The city of Los Angeles really comes alive in October, as there are a number of fall and Halloween themed activities and events! Use this post as your guide for things to do in the month of October. Here are our top ten.
The dog days of summer linger in August but there are still a ton of fun activities, events, and festivals happening through the Los Angeles area! Here are our top ten things to do in LA in the month of August.
Things in LA really heat up during the month of July! There are a lot of outdoor festivals taking place and a whole lot of fun for all! Here are our top ten things to do in Los Angeles during the month of July.
This post is all about what to do in Los Angeles in June. The warm sunny afternoons and scant rain make it a great time to visit. If you’re heard of “June Gloom,” don’t worry – the haze tends to burn off by the afternoon. If you’re visiting early in June, check out our May post as well.
A visit to Los Angeles is hardly complete without a stop at two of the country’s most famous beaches! Located next to each other on the southwest side of LA, they offer activities and sights the whole family can enjoy.
Los Angeles is the type of city that has a plethora of sights, entertainment attractions, and inspiring museums. If you plan to make the most out of your time here and visit as much as possible the admission fees can really add up! Though fear not, as there is a variety of tourist passes available for purchase that give you entrance to groupings of popular attractions at discounted prices.
Use this post to help decipher which might be the best tourist discount pass for you during your visit to LA. There are a few to choose from and we’ve broken down the specifics of each pass here to help you compare and choose what will fit your needs the best.
At first glance, the total price for the passes may seem high but think about calculating the individual prices for all of the attractions you wish to see. When used correctly and with proper planning, these passes can end up saving you a lot of money in the end.
Here, we will take a detailed look at the Go Los Angeles Card in addition to the Starline Hollywood Pass and the CityPass for SoCal for those who are interested in visiting Disneyland. Keep in mind that all passes are not one in the same so you’ll want to consider the amount of time you have, your budget, and interests. Not all passes fit everyone’s tastes so make sure to choose the type to best benefit you!
We suggest that you purchase your pass online ahead of time. Also, consider that many museums and attractions offer child admission at a much lower price point than adult admission. While the passes we detail in this post also offer lower prices for children, you might want to calculate the costs you’d pay at the gate versus with the tourist pass to make sure you’re getting the best value.
The Go Los Angeles Cards offered by Smart Destinations gives you numerous options on how you want to purchase the card. Additionally, if your trip gets canceled or your plans change, the card is offered with their risk-free guarantee that gives you up to one year from the purchase date to return any non-activated card for a full refund–no questions asked!
The pass can be printed at home or activated on any mobile device with the Go City Card app for easy access. You simply show your pass at any Los Angeles attraction that’s on your card and you’re in! Simple as that. Here are the three types of Go Los Angeles Cards.
This pass saves you up to 50% on top LA attractions. You can choose from 33 attractions including museums, cruises, tours and more and take your times exploring 1, 2, 3, 5, or 7 calendar days over a two week period from 9am-5:30pm. With this card, the more you see each day, the better the value in the end.
Prices for the All-Inclusive Go Card (as of March 2018)
$85 Adult 1 Day Pass ($69 Child 12 and under)
$129 Adult 2 Day Pass ($105 Child 12 and under)
$64.50/day/adult and $52.50/day/child
$205 Adult 3 day Pass ($179 Child 12 and under)
$68.33/day/adult and $59.66/day/child
$269 Adult 5 day Pass ($239 Child 12 and under)
$53.80/day/adult and $47.80/day/child
$315 Adult 7 day Pass ($275 Child 12 and under)
$45/day/adult and $39.30/day/child
Each pass for 3 days or more includes a one-day general admission ticket to Universal Studios Hollywood®
Things to Consider:
If this is the pass for you and you really plan on getting the most value possible, you’ll really want to plan out your daily itinerary. Los Angeles is exceptionally spread out so you’ll need to make sure you calculate estimated travel times to/from each attraction and incorporate time for eating and potential shopping. There’s a chance that you might not get to all of the attractions that you set out to do so try your best to be realistic to see if you will really get the value out of this card. Be sure to
Packaged deals on the Go Los Angeles Card offer a variety of set attractions (think of a pre-set menu) at discounted prices. With this type of card, you can save up to 40% off gate prices and the card is valid for 30 days after you visit the first attraction. There are seven packaged deals to choose from that fit well with every type of traveler:
Gives you entrance to Madame Tussauds Hollywood AND the Guinness Book of World Records Museum plus your choice of Behind-the-Scenes Tour OR TCL Chinese Theatre and your choice of Movie Stars’ Homes Tour OR Hop-on Hop-off Double Decker Bus tour
The package deals offered with the Go Los Angeles Card are of very good value if you plan to visit the attractions within the package anyway but the packaged deals aren’t as flexible as some of the other offerings by Smart Destinations may be.
This pass can be customized to fit your tastes. You’ll save up to 20% when you add two or more attractions to the card and you have the option to choose from 42 attractions including tours, museums, cruises, and more. This pass is valid for 30 days after you visit your first attraction.
With this card, you’re given the option to add attractions from nearby San Diego and Las Vegas giving it even more value if you plan to visit either of those cities during your time on the west coast!
Things to Consider:
While the discount on this card might not be as steep as the others, it still offers some value if you want to visit two or more attractions the Go Card includes on its list but don’t want/need everything that’s included at the higher price.
For those who really want to focus on seeing all that Hollywood has to offer, the Starline Hollywood Pass is of good value. The pass is valid for nine days and you have to ability to make reservations to guarantee a spot on the tours that are included in the pass.
Pass includes the Movie Stars’ Homes Tour, Hop-on Hop-off Double Decker Bus City tour, and entrance to Madame Tussauds Hollywood
The high price of the Southern California CityPASS might through you a bit off guard but if you plans to visit all of the attractions it includes, you’ll be saving $151.99 or more per person. That’s a huge amount of savings if, again, you had already planned on visiting its bundled attractions. This pass will also allow you to skip ticket lines at the attractions so you’ll be saving precious time too! You can visit the theme parks in any order and the pass is valid for 14 days from the first time of use.
Disneyland Park and Disneyland California Adventure – 3 Day Park Hopper Ticket with Magic Morning
SeaWorld San Diego
Child under 10 $337
Upgrade option available: Add San Diego Zoo OR San Diego Safari Park for an additional $44/adult and $36/child under 10
Come to Los Angeles in May and have fun in this vibrant city before the weather really warms up for summer and crowds grow. Experience those west coast sunsets and ocean breezes after spending a day in the sun at one of the many spring festivals taking place this month. If you’re visiting at the beginning of the month, be sure to check out our post on April.
April is a wonderful time to visit LA! Typically, the California wildflowers are in bloom and the weather is absolutely lovely. Plan for warm days and cool nights with a lot of sunshine. There are numerous springtime festivals happening all over the city during the month of April so hopefully you can add one to your visit! If you’re visiting at the beginning of the month, be sure to check out our post on March.
This post has information on the best things to do in Los Angeles. Below you can find links to information on LA’s top attractions, museums, points of interest, kid-friendly activities, food, self-guided tours of various neighborhoods, and suggestions for things to do at night. Each link leads to a much more comprehensive page on that particular topic.