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Best things to do in Los Angeles

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Observatory
“Free admission and has amazing views of Los Angeles anytime of day until late at night. The museum is quite interesting too. The Hollywood Sign is visible from the observatory. ”
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Shopping Mall
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“Special outdoor shopping mall with live performances through the year, old trolley and the historic farmers market ”
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Theme Park
“Fun day at Universal Studio Theme Park!. They very cool shows and rides Really great quality rides and shows. All very interesting. Take the Studio tour. Cool experience in the tunnel. Lots of wait on Transformers, could not get in. Really cool Hogwarts building and the Harry Potter town. Loved the Water World show! Amazing! Very cool effects and actors are fantastic, very professional stunts people. One day is not enough for this place. Every ride is great.”
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Art Museum
“Next door to the La Brea Tar Pits & Museum sits the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the linchpin of the Los Angeles museum district. Since its 1965 opening, LACMA has showcased thousands of pieces, from Islamic artifacts to European impressionist paintings to modern art. With constantly shifting exhibitions and unique architecture stretched across more than 20 acres of land, LACMA offers a rewarding experience for both serious art buffs and casual travelers. You may have come for the Picassos or the Cézannes inside, but don't overlook the outdoor scenery. Recent travelers suggest visiting LACMA at night to admire Chris Burden's Urban Light installation, which is made up of 202 restored cast iron antique street lamps. ”
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Recreation Center
“This bustling wooden wharf is the place to be, with its eateries, shops, high-tech arcade, roller coaster, giant Ferris wheel and other rides, famous 1922 indoor merry-go-round and fantastic views of the bay and the mountains. This place is legendary , even in our so called winter this place is busy with people and musicians everywhere. There are beach tours, bike rentals, and electric scooters for cruising (lime and bird). Download the apps.”
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General Entertainment
“Free! Just pay for parking. Majestic hilltop buildings, the art is Ok, the traveling collections can be great, but the real attraction is the space and gardens themselves. Must not miss!”
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Shopping Plaza
“The Third Street Promenade is an upscale shopping, movie theaters, dining and live street entertainment complex in the downtown area of Santa Monica.”
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Music Venue
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“A Summer Must! The Bowl has a great list of performances all summer long. Check the website and pick something that appeals to you--it is a varied program. Best to park outside the Bowl and take the shuttle--and you can take a picnic for before the performance--it's a great summer evening!”
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Art Museum
“The Broad suffered some significant delays in opening, but when the doors did finally swing open, Angelenos found an entirely columnless, sky-lit gallery by Diller Scofidio + Renfro. And all the impatience was soon forgotten (the free admission helps). The museum houses and continually exhibits Eli and Edythe (aka Edye) Broad’s collection of contemporary art, which is one of the largest and most significant worldwide. Plus, they’ve got great taste and have amassed large collections of works by artists like Cindy Sherman, Roy Lichtenstein, Jeff Koons, and Christopher Wool. The fact that restaurateur Bill Chait of Bestia and Republique fame and Tim Hollingsworth of The French Laundry are teaming up on the restaurant next door should provide LA residents with even more incentive to head downtown. Meanwhile, tickets are hard to come by but so worth trying to snag.”
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Food Truck
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“Abbott Kinney built Venice and this street was named after him in the 1980's is full of High end shopping stores. ”
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Farmers Market
“Since the 1930s farmers have been selling their fresh on this corner. A little pricey and touristy today, if you go early or later it's excellent local color. Upstairs dining room is a good place to take your tray after you've found your fave of the many many offerings here. Live music weekends.”
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Yoga Studio
“The most popular Los Angeles hiking trail. Spot the Hollywood Sign Grifffith Observatory to the east.”
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Shopping Mall
“See the legendary footprints of famous people in Hollywood through the years , the infamous sidewalk stars, wax museum and more. An absolute must for those who love tourist sites”
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Park
“It's bigger than you might imagine, and the views are great. Look for the secret tea shack.”
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Baseball Stadium
“Out family love going to Dodger Stadium. It a Great family night out and only around a 30 min(22 miles) drive pending traffic”
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