Fun Things to do in L.A.

Home to Messycafe, there’s always lots to do in Los Angeles, and here is a rundown of the best places to explore and have fun in!

Top Attractions in Los Angeles

The Getty Center

The Getty Center, in Los Angeles, California, is a campus of the Getty Museum and other programs of the Getty Trust. The $1.3 billion Center opened to the public on December 16, 1997 and is well known for its architecture, gardens, and views overlooking Los Angeles.

Griffith Observatory & Park

An iconic and tourist site in Los Angeles, a national leader in public astronomy, a beloved civic gathering place, and one of southern California’s most popular attractions, Griffith Observatory inspires everyone to observe, ponder, and understand the sky.

Also, The Observatory is completely free, a public facility owned and operated by the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks in the middle of an urban metropolis of ten million people. The 67,000 square-foot building is one of the most popular informal education facilities in the United States and the most-visited public observatory in the world (with 1.6 million visitors a year).

If you want to learn more about Griffith, check out their website here!

Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios is a must-visit attraction site in Los Angeles — find a full day or two of action-packed entertainment all in one place: 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!

More information on tickets, passes, and tours all on their website!

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

I am such a Harry Potter fanatic — I’ve read and watched all the books and movies! So, when I found out there was a Harry Potter world in Universal Studios, I had to go check it out and boy was I captivated by all the magical sights!

Wingardium Leviosa!

Petersen Automotive Museum

If you love cars and everything about automobiles, you’ll definitely want to visit Petersen Automotive Museum!

One of the world’s largest automotive museums, the Petersen Automotive Museum is a nonprofit organization specializing in automobile history and related educational programs.

Check out their website for more information!

Staples Center

Staples Center — Sports and Entertainment Center of the World, the home of four professional sports franchises, the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers, the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, and the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks, STAPLES Center has proven to be a home court advantage for the local teams with the Lakers capturing six NBA Championships and the Kings winning two Stanley Cup titles since 1999, while the Sparks captured back-to-back WNBA Championships in their first two STAPLES Center campaigns and brought home their third WNBA Championship in 2016.

For more information about tickets and events, visit here!

The Grove

If you love shopping and dining all mixed in one, then The Grove is the best place to hangout with your significant other, your best friends, or even splurging on yourself!

Join Los Angeles’ favorite shopping, dining and lifestyle destination. Explore a mix of retail, restaurants and entertainment in an open-air environment pulsing with style and energy. Visit with friends and family to shop, dine and make memories under the California sun.

Check out The Grove’s website here!

La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

The Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County (NHMLAC) include the Natural History Museum in Exposition Park, La Brea Tar Pits in Hancock Park/Mid-Wilshire, and the William S. Hart Museum in Newhall.

They protect and share more than 35 million specimens and artifacts, the largest natural and cultural history collection in the western United States. But we also explore the nature and culture that surrounds us today, both in L.A. and the world.

For more information, check out their website!

Walt Disney Concert Hall

Walt Disney Concert Hall (WDCH) is the home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, presenting the best in classical music, contemporary music, world music and jazz.

Designed by architect Frank Gehry, Walt Disney Concert Hall is an internationally recognized architectural landmark and one of the most acoustically sophisticated concert halls in the world.

From the stainless steel curves of its striking exterior to the state-of-the-art acoustics of the hardwood-paneled main auditorium, the 3.6-acre complex embodies the unique energy and creative spirit of the city of Los Angeles and its orchestra.

Thanks to the vision and generosity of Lillian Disney, the Disney family, and many other individual and corporate donors, Los Angeles enjoys the music of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Master Chorale and visiting artists and orchestras from around the world.

Visit their website for more information on concerts and events!

Runyon Canyon Park

Runyon is one of my favorite places to go hiking, if you love a challenge and an amazing view at the top, make sure to hike Runyon at least once when you visit LA!

Dodger Stadium

If you are a Dodgers fan and love baseball, you’ll definitely want to check out Dodger Stadium!

Dodger Stadium is a baseball park in the Elysian Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. It is the home stadium of Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers.

Hollywood Sign & Lake Hollywood Park

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Located on the Pacific Rim, LACMA is the largest art museum in the western United States, with a collection of more than 142,000 objects that illuminate 6,000 years of artistic expression across the globe. Committed to showcasing a multitude of art histories, LACMA exhibits and interprets works of art from new and unexpected points of view that are informed by the region’s rich cultural heritage and diverse population. LACMA’s spirit of experimentation is reflected in its work with artists, technologists, and thought leaders as well as in its regional, national, and global partnerships to share collections and programs, create pioneering initiatives, and engage new audiences.

Check out more about LACMA here!

Angels Flight Railway

Angels Flight is a landmark 2’6 in narrow gauge funicular railway in the Bunker Hill district of Downtown Los Angeles, California. It has two funicular cars, Olivet and Sinai, running in opposite directions on a shared cable, on the 298 feet long inclined railway.

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

I saved the best for last, my school — University of California, Los Angeles!

UCLA is like a city within a city, drawing more than 60,000 people daily to its 419- acre campus, nestled in the hills of west Los Angeles five miles from the Pacific Ocean. The “metropolis” of UCLA includes some ten libraries, two museums and an art gallery, three gardens, an elementary school, day-care facilities, residential complexes and buildings that house nearly 7,000 people, several theaters and performing arts auditoriums, stores, restaurants, gyms, a basketball arena, and a hospital. Additionally, the campus has its own police department, a chiller/cogeneration plant that assures the campus of low-cost power, hot water, and efficient cooling, its own postal system, a fleet of buses, and several newspapers — definitely go check out UCLA, it’s absolutely worth your time!

If you want to learn more about the world’s most sought out school, check out their website here!

There are so many, and I mean so many amazing things to do in the beautiful city of Los Angeles — the list can go on! If you want more recommendations, check out more here, you won’t be disappointed!

Feel free to share with us what are some of your favorite places to go to in the beautiful and sunny Los Angeles!

Xoxo, Messycafe.

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