Grab your flip-flops and a pair of shades, it's time to plan a family trip to Los Angeles, California. Using the trip planner is an easy way to find fun things to do along with where to stay and places to eat when traveling with kids.
With 72 miles of coastline, a trip to Los Angeles is the obvious choice when surf and sand are on your itinerary. Venice Beach is a classic tourist attraction famous for its people-watching and it easily made the list of five awesome L.A. beaches for families. Muscle beach is one spot to see. It's full of old-school bodybuilding equipment and a popular hangout for fitness buffs and tourists alike. If you want to see another beach-front spectacle, you can head over to the Venice Beach Freakshow, home to sword swallowers, fire eaters and two-headed animals! With so much to see and do, Venice Beach certainly deserves a spot on your Los Angeles trip itinerary.
Just up the boardwalk from Venice is the Santa Monica Pier, another one of many kid-friendly attractions in Los Angeles. The pier is home to Pacific Park, an amusement park with arcade games, a Ferris wheel and even a roller coaster! You could rent a few bicycles from Blazing Saddles, the rental and tour shop, and explore the boardwalk for a few hours before grabbing an ice cream cone or funnel cake. Of all the places to eat in Los Angeles, it's tough to beat fresh seafood on the Santa Monica pier from family-friendly spots like Bubba Grump Shrimp Co. or The Albright.
Once you've had your fill of sandcastles and seashores, head inland to check a few more attractions on your Los Angeles trip itinerary. For a fun and educational outing, check out the Griffith Observatory, an astronomy museum with lots of kid-friendly exhibits, a planetarium and laser show.
No family trip to Los Angeles is complete without a little monkeying around. Just down the road in Griffith Park, you'll find the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, which is always a hit with kids. Don't miss the Elephants of Asia exhibit which has a deep water pool for pachyderm playtime!
After a long, fun-filled day you can refuel at one of plenty kid-friendly places to stay in Los Angeles. The Magic Castle Hotel is centrally located so it's convenient if you'll be exploring a lot during your trip. Although the adjacent private club is usually reserved for members only (a motley crew of professional and amateur magicians), guests at The Magic Castle Hotel can make reservations for the nightly dinner-and-magic show or enjoy the club's Sunday Brunch.
Another great hotel choice is The Hilton Hotel Universal City is packed with family-friendly amenities like connecting rooms and roll-away beds. It's even pet-friendly too! After a good night's sleep, why not head over to Universal Studios Hollywood theme park? Ask anybody where to go in Los Angeles for the ultimate adventure and Universal Studios will certainly be one of their suggestions. Exciting attractions like the Jurassic Park: The Ride and King Kong 360 3-D experience will thrill the entire family. Universal City Walk has an IMAX theater, and lots of restaurants and shopping to guarantee fun for everyone, no matter their age.
How about a few innings at Dodger baseball stadium? Dodger stadium offers discounts on tickets to home games for kids of a certain age; you can find details on their website. Their ten-inch ballpark frankfurter called the Dodger Dog is a tourist attraction in itself! If that doesn't fill you up, you can head over to Philippe, home of the original French Dip sandwich. This is one of the most famous places to eat in Los Angeles and a local favorite. Located in an old machine shop with wood shavings covering the ground, Phillipe serves up incredible sandwiches in the sort of family-atmosphere that warms your heart and fills your belly long after lunch.
Whether you spend the week at the beach or a night at the ballgame, you're in for some major family fun with a trip to Los Angeles, California.