For a traditional sand and surf vacation, you can't beat 72-miles of beautiful coastline dotted with restaurants, comfortable family hotels and famous Los Angeles tourist attractions like Venice Beach, Santa Monica pier, Griffith Park and of course, Hollywood!
You can take in the sights and sounds of funky Venice boardwalk, a popular kid-friendly attraction in Los Angeles. Then play in the waves and head over to Danny's on Windward Avenue for their famous French toast or beer-battered fish and chips! Crammed with top-notch restaurants, lots of cool little stores and some of the best-people watching in the city, it's no wonder Venice Beach at Windward Ave made the list of awesome L.A. beaches for families.
If you're looking for family attractions in Los Angeles that are as educational as they are fun, there are plenty of museums. Travel Town Museum is the perfect pit-stop for a train-loving kid. Steeped in the rich railroad history of the Southwestern United States, the museum has free admission and is open daily (except for Christmas Day). Take a ride on the miniature train or check out some of the current restoration projects of turn-of-the-century engines. Once the little ones have run out of steam, it's a short drive to plenty of hotels in Hollywood, such as the Hollywood Roosevelt and many others. The Redbury at Hollywood and Vine is another notable hotel and has an on-site restaurant so you can fill up your tank before you hit the sheets.
Zimmer Children's Museum located in Miracle Mile has art installations and exhibits encouraging cultural awareness. Just down the road from the children's museum is one of the most well-known Los Angeles tourist attractions: the La Brea Tar Pits. It's here that some of the most well-preserved fossils from the Pleistocene era can be found surrounded by bubbling pits of gooey black tar.
Rounding out the list of educational attractions in Los Angeles is the Griffith Observatory where kids can learn about space, catch a laser light show in the Planetarium and use to the rooftop telescopes to gaze into the heavens or out over the city.
For the family that prefers lions over dinosaurs and elephants over telescopes, the Los Angeles Zoo is the perfect place for an urban safari! If you're looking for things to do with kids in Los Angeles, try this on for size-- 133 acres housing over 1000 animals.The Elephants of Asia exhibit teaches kids about endangered species and the dangers of habitat loss while offering a chance to get up close and personal with these magnificent creatures. The LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates and Reptiles) facility is home to the world's largest amphibian, the Chinese giant salamander, and is hands-down the creepiest, crawliest kid-friendly attraction in the Los Angeles Zoo.
Of course a list of Los Angeles family attractions wouldn't be complete without mentioning Universal Studios and CityWalk. The Hollywood theme park has studio tours and awesome adventures like Jurassic Park: The Ride, Shrek 4-D and Peter Jackson's award-winning King Kong 360 3-D. The adjacent CityWalk features shopping, an IMAX theatre and kid-friendly eateries like Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. You might catch a concert at 5 Towers, the outdoor concert arena with jaw-dropping light sculptures for a musical experience unlike any other.
Whether you opt for a relaxing beach getaway or a few days of edge-of-your-seat adventure, the wealth of kid-friendly attractions in Los Angeles ensure lots of fun and great memories for the entire family. Ready to start planning your own itinerary? You can customize it by dragging-and-dropping hotels and attractions onto your calendar with the Trip Planner. If you still need a little more inspiration, you can check out other users' family trip plans for Los Angeles. Take what you like and leave the rest!