Written by: Ching Balina
When you find yourself in the beautiful city of Los Angeles, it is an absolute must to visit one of their amazing amusement parks. Whether it is Disneyland, Universal Studios, or Six Flags; you’re sure to have a memorable day. I’m sure you have also been told by relatives and friends to check out tourist spots like Griffith Park and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
While all of that is great, there isn’t a shortage of things to do in the city once you’ve exhausted all of the park rides. The following are things to do and places to visit in the City of Angels that are definitely worth your while.
5 Things to Do in L.A. After the Amusement Parks
5. Go trick or treating.
If you decide to fly in during Halloween season, you’re in for a (trick or) treat! Homeowners and malls go all out during this holiday and, coming from the Philippines where the traditional candy distribution isn’t usually practiced, it’s a pretty cool experience. Some take the holiday so seriously, their houses have ghosts projected on them and the family members dress up as zombies to put on a show for passersby.
4. Stroll along Beverly Hills.
In real life, Beverly Hills is not all that different from its reputation in movies and television shows. Palm Trees? Check. A row of expensive brands? Check. Luxury cars parked on the sidewalk? Check for the Lamborghini, check for the Porsche, and check for the Ferrari. Whether or not you’re ready to shell out some cash, exploring the area in itself is already pretty priceless. Fresh air, good lighting, and lots of picture–perfect backdrops!
3. Watch a live show.
There are a number of live shows and tapings that you can catch in the heart of Hollywood. Shows like The Big Bang Theory, The Ellen Show, and Conan welcome a live audience to their tapings, but the waitlist is understandably crazy. We were lucky enough to catch a taping of the Blind Auditions of The Voice Season 12 (you guys, I was this close to Adam Levine). Unfortunately, gadgets aren’t allowed inside to make sure spoilers don’t go public, so I suppose the memory of the experience will have to do.
2. Go on a food run.
Do you find yourself watching Facebook videos that feature drool-worthy restaurants abroad? Now’s your chance to try one of their dishes yourself. L.A. boasts of Sprinkles Cupcakes with dozens on dozens of flavors on offer. You can even order through their Cupcake ATM. Other must-visits include classic favorites like In-N-Out, Shake Shack (which just recently found its way to California from New York), Porto’s Bakery and Cafe, and Trader Joe’s.
1. Tour the Warner Bros. Studio.
Central Perk is only one of the many iconic sets you will witness on the tour!
Does this New York-inspired street look familiar?
For all you Pretty Little Liars fans!
You can turn on the Bat-Signal yourself!
If you are a fan of movies or television, this place is a must-visit. Thousands of gems from the entertainment world – old and new – are immortalized in this wide lot in Burbank. You will get to step inside (and try the food) at Central Perk, switch on the Bat-Signal, get your hands on authentic merchandise at the gift shop, and so much more. I can tell you right now that your fangirl/fanboy heart will be satisfied from start to finish.
As you can see, Los Angeles isn’t just for those looking for an adrenaline rush at amusement parks; it is a must-visit for pop culture fanatics, avid travelers, and foodies, as well. So, if you’re gearing up for a must-needed vacation and L.A. is on your shortlist, these tips can help you maximize the time off that you have.
Have you tried any of these activities before? Let us know in the comments section!