coasters and adult rides in the region. Of course, there's still plenty to do for the whole family, including an amazing kids area that's perfect for the younger crowd.
Built-in Art Deco style, this observatory was built in the early 1930s and is a highlight among the landmarks in Southern California. See incredible light shows at the Oschin Planetarium, which puts to use the latest technology. Outside the observatory, you'll find sweeping views of the nearby area that are breathtaking during the day and at night as well. Exhibits and planetarium shows will fascinate visitors. Some visitors might recognize the observatory as the site where the climax of Rebel Without a Cause was filmed. On clear nights take advantage of the free public telescopes to see the stars up close.
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.
With a history going back to 1913, Burbank Central Library is the main branch of the Burbank Public Library. A notable landmark in the city, it is a great place to check out for published documents. It offers literacy services, proctor services, story-times, children's programs and teens programs. It also hosts movie screenings, workshops, author meetings and reading clubs.
Children will go crazy over the zany colorful building of the Nickelodeon Animation Studios. The roof is decorated with famous Nickelodeon cartoon characters and plastic green "slime." The Nickelodeon Animation Studio is responsible for producing some of your favorite cartoons, including SpongeBob SquarePants and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Unfortunately the studio is not open to the public, but it's a perfect place to take a family picture.
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.
An absolute favorite of local schools and children, the Martial Arts Museum offers educational experiences about how martial arts have shaped history and traditions all over the globe. Parts of the museum pay attention to the history of Anime, and how martial arts have impacted media arts in the United States. Kids will love to behold the headband from the Karate Kid movie, and exhibits dedicated to traditional Samurai items. Admission to the museum is free on first Thursdays of every month from 3p to 6p.
Set amid the Burbank hills, the Wildwood Canyon Park is a lovely area replete with exhilarating hiking trails. You can set off from Harvard Road and hike along this stretch which includes steep inclines and affords picturesque views as you emerge at the summit of the hills. However, it should be noted that the hike to the top is several miles-long and can be fairly challenging due to the steep pathway, so make sure to wear comfortable shoes.