Known as the home of the rich and famous, Los Angeles offers far more than Hollywood glamour and big-screen movies. The city is also family friendly, with a host of area parks and museums designed for all ages. Spend a day at one of several Los Angeles theme parks, or secure tickets and passes to one of these top family-friendly attractions.
1. Universal Studios Hollywood
Combine the best of movies and adventure at Universal Studios Hollywood®. This action-packed movie-themed park provides rides and attractions for the whole family to enjoy.
To start your trip, take a behind-the-scenes Studio Tour of the famous movie lot to see working sets from some of your favorite shows. Next, enjoy a thrill on one of the themed rides, like Revenge of the Mummy – The Ride, or immerse yourself in the heart-pounding excitement of the King Kong 360-3D experience. End the day at Universal CityWalk®, which has enough shopping, dining, and nightlife to make everyone in your group happy.
No trip to L.A. is complete without a visit to Disneyland®, the theme park that started it all. Visit Mickey, Minnie, and all the beloved characters as you stroll down the streets of Main Street, U.S.A. or explore the future at Tomorrowland. Kids and adults alike enjoy the thrill of rides like the classic Pirates of the Caribbean or Indiana Jones. With your Disneyland® ticket, you can choose to spend your day at the landmark park or opt for the excitement of the adjoining California Adventure®.
You don't have to be a kid to enjoy a land of life-size LEGOs. The LEGOLAND California® theme park features rides and interactive activities set in a fun-filled world of LEGOs. Cool off in the water attractions at Pirate Shores, or take your young archaeologists to dig for bones at Dino Island. With more than 50 park attractions, LEGOLAND® makes sure you find plenty of ways to stay busy for a whole day of fun.
4. Six Flags Magic Mountain
If your family is overflowing with roller coaster fanatics, plan a day at Six Flags Magic Mountain®. Less than an hour from downtown L.A., this theme park is home to some of the country's best rides, including Riddler's Revenge and Twisted Colossus. Plenty of tamer options for the less daring members of your party make this destination an equally perfect outing for the whole family.
5. Madame Tussauds Hollywood
You don't have to scour the streets of L.A. for your favorite celebrities. Just head to Madame Tussauds Hollywood® to find stunning, lifelike re-creations of some of the top athletes, actors, and personalities of both the modern era and the past.
This family friendly museum is completely interactive, giving you a chance to get up close and personal with your favorite stars. Take a selfie with Brad Pitt or tee up against Tiger Woods. Don't leave without visiting the 4D cinema attraction, where special effects make you feel like you're part of a fun movie experience.
6. OUE Skyspace LA
Take the kids and experience the city from a brand-new vantage point atop the OUE Skyspace L.A.®. With 2,800 square feet of space, the open-air observation terrace provides stunning views of the city in all directions. If you have thrill-seekers in your group, don't miss the Skyslide. This outdoor, 45-foot glass slide connects the 70th floor to the east observation terrace, offering riders unforgettable views of the city on the way down.
7. La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
Discover Ice Age fossils, a bubbling tar pit, and prehistoric plants at the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. Situated right in the middle of the city, this unique attraction offers a fascinating glimpse at the area's ancient past. Take a peek at active dig sites where archaeologists still uncover hidden treasures, and then head inside to the museum to find fossils of a variety of interesting animals.
Los Angeles offers plenty of fun to families. Don't forget to sign up for Hertz Gold Plus Rewards to make the most out of your visit to Los Angeles and its attractions.