The second most populated city after New York stands Los Angeles, the City of Angels. From spotting A-list movie stars to riding crazy rollercoasters, LA has all kinds of adventures waiting to be discovered.

Despite its fancy demeanor, LA is, in fact, a perfect vacation spot for young kids. So read on and find out our top recommendations for your next family trip to LA!

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1. Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure

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With a wide variety of unique rides, attractions, and food, both kids and kids-at-heart would have the chance to meet some of their favorite Disney characters and superheroes. Special events and new attractions such as The Tale of The Lion King stage show and the newly-opened, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge are sure to make this visit the most memorable one to date.

  • Address: Disneyland Resort, 1313 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802, USA
  • Opening Hours:
    • Disneyland Park – Daily, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
    • Disneyland California Adventure Park – Daily, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

2. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios Hollywood

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Harry Potter fanatics are in for a treat! Whether you’re a wizard or a muggle, you’ll get to experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and step into various sets mimicking the actual films! As long as you’ve got your Hogwarts Acceptance Letter (aka a Universal Studios Hollywood ticket), you’re good to go. Check out the shops at Diagon Alley where you can purchase your House Robes and Wands for you to conjure some spells.

The infamous Butterbeer can also be found in the area and enjoyed by all as it is non-alcoholic!

  • Address: 100 Universal City Plaza Universal City, CA 91608.
  • Opening Hours: Daily, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

3. Crazy Roller Coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain

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Established in 1971, Six Flags Magic Mountain has earned the title of the “Thrill Capital of the World” with its infamous, intense, and world-renowned roller coasters. The park boasts three world-record-breaking roller coasters that are sure to give you an adrenaline rush! Six Flags also has less intense rides, making it perfect for families who wish to spend their day just going through leisure rides, live entertainment shows, and delicious food stalls.

  • Address: 26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355
  • Opening Hours: Daily, 10:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

4. Celebrity Homes Tour in Hollywood

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A trip to LA is never complete without visiting some celebrity houses and taking a photo with the Hollywood sign. While most houses are cordoned off by high barricades, you might get lucky and spot some of your favorite stars in their homey abode. Additionally, you can visit the Chinese Theatre and see the stars of notable actors and actresses at the Hollywood Walk of Fame and be captivated by the rich film industry in LA.

5. Celebrity Wax Figures at Madame Tussauds Hollywood

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Revel in the beauty of these wax figures in Madame Tussauds that bears a huge resemblance like their real-life counterparts. Some celebrities that you could “meet-and-greet” inside include Taylor Swift, Rihanna, and Zoe Saldana, plus pop icons such as Michael Jackson and Madonna. A hot favorite for the kids would be photo opportunities with the world’s mightiest superheroes – The Avengers!

  • Address: 6933 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, California 90028
  • Opening Hours: Daily, 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

6. The Battleship USS IOWA Museum

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All aboard! Get the crew together and hop on the USS Iowa and discover its wonders. The USS Iowa had served in three wars and earned herself 11 battle stars during its time. Once inside, you’ll see exhibits with display rooms that showcase a myriad of machinery and firearms. There’s also a self-guided scavenger hunt for kids to learn more about the ship’s victorious battle history!

  • Address: Battleship IOWA Museum, 250 South Harbor Blvd. San Pedro, CA 90731
  • Opening Hours: Daily, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (last ticket sold is at 4:00 p.m.) except on Thanksgiving and Christmas

7. The Aquarium of the Pacific

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The Aquarium of the Pacific boasts enormous floor-to-ceiling displays with over 100 exhibits. It is home to some 12,000 animals -making it one of the biggest aquariums in the world. Here, everyone in the family gets a chance to touch and feed some of the coolest marine animals, like sharks, rays, and even sea stars. While you’re at it, make sure to find Nemo, Dory, and the rest of the gang in their natural habitats.

  • Address: 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
  • Opening Hours: Daily, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. except for Christmas Day (Dec. 25).

8. Warner Bros. Studio

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Go behind the scenes of Hollywood’s top films and television series at Warner Bros. Studios. Grab a coffee at Central Perk as seen in Friends, see the costumes from the Harry Potter series and visit the home of Rory and Lorelai Gilmore from Gilmore Girls, and the list goes on. If you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of some actual filming being done as well!

  • Address: Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood, 3400 Warner Blvd. Burbank, CA 91505
  • Opening Hours: Daily, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m

9. View of the LA Skyline at the OUE Skyspace

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Before the day ends, take in the majestic LA Skyline at the OUE Skyspace Los Angeles. It also features the Skyslide which is a thrilling ride down a 45-foot glass chute while getting a panoramic 360° view of the city’s skyline at night. This one is for the adventurous.

  • Address: 633 West 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071, on the 70th floor of U.S. Bank Tower5
  • Opening Hours: Daily, 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. (last ticket is sold at 9pm)

10. LA and Hollywood spots at the Los Angeles & Hollywood City Sightseeing Bus

10. LA and Hollywood spots at the Los Angeles & Hollywood City Sightseeing Bus

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Hop-on and hop-off the City Sightseeing Bus for an easy way to visit all the famous landmarks in the area. With specific bus timetables, choose from 6 varying tour routes featuring different LA hotspots and various Hollywood hotspots such as the Warner Bros Studios and Citywalk.

  • Address: Starline Tours LLC, 6925 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028
  • Opening Hours: Daily, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

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