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Los Angeles Conservancy, a non-profit organization is dedicated to the conservation of L.A.'s landmark architectural buildings. To help spread awareness, it offers downtown walking tours that include Art Deco, the Biltmore Hotel, Broadway Theaters, City Hall, Little Tokyo, Marble Masterpieces, Mecca for Merchants, Palaces of Finance, Pershing Square, Terra Cotta and Union Station. Many of these walks visit places that aren't accessible to the public, so this is a great way to get to know the city's history. Because they are walking tours, some are suitable for wheelchairs and others aren't. Call the office for more information. Reservations are necessary, so call ahead to book your specific tour.
One of the truly unique things about Catalina is the presence of the amazing flying fish with large wing-like fins with which it glides through the air for impressive distances, often in hundreds of feet. This tour company offers cruises that seek out the fish with a 40-million candle power searchlight, and commonly find dozens if not hundreds of them. It also offers a number of other tours in Catalina, on both land and sea, including glass-bottom boat tours and the exclusive Undersea Tour that utilizes a semi-submersible vessel.
Make the most of your sightseeing adventure and opt to tour the sunny Los Angeles area in a health conscious and eco-friendly way. Whether on foot or a high end hybrid road bike provided by Bikes and Hikes LA, you'll cruise pass famous landmarks like the Sunset Strip, celebrity homes, Venice Canals, Santa Monica Pier and beach, UCLA and many more! Tours include a friendly and knowledgeable guide, complimentary souvenir water bottle, helmet, and bike.
For the more adventuresome traveler this tour company offers a variety of kayaking, snorkeling and camping explorations. Ranging from 90-minute tours to overnight camping excursions it has something for everyone and no experience or gear is necessary. Some of the more popular tours include the half-day tour of kayaking and snorkeling, as well as lunch. The narrative focus of all tours is on the natural history of the island and its ancient inhabitants. Check the website or call for individual and group tour details, pricing and times. Call early for reservations because these tours sell out!
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.
88% of Catalina Island is owned by this organization, whose duty is to preserve it and its rare species of plants and animals for posterity. With this in mind, they have affixed a steep price for biking permits to generally discourage that activity in the wilderness areas of the island. However, hiking maps only cost a quarter and hiking permits are free, as well as the staff's sound advice and can only be obtained through this office. Additionally, the conservancy offers a number of outdoor recreation and environmental education programs, particularly the summer naturalist programs.
Choose Red Line for an out-of-the-ordinary experience. The one and a half hours walking tour takes visitors to historic sites and other important landmarks, where access is generally denied to the public. Moreover, live audio mechanism makes it all the more interesting and informative. Call to reserve tour packages.
This non-profit organization is dedicated to caring for abandoned farm animals, and the refuge itself is a veritable paradise. Bring your kids along during their Sunday tours to meet a whole lot of four-legged, furry and feathered friends who share this 26-acre sanctuary. If you really fall in love with one of the animals ask about their adoption program. Events are often held here, aimed at increasing awareness towards cruelty to farm animals. What better reward bringing awareness to this cause than with a cheery woof, cluck, moo, mew or a big, wet "thank you" lick!
Beginning at the Santa Monica's Visitors Center, this tour company shows you the sights and sounds of Los Angeles. A Day in LA Tours is a full day tour with two different options for patrons to choose from as well as a half day Segway tour. The first tour will take you through Beverly Hills, Los Angeles and Hollywood. The second tour option will wind you through the streets of downtown Los Angeles and Universal City Walk. Tours are conducted by entertaining and experienced tour guides who have years of experience in the business. Hop aboard the Rasta Bus and jet off on your own Segway as you take in the neon lights of the Sunset Strip, touch the stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Shop at The Grove and take in the Greystone Mansion.
Serving the Los Angeles and Orange County area, Harbor Breeze Cruises has a bevvy of fun and educational cruises. Its most popular tours are the whale-watching expedition, where you'll see Blue Whales, Orcas, Fin Whales, Pacific Grey Whales, and Humpback Whales. These informative cruises usually take place year around, due to the migration of the different whale species. Call to make sure your desired cruise is not full or rained out. Bring a sweatshirt or light jacket since even in summer, the ocean breezes can get nippy. Whether you're with your kids or on a date, Harbor Breeze Cruises is the perfect outing.
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.
Sitting pretty under the famous Hollywood Sign is the Paramount Studios lot, and a visit here is a memorable experience. Avail of one of the various studio tours, and let a bit of Hollywood glamor rub off on you. The venue is huge, and the wrought-iron double arch gate at Melrose & Windsor is an architectural wonder in itself, opening on to the vast premises where Hollywood productions come to life. Wander through the Bronson Gate and watch screenings in progress within the only big-time motion picture studio in the area. The huge library contains more than 1000 titles, including many Academy Award winners. Dating back to 1912, the place also contains a ton of history. If you are really, really interested, send in your resume, and they might just hire you! In any case, be sure to keep an autograph book at hand when here to gather a bit of stardust! Prices for tours may vary.