31 of the Best Things to Do in Los Angeles
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.
TOP 10 FREE THINGS TO DO IN LA
Sure, Los Angeles might be one of the priciest cities in the country but fear not! There are loads of things to do for free (or almost free) while you’re visiting! Read our comprehensive post on Free Things To Do in LA for more.
Some might take a little more research and planning than others but if you play your cards right, you’ll save a lot of cash by visiting all of the free attractions the city has to offer. Here are our favorite top ten free things to do in LA.
Many of these attractions can be visited at 50% or even free with a Los Angeles Go Card – you can even build your own to include only the sites you want to see!
1) Enjoy a Day at Santa Monica Pier and Beach (kid-friendly)
Head to Santa Monica for a fun filled day at the beach in the California sun! The historic Santa Monica Pier, first established in 1909 is today home to Pacific Park, a place filled with amusement rides and an exciting carnival atmosphere, restaurants, and the Santa Monica aquarium. Additionally, it is the official end to the historic Route 66–keep your eyes peeled for signs mentioning this. It’s a place the whole family can enjoy while also making time to hit the beach! Enjoy the rides at Pacific Park with tickets here.
2) Experience Venice Beach Boardwalk (kid-friendly)
One of the most vibrant and entertaining places in LA, the Venice Beach boardwalk should not be missed! This is a great place to people watch, shop, eat, and be entertained by the numerous daily street performers. Additionally, the 2.5 kilometer boardwalk is home to various arts & crafts vendors, a skateboard park, basketball court, and the famous Muscle Beach–an open air gym made famous by the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger.
3) Walk the Hollywood Walk of Fame and See the TCL Chinese Theatre (kid-friendly)
Spend a day strolling one of the most famous boulevards in the world and find all of your favorite celebrities names on the Hollywood walk of Fame! The walk, which began with the first star being laid in 1960, now features over 2600 stars (with an average of two stars added monthly) under five categories: film, music, radio, television, and live theatre. While walking the boulevard make sure to stop by the TCL Chinese Theatre where you’ll notice the handprints and footprints of various stars in the cement. Tours of the theatre as well as current films are offered daily! You can get VIP tickets to tour TCL Chinese Theatre here.
4) Catch a Sunset at Griffith Observatory (kid-friendly)
Savor the skies and sunsets of LA from the historic Griffith Observatory high above the city in Griffith Park. Visitors can look through telescopes, enjoy live shows in the planetarium, explore multiple exhibits, and see incredible views of LA and the Hollywood sign. Don’t miss the James Dean statue playing homage to the Hollywood classic, Rebel Without a Cause, as many of the film’s climactic scenes were filmed at the observatory.The observatory building is open Tuesday-Friday from noon to 10pm and Saturday/Sunday from 10am-10pm. Admission is always free.
5) Spend an Afternoon at The Original Farmers Market and The Grove (kid-friendly)
Feeling hungry? The Original LA Farmers Market, is a fan favorite for both locals and tourists since it opened in 1934. Guests can indulge in numerous ethnic cuisines from French Crepes to Argentine empanadas to Greek fare. Don’t forget ice cream and other sweet treats! After eating, peruse the many speciality shops and then head on over to the adjacent Grove. Whether you’re in the mood for shopping, dining, seeing a movie, or just taking a stroll, The Grove has you covered. One of LA’s premiere lifestyle destinations, the outdoor complex has a number of retail stores, ever-changing pop-up shops, and dining options. It’s a great place to relax, soak up the sun, and take a ride on the double-decker trolley that services the shopping center. Additionally, guests can enjoy an hourly dancing fountain at the center of the complex. The Original Farmers Market and The Grove are open daily; hours vary.
6) Explore Downtown LA (kid-friendly)
Downtown LA has really revitalized itself within the last decade and is burgeoning as a cultural, artistic, and gastronomic destination. Spend half a day walking the streets downtown to discover some incredible early 20th Century architecture, indulge in some fantastic eats on 7th Street’s restaurant row or in Grand Central Market, and observe the everyday hustle and bustle of one of the most diverse cities in the world.
7) Watch a Live Recording!
Get yourself set to be a part of an excited studio audience! In LA, there are numerous TV shows recorded daily and an abundance of show recordings that can be viewed for free.Each type of show–game, talk, late night–has a different way of ticketing for audience viewers and some involve a wait-list so plan ahead!
Check out this guide on how to secure a ticket to a recording. Alex Trebek, Jimmy Kimmel, and Ellen Degeneres are waiting for you!
8) See the Hollywood Sign (kid-friendly)
While the Hollywood Sign can be seen from numerous places around LA, one of the best viewing spots is on one of the breezeway balconies at Hollywood & Highland Center. Here, on clear days, you’ll get a straight shot to the sign in the distance. However, don’t plan on getting too up close and personal, as the sign is under strict security 24 hours and day and is not open to the public.
9) Visit a Free Museum (kid-friendly)
Boasting over 100 museums, Los Angeles is certainly a cultural hub of excitement! You could spend weeks pouring over European and contemporary art, dinosaur relics and fossils, sculpture, photography, and exhibits focused on world events and culture like the Holocaust and Mexican or Chinese heritage. A lot of museums are free to visit every day though most require a little more research and planning, as they might only be free to the general public once a week or month. So plan ahead to save some cash!
Check out our museum listings below for Art, Science & Nature and History & Culture museums to find out the best and which ones are free on certain days!
10) Shop on Rodeo Drive
Home to some of the most exclusive luxury stores in America, Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills is something to marvel at. Most popularly, Rodeo Drive refers to the three-block stretch of the street between Wilshire Boulevard and Little Santa Monica Boulevard. Whether you come here to spend a small fortune or just to window shop and have your own Pretty Woman moment, Rodeo Drive is definitely one of the most famous places in LA! After the stroll, look into taking a Beverly Hills Celebrity Home tour!
Explore Pasadena! The home of the annual Rose Bowl and Parade, this suburb of LA has a lot to explore!
TOP ATTRACTIONS AND MUSEUMS
All of our Top 10 Things to do in LA like hitting the Venice Beach Boardwalk or walking the Hollywood Walk of Fame are free and there are plenty of other things to see and do around the city that are free of charge or cost just a few dollars. Here are our other favorite top attractions and museums in LA.
Many of these attractions can be visited at 50% or even free with a Los Angeles Go Card – you can even build your own to include only the sites you want to see!
An LA landmark since 1901, Angels Flight has just recently reopened for public use. The 116 year old funicular takes riders on a short jaunt from Hill Street to Grand Avenue on Bunker Hill and costs $1.00 to ride one way (holders of metro passes may ride for $.50). A great ride for photos and an opportunity to experience some nice LA history, Angels Flight is very inexpensive fun for all!
Located downtown across the street from the ever popular Grand Central Market, the Bradbury Building is the oldest commercial building left in the central city and is known for its exquisite interior architecture that includes an abundant use wrought iron and bird cage elevators. Opened in 1893, the building is free to enter and open to the public. Movie buffs may recognize it from Blade Runner, 500 Days of Summer, and The Artist among other films.
Completed in 2002, this postmodern Cathedral is the home of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Masses are given in 42 different languages weekly and millions of people visit annually! Free tours of the Cathedral are offered Monday-Friday at 1pm. No reservations required for individuals.
Catch the (free!) views from above on the observation deck at LA’s City Hall downtown. The observation deck is open on weekdays from 8am-5pm and provides spectacular views of the city. If you plan to see the view for yourself note that you’ll enter the building through the doors on Main Street. You’ll be passing through a metal detector upon entering the building and you’ll need a valid photo ID card with you. After that, all that separate you from the view is a couple elevator rides and one set of stairs up to the 27th floor!
Baseball fans have been coming to this stadium to cheer on the LA Dodgers since 1962. If it’s baseball season, catch a game! Or, if it’s off season, experience a behind-the-scenes stadium tour–offered throughout the year, multiple times per week.
Join hundreds of art lovers on the second thursday of the month for a self-guided public art tour in downtown LA. Art Walk gives guests an opportunity to stroll through galleries that stay open late, exhibitions and public displays. It’s suggested to begin your walk at Art Walk’s visitor center, the Art Walk Lounge, located at 634 S. Spring Street from 6pm-10pm.
Grand Central Market in downtown LA turned 100 in 2017 and has vastly reinvented itself within the last decade. What used to be rows of produce is now a lovely culmination of cultures and cuisines. Patrons can find tacos, gourmet eggs sandwiches, BBQ, and bento boxes in addition to artisan coffee and a brewery onsite. The market can get very crowded, very quickly so be prepared. It’s open daily from 8am-10pm.
Just south of Hollywood Boulevard sits the final resting place for more Hollywood stars and founders than any other place in the world. The Hollywood Forever cemetery is where visitors will find the graves, crypts, and niches of Douglas Fairbanks, Jayne Mansfield, Johnny Ramone, Rudolph Valentino, and Bugsy Siegel among hundreds of others.
Spend a sunny afternoon in Griffith Park while in LA! The park is home to the LA Zoo, Travel Town train Museum, the Autry Center for the American West, Griffith Observatory, the Greek Theatre, and numerous trails to hike. On clear days, he trails through the park offer exquisite views of all parts of LA, the Hollywood Sign, and the Pacific Ocean.
An entertainment district located downtown, L.A. Live is home to six entertainment venues including the Staples Center, numerous restaurants, and a movie theatre. It’s a great place to grab a bite or a drink before or after a sporting event or concert.
Opened in 1935, the LA Times Building is an iconic piece of Art Deco in downtown LA. The globe lobby, which is free to enter, features ten foot high murals that were painted by Hugo Ballin (who also painted the Griffith Observatory Rotunda) in 1934. Also on display are historical accounts of the newspaper and building. Free public tours of the building are available a few times a month; check the website for scheduling and to make a reservation.
Located on the site of the birthplace of Los Angeles, Olvera Street is a fun, Mexican market with loads of street vendors, souvenirs, and restaurants. It’s also home to the historic Avila Adobe–the oldest standing residence in LA (free to tour)–and a handful of neighboring historic buildings and small, free museums like the Sepulveda House and the Chinese American Museum. Olvera Street is free to visit and open to people of all ages.
Hope you’re not afraid of heights! Catch the incredible, 360 degree views Los Angeles has to offer at California’s tallest open air observation deck, the OUE Skyspace. This deck sits nearly 1000 feet above LA’s iconic US Bank Tower and offers a panoramic view. For the ultra daring, experience the adrenaline rush of the world’s first ever Skyslide, a glass encased slide as part of the observation deck. Tickets range from $19-$40 (children under 2 are free).
For the adventurous thrill seeker, Magic Mountain offers roller coasters, family and kid rides, and carnival type games and activities. The theme park, located in Santa Clarita, is now open 365 days a year.
Home to NBA teams LA Lakers, LA Clippers, WBNA team LA Sparks, NHL team LA Kings, and multiple concerts throughout the year, it’s always worth it to check the schedule of the Staples Center events before making a visit to LA! It’s located within the L.A. live complex downtown.
Enjoy the California sunshine with a leisurely stroll through the canals of Venice Beach. Conceived over 100 years ago by Abbot Kinney, the canals were supposed to mimic those of Venice, Italy complete with gondolas and Italian gondoliers. The vision didn’t exactly pan out the way Kinney wanted it to but the canals still exist and are a lovely place for a walk–with little foot bridges and all!
If you’re a TV or movie buff, a studio tour could be right up your alley! Studio tours, like those offered at Sony and Warner Brothers are an excellent way to enjoy the behind-the-scenes classic Hollywood magic. Sony was once the location for Hollywood blockbusters like “The Wizard of Oz” and “Men in Black” and Warner Brothers is the home to daytime talk show host extraordinaire, Ellen Degeneres. On either tour enjoy soundstages, prop departments, and backlots.
- Universal Studios
Half theme park, half film studio, Universal Studios is filled to the brim with entertainment the whole family can enjoy. Get your thrills at King Kong 360, Fast & Furious Supercharged, and The Walking Dead attraction and delight in the magical Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Additionally, enjoy Universal’s world famous studio backlot tour where visitors can experience behind-the-scenes movie making magic!
Most museums in LA can be enjoyed for free at least one or more days of the month. Plan ahead and mark your calendar to make sure you’re able to visit on one of the free days! The museums here offer free admission every day unless otherwise noted.
Art Museums in Los Angeles
- 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 10am-5:30pm and Saturday 10am-9pm. Ample parking is available in the garage for $15 and $10 after 3pm.
- Getty Villa
Located in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood of LA, the Getty Villa is the second location of the J. Paul Getty Museum. The galleries here house over 44,000 pieces in its collection from 6500 BC to 400 AD and centers on the cultures and art of ancient Rome, Greece, and Etruria.
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.
Highlighting the art of photography in both digital and film, the Annenberg Space for Photography features a few rotating exhibits a year. The venue is the first cultural destination in the LA area to solely focus on photography. The space also hosts lectures, events, and programs for the public.
- Craft and Folk Art Museum (free admission on Sundays)
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 hand-on artists workshops.
Calling all fashionistas! This museum as part of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising hosts rotating exhibits throughout the year focusing on fashion as a creative art form. The museum is only open when an exhibit is being showcased. Check the website for more information.
Highlighting works of art from Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and the Americas, the Fowler Museum explores cultures through art both past and present. Additionally, the museum holds Francis E. Fowler Jr.’s personal collection of silver containing 251 pieces from Europe, Great Britain, and America during the 16th-19th Centuries.
Focusing on the history and significance of music, the Grammy Museum in downtown LA (part of the L.A. Live complex) is something for all music lovers. Opened in 2008, the museum features a number of interactive exhibits, memorable Grammy outfits, and some of the past Grammy footage, among many other ways to explore the evolution of music. Tickets range from $10.95-$12.95 (children under 5 are free).
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.
- LA County Museum of Art (free admission second Tuesday of every month)
Located on Museum Row on Wilshire Boulevard and adjacent to the La Brea Tar Pits, LACMA is the largest art museum in the western United States. It holds over 150,000 pieces in its collection, dating from ancient times to present. Tip: The popular exhibit featuring dozens of street lamps, Urban Light, is always free to visit and is outside of the museum.
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.
- Museum of Latin American Art (free admission on Sundays)
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.
- Museum of Contemporary Art Grand Avenue & the Geffen Contemporary (free admission on Thursdays from 5pm-8pm)
The main branch of the MOCA, the Grand Avenue location, features a vast amount of post war and contemporary pieces from European and American artists like Andy Warhol, Ellsworth Kelley, and Joan Miro. The MOCA Geffen, known as the Geffen Contemporary, is located in an old police warehouse in the Little Tokyo neighborhood of downtown and offers 40,000 square feet of exhibition space.
Science & Nature Museums in LA
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!
- Natural History Museum of LA County (free admission first Tuesday of every month except July and August)
The largest natural history museum in the western United States, the NHMLA is home to more than 35 million artifacts covering over four billion years of history. Popular exhibits include the dinosaur hall, gems and minerals, African mammals and insect zoo. You can get discounted tickets here.
A gallery that is home to over 2500 samples from 1500 meteors, the Meteorite Gallery a UCLA is the largest in the western United States. The collection includes main masses from roughly 40 meteorites as well as the type specimens from more than 300 meteorites, some collected in California.
History & Cultural Museums
- Autry National Center of the American West (free admission second Tuesday of every month)
Located in Griffith Park across from the LA Zoo, the Autry National Center offers many ongoing exhibits focused on all of the peoples of the American West. Included in these are Western Frontiers: Stories of Fact and Fiction, Four Centuries of Pueblo Pottery, and The Colt Revolver in the American West. Visitors can also enjoy rotating temporary exhibits, films, and other programs.
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.
Full of rich history, art, and culture CAAM was the first museum of its kind to be full supported by a state. It focuses on the important role African Americans have had on America’s West specifically through culture, the economy, and politics.
- Chinese American Museum (suggested $3.00 donation)
Housed in the oldest surviving Chinese Building in Southern California, CAM focuses on the diversity of Chinese communities in the LA region. Current exhibits include Journeys and Origins: The Birth and Rise of Chinese American Communities in Los Angeles. Visitors to the museum can also visit Sun Wing Wo General Store and Herb Shop–a recreation of a general store housed in the same building from 1891 to 1948.
The small museum at the famous Hollywood Bowl Amphitheatre in Hollywood has a variety of different memorabilia from the amphitheatre and a few rotating temporary exhibits. The Hollywood Bowl also offers a self-guided “Bowl Walk” that features ten photographic displays throughout the grounds.
- Japanese American Museum (free admission on Thursdays after 5pm)
A Smithsonian Affiliate, the Japanese American Museum follows the heritage and culture of this diverse community. The ongoing historical exhibit chronicles over 130 years of Japanese American history spanning the time from early pioneers through WWII Japanese internment camps to the present.
The oldest Holocaust museum in the United States, LAMOTH was founded in 1961 by Holocaust survivors. The museum houses the west coast’s largest collection of primary material including documents and relics of the Holocaust period from 1933-1945. It’s also known for its building architecture. The museum is open daily.
- Skirball Cultural Center (free admission on Thursdays)
A Jewish cultural center, Skirball welcomes people from all backgrounds and communities. The center features multiple temporary exhibits and a permanent collections that covers 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.
A railway museum opened in 1952, Travel Town sits in Griffith Park and features numerous historic train cars. The museums primary focus is on railroad transportation in the western United States from the 1880s to 1930s.
Enjoy the Nightlife in LA
LA is one of those cities that never sleeps! While some museums and attractions might be closed when the sun sets, a lot of places like the Downtown LA Art Walk and The Grove stay open much later. Here are a few more activities to enjoy in LA at night.
Cruise the Sunset Strip
No trip to LA is complete without taking a ride down the Sunset Strip, the most popular stretch of Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood that is home to many famous rock and comedy clubs like The Laugh Factory, the Viper Room, and Whiskey a Go-Go plus bars, restaurants, boutiques, and celebrity haunts like the ever famous Chateau Marmont. It’s also known for its display of overly large, colorful billboards. It’s iconic, “larger than life” Hollywood at its finest!
Take an Evening Bus Tour
Embrace the glitz, glam, and celebrity gossip with a two hour driving tour in an open air van! Or take a hop on hop off option. Read our post on the best Los Angeles Bus tours.
Experience Universal Citywalk
Enjoy an evening of fun within Universal Citywalk, a three block promenade full of dining, shopping, and entertainment adjacent to Universal Studios. In addition to a slew of stores and restaurants, there is a movie theater, dueling piano bar, and even an indoor skydiving establishment! There’s something for everyone at Citywalk–a popular new addition is Voodoo Doughnuts of the Portland, Oregon fame. Hours vary.
See a Show at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre
Opened in 1930, the historic Hollywood Pantages theatre has hosted everything from vaudeville to the Oscars to present day stage shows. Howard Hughes once had offices, an apartment, and a private screening room on the second floor of the building when he owned the theatre. The movie palace is a favorite filming location for tv shows, music videos, and movies and its location in Hollywood makes it a great venue to catch a show after a day of sightseeing!
Family Friendly Los Angeles Activities
Kids fit right in with most activities and attractions in LA! Some of our favorite things to do in LA like Universal Studios and visiting the Santa Monica Pier are open to people of all ages. 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! An experience of a lifetime, both parks are open daily. You can get 1 day admission to Disneyland, transportation included with these tickets.
Spot “Celebrities” at Madame Tussauds
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.
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! Get your tickets to visit Knott’s Berry Farm.
Head to the Park!
Take some time to let the kids run free and stretch their legs at one of the many fantastic children’s parks Los Angeles has to offer! If you’re near Griffith Park, head to Shane’s Inspiration, located in the park and the first 100% inclusive park for any child with disabilities in LA. At the beach in Santa Monica, there’s South Beach Park equipped with an ocean theme (check out the huge boat!) and an excellent view of the beach. Downtown, Grand Park has splash fountains for little ones when it’s hot outside and a children’s playground complete with a tube slide and tree house. And if you’re looking to see and be seen in Beverly Hills head to Coldwater Canyon Park that features a shaded arbor, a cool stream for kids to play in, beautiful equipment, and picnic tables.