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Universal Studio Tours
If you have never been to Southern California, then this a must-see stop. The Universal Studio Tour is unlike any tour you have ever been on, because it is an interactive experience. You won’t just sit in a tour bus and see things go by; your video guide will be Jimmy Fallon, and you’ll feel like you’re actually in the movie. This tour is held on the iconic Universal Studios lot, which covers four acres and more than 13 city blocks, so there’s plenty of time for lots of action.
Universal Studios Hollywood, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA, USA +1 800 864 8377
After the tour, since you’re in that part of the city, you must give the Universal CityWalk a try. It is the perfect spot to get your fill of fan memorabilia, as well as sample some great food. One of the best Hard Rock Cafés is located there, as well as tons of cool shops that are all related to classic television and film. It’s perfect for any movie buffs who are looking to swat up on more trivia.
Universal CityWalk, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA, USA +1 818 622 4455
Studio City Farmers’ Market
Every Sunday from 8am to 1pm, The Studio City Farmers’ Market is held on Ventura Place, between Laurel Canyon Blvd and Radford Ave. Not only is this an awesome place to go for fresh fruits and vegetables, but all profits are given back to the community. It’s the perfect family outing as there is a petting zoo, pony rides, a train ride and face painting on offer.
Studio City Farmers Market, Ventura Pl, Studio City, CA, USA +1 818 655 7744
Coldwater Canyon Park
It really doesn’t get much better than the Coldwater Canyon Park. This is the perfect place to take that special someone on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, or even just for a late-evening stroll. What makes this park a must-see, however, is the beautiful views it offers from every single area. You don’t need to walk more than two steps to be immersed in nature when you arrive at Coldwater Canyon. Plus, since the sun is always shining in LA, no day is a bad day to visit.
Coldwater Canyon Park, 12601 Mulholland Dr, Los Angeles, CA, USA +1 818 766 8445
Pinz bowling alley is not your typical bowling experience. For one, it has a design and layout that makes it the perfect destination to go when you’re looking for a relaxed place to enjoy with friends and family. Also, it’s another great place to head to if you’re a TV buff, since this alley has been seen in shows like Modern Family, Storage Wars, and Botched.
Pinz Bowling, 12655 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA, USA +1 818 769 7600
The Dinner Detective
The Dinner Detective puts a mysterious twist on the old ‘dinner and a movie’ date by putting the entertainment right in the midst of your dining experience. The key is to try and solve a hilarious murder case while you’re eating your dinner. However, the ‘killer’ could be sitting with you, and you could even become the prime suspect. Dinner Detective likes to hide non-costumed actors among the crowd, providing a much more interactive and suspenseful event for diners.
The Dinner Detective at Vitello’s, 4349 Tujunga Ave, Studio City, CA, USA +1 866 496 0535
Décor Art Galleries
If you’re into old Hollywood art, and you should be, then this is the perfect spot. The gallery boasts the best collection of Hollywood historic photos. From pictures of classic filmmakers to recognizable cityscapes, this is a great piece of history to look into. You can also buy art from here at relatively low prices. It’s the best place to pick up original photos to take home.
Décor Art Galleries, 12149 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA, USA +1 818 755 0755
Whenever people mention Studio City, Ventura Boulevard is usually the place they think of. That’s because it is the heart of the city, and the place to find all the best local goods and hangouts. Firefly is one of the best restaurants in Studio City, and that’s because of its beautiful décor and friendly staff. It is a modern place with some of the best options for classic American cuisine.
Firefly, 11720 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA, USA +1 818 762 1833
The city of Los Angeles boasts a lot of great bars and places for awesome night life experiences, but none can compare to the legendary Laurel Tavern. It’s a great location to hang out with friends, or just to drop by and meet some new people, especially if you consider yourself a connoisseur of spirits.
Laurel Tavern, 11938 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA, USA +1 818 506 0777
North Valleyheart Riverwalk
Studio City has a ton of great parks, but North Valleyheart Riverwalk beats others hands down when it comes to environmental friendliness. This is one of the few places in LA where you can see great strides being taken to achieve a greener community, plus there’s a great trail to follow for exploring the area.
North Valleyheart Riverwalk, Valleyheart Dr, Los Angeles, CA, USA