The Broad (free ticket reservation required; tickets available on the first day of every month for the following month’s visit)
In the heart of downtown, the Broad is one of the most popular museums in LA. Opened in 2015, it holds more than 2,000 works of art in its collection and features contemporary and post-war art from the likes of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Ed Ruscha.
Additional tickets are required for special events.
Spend a day among some of the greatest artists in history with a visit to the J. Paul Getty Center. The museum’s collection houses international works of art including European paintings, sculpture, drawings, decorative art, and photography from medieval times to present.
Additionally, the Getty Center is known for its architecture and the grounds are worth exploring as well. The Getty Center is always free and is open Tuesday-Friday & Sunday 10 am-5:30 pm and Saturday 10am-9pm.
Ample parking is available in the garage for $15 and $10 after 3 pm.
The very first art museum established in the city of LA, the Fisher Museum spans five centuries of art. The permanent collection includes over 1800 pieces of both European and American paintings, drawings, and sculpture.
Located on historic Museum Row, the Craft and Folk Art Museum features leading exhibits in craft, art, and design from present-day artists. A venue to both see and make art, the museum also offers an abundance of hands-on artists workshops.
Known for its edgy, contemporary art collection, the Hammer Museum has multiple rotating temporary exhibits. Its permanent collection of the pieces owned by Armand Hammer include an abundance of European and American paintings and drawings.
Adjacent to the birthplace of Los Angeles, La Plaza de Cultura Y Artes focuses on the experience of Mexicans and Mexican Americans in LA and the Southern California region. It offers gardens and multiple exhibits as well as a number of public programs.
The only museum in the US to focus on contemporary and modern Latin American Art, the MOLAA sits in the heart of Long Beach. Its collection includes a sculpture garden, paintings, photographs, drawings, and mixed media.
A place where people of all ages can explore the wonder of science through inventive programs, film, interactive exhibits. Highlights include the space shuttle Endeavor and Sputnik 1, and the Gemini 11 capsule.
Tickets are required for special exhibits (including viewing the Endeavor)
La Brea Tar Pits (free admission first Tuesday of every month except July and August; free ticket reservation encouraged)
A place to go WAY back in time! Located on historic Museum Row, the Tar Pits are one of the world’s most interesting fossil locales.
The museum displays Ice Age fossils from 10,000 – 40,000-year-old asphalt deposits that are still being excavated today.
Among dozens of Ice Age fossils inside the museum sits the glass-encased fossil lab where scientists prepare newly discovered fossils including a recently unearthed Columbian mammoth named “Zed.”
TIP: The largest tar pit in the front of the museum is always free to view and take photos of. Get your tickets to this recommended attraction here!
Built in 1818, Avila Adobe is the oldest standing residence in Los Angeles and is located on Olvera Street. It is free to tour and open daily. Check the website for information on free guided tours of the adobe.
A Jewish cultural center, Skirball welcomes people from all backgrounds and communities.
The center features multiple temporary exhibits and permanent collections that cover over 4,000 years of Jewish history and heritage.
An additional exhibit, Noah’s Ark, is an interactive children’s place that includes a recreation of the Ark and whimsical animals. Noah’s Ark requires reserved tickets. Check the website for more information.
Kids fit right in with most activities and attractions in LA! Some of our favorite things to do in LA like going to a theme park and visiting the Santa Monica Pier are open to people of all ages.
Check our top 10 section above for even more great things to do with your family such as sporting events, musicals, theme parks and much more.
Here are a few more things that the whole family can enjoy!
Visit Disneyland & California Adventure
Make your happiest dreams come true at the original theme park of Walt Disney opened in July of 1955.
Located in Orange County, Disneyland is truly a place of magic where families can explore Main Street, USA, Tomorrowland, Frontierland, and Critter County among other lands and seek thrills on favorite rides like Splash Mountain, the Matterhorn, and Space Mountain.
Rub shoulders with your favorite Disney characters and fairy princesses and stick around for the parade and evening fireworks! Adjacent to Disneyland, Disney California Adventure is where the tales of Pixar, Disney, and others come to life.
Rides and attractions include California Screamin’, The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Underwater Adventure, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout!
Treat the whole family to a star-studded experience – sort of. Get discounted tickets the famous Madame Tussauds wax museum in Hollywood to get up close and personal with the wax versions of your favorite celebrities.
Figures at the Hollywood location include pop stars like Taylor Swift, Madonna, and Michael Jackson as well as Hollywood icons like Marilyn Monroe and Paul Newman.
Don’t forget the Marvel Superheroes and sports stars as well! Madame Tussauds is open seven days a week; hours vary.
Get Wild at the LA Zoo
Discover the amazing wildlife at the LA Zoo which is home to more than 1,100 mammals, birds, amphibians, and reptiles! Further, the zoo’s botanical collection includes over 7,400 individual plants located throughout the establishment.
Wildlife areas include Elephants of Asia, the Red Ape Rainforest, Campo Gorilla Reserve, and the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo. During your visit, make sure to stick around for various demonstrations and shows!
The zoo is open daily (except December 25) from 10am-5pm.
Seek Thrills at Knott’s Berry Farm
People from all over the world have been visiting Knott’s Berry Farm for nearly 100 years!
What began as a family farm grew to a popular highway pit-stop for and old ghost town attraction and Mrs. Knott’s famous chicken dinners and boysenberry pie.
Today, families can enjoy one of California’s best amusements parks and additional water park in addition to those fried chicken dinners that are still made daily!
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