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Old 07-17-13, 01:09 PM
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School me on things to do in LA area in late August

So I am taking my 2 children (14 yr girl and 8 yr old boy) to LA area for vacation the third week in August. I have only been there once on a business trip and stayed primarily in the Manhatten and Hermosa Beach areas. I loved it. I am renting a car and the only thing I know for sure is we are going to Six Flags (my son is obsessed with 6 Flags and roller coasters and is really the reason for the trip) so I am looking for other things to do.

Few things to bear in mind, my son is deaf so obviously anything that is sound oriented is out. Also I have various medical problems so I can't do a lot of physical activity so hiking, etc stuff is out. Moderate is fine. I am looking for advice on which beaches to go to that are clean, safe, etc. Which areas to avoid, and any other attractions that may appeal to both a teen girl and 8 year old boy. Disney is also out as their mother took them there 2 years ago.

Basically any advice or recommendations about the area in general would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: School me on things to do in LA area in late August

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Re: School me on things to do in LA area in late August

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So I am taking my 2 children (14 yr girl and 8 yr old boy) to LA area for vacation the third week in August. I have only been there once on a business trip and stayed primarily in the Manhatten and Hermosa Beach areas. I loved it. I am renting a car and the only thing I know for sure is we are going to Six Flags (my son is obsessed with 6 Flags and roller coasters and is really the reason for the trip) so I am looking for other things to do.

Few things to bear in mind, my son is deaf so obviously anything that is sound oriented is out. Also I have various medical problems so I can't do a lot of physical activity so hiking, etc stuff is out. Moderate is fine. I am looking for advice on which beaches to go to that are clean, safe, etc. Which areas to avoid, and any other attractions that may appeal to both a teen girl and 8 year old boy. Disney is also out as their mother took them there 2 years ago.

Basically any advice or recommendations about the area in general would be greatly appreciated.
Born and raised in Hollywood, and the only really touristy thing I ever recommend is the Griffith Park Observatory. You may have to trek up the hill though, because parking can be a bitch.

The La Brea tar pits (yes, redundant) might be interesting for you and the kids as well.

Beach wise, I would say go north to Malibu or south to Redondo. Venice is a cool spot in a carnival atmosphere sort of way, but you probably won't want to get in the water there.

There are a number of cool and unique food places, like Mashti Malones Persian ice cream in Hollywood and Porto's Cuban Bakery (the one in Burbank is easiest).

I would also check out Chinatown, Little Tokyo, Grand Central Market and Angel's Flight downtown. You can walk to all of them on one trip, but if you aren't in good shape, it may be a little tough.

Also, the MTA subway is pretty convenient and relatively cheap, it might be worth using to get around (to the limited places it goes).

And, just be conscious of your surroundings, and you'll be fine. I highly doubt you are going to be cruising around the higher crime areas of L.A.
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Re: School me on things to do in LA area in late August

Originally Posted by Unclejosh View Post
So I am taking my 2 children (14 yr girl and 8 yr old boy) to LA area for vacation the third week in August. I have only been there once on a business trip and stayed primarily in the Manhatten and Hermosa Beach areas. I loved it. I am renting a car and the only thing I know for sure is we are going to Six Flags (my son is obsessed with 6 Flags and roller coasters and is really the reason for the trip) so I am looking for other things to do.

Few things to bear in mind, my son is deaf so obviously anything that is sound oriented is out. Also I have various medical problems so I can't do a lot of physical activity so hiking, etc stuff is out. Moderate is fine. I am looking for advice on which beaches to go to that are clean, safe, etc. Which areas to avoid, and any other attractions that may appeal to both a teen girl and 8 year old boy. Disney is also out as their mother took them there 2 years ago.

Basically any advice or recommendations about the area in general would be greatly appreciated.

Cars Land, Knotts Berry etc.

Medieval Times is fun.

Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum is near Medieval Times so you can knock those out quickly.

Universal Studios. Get the Director's pass so you can skip all the long lines, it is worth it.

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Re: School me on things to do in LA area in late August

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Wear a bulletproof vest.
Whoah now. He said LA, not Chicago.
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Whoah now. He said LA, not Chicago.
My mistake. The violence in Chicago is just insane.
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I second Griffith Observatory, but since you indicated you're limited by a disability then you need to make sure you don't go on a weekend. You'll end up parking a mile down the canyon and have to trek up since there's only a tiny parking lot and then parking along the side of a road.

I'd also suggest the J. Paul Getty Museum, but I don't know if your kids would get the enjoyment out of it (although when I was there a couple of weeks ago there were plenty of children). It's free and you only pay $15 for parking.

The pier at Santa Monica I would think is up your alley with two kids. Plenty for them to do and its on the beach. You can kill two birds with one stone.

You can also do Universal Studios in less than a day. It's not that big (compared to Universal Studios Florida) and City Walk is right there, which is large in of itself and has shops/restaurants and other touristy stuff.
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Re: School me on things to do in LA area in late August

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Cars Land, Knotts Berry etc.

Medieval Times is fun.

Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum is near Medieval Times so you can knock those out quickly.

Universal Studios. Get the Director's pass so you can skip all the long lines, it is worth it.
Cars Land is at CA Adventure, so that's out. And the OP is already doing Magic Mountain, so Knott's isn't necessary.

I'd skip Ripley's and MT (which isn't in LA).

Universal is a decent option. A way different theme park experience than MM. Your kids might enjoy the 3-D rides, the backlot tour, and the Water World show.

Ditto the Griffith suggestion...a great place to view the skyline and catch a sunset.

Malibu is definitely worth a visit, for both the beach and the seafood.

Also recommend Santa Monica. Between the great restaurants, the beach, thre pier and the Promenade, you can easily kill a few hours there.

Google the Miracle Mile/Mid-Wilshire district. The aforementioned tar pits, and a host of great museums (look up Peterson Auto Museum).

A great weekday stop is the LA Farmer's Market and the adjacent Grove shopping district.

Make liberal use of yelp.com for restaurant ideas.
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Re: School me on things to do in LA area in late August

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Whoah now. He said LA, not Chicago.
It's still a fair recommendation.
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Re: School me on things to do in LA area in late August

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It's still a fair recommendation.
I don't think South LA will be on the OP's agenda.
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Re: School me on things to do in LA area in late August

Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach is pretty cool (check out the Queen Mary while you are there).

I would recommend Manhattan and Hermosa beaches instead of Redondo. I always felt the other two just felt cleaner and more active (volleyball, swimming, etc). During the summer, parking can be hard to find since most of it is street parking.
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Re: School me on things to do in LA area in late August

The Third Street Promenade near the Santa Monica pier is a fun place to visit, too.

And don't forget to visit an In n Out Burger at least once.
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Re: School me on things to do in LA area in late August

LA Farmer's Market and the adjacent Grove shopping district
I second this. Does your daughter like American Girl dolls?

Griffith Park and observatory is cool. Great place to see the H'wood sign from. If you want to see the Hollywood sights go to the Hollywood and Highland mall. Parking is $2 and it is next to the Kodak/Dolby theater where the Oscars are heald and next to that is the Chinese theater with all the hand prints. Across the street is Disney's El Capitan (a great place to see movies, first class all the way, live organ and live show before the film, a real old time H'wood movie experience).

Also keep in mind it will be hot in August. Especially out at 6 Flags.

I really don't like the beaches in LA. Maybe consider a beach day in Orange County or take the 60 minute ferry ride from Long Beach to Catalina Island for the day.

Also read all my advice in this thread: http://forum.dvdtalk.com/other-talk/...eed-ideas.html

The Getty Museaum and the LA Museum of Art are fantastic. The LA Museum of Art has a couple of new instalations that kids in particular would be intrigued by. One involves an enormous rock. The Peterson Automotive Museum across the street is worth a look.

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There's a place called Tropical Lei in Upland. A bit of a drive, but worth it
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I hear that Watts and Compton are beautiful, particularly this time of year.
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Re: School me on things to do in LA area in late August

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I hear that Watts and Compton are beautiful, particularly this time of year.
Hilarious AND insightful, no wonder it took you three days to think that jem up!
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Re: School me on things to do in LA area in late August

I'd probably avoid six flags if I were you...
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I'd probably avoid six flags if I were you...
Care to elaborate?
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Re: School me on things to do in LA area in late August

If you don't mind driving a little, Legoland might interest the kids. You can get advanced tickets to television show tapings. Most are 18 or older, but many allow kids in the audience. Smaller attractions include the Roundhouse Aquarium at the end of the Manhattan Beach Pier and the rides and carnival stuff on the Santa Monica Pier. If you have all day, a trip to Catalina Island is fun. They have snorkeling, parasailing, horseback riding, shops, museums and a movie theater in the Casino building.
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Re: School me on things to do in LA area in late August

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Hilarious AND insightful, no wonder it took you three days to think that jem up!
That would be much more cutting if you correctly spelled "gem."

And somebody's been to Redonodo Beach, because he's got sand in his vagina.

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Re: School me on things to do in LA area in late August

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Cars Land, Knotts Berry etc.

Medieval Times is fun.

Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum is near Medieval Times so you can knock those out quickly.

Universal Studios. Get the Director's pass so you can skip all the long lines, it is worth it.
Are you serious? Those are the shittiest attractions of the area.
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Re: School me on things to do in LA area in late August

Knotts Berry Farm and Universal Studios fall in the "shittiest attractions of the area"?

He doesn't live out here and has 2 young kids. They're fine recommendations.

Although, the OP hasn't come back to this thread so who knows if he's even reading anything.
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Re: School me on things to do in LA area in late August

Originally Posted by crazyronin View Post
I hear that Watts and Compton are beautiful, particularly this time of year.
Actually in ignorance you bring up something good to do Watts Towers are a great place to take kids.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watts_Towers
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Re: School me on things to do in LA area in late August

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I'd probably avoid six flags if I were you...
There is no Six Flags in LA, there's one around Santa Clarita which is about and hour and 45 minute drive north but none in LA, but there is Universal in fact you can walk around that whole area, its a good place for kids you have to pay for the ride area though.

BTW, I'm amazed on how little most of you know about LA.
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There is no Six Flags in LA, there's one around Santa Clarita which is about and hour and 45 minute drive north but none in LA, but there is Universal in fact you can walk around that whole area, its a good place for kids you have to pay for the ride area though.

BTW, I'm amazed on how little most of you know about LA.
I'm surprised on how little you know about LA. It's 45 minutes at best. Where did you come up with nearly 2 hours? It's not in Bakersfield.

Keep in mind when people are saying "LA Area" they're broadly speaking of the area than the city proper, which I would include Valencia in. To me, once I see Magic Mountain it signifies the start of SoCal.

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