If you already live in LA you’re probably familiar with the typical places and activities: a hike to the Hollywood sign or a stroll through Bronson Canyon, a trip to the beach, a couple (okay, tons of) brunch places etc. Sure, there’s Yelp to find another great restaurant, but what if you want more than that? What if you want to re-discover LA? Well, this post gives you suggestions to do just that…
1. Mount Wilson Observatory
Everyone knows of the Griffith Observatory, and yes – it’s the most popular one today, but for the first half of the 20th Century, Mount Wilson was the most famous observatory in the world. They had the biggest telescopes, and their new designs were changing the way astronomy was done. Many groundbreaking discoveries were made there, such as Edwin Hubble proving the existence of distant galaxies in 1924. Nowadays the observatory hosts a list of cool events (including concerts in the dome!), offers guided public and private tours and let’s visitors enjoy lunch at their Cosmic Café. Located in the mountains of Angeles National Forest it’s about an hour long drive from Downtown LA, and makes for a nice weekend trip. Here’s how to get there.
2. Bob Baker Marionette Theater
A Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument the The Bob Baker Marionette Theater has over 3000 handcrafted puppets. In 1930 Bob Baker, a six-year-old Los Angeles native, saw a puppet show that set his life’s direction. Over the decades the theatre has been involved in countless projects across Los Angeles, from puppetry and design on Disneyland’s Main Street, to multiple contributions in film and television. The theatre still attracts visitors with over 300 performances a year. So when you’re tired of all the TV shows and movies, and want to enjoy something new, head on over to the Bob Baker Marionette Theater.
3. The Bunny Museum
LA is home to multiple bizarre museums: Museum of Death, Museum of Broken relationships etc., and one of them is the Bunny Museum. Probably the cutest of them all but still a bit creepy. There are no real rabbits at this place, it’s a museum of bunny-related items – ceramic, stuffed, cookie-jar and so forth. It was co-founded by married couple Candace Frazee and Steve Lubanski, who started collecting the items after they began a tradition of giving each other new bunny gifts every day. If you like rabbits you’ll like this place, it’s called the hoppiest place in the world for a reason. Directions here.
4. Ziplines at Pacific Crest
Feeling adventurous and want to get out of the city for the weekend? Ziplines at Pacific Crest might be what you’re looking for. Sure you can enjoy hikes with beautiful views all around LA, but ziplining is, well, ziplining – same nice views but packaged with a nice dose of adrenaline. Located in Wrightwood (about 75 miles away from DTLA) it’s not exactly around the corner, but still close enough to make it a one day trip. Google maps link here.
5. Exotics Racing
The most costly of the pack but definitely worth it – Exotics Racing gives visitors a chance to race rare and exotic cars around a race track only an hour’s drive away. Porsche, Lamborghini, Aston Martin etc. are the brands you can choose from. It will be a couple hundred dollars per person, but you also get a driving lesson from a pro race car racer (of course they wouldn’t let you just jump in a $200k car and drive on a race track). Here’s the address.
I’m quite certain that at least 3 of these 5 places you didn’t know about. LA has hundreds of cool locations and adventures to discover, and if you like puzzles and riddles then Questful might be a way for you to enjoy your weekend. Check us out!