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.
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.
An iconic attraction in Hollywood, Universal Studios is a must-visit for anyone who enjoys the thrill and excitement of a theme park. With a slate of ever-changing attractions, the park is a great outing for the whole family and can easily take up an entire day. After the guided tour, you can wander around the park, and get something to eat at one of the numerous restaurants and cafes scattered around its sprawl. Later, take in various shows like Waterworld or the Special Effects show. Some other park attractions that will definitely get your adrenaline pumping include the Revenge of the Mummy Ride, various rides at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and the acclaimed King Kong 360-3D virtual ride.
An ideal place for kids and adults alike to have fun while learning something in the process, Discovery Cube Los Angeles is a one of a kind attraction. From basic science, astronomy and more, you can learn interesting facts about them here. The facility also features a 3D theater for an immersive experience.
This wonderful sanctuary houses big cats, such as leopards, lions, bobcats, and tigers. The Shambala Preserve cares and protects exotic felines that were either abandoned or suffered from neglect. On select days the Shambala Preserve is open to the public and you can take a safari tour where you get up close to these beautiful creatures. Watch as a huge tiger leaps across his large enclosure or lions take a nap. You'll get closer and learn more than you would at any zoo while knowing that this facility is about helping and caring for these once neglected felines. Visitors must be 18 or older and reservations are required.
113 acres (54 hectares) in the center of Griffith Park is taken up by the popular Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens. With over one million visitors a year, the zoo and gardens are home to hundreds of species of flora and fauna from around the world. The massive space is neatly divided into different zones for convenience. Although all are worth visiting, LAIR which opened in 2012, houses some of the rarest and most endangered reptiles and amphibians. The zoo hosts some of the best events in the city. It promises to be a wonderful combination of fun and learning for the whole family.
This popular Los Angeles brewery is beloved by locals and visitors alike. A socially minded company, Golden Road Brewing is all about bringing tasty IPA's to the masses that are sustainable and eco-friendly. The pub is located along West Fernando Road behind the train tracks, this spacious complex is spread out over 32,000 square feet (2,972.89 square meters). Over 20 beers are on tap, on a constant rotation, paired with gourmet pub grub. Vegetarian and vegan fare dominate the menu with options like cast iron lasagna, pulled pork sandwiches, Oreo cheesecake, quinoa burgers and more. The spacious outdoor patio and daily complimentary tours make this a great place to relax and chill out with friends for a few hours.
If you're an out-of-towner and miss riding the plains, you can cure your equestrian nostalgia by renting a horse and riding through the Hollywood Hills and Griffith Park. There are plenty of options here, including one and two hour rides during the day for anyone over the age of seven. A very popular option is the Friday night moonlight ride. Just arrive for a three-hour round-trip ride, which culminates with dinner at a nearby Mexican restaurant.