In 2004, this disused railroad track was converted to a bike path by the City of Burbank. You can walk, jog, run, skate, or cycle along the two-mile trail and enjoy the scenic views. There are murals, sculptures, and other art installations along the route, thanks to the Burbank Art in Public Spaces Program, which aims to bring art to the people. Once a month, the trail is visited by the Sidewalk Astronomers, a group dedicated to astronomy education. They bring their telescopes and teach people about the wonders of our galaxy and beyond.
Escape rooms are all the rage right now; they combine teamwork, problem-solving, and a high-pressure environment. This one takes your skills to the next level; a deadly virus has consumed the building, and your team has one hour to solve the clues and get out alive. The team behind The Virus include a set designer from Criminal Minds, a nuclear submarine engineer, and the Smashing Pumpkins’ music producer, so this will be an unforgettable experience featuring realistic sets, ominous sounds, and a virtual reality experience.
The Starlight Bowl is a picturesque venue for live music, capturing the beauty and elegance of post-war American architecture and displaying dramatic canyon views. There’s also a dedicated dance area if you’re feeling brave enough. On any given night, there can be 4200 attendees: 3000 seated in chairs and 1200 on lawn seating. It’s the perfect place to watch the sun go down with that special someone.
The Starlight Bowl, 1249 Lockheed View Dr, Burbank, CA, USA +1 818 238-5300
One of the best ways to see Burbank is from the sky; you’ll see all the sights in one afternoon, and your pilot offers a wealth of knowledge about the city. If you have any must-see locations, mention them before your flight to ensure you get the best possible view. Highlights of the tour include the Warner Brothers Back Lot, The Hollywood Sign, the Griffith Park Observatory, Toluca Lake, Runyon Canyon, stars’ homes, and the Hollywood Bowl. Alternatively, you can choose a nighttime flight with Helitours to see the lights of the city.
Helitours, 1521 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA, USA +1 818 478 2215
If you want an exciting and unique experience while in Burbank, try watching a live studio taping of your favorite show. There are all sorts of shows being taped in the area, from comedies like The Bang Theory and 2 Broke Girls to talk shows like The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Tickets are available from sites like TVTix, TVTickets, and On-Camera Audiences, and they’re usually free.
This 130-seat theater, located in the heart of the media district, was the dream of writer/director Garry Marshall and his daughter Kathleen Marshall LaGambina. It opened in late 1997 as a place for established and emerging talent to work together to produce exciting new work; one of its most acclaimed shows was Crimes of the Heart, starring Morgan Fairchild, Crystal Bernard, and Faith Ford. The Falcon Theatre is also home to a number of comedic musical mash-ups, including Fleetwood Macbeth and Santa Claus is Comin’ to Motown.
The Falcon Theatre, 4252 Riverside Dr, Burbank, CA, USA +1 818 955 8101
The Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra was set up in 1991 to provide quality music to local people, whether pop, classical, musical themes, or big band. Designed to be accessible to the whole family, it covers anything from Beethoven to Berlin, Mozart to Michael Jackson, and Chopin to Copland. Conductor Maestro Steven Kerstein is credited with the diversity of performances. The Orchestra also runs an instrument amnesty program, through which underprivileged students can receive donated instruments to help them fulfill their musical potential.
By Emma Murphy