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Whale Watching Los Angeles - Newport Landing provides year-round whale watching & dolphin cruises daily departing from Newport Beach. Newport Landing is centrally located in Orange County and minutes from Los Angeles in the heart of Southern California. Newport Landing offers whale watching cruises viewing many different species of whales including giant blue whales that attain lengths of up to 80 feet or more. Along with whales, several species of dolphin are commonly sighted. It is not uncommon to view huge pods of dolphin that number in the thousands. Many other marine creatures are sighted including seals, pelicans, and many more. Killer whales and even sharks are also seen occasionally. . Multiple cruises daily. $25 for adults and $20 for juniors.
Madame Tussauds Hollywood - Experience the real glamour and elegance of Hollywood as you immerse yourself in an interactive experience with celebrities, Super heroes, movie makers and much more.
Universal Studios Hollywood - With thrilling theme park rides and shows, a real working movie studio and Los Angeles' best shops, restaurants and cinemas at CityWalk, Universal Studios Hollywood is a unique experience that's fun for the whole family.
Starline Tours of Hollywood - Since 1935, 'Starline Tours of Hollywood' provides the most exciting tours to discover greater Los Angeles. Daily Hollywood and Los Angeles tours are from 2 hours: Movie stars homes tour which departs every 1/2 hour, to all day tours like the Grand tour of Los Angeles or Los Angeles Tours by night.
Southern California Soaring Academy - Outstanding soaring conditions & stunning scenery abound just over 1 hr from LA. We offer 20-45 min rides ($109-199) & all levels of instruction. 14 yr olds can solo. A ride is a great gift. Groups welcome. Picnic facilities. Bring your camera!
Griffith Observatory - A major landmark since 1935. It is visited by nearly two million people each year end ranks seventh on the list of major tourist attractions of Southern California. It sits on the southern slope of Mount Hollywood where it commands a stunning view of the Los Angeles basin below. Thousands of people enjoy the view from its balconies, especially at night.
Walt Disney Concert Hall - One of the most acoustically sophisticated concert halls in the world, providing both visual and aural intimacy for an unparalleled musical experience.
Warner Bros Studio Tours - The only studio tour where you can enjoy an in-depth, personalized look, inside the movie magic machine, at one of Hollywood's busiest and most famous movie and television studios.
Autry National Center - Devoted to preserving and interpreting the rich history and traditions of the American West. With one of the most comprehensive collections of western history and art, its seven permanent galleries and special exhibitions offer material gathered from the many cultures and events that have shaped the legacy of this vast region.
Six Flags Magic Mountain - Massive monster coasters. Awesome adventure rides. Fun family attractions. We're talking serious thrills at Six Flags Magic Mountain. The fastest, the tallest, and the coolest coasters in the world all at one amazing park. This is the place for innovative, top-thrill coasters, as well as fun rides for the whole family.
Aquarium of the Pacific - A celebration of the world's largest and most diverse body of water. Through dozens of breathtaking exhibits, you'll meet more than 12,000 of this ocean's inhabitants, including some 550 different species.
Capitol Records - This landmark building is one of Hollywood's most recognized icons. In the lobby are featured gold albums by many well known artists. In addition, be sure to see the Capitol artists's stars on the sidewalk near the building.
Hollywood Forever Cemtery - This beautifully landscaped cemetery is the final resting place of many Hollywood luminaries. Hollywood Forever is a unique cemetery, not only because of the famous people interred here, but because we offer special services available at no other cemetery in the world.
Hollywood Walk of Fame - There is no mistaking what town you are in when you gaze down at the sidewalk and see these world famous gold stars. Encompassing a stretch of Hollywood Boulevard near the intersection of Hollywood and Vine, more than 2500 bronze-inlaid stars commemorate some of the most famous individuals in movies, radio, TV, recording and theater.
Raging Waters - California's largest water theme park featuring a 50-acre aquatic recreation park which includes water slides, speed slides, rides, chutes, lagoons, children's activity pools and beaches for sunbathers.
The Russian Submarine Scorpion - Descend into the once forbidden confines of this genuine "Cold War Warrior". See the torpedo rooms, the cramped crew's quarters, the galley, machinery rooms and electronics spaces. See the lethal torpedo tubes and look through her actual attack periscope. View all the once top secret places and spaces of this formerly classified "terror of the deep".
Huntington Library - An oasis of art and culture set amidst 150 acres of breathtaking gardens. Three art galleries and a library showcase magnificent collections of rare books and manuscripts, 18th- and 19th-century British and French art, American art from the 18th to the early 20th century, and a small but noteworthy collection of Renaissance paintings.
Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Gardens - Enjoy a spectacular display of southern California's wildflowers at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden.
Santa Monica Pier Aquarium - Offers a unique view into the ocean world just outside its doors and is home to dozens of species of marine animals and plants. Aquaria exhibits include interactive displays, touch tanks filled with animals found in tide pools and several large habitat tanks featuring animals and habitats found in the Santa Monica Bay.
Speedzone - A park built around speed and competition, incorporates real racing action, indoor interactive entertainment and great food to create a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience. Situated on approximately 12 acres of land.
Long Beach Museum of Art - Located on a magnificent bluff site overlooking Long Beach Harbor and the Pacific Ocean. The campus includes the historic Elizabeth Milbank Anderson house and carriage house (built in 1912), a new pavilion with two floors of expansive gallery space for changing exhibitions, and oceanfront gardens.
Museum of Flying - Houses a rare collection of World War II fighter aircraft. Located in Santa Monica.
Santa Monica Museum of Art - Located at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, the museum features contemporary art exhibits and artists' projects.
Paramount Pictures Studio Tour - Walk in the footsteps of legends and get an intimate, sneak peek behind the scenes of your favorite movies and TV shows with a VIP tour on The Studios at Paramount lot.
GRAMMY Museum - The Museum explores and celebrates the enduring legacies of all forms of music; the creative process; the art and technology of the recording process; and the history of the GRAMMY(R) Awards.
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium - An educational, recreational, and research facility devoted to encouraging active public participation to promote knowledge and conservation of the marine life of southern California.
Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens - Located in 113 acres within Griffith Park, the Los Angeles Zoo is home to 1,200 animals representing 350 species.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art - With more than 120,000 works in its permanent collection, LACMA is the premier visual arts museum in the western United States.
The Original Farmer's Market - Continues to proudly boast of its international cuisine, wide range of gifts from around the world, regularly scheduled special events for the family and outdoor flavor, not to mention the freshest and finest meats, poultry, seafood, produce and flowers in all of Los Angeles.
Hollywood Wax Museum - This unique and exciting attraction takes visitors of all ages on a personal stroll down memory lane, recapturing special moments with old friends from movies, television, music, sports and history.
California Science Center - The west coast's largest hands-on science museum! Through hands-on experiences , you'll learn about human inventions and innovations, the life processes of living things and more. The Science Center also features and IMAX theater and fantastic special exhibits that change regularly.
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County - The Museum assembles, conserves, interprets, and holds in trust collections of irreplaceable objects from nature and human history. Two world-famous habitat halls show African and North American mammals in their natural environments. The Museum is also home to Megamouth, the world's rarest shark.
Los Angeles Maritime Museum - Located in the former Municipal Ferry Terminal in the Port of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Maritime Museum is the largest maritime museum on the West Coast. The Museum offers seven galleries of exhibits exploring the maritime history of Southern California.
Historic Echo Park - What started out as a natural arroyo filled with water from a stream is now a notable expansive park and famous neighborhood. Formely known as Elendale, Echo park consists of 26 acres of greenery and a beautiful lake.
Olvera Street - Years ago, one of the summer rituals for L.A. children was a new pair of huaraches from Olvera Street and maybe some Mexican jumping beans. Nowadays those rituals are a year-round treat on this cobblestone street.
Watts Towers Arts Center - The Watts Towers are a complex set of 17 separate sculptural pieces built on a residential lot in the community of Watts. Two of the towers rise to a height of nearly 100 feet. The sculptures are constructed from steel pipes and rods, wrapped with wire mesh, coated with mortar, and embedded with pieces of porcelain, tile and glass.
UCLA Film & Television Archive - A preserve for film and television of every genre, the archive has nearly a quarter of a million programs which are accessible to the public. Most of the screenings are presented at the James Bridges Theater in the form of film festivals focusing on the work of a director, actor, genre or time period.
Hammer Museum - Explores the capacity of art to impact and illuminate our lives. Through its collections, exhibitions and programs, the Hammer examines the depth and diversity of artistic expression through the centuries.
K1 Speed Indoor Karting - Concrete racing surface offers a different driving feel than asphalt, making the task of setting one fast lap after another that much more challenging. Race against your family and friends.
Ripley's Believe it or not Museum - With more than 300 oddities on exhibit, from a statue of Marilyn Monroe made from shredded money to torture chamber devices, Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum is a curiosity and a record of all things strange. Although this is a fun museum, some of the exhibits might be too grotesque for younger children.
Southern California Fishing - Newport Landing Sportfishing is located in Newport Beach and is the premier fishing marine center in Southern California. Privately charter or rent one of our 5 boats for just your company or group or join one of our open to the general public 1/2 day, 3/4 day, or longer fishing trips. Several departure times each day means that there is a trip time and length to fit almost any schedule. Whether a family or just yourself these trips are an ideal opportunity to experience the best of Southern California Sportfishing. Yellowtail to 40 pounds, barracuda, bonito, calico bass, sand bass, white sea bass, halibut, yellowfin tuna, and many more species available. Newport Landing Sportfishing's fleet has state of the art electronics, spacious indoor/outdoor seating, full amenities including a full service snack bar/kitchen, and crew assistants to help with all fishing needs.
Newport Boat Parade The premier Christmas event for Southern California. With 103 years of history Newport Bay comes alive with decorations and amazing light displays. Homes, yachts, docks, whole landscapes are transformed into a magical holiday experience. Thousands of lights and hundreds of themed estates. Hundreds of yachts, cruise ships, and water craft of all kinds participate in the parade. Approximately 1.5 million people will view the parade from shore, by boat, or along one of the many docks that line the bay.Newport Landing offers holiday cruises to view this amazing holiday treat from December 1 through December 31 including the 5 nights of the parade. Choose from several cruise times each night. The parade dates for 2013 are Dec 18-22. During the parade the cruises are in the parade. Great event for families and kids.
Dolby Theatre - The crown jewel of the Hollywood and Highland entertainment complex located in the heart of historic Hollywood. Since opening in November 2001, the theatre has hosted a range of prestigious artists and events including the Academy Awards Ceremonies.
Red Line Tours - LA's only daily operating walking tour company. They offer "edutainment" sightseeing tours of Hollywood and Downtown Los Angeles that take you inside the famous landmarks and let you discover the hidden treasures of America's second largest city.
The Hollywood Museum - The ultimate destination for movie fans. The museum's permanent collection captures the miracles of motion picture magic, past and present, on four floors and in 5,000 eye-popping displays.
Getty Museum - Houses European paintings, drawings, sculpture, illuminated manuscripts, decorative arts, and European and American photographs.
Hollywood Bowl - This historic outdoor amphitheater has been host to musicians like Nat "King" Cole, Elton John, The Beatles, Judy Garland, and continues to bring outstanding music to the Hollywood area throughout the season.
Grauman's Chinese Theatre - The most famous theatre in the world. Since its gala opening in May 1927, millions of movie patrons and visitors to Hollywood have been drawn to the theatre. They come to be entertained and enthralled by the legendary Chinese, home to the Forecourt of the Stars.
Museum of Tolerance - A high tech, hands-on experiential museum that focuses on two central themes through unique interactive exhibits: the dynamics of racism and prejudice in America and the history of the Holocaust - the ultimate example of man's inhumanity to man.
Guinness World Record Museum - For those intrigued by Guinness' best-selling book of records, Guinness World Record Museum is the place for you. Some of the displays include information on the fattest man ever, food-eating contests, Laika the cosmonaut and Michael Jackson. There is also a small theater showing a fascinating film about a record-breaking domino exhibition.
Hollywood Sign - This structure, located atop Mt. Lee in Griffith Park , is perhaps the most enduring symbol of Hollywood. The nine 50-foot (15 meter) letters can be seen from all over the L.A. basin, and occasionally even from passing aircraft. The best places to snap a photo of the sign are from the Griffith Park Observatory and Hollywood & Highland. Hiking to the sign is not permitted.
Hollywood Walking Tour - Take a guided audio tour through Hollywood's famous historic locations and learn fascinating stories and legendary tales of the stars of early Hollywood. Tour durations are 75 minutes.
Sony Pictures Entertainment Museum - An exciting, behind-the-scenes look at the studio's celebrated past and the innovative techniques used today. Browse favorite film clips and photos, watch digital effects, observe classic film restoration techniques, and more.
Queen Mary Seaport - A floating city awash in elegance, the Queen Mary, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, remains one of the most famous ships in history. Relive the elegance of transatlantic travel with historic shipwalk tours, elegant restaurants, unique shops, 16 art deco meeting and banquet salons, and a charming on-board hotel.
Museum of Neon Art - A non-profit, cultural and educational organization which exhibits, documents and preserves contemporary fine art in electric media and outstanding examples of neon signs.
Homestead Museum - A century of southern California history awaits you at the Homestead Museum! This six-acre site dates from the era when California was still part of Mexico through the decade of the 1920s when Los Angeles had become a major American city.
Hollywood Entertainment District - The District includes Walk of Fame, Mann's Chinese Theatre, and the world-famous intersection of Hollywood and Vine. Come see these famous places and feel like a movie star in Hollywood!
Placerita Canyon Nature Center - Placerita is a unique east-west running canyon featuring cool, shaded oak groves, a willow and sycamore-lined seasonal stream and numerous other interesting plant and animal communities. The historic 'Oak of the Golden Dream' is the site of California's original gold discovery in 1842.
Museum of Contemporary Art - The only institution in LA devoted exclusively to art from 1940 to the present, featuring exhibitions of painting, sculpture, drawings, prints, and photographs of importance.
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor - Set amidst the fringes of a tropical jungle, guests pass through the entry portal and are swept into the lost lagoons of a forgotten world. Pirate treasures, playful sea creatures, ancient ruins, scattered remains of Red Eye's shipwrecked sea vessel and tribal artifacts await discovery on the shores of this tropical paradise.
Skirball Cultural Center - The museum collection, reflecting a history of 4,000 years, ranks among the largest of its genre in the world, with 25,000 objects of artifacts related to Jewish life and culture.
Japanese American National Museum - Uniquely American museum located in Little Tokyo's historic district. Only national museum dedicated to sharing the Japanese American experience.
The Gamble House - An example of American Arts and Crafts style architecture. The house and furnishings were designed by Charles and Henry Greene in 1908. The house, a National Historic Landmark, is owned and operated by the University of Southern California and is open for public tours.
Norton Simon Museum - European paintings and sculpture range from the 14th to the 20th century. The Museum exhibits Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo masterpieces by Raphael, El Greco, Rubens, Rembrandt, Hals, and Tiepolo, along with works from the 19th and 20th century by Goya, Manet, Monet, Degas, Renoir, van Gogh, Cezanne, Rousseau and Picasso.
Toyota Speedway at Irwindale - Just about everything with wheels can be found racing on the Irwindale Speedway twin ovals ... Stock Cars, Sprint Cars, Midgets, Supermodifieds, Legends, Trucks, and more can all be seen in wheel-to-wheel competition action at this great new facility!
Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits - The Museum is located at the Rancho La Brea Tar Pits, one of the world's most famous fossil localities, recognized for having an unusually diverse assemblage of extinct Ice Age plants and animals. Visitors learn about Los Angeles as it was between 10,000 and 40,000 years ago, during the last Ice Age, when animals such as saber-toothed cats and mammoths roamed the Los Angeles Basin.
Museum of Latin American Art - The only museum in the Western U.S. to exclusively feature contemporary art from Latin America.
American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre - A cultural, arts organization that programs year-round specialty film series at the newly renovated, landmark 1922 Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard.
Beverly Center - Since appearing in Los Angeles, Beverly Center, with over 160 specialty stores and restaurants, has become one of the city's most recognizable landmarks and shopping destinations.
Old Town Music Hall - Where classic silent films have been regularly scheduled in an authentic 1920s movie house with the Mighty WurliTzer accompanying since 1968.
Korean Cultural Center - Korean Cultural Center is where you can see Korean art exhibits and get historical information about Korea and the Korean-American population in Los Angeles.
Oran Z Pan African Black Facts & Wax Museum - This museum presents wax figures of African American personalities. It also showcases the eras through authentic clothing, uniforms and artifacts.
Travel Town Museum - This place is heaven for train-loving tots. An interactive museum in the old-fashioned sense of the word, youngsters can climb in, around or on all the attractions, and many of them will want to do so for hours upon end.
Sony Pictures Studio Tour - Located on one of the world's most famous studio lots, this walking tour gives you a rare glimpse of old Hollywood's glory days and an insider's view of a state-of-the-art motion picture studio.
Santa Monica History Museum - Come experience the remarkable chapters of Santa Monica’s history in the permanent exhibit gallery showcasing Santa Monica history from its origins until now.
Pacific Park - Located on the world famous Santa Monica Pier, Pacific Park(R) is the family place to play! It's the West Coast's only amusement park located on a pier. A dozen rides, midway games, food, and shopping.
Petersen Automotive Museum - Explore the evolution of the Automobile and its impact on our culture. Experience the last 100 years of automotive history at the museum. An attraction for the whole family.
Sunset Ranch Hollywood - 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.
The Magic Castle - This Victorian mansion built in 1908 in the Hollywood Hills is home to the Academy of Magical Arts, an organization dedicated to the advancement of the art of magic. It's an interesting house to pass by on your walk or drive through Hollywood.