This spacious park is known for its sprawling lake tucked away in the San Fernando Valley. Jog or walk along the lakeside as you watch the graceful swans and ducks glide through the water or enjoy a leisurely picnic beneath the Japanese Cherry Blossom trees. A children's playground will keep the little ones entertained while dogs run around on the grassy area. Barbecues, picnic tables and shady areas make this park a family-friendly locale.
Skirball Cultural Center is a community events center which hosts concerts, lectures, theater, art exhibitions and more. Skirball houses a museum, cafe and offers educational courses. The center aims to explore the correlations between Jewish and American culture, and offers many family-friendly activities.
One of the most intriguing museums in Los Angeles, the exhibits here are both professionally sound and completely dubious at the same time. Although the exhibits feature artifacts and relics from the Lower Jurassic period, they seem to stay faithful to the theme of the museum. The main quest for the visitor is to determine whether or not this entire museum is a sham. Regardless of your ultimate conclusion, the museum is certainly worth both the price of admission as well as your time exploring it.
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.
The Portal of Folded Wings Shrine to Aviation is a beautiful 75-foot tall marble memorial, located on the eastern edge of the Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery. In 1924, the structure was opened to be an entrance to the cemetery and was used in concerts. When the airport opened an idea was created that to dedicate the Portal to aviation. In 1953, the Portal became a shrine to honor those who worked in aviation.
The Rubel Castle also known as Rubelia is a structure made from recycled materials. It was built by Michael Rubel and its friends in 1986. They used all the junk mixed with concrete and have brought up the structure. One can literally see the castle walls built out of liquor bottles and concrete. It is one of the best examples of the art of recycling. It has become one of the major highlight of Glendora. A trip to the castle will surely be a memorable experience. Tours are available only on reservations.
La Placita Church, also called La Iglesia de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles or The Church of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels, is a historic Catholic church. Founded in 1814 by Franciscan Fray Luis, this church was built over the remains of an old adobe church. In 1861 the church created a replacement chapel using the same old materials. La Placita Church now features some lovely modern additions, including a tile mosaic of The Annunciation, but it still has its historic charm.
Located between tall raised buildings and inside the Wells Fargo Center, this history museum is literally a hidden gem. Wells Fargo History Museum depicts the era of gold mining and a part of Wells Frago's life in the wild west. A restored stagecoach, real gold nuggets and a telegraph system that you can try, are just a few of the things that will fascinate you. You can also try your hand at solving a morse code, which might not be as easy as you think. Guided tours can be arranged for groups or students with prior notice for free. One must visit the museum for interactive elements and to acknowledge the struggles of Wells Fargo.
As soon as you'll step into The Falls cozy atmosphere and laid back charm of the place will make you feel right at home. The lovely wooden log covered walls and the unique chandelier hanging over the bar adds to the appeal of this watering hole. Order from the delicious list of cocktails, The Modesto or The Hunter maybe, to help you relax and enjoy the peppy music brought to you by the talented DJs or the lively bands and karaoke on Sundays. The bar is spacious enough to host private parties of 15 and above; can you say Oscar viewing party?
No visit to the City of Angels would be complete without a visit to San Antonio Winery, located just 5 minutes from the Civic Center. Designated by the city as a cultural landmark, this family-owned winery has been operating since 1917. The last of more than 100 wineries that once flourished near the Los Angeles River, San Antonio is legendary for its large variety of fine wines. The winery offers tastings and have a wine store where you can buy your favorite award wining wine. Go on a wine tour if you're interested in the history of the vineyard or how wine is made.
These Victorian homes in the neighborhood of Angelino Heights are more reminiscent of those on Haight Street in San Francisco as opposed to Carroll Avenue in L.A. Nonetheless, this tiny enclave in greater Echo Park has the largest collection of late 19th-century residences in the entire city. Its location in the steep hills also allows for some marvelous views of downtown and some parts of Mid-City. Overall, Angelino Heights is a nice detour when visiting Echo Park, and it's a definite must-see for architecture buffs.