Whether you’re looking for a spring break escape or a summer getaway with the kids, you’ll find plenty of family-friendly staples to enjoy in the sun-soaked city of Los Angeles.
Check out this guide to a family-friendly trip to the City of Angels.
Los Angeles is the playground of the rich and the famous, so you won’t have to look far for luxury in the city – even when you’re traveling with the family. The Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel is just minutes from the family-friendly fun of Santa Monica, including its Ferris wheel, boardwalk games and beaches. Or you can stay in Beverly Hills at the posh Beverly Wilshire by Four Seasons, where the kids can be pampered like a celeb during child-friendly spa experiences with names like “The Princess,” “The Superhero” and “The Rock Star.”
Dazzle your little ones with Hollywood’s charm, starting at the Hollywood Wax Museum, where the lifelike wax sculptures will leave your children starstruck. After a few photo ops with their favorite celebs, don’t miss a stroll along Hollywood’s Walk of Fame to discover the stars of favorite celebrities. Then, it’s on to the Natural History Museum, where a mind-boggling 35 million pieces (some dating back 45 billion years) weave a story of our planet’s origins. Don’t miss the museum’s impressive dinosaur exhibit, where the little ones can see towering triceratops, T-rex and stegosaurus skeletons up close.
Universal Studios Hollywood tops the list of must-dos when it comes to family experiences in Los Angeles. Filled with rides, activities and games for all ages, Universal Studios brings film favorites like “Transformers” and “Harry Potter” to life.
For a hands-on experience that sneaks in education, too, round up the family and head to the California Science Center, where the kids will learn about everything from anatomy to space travel. Don’t forget you can also see the Space Shuttle Endeavor here. Or spend an afternoon enjoying Southern California’s enviably warm weather at Griffith Park, where you can take your pick of the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, the myriad of trails lining the park or the incredible night sky views from Griffith Observatory.
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