SoCal Fun Guide

In recent years, I have many families and friends who came to visit me. With all those planning, I have came up with a list of fun stuffs to do in SoCal (Southern California). If you are planning a trip to Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego, this guide should help!

Rating: This is my own rating system. It is based on my personal experience. (Five-stars means the place is awesome, and it worth going definitely. Three-stars means if you have extra time, you can visit this place too.)

Admission price: Price on each attraction may change as time has passed by. For more accurate information, please visit the attraction’s website.

Order: The order is based on the area. It is from Los Angeles to San Diego.

Getty Villa | Santa Monica Pier | Venice Beach | Sony Studio Tour | Universal Studios Hollywood | Griffin Observatory | Hollywood Sign | Hollywood Walk of Fame | Aquarium of the Pacific | Point Fermin Park | Knott’s Berry Farm | Disneyland Park | Disney California Adventure Park | Children’s Pool | San Diego Zoo | Balboa Park | SeaWorld San Diego |

Fun Guide:

1.  Getty Villa

Getty Villa (17895 Pacific Coast Hwy, Los Angeles, CA 90272)

Hours: Wednesday – Monday 10am – 5pm

Close on Tuesday

–   Free admission

–   Advanced ticket is needed

–   $15 parking

–   Museum of the art of the ancient Greeks, Romans, and other civilizations

–   Beautiful scenery

–   Time spend: 2 – 3 hours

–   Lokness’ Rating: ★★★

–   Website: Read

2.  Santa Monica Pier

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Santa Monica Pier (200 Santa Monica Pier, Suite A, Santa Monica, CA 90401)

–   Aquarium, Trapeze, Roller Coaster, Merry-Go-Around

–   Great view of beach

–   Fishing spot

–   Time spend: 2 – 3 hours

–   Lokness’ Rating: ★★★

–   Website: Read

3.  Venice Beach (22 N Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90291)

–   View of beach

–   Local stores

–   Muscle beach

–   Great people watching

–   Time spend: 1 – 2 hours

–   Lokness’ Rating: ★★★

4.  Sony Studio Tour (10202 W. Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232)

Hours: Monday – Friday 9:30am, 10:30am, 1:30pm, and 2:30pm

–   Ticket: $33

–   Reservations highly recommended

–   Stages, backlot, Jeopardy Set, Wheel of Fortune Set

–   Time spend: 2 – 3 hours

–   Lokness’ Rating: ★★★

–   Website: Read

5.  Universal Studios Hollywood (100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608)

Hours: 10am – 7pm (may vary depends on day)

–   Ticket: $74

–   Amazing Studio Tour that let you get a glimpse of different movie settings

–   Special Effects Stage, Jurassic Park, Revenge of the Mummy, The Simpsons

–   Time spend: 1 day

–   Lokness’ Rating: ★★★★★

–   Website: Read

6.  Griffin Observatory (2800 E Observatory Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027)

Hours: Wednesday– Friday 12pm – 10pm

Saturday – Sunday 10 am – 10pm

Close Monday and Tuesday

–   Free admission

–   Scenic view of Los Angeles

–   Scientific demonstration and display about space and planets

–   Time spend: 1 – 2 hours

–   Lokness’ Rating: ★★★★★

–   Website: Read

7.  Hollywood Sign

–   The famous sign of Hollywood

–   For your picture collection

–   Hollywood Blvd & N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

–   Franklin Ave & N Beachwood Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068

–   3202 Canyon Lake Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068

–   Time spend: 30 minutes – 1 hour

–   Lokness’ Rating: ★★★★

–   Website: Read

8.  Hollywood Walk of Fame (Hollywood Blvd at Vine St Los Angeles, CA 90028)

–   Stars of actors and actresses

–   Grauman’s Chinese Theatre

–   Hollywood Wax Museum ($15.95 ticket)

–   Shops

–   Time spend: 2 – 3 hours

–   Lokness’ Rating: ★★★★

–   Website: Read

9.  Aquarium of the Pacific (100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802)

Hours: 9am – 6pm

–   Ticket: $24.95

–   Sea otter, shark, sea lions, seals

–   Feeding area with Lorikeet birds

–   Petting pools with sharks, star fish, stingray

–   Time spend: 3 – 4 hours

–   Lokness’ Rating: ★★★★

–   Website: Read

10. Point Fermin Park

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Point Fermin Park (807 Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro, CA 90731)

–   View of Catalina Island, and cliffs

–   Point Fermin Lighthouse

–   Head over to another small park (959 W Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro, CA 90731)

–   From that small park, you can walk down to the rocky beach

–   Excellent view on the rocky beach

–   Time spend: 1 – 2 hours

–   Lokness’ Rating: ★★★

–   Website: Read

11. Knott’s Berry Farm (8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90620)

Hours: 10am – 6pm (may vary depends on day)

–   Ticket: $56.99

–   For Snoopy lovers

–   For Roller coasters lovers (Xcelerator, Boomerang, Silver Bullet, and Ghostrider)

–   Time spend: ½ – 1 day

–   Lokness’ Rating: ★★★

–   Website: Read

12. Disneyland Park

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Disneyland Park (1313 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, CA 92802)

Hours: 10am – 8pm (may vary depends on day)

–   Ticket: $76 (1 day 1-park ticket)

–   Fantasmic Show, firework show

–   Indiana Jones Adventure, Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters

–   Time spend: 1 day

–   Lokness’ Rating: ★★★★★

–   Website: Read

13. Disney California Adventure Park (1313 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, CA 92802)

Hours: 10am – 8pm (may vary depends on day)

–   Ticket: $76 (1 day 1-park ticket)

–   Toy Story Mania!, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Monsters, Inc.

–   Time spend: ½ – 1 day

–   Lokness’ Rating: ★★★

–   Website: Read

14. Children’s Pool (850 Coast Blvd, La Jolla, CA 92037)

–   A beach where seals and sea lions gather year-round and relax

–   Walk to the concrete breakwater where you can be closer to the seals and sea lions, and enjoy the view of waves and ocean

–   Time spend: 1 hour

–   Lokness’ Rating: ★★★★★

–   Website: Read

15. San Diego Zoo

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San Diego Zoo (2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA 92101)

Hours: 9am – 9pm (may vary depends on seasons)

–   Ticket: $40

–   Big zoo

–   Panda, red panda, polar bear, koala, tiger, gorilla, hippo etc.

–   Time spend: 1 day

–   Lokness’ Rating: ★★★★★

–   Website: Read

16. Balboa Park (1549 El Prado San Diego CA 92101)

Hours: Park is open 24 hours a day, but different museums have different opening hours

–   Ticket: Park is free, but there is a small admission free for each museum

–   Huge beautiful park

–   San Diego Automotive Museum, San Diego Air & Space Museum, Museum of Photographic Arts etc.

–   Botanical Building, Japanese Friendship Garden, Cactus Garden etc.

–   Free parking and free tram for transportation

–   Time spend: ½ – 1 day

–   Lokness’ Rating: ★★★★

–   Website: Read

17. SeaWorld San Diego

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SeaWorld San Diego (500 Sea World Dr., San Diego, CA 92109)

Hours: 10am – 5pm (may vary depends on day)

–   Ticket: $69.99

–   Excellent live shows with ocean animals, like orca, dolphins, and sea lions

–   Polar bears, penguins, beluga whales, walruses, sea turtles, fish etc.

–   Extra paid tours with dolphins and beluga whales

–   Time spend: 1 day

–   Lokness’ Rating: ★★★★★

–   Website: Read


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