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Things to Do in Los Angeles by Category


Los Angeles has no shortage of attractions. There's really nowhere in the world that has more variety of things to do than LA. Whether you're coming for the theme parks, the Hollywood glitz, the nightlife, the arts and culture scene, the beaches, mountains or desert, there's no excuse for being bored when you're in LA. There's a lot on this list, so be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom so you don't miss anything.

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  1. Best of Los Angeles
  2. Los Angeles Sightseeing Tours
  3. Things to Do in LA by Location
  4. LA for TV and Movie Fans
  5. Romantic Los Angeles
  6. Things to Do in LA with Kids
  7. Los Angeles Theme Parks and Attractions
  1. Los Angeles Landmarks
  2. LA Museums and Visual Arts
  3. Los Angeles Performing Arts
  4. Nightlife
  5. Shopping
  6. Outdoor Activities
  7. Learning Vacations in Los Angeles

Best of Los Angeles

Oscar Exhibit

If you have time, browse to the bottom of the page to discover some interesting and unusual things you might not have thought of doing in LA, but if you're in a hurry, start here, with the best of the best.

Los Angeles Sightseeing Tours

Esotouric Guides

Whether you want to tour a building, a neighborhood or multiple cities, there's a tour company willing to show you around by land, sea or air, by limo, trolley, bus or on foot, or you can take a self-guided walking or driving tour.

Things to Do in LA by Location


In order to better plan your visit to Los Angeles, it helps to know which attractions are close to each other. These location guides will help you figure out which things you might be able to do in the same trip or same day based on location.

LA for TV and Movie Fans

Gwen Stefani at the Feast of San Gennaro

Some people come to LA for the chance to be close to their favorite TV, movie and music stars, and maybe walk in their shoes just a little. Here are some ways to immerse yourself in Hollywood glitz and maybe see a celebrity or two.

Romantic Los Angeles

Hollywood Sign from the Dante's Peak Trail

Los Angeles is a very romantic destination, whether you find romance in the beauty of nature or getting all dolled up for a night on the town.

Things to Do in LA with Kids

Bob Baker Marionette Theater

Los Angeles is a great place to visit with children. Whether you can afford a deluxe week at Disneyland or are looking for some budget alternatives to keep the kids entertained, there are plenty of attractions for every budget.

Los Angeles Theme Parks and Attractions

Theme Parks

One of the top reasons people come to Los Angeles is to visit Disneyland and other major theme parks. These resources will help you make the most of some of the Southland's most popular amusement attractions.

Los Angeles Landmarks

Grauman's Chinese Theatre

From the Hollywood Sign to the Santa Monica Pier, sometimes just laying eyes on a landmark you've seen over and over in the movies is enough of a goal in itself.

LA Museums and Visual Arts

Outer Peristyle and Garden

There are over 100 museums in Greater Los Angeles including world-class museums offering the best of the visual arts, sciences, history and culture. Choose a category below to dig deeper into LA's rich museum and visual arts offerings.

Los Angeles Performing Arts

Long Beach Shakespeare Company's Romeo and Juliet

Los Angeles has a thriving performing arts scene with amazing live music, theatre and dance events from free community events to high end opera and ballet.


Martinis, Basque Nightclub

In Los Angeles, the hot clubs can change from month to month and from night to night. Some clubs have been hot for decades, while others get a makeover every six months. All information in the nightlife section was accurate at the time of publication. Please check directly with the venues to make sure they are still operating as reported. Feel free to let me know if you find things have changed.


Elan Collection on Retro Row

Los Angeles has every kind of shopping experience you can imagine, from flea markets to outlet malls, from the downtown Fashion District to Long Beach Retro Row to the glitzy designer shops on Rodeo Drive.

Outdoor Activities

Biking the Beach Path in Long Beach

Los Angeles offers abundant opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts, from lazy days at the beach to a wide array of water sports, bike paths and hiking trails, skate parks, golf courses and tennis courts. Here are some resources and directories to help with your search for the perfect outdoor activities for you.

Learning Vacations in Los Angeles


More and more people are becoming interested in doing more than just sightseeing on vacation. Here are some ways you can enrich your LA visit by learning something new.

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