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Things To Do in Los Angeles, California (TOP 5 LIST)

Updated on July 21, 2013

Things To Do in Los Angeles, California (TOP 5 LIST)

Things To Do in Los Angeles, California (TOP 5 LIST)

Things To Do in Los Angeles, California (TOP 5 LIST)

Los Angeles, commonly referred to as the City of Angels, was founded on September 4, 1781. The city of Los Angeles, California has an estimated population of about 3,792,621 residents (according to the 2010 US Census). This makes it the most populated city in California. Los Angeles houses prominent institutions that impart education diversely in cultural and professional fields. Hollywood and its many renowned production houses make it a prominent contributor of world-class motion pictures and music. Los Angeles offers a variety of attractions and activities to both tourists and locals alike. Here are the top 5 things to do in Los Angeles, California:

1. Universal Studios Hollywood
Considered to be “The Entertainment Capital of L.A.”, Universal Studios Hollywood boasts of being much more than just another experience of Hollywood. Initially established with the purpose of providing tours to real Universal Studio sets, it has now become one of the most significant theme parks. It holds the promise of keeping the visitors indulged and entertained with its Legendary Studio Tours, action-packed and exhilarating rides, and the variety of shops that adorn the Universal CityWalk just outside the theme park.

2. Walt Disney Concert Hall
In 1987, Lilian Disney, wife of the legendary Walt Disney, made a contribution of $50 million towards the development of a performance venue as a tribute to Walt Disney’s love for arts and the city of Los Angeles. On October 24, 2003, the gates to this architectural wonder designed by “Vanity Fair” magazine fame architect Frank Gehry were opened for the Angelinos, a common term for inhabitants of Los Angeles. The Walt Disney Concert Hall houses the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra and the Los Angeles Master Chorale, and can seat an audience of 2,265 people at a time. The acoustics, designed by Yasuhisa Toyota are worthy of praise as with every performance witnessed there. The Walt Disney Concert Hall is an iconic Los Angeles attraction.

3. California Science Center
Established in 1951, the California Science Center hosts the Annual California State Science Fair and prides itself with the Space Shuttle “Endeavour,” granted to it in 2012. The California Science Center houses an IMAX theater, which runs various interesting science exhibits, and the Sketch Foundation Gallery – running the Air & Space exhibits which captivate the entire family. The California Science Center is a highly recommended tourist attraction for anyone visiting Los Angeles.

Things To Do in Los Angeles, California (TOP 5 LIST)

Things To Do in Los Angeles, California (TOP 5 LIST)

4. Griffith Park
Referred to as the “Central Park” of Los Angeles, the Griffith Park was carved out from the land donated by Colonel Griffith Jenkins Griffith to the city of Los Angeles. Griffith Park occupies an area of 4,310 acres. It houses the L.A Zoo, which boasts of its Campo Gorilla Reserve, Asiatic Elephants Reserve and the Botanical Gardens. Griffith Park also demonstrates “Travel town”, which showcases various old steam and diesel locomotives. In addition, Griffith Park also hosts the famous and renowned Griffith Observatory, which offers a planetarium, bookstores and various refracting telescopes that can be used to witness the amazing sights of the Los Angeles basin.

5. Getty Center
Established in 1997 by J. Paul Getty, the Getty Center sits atop a hill overlooking the city of Los Angeles. Its houses the J. Paul Getty Museum, which showcases the artistic works dating back to pre-20th Century. The Getter Center also hosts the Getty Research Institute, which promotes research in visual arts. Moreover, the Getty Center also has an absolutely amazing central garden, designed by Robert Irwin. The garden provides a sight to behold as water plays around the garden to captivate the visitors. The Getty Center is a must-see attraction when visiting Los Angeles.

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      May Galnou 

      5 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      I've been to Los Angeles many times. The Warner Bros Studio Tour is very interesting, I actually prefer it to Universal Studios. The tour groups are small, and you have more time. Highlights were the 'Friends' stage set and the Harry Potter exhibition where we got to try on the Sorting Hat (can't believe it put me in Slytherin).

      Also, if you're in Los Angeles, it's a fairly short trip to Venice Beach. It has lovely canals in the back streets (as seen in the movie Valentines Day), and the Boardwalk along the beach is a real eye-opener. And while you're there you may as well check out nearby Santa Monica... so much to do..

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      5 years ago from North Carolina

      World Inquirer,

      Greetings! So sorry it took me so long to get by your hub. And I really enjoyed your hub. I have been to LA once many years ago. I wish that I had been able to read your list before going so that I would not have missed out on your top five. The thing I remember most is Venice Beach--which I am not sure if it would qualify. Voted UP Useful!

      Best Always,

      ocfireflies aka Kim

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      DREAM ON 

      5 years ago

      Interesting information and looks like a fun place to travel to.Thanx for sharing.

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      H C Palting 

      5 years ago from East Coast

      This is a very useful hub. I lived for a while in Lake Arrowhead and went into LA a few times but wasn't able to get to some of these attractions. I'm very interested in the World of Life Exhibit at the CA Science Center and may be visiting CA again soon. Thanks for the useful reminders :)

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      Yoleen Lucas 

      5 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

      I LOVE Los Angeles! It's the last place where I lived before reality slam-dunked me in the face (actually, it was Riverside). I want to visit Universal Studios again before I die.

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      Tiana Dreymor 

      5 years ago from Columbus, OH

      Never been West of... well, Sioux Falls, SD now. My daughter lived there about 10 years, but has now moved across the border to MN... where we're all from, sort of. I was born in Superior, WI, but raised in MN. If you've read many of my hubs, one of them says that....

      But... that being said, I am/have been writing a novel based in Hollywood. It's based in the early 1980's so when I get back to it, I'll have to be careful I don't use anything that hasn't been invented yet!

      Maybe I could come and bunk on your couch and have a look around... but that wouldn't work, I'm not sure much of it is the same anymore. Well, there's always Google. Haha.

      Good Hub.

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      Victor W. Kwok 

      5 years ago from Hawaii

      I really liked these enjoyable hubs of yours.

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      Elizabeth Parker 

      5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Well written and interesting hub. I have been to California a few times, but only for a couple of days so haven't had a chance to go sight-seeing. If I go back, I may visit the places you've mentioned. Voted up!

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      5 years ago

      Nicely written and organized hub. Can't wait for you to get out to our Palm Springs area. Just don't do it in the summer when it's 120 degrees!

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      I have visited 3 times and still didn't get to fit everything in. I never got to see the Science centre of the Disney Concert Hall. Who knows maybe one day I'll get a chance tro revisit..

      Thank you for this info

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      5 years ago from Oregon

      The Griffith Observatory is a national treasure. Glad I made a stop there! All of these places are good recommendations....


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