When you want to relax in a place with cultural attractions and open space, head across the street from the Law School to Exposition Park, home of the California Science Center (http://www.californiasciencecenter.org), Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Sports Arena (http://www.lacoliseumlive.com), Natural History Museum (http://www.nhm.org), and the California African American Museum (http://www.caamuseum.org/). Beyond all the action, we recommend a visit to the 7.5- acre Rose Garden (http://www.laparks.org/exporosegarden/rosegarden.htm). As one of the largest public rose gardens in the state, this treasure has soothed the souls of residents and visitors with its serene setting, its awe-inducing floral displays and its many places to relax. Take a picnic lunch and relax among the flowers while you recharge for the next adventure.
Disney Concert Hall
As the new home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, it is designed to be one of the most acoustically sophisticated concert halls in the world, providing both visual and aural intimacy for an unparalleled musical experience; presenting a variety of symphonic concerts, recitals and special programs. From the stainless steel curves of its striking exterior to the state-of-the-art acoustics of the hardwood paneled main auditorium, the 3.6 acre complex embodies the unique energy and creative spirit of the City of Los Angeles and its orchestra. For additional information please go to http://www.laphil.com or call (323) 850-2000 for tickets.
The Getty Center (FREE) The Getty Center presents a collection of Western Art from the Middle Ages to the present against a backdrop of dramatic architecture, tranquil gardens, and breathtaking views. You will see European paintings, drawings, manuscripts,sculpture and decorative arts, and European and American photographs. For additional information please go to http://getty.edu/museum or call (310) 440-7300.
The Getty Villa Malibu The Getty Villa is an educational center and museum dedicated to the study of the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria. For additional information please go to http://www.getty.edu/visit
(LACMA)Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) With over 100,000 objects dating from ancient times to the present, the LACMA is the largest art museum in the western United States. A museum of international stature, LACMA shares its vast collections through exhibitions, public programs, and research facilities that attract nearly a million visitors annually. LACMA's collections encompass the geographic worlds and virtually the entire history of art. For additional information please go to http://www.lacma.org or call (323) 867-6000.
MOCA, The Museum of Contemporary Art Is the only museum in Los Angeles devoted exclusively to contemporary art.It is committed to the collection, presentation, and interpretation of work produced since 1940 in all media, and to preserving that work for future generations. For additional information please go to http://www.moca.org/ or call (213) 626-6222.
Other Downtown Los Angeles Activities
Walk of Fame Is one of Hollywood's most popular tourist attractions. It is embedded with more than 2,000 artists who have made significant contributions to film, radio, television, theater, and recording industries. For additional information please call (323) 469-8311. For locations of stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame please go to http://www.seeing-stars.com/immortalized/walkoffamestars.shtml
Grauman's Chinese Theatre The courtyard is
famous for the hand and footprints of Hollywood celebrities dating from
1927 through the present. For additional information call
(323) 461-3331, or visit website http://www.chinesetheatres.com/
Kodak Theatre Home of the Academy Awards and one of the best venues for live concerts and theater. For more information call (323) 308-6300, or visit their website at www.kodaktheatre.com.
Universal Studios Hollywood Find a full day of action-packed entertainment all in one place. With thrilling park rides and shows, a real working movie studio and L.A's best shops, restaurants and all-new cinemas at CityWalk, Universal Studios Hollywood is a unique experience that's fun for the whole family. For additional information visit website www.universalstudioshollywood.com/.
If you would like free tickets to different tapings of television shows then Audiences Unlimited, Inc. is the exclusive provider for most shows produced at different studio facilities in greater Los Angeles as well as a complete range of audience event services. For more information their contact number is (800) 339-7469/(818) 753-3470.
Downtown Long Beach
The Queen Mary Book the Behind the Scenes Guided Tour of the historic ocean liner and World War II troopship, and see restored areas that have been under wraps since the final voyage in 1967, including the Isolation Wards and the aft Machine Rooms. Journey through the first- class swimming pool, a popular spot for ghost sightings and is part of the Ghosts & Legends show, a daily special effects, walk-through show created aboard the ship that dramatizes actual paranormal and historic events that have been reported over the years. Enjoy a meal, shop, and even plan to spend the night in an original First Class Stateroom. For ticket prices and additional information please go to http://www.queenmary.com or call (562) 435-3511.
The Aquarium of the Pacific Take a journey of discovery through the world's largest ocean at The Aquarium of the Pacific. Dive right into their exhibits, and explore sunny Southern California and Baja, the frigid waters of the North Pacific, and the colorful reefs of the Tropical Pacific. Come face-to-face with, and even touch, the ocean's ultimate predators in Shark Lagoon. Hand feed lorikeet birds. For ticket prices and additional information please go to http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/ or call (562)590-3100.
Griffith Observatory It is an icon of Los Angeles, a national leader in public astronomy. Griffith Observatory offers exciting shows in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium, public telescopes, and observing and astronomy exhibits. For additional information please go to http://www.griffithobs.org or call (213) 473-0800.
Santa Monica Beach There are plenty of things to do at this beach such as taking part of fun rides and games at the amusement park, swimming, surfing, bicycling, fishing, and volleyball courts. For more information please call (310) 305-9503, or visit their website at www.beaches.co.la.ca.us
Manhattan Beach Swimming, surfing, bike path, strand walkway, volleyball courts, fishing equipment rentals and bait shop, restrooms and showers. For more information please call at (310) 305-9503 or visit their website at www.beaches.co.la.ca.us.
Catalina Island is located at 1 Green Pier, Avalon, California which is 81 miles from USCcampus. 18 Â½ miles long by seven miles wide with two harbors, Catalina is covered with mountains, green vegetation and edged with beautiful sandy beaches. For more information call (310) 510-1520 or go to their website at www.catalinachamber.com.
If you enjoy scuba diving, check out Casino Point, located at the edge of the Catalina Casino building, the Casino Point Marine Park is Southern California 's first city-designated underwater park. Established in 1965 by the City of Avalon as a reserve, Casino Point Marine Park has an abundance of marine life, giant kelp forests and several shipwrecks to explore, go to their website http://www.visitcatalinaisland.com/avalon/acti_diving.php.
Catalina Express is located at Berth 95 San Pedro, California and provides passenger boats to Catalina Island year-round with up to 30 departures daily. For more information call (310) 519-1212 or visit their website at www.catalinaexpress.com.
Opportunities for enjoyment on Saturday afternoon will include a wine country tour, a hike in a spectacular gorge and a tour of the Johnson Museum. Check back for more information and sign-ups for these and more fascinating recreational options.
- Beverly Center (Beverly Hills adjacent)
- Rodeo Drive (Beverly Hills)
- The Grove (Near Los Angeles County Museum of Arts)
- Third Street Promenade (Santa Monica)
- Americana at Brand (Glendale)
- Old Town Pasadena (Pasadena)
- Cabazon (Cabazon)