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Posted by Pete Evering on January 23, 2020
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Unique Things to See in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is arguably the entertainment capital of the world, a metropolis packed with amusement parks, the “big 5” film studios, world-class shopping, and over 75 miles of coastline. Tucked away among the glamor of Los Angeles, there are many unique pieces of history and culture that can be far too easy to miss. We’ve listed some of these hidden gems below:

Venice Canals

https://goo.gl/maps/63GiZNQZGZpUF1Gw7

In 1905 land developer Abbot Kinney won present-day Venice Beach in a coin toss. At the time, the area was marshy, and canals were dug in order to drain and convert the land to residential. As the area grew, the canals gradually turned to roads, and by 1928 most of the canals had been filled and paved, leaving only the waterways that are present today.

Beautiful homes and walkways with several footbridges line the canals, providing a peaceful place for a stroll. There is also a small park in the neighborhood, with places to rest during your visit.

The Original Farmers Market

https://www.farmersmarketla.com/

With over 100 grocers, restaurants, and specialty vendors, The Original Farmers Market has been a charming local favorite for over 85 years. The Market was originally opened by the Gilmore family in the mid-1930s, and remains in their family today; in fact many of the stores at Market are also still owned by the family who originally opened it.

Runyon Canyon Park

https://www.laparks.org/park/runyon-canyon

A favorite of dog-lovers (who can bring their furry friend along for a hike off-leash), Runyon Canyon Park in Hollywood Hills provides visitors with one of the most spectacular views of the valley, the Hollywood sign, and downtown Los Angeles.

Greystone Mansion and Park

http://www.beverlyhills.org/departments/communityservices/cityparks/greystonemansiongardens/

The Greystone Mansion, a 55 room estate sprawling over 12 acres, is the largest private estate in the history of Beverly Hills.

Originally built in the 1920s by one of America’s wealthiest men, oil tycoon Edward Doheny, the home was built as a wedding present to his son. Unfortunately the Dohney family suffered a tragic history, with political scandals and civil suits, and the still unexplained murder of Doheny’s son, who was found shot inside the home five months after moving in. The house was occupied by Doheny’s daughter-in-law until 1955, when it was sold and leased out as a filming location.

In 1965, to prevent the house from being demolished, it was purchased by the city of Beverly Hills, and has since been restored as a historical landmark and park.

For two weeks at the beginning of each year, the mansion holds a play recreating the dramatic events following the wedding of Doheny’s son. The play is performed throughout the mansion, with the audience taken to different rooms as the story is told. The Mansion is also still used as a filming location today, and does occasionally close to the public filming or other private events.

The La Brea Tar Pits

https://tarpits.org/

The La Brea Tar Pits is one of the most significant sources of Ice Age fossils, and the world’s only active prehistoric excavation site. You can see the pits bubble and view excavations live in progress, right in the middle of Los Angeles. The on-site museum holds millions of fossils of plants and animals, a view of scientists at work in the lab, and leaves visitors with an interesting and unique look into the history of Los Angeles. 

Downtown Library

https://www.lapl.org/branches/central-library

The eight-story Central Library in downtown Los Angeles is the third largest library in the country. In addition to nearly 3 million books and magazines, the library features an auditorium, children’s Story Theater, Library Store, and many art galleries. The library is also adjacent to a 1.5 acre public park.

Local Art on the Metro

https://www.metro.net/about/art/

Through periodic open calls to artists, the Metro Rail system has built a diverse collection of local art to be displayed throughout stations in Los Angeles. A series of free weekly tours are given by trained volunteers who provide information on the artists and their works.

Be Part of TV 

Among the iconic but unique things to do in Los Angeles, is sitting in the audience of a television show. Tickets to several shows can be obtained for free, and though the exact shows available will depend on the time of year, there’s always something to see.

See TripSavvy’s guide to Tv Show Tickets in Los Angeles has information on where to get free tickets and what to expect when you go.

https://www.tripsavvy.com/tv-show-tickets-in-los-angeles-1587005

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