Family Activities

Six Flags Magic Mountain

Six Flags Magic Mountain

If you love roller coasters, you’ll love Six Flags Magic Mountain. Many people think of theme parks when they come to Los Angeles: Disneyland, Universal Studios, Knott’s Berry Farm– but Magic Mountain is the place not to miss.

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Float at Rose Parade

Float at Rose Parade

For more than 120 years, the Rose Parade — full of marching bands, horses, and floral floats — has taken place on January 1 in Pasadena, California, just outside of Los Angeles. The beautiful famous floats are required to be completely covered by flowers or other natural materials, such as leaves, seeds or bark, making each one a marvel.

Have you ever wanted to see the infamous Rose Parade Floats up close? Watching the parade is an unforgettable experience, but seeing the craftsmanship takes it to another level. For two days each year, you can see them in detail.  They are on display on January 1st from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, January 2nd from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (7 a.m. for senior citizens and disabled visitors).  You are able to walk within a couple of feet of each float!

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The Peterson Museum in Los Angeles

The Petersen Museum in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is famous for many museums, including LACMA, MOCA, and the Getty. But did you know that one of the great automotive museums is here?  You can explore 100 years of the automobile, and its impact on our culture, at the Petersen Museum in Hollywood. Read More »

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Lake Shrine Temple and Retreat, Los Angeles

The serene Self-Realization Fellowship in Pacific Palisades, dedicated by the famous Yogi Paramahansa Yogananda, is a beautiful 10-acre property landscaped with trees and flowers from around the world. You can’t see the property from Sunset Boulevard, as it’s hidden by thick foliage, but it’s worth seeking out — it’s a great spot for tourists to experience a different side of LA. Visitors can take one of the daily tours to learn about the site’s rich history; meditate in one of the shrines; or visit the portion of Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes at the Mahatma Gandhi World Peace Memorial, which sits on a gorgeous lake with swans, ducks and koi fish.

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Learn to surf in Los Angeles

by Lesley Bracker on September 14, 2010

Surfer riding a wave in Santa Monica

Southern California conjures up images of sunny days, bikinis and surfing. And these cliches aren’t just cliches — they’re true. The beach lifestyle is very much alive here. So, when visiting Los Angeles, how about learning to surf?

Malibu is a surfer’s mecca, but not the easiest place to learn.  The regulars aren’t necessarily welcoming toward beginners, so it’s best to perfect your skills elsewhere, before paddling out at Third Point.  Here’s are some things to know when learning to surf in Santa Monica, Venice Beach and Manhattan Beach, all perfect spot for beginners.

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Great hall in the Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Great hall in the Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Lots of visitors lament the high cost of museum entry fees. Or worse yet, don’t even go. Well, here’s the answer to high prices: free! What could be better than that? But in order to get those free entries, you have to know the little secrets and tricks of back-scene Boston.

The mother of all museums in Boston is the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), where you could literally spend days perusing. Just make sure you include the Art of the Ancient World collection (also known as the Ancient Egypt exhibit) in your itinerary, since it’s one of the finest in the world. Admission is by voluntary contribution after 4 p.m. on Wednesdays. Since the museum is open until 9:45 p.m., that gives you plenty of time to sample what the museum has to offer. 465 Huntington Avenue on the “E” Branch of the T Green Line. The closest hotels are the Sheraton Boston, Colonnade and Hilton Back Bay, both towards Copley Square on Huntington Avenue.

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