Ready to make this summer in Los Angeles and San Diego the summer of a lifetime? Great, we’ve got just what you need to make that happen. From the ocean’s cutest critters to an adventure through Hollywood, this list of must-see museums and attractions in Los Angeles and San Diego has something for every member of the family. Ready… steady… summer!
For aquatic fun for the whole family
Why you’ll love it: An ocean adventure that features everything from hammerhead sharks to a 4D cinema! Adorable penguins, cheeky seals, mesmerizing jellyfish, and toothy zebra sharks are just some of the animals you can expect to encounter at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Once you’ve met all the animals, enjoy a visit to the Pacific Visions Building with its 4D cinema and interactive art installations.
For the avid sightseers
Why you’ll love it: Whizz around Los Angeles in a classic big red bus and see all the top sights – with just one ticket! With more than 20 stops around LA including the Chinese Theatre, the Hollywood Sign and Capital Records, this Hop-on Hop-off Bus is the best way to take in the city. See the major tourist attractions, discover the hidden gems and find out some fun facts about the home of Hollywood.
For celebrity spotting
Why you’ll love it: Cosy up to Hollywood’s brightest stars – well, sort of. Madame Tussauds Hollywood is the best way to get your celebrity selfies without stalking them around LA. Hang out with Snoop Dog, pose next to Chris Hemsworth, and chill with Uma Thurman – all in one afternoon!
For 20th-century history buffs
Why you’ll love it: Learn about the life and legacy of Richard Nixon. Many of us only remember Nixon for the Watergate scandal, but did you know he was also an avid supporter of environmental efforts? Learn about the 37th president of the United States in this museum packed with multimedia experiences, original films, over 600 photographs, wall murals and more than 300 fascinating artifacts.
For the LEGO lovers
Why you’ll love it: With 60+ LEGO-themed rides, shows and attractions, this is a LEGO lover’s paradise. Get ready for a world of fun at LEGOLAND® California. From a Deep Sea Adventure submarine ride to the NINJAGO® ride, you’ll be entertained all day. Love The LEGO® movie? Go behind the scenes of this famous film and explore LEGO® MOVIE™ WORLD.
For the military buffs
Why you’ll love it: Explore the United States’ Navy’s longest-serving aircraft carrier. Experience 50 years of history when you board the USS Midway. At 300 meters long, the USS Midway is a colossal ‘floating city’ with fascinating stories and hands-on exhibits. Discover what it was like to live aboard, hop in the cockpits of some of the restored aircraft, and have a go in the flight simulator.
For an insight into times of war
Why you’ll love it: A legendary warship that’s been through WWII, the Korean War and the Cold War. The USS Iowa, also known as The Big Stick, has a history that few other battleships can boast. The battleship served on and off for 64 years and finally retired in 2011. Take a self-guided tour of the giant Battleship Iowa Museum and learn about its service during various wars and other disasters.
For cinema fans
Why you’ll love it: See how your favorite movies and TV shows came to life Explore the world of Harry Potter, enjoy the world’s largest 3D experience on King Kong 360 3D, and go on a thrilling ride inspired by Despicable Me. These are just some of the experiences you can expect from Universal Studios Hollywood. Pack your camera, put on your best Hollywood smile and get ready to have some fun!