Can’t-miss California attractions

Can’t-miss California attractions Images

  • Hollywood Boulevard Sign
Thursday, July 21, 2016

The weather isn't the only thing that's hot in California this summer! Check out some of our favorite Southern California attractions and places to check out while you stay with us!

  • Angel Stadium – About half an hour’s drive from Pacific Palms Resort is Angel Stadium of Anaheim and is a great ballpark to catch a baseball game (though you better be rooting for the Angels)! The stadium has a seating capacity of 45,050 and is the fourth-oldest active MLB stadium. The stadium is open to the public for tours when the Angels are on the road and offered at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for $8 per adult or $6 for military personnel.
  • Disneyland – Visit one of the happiest places on Earth when you head into Disneyland or just swing by Downtown Disney for some shopping or dining. It’s about a 40-minute drive to the park with attractions like Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, the Haunted Mansion, Indiana Jones Adventure, Star Wars: Path of the Jedi, and so much more. If you head out later in the day to avoid the crowds, be sure to stay for the nightly fireworks display, Disneyland Forever, at 9:30 p.m.
  • The Getty CenterThe Getty Center is a fantastic option if you’re looking for an indoor activity and want to take in some art. The Center has free admission though paid parking and has art, architecture, and gardens. We recommend visiting on Fridays and Saturdays in the summer for the Tasting on the Terrace, a wine tasting at sunset with optional small bite pairings. The tasting is from 4 – 8 p.m.
  • Griffith Observatory – Come for the stellar views and stay for the education! The Griffith Observatory houses telescopes, the Samuel Oschin Planetarium, and hosts free walk and talk events and star parties. Did we mention the free admission?

Griffith Observatory

  • Hollywood Sign & Walk of Fame ­– Stroll with celebrities as you walk along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, along Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street. Or, for a more challenging walk, hike to the Hollywood Sign for amazing views of Los Angeles and the icon itself.
  • Hsi Lai TempleThe Hsi Lai Temple is a Buddhist temple open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is about a 15-minute drive from the resort. You can take a free, self-guided audio tour of the temple and learn more about the Ming and Ching dynasty architecture as well as the teachings and practices done here. Please be respectful and dress appropriately when visiting the temple.
  • Industry Hills Golf Club – Of course a major can’t-miss attraction of our neighborhood is our Industry Hills Golf Club with our Eisenhower and Zaharias courses of championship play.
  • Joshua Tree National Park – At about two hours away, a visit to Joshua Tree National Park is a bit of a trek but definitely worth it to take in the fantastic views of the famed trees and the stunning rock formations of the park. You can time your visit around a fee-free entry day to take off some of the costs of visiting the park.

Joshua Tree National Park

  • Kott’s Berry Farm Knott’s Berry Farm is the place to go for classic theme park and thrill rides, shows, and a visit to Camp Snoopy. Just over a 30-minute drive to the park and you can keep cool under the California sun with the park’s water rides.
  • LegolandLegoland is a great spot to take the little ones, and we’ll be honest and say it’s a pretty fun return to childhood for adults too. It’s about an hour and a half from the resort but includes a waterpark and aquarium and has plenty of shows and activities to keep you busy for the whole day.
  • Long Beach Aquarium – This attraction is on the cool side with a fun indoor adventure at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Not just for kids, there are programs for adults and for a quieter experience the Aquarium recommends visiting at open or after 3 p.m. The Aquarium is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.
  • Los Angeles ZooThe Los Angeles Zoo is another family-friendly option when exploring Los Angeles and Southern California. Complete with a wide range of birds, reptiles, mammals, and the botanical gardens, you can enjoy visiting Southern California’s largest aquarium daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Queen Mary – If you’re heading down to Long Beach to visit the Aquarium, stay and pay a visit to the Queen Mary. The Queen Mary has been docked in Long Beach since 1967 and has a wonderful variety of tours and attractions onboard, like séances, an exhibit to Princess Diana, and an Alcatraz exhibit.
  • Rodeo Drive – For the ultimate shopping trip in Los Angeles, you’ve got to hit Rodeo Drive. You’ll find major fashion brands and lifestyle companies intermingled with world-class restaurants. 

Rodeo Dr. Sign

  • Santa Anita ParkSanta Anita Park is famous for its horseracing and if you’re here in the season, it’s definitely fun to check out but another cool feature of the park is the Seabiscuit Tour. The free tour is offered at 8:30 and 9:45 a.m. during the racing season and is conducted via a tram ride.
  • Universal Studios Universal Studios Hollywood is another popular theme park and for good reason with its movie and TV show attractions and entertainment. The newest additions include the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and the AMC Walking Dead Attraction.

Start planning your Southern California getaway with these attractions in mind and by finding the perfect room to return to after a day of exploring! 

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