Los Angeles attractions come in many different shapes and sizes. They also vary from person to person. Los Angeles has so many different things to see and do that one person’s perfect day might not have single overlap with another traveler’s.
Los Angeles is home to an abundance of professional sports teams. Two major league baseball teams, two basketball teams, pro hockey, Major League Soccer and many minor league teams fill the local sports pages, not to mention the para-professional football and basketball programs at USC and UCLA that can draw as many fans as the Dodgers and Lakers during the regular season. Tickets are most affordable in packages, but if you don’t mind the cheap seats, a trip to the ballpark can be a great way to connect with the local spirit enthusiasm in root root rooting for the home team.
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The sunny weather makes Los Angeles the perfect location for a big theme park and the city of Angels has more than its fair share of them. Disneyland, Universal Studios, Magic Mountain, Knotts Berry Farm and now even LegoLand just south of the city in Carlsbad fill out the unparalleled selection of themes and parks that bring families and thrill seekers to the sunny south.
Although Disneyland is the biggest draw, consider branching out to the other parks for some variety after that fourth trip through “It’s a small world after all.” Teenagers will find the thrills and adrenaline at Magic Mountain most attractive and Knotts Berry Farm is also building some of the better coasters in southern California.
There are enough museums in Los Angeles to keep even the most curious mind occupied for their entire trip. The Getty Museum is the most famous of these, but other gems turn up all over the city. The Museum of Tolerance is one of Los Angeles’ lesser-known treats, but the interactive exhibits and assumption bending displays are perfect for those that want (or need) a little opening of their minds.
The Norton-Simon Museum in Pasadena is another lesser known but world-class collection of paintings, sculptures and artifacts from all throughout history. The Museum is free, but you must have a reservation and a scheduled time for admittance.
Each beach in LA has its own distinctive personality determined by the neighborhood, location, ease of access and the slope of the sand and break of the waves. Surfers are most common in Malibu; one of the best breaks in the area is near Zuma Beach up the Pacific Coast Highway. The volleyball nets and bike paths bring a different type of beachgoer to Manhattan Beach and Huntington Beach. Both beaches play host to two of the major events on the Pro Beach Volleyball circuit and draw giant crowds from the local volleyball crazy communities. Pick-up volleyball games are easy to come by as well on these beaches, especially in the spring when the weather is nice but the ocean is still at winter temperatures.