When people think of Los Angeles, they think of the glamour of Hollywood and the allure of pristine beaches with perfect weather year-round. Although Los Angeles does provide those things in plenty, it is also a city with rich culture and educational opportunities for locals and tourists alike. When planning your next student tour, consider “The City of Dreams” as your preferred destination.
Although Los Angeles is known as the city where everyone drives, a walking tour can be a fantastic way to immerse oneself in the culture of Los Angeles. Red Line Tours offers fantastic walking tours throughout Hollywood and downtown. These tours feature the history of Grauman’s Egyptian Theater, the Hollywood Sign and the Historic District. To learn more about the rich Hispanic culture of Los Angeles, a walking tour of Olvera Street is a must. If you have time, sample the Mexican cuisine in this section of L.A. and you won’t be disappointed.
A visit to Los Angeles isn’t complete without enjoying the array of options available for beach and ocean activities. The 100-year-old Santa Monica Pier with its iconic entrance and family amusement park has become a L.A. landmark. You can enjoy the rides, carnival games and even see locals fishing. About 25 miles from Santa Monica is another beach city called Long Beach, which features one of the top 10 aquariums in the United States. The Aquarium of the Pacific features a collection of 11,000 animals representing 500 different species. Right next door to the Aquarium of the Pacific is Harbor Breeze Cruises, which offers whale and dolphin watching tours year-round.
Those looking to dive further into the actual nitty gritty of education will enjoy the variety of museum options Los Angeles offers. The most beautiful museum in Los Angeles has to be The Getty Center. It is well-known for its architecture, gardens and views of Los Angeles. Its main features are the pre-20th-century European art collection and 20th-century American, Asian and European photographs. If you are looking for something a little more contemporary, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is educational and fun. LACMA is the largest art museum in the western United States and throughout the year the museum features film and concert series. Visitors wanting something more serious will appreciate a visit to the Museum of Tolerance. This museum examines racism and prejudice around the world with a strong focus on the history of the Holocaust.
Science buffs will have many options to choose from in the City of Angels. The Griffith Observatory is a popular tourist attraction with an excellent view of The Hollywood Sign and has an extensive array of space and science-related displays. Best thing is admission is free with only a small added charge if you decide to enjoy one of the planetary shows. If you want to spend the entire day flexing your science skills, the California Science Center is the place to be. Billed as the West Coast’s largest hands-on science center, the center features permanent exhibits, demonstrations, IMAX movies and special activities including a climbing wall, motion simulator and a high-wire bicycle. The La Brea Tar Pits is a must-stop visit for any science lover as well. It is a group of tar pits in the center of Los Angeles that have seeped up from the ground for tens of thousands of years. Over many centuries, the bones of animals that were trapped in the tar were preserved. The George C. Page Museum is dedicated to researching the tar pits and displaying specimens from the animals that died there.
Animal lovers can take advantage of a one or two-hour guided horseback tour with Sunset Ranch Hollywood through the hills of Griffith Park. From this 5,000-acre park in the heart of Los Angeles you will ride and see the famous Hollywood Sign, Griffith Observatory and Downtown Los Angeles. Although not as well-known as the nearby San Diego Zoo the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens is not to be missed. This 133-acre zoo founded in 1966 features chimpanzees, gorillas, elephants, lizards and animals native to the rainforest. If animal rescue is more of a passion of yours, you will want to check out The STAR Eco Station. It is an environmental science museum, an exotic rescue center, and a haven for endangered and illegally-trafficked exotic animals.
The Magic of Disney is a short 25-mile drive from the heart of Los Angeles. You can enjoy the original Disneyland Park, the new California Adventure Park, and Downtown Disney. If you enjoy homemade fried chicken and jam with your roller coasters, Knott’s Berry Farm is the amusement park for you. This 160-acre facility features 40 rides including roller coasters, family rides, children’s rides, water rides, and historical rides. Now for the true thrill seekers who love the biggest roller coasters around, Six Flags Magic Mountain will be exactly what you are looking for. With 19 roller coasters, Six Flags Magic Mountain Los Angeles holds the record for the most roller coasters in an amusement park.