The greater L.A. area is home to over 16 million people. It’s easy to see why because of the perfect weather year round, the Pacific Ocean, and gorgeous mountainous landscapes. Where else can you hit the slopes and the waves in the same day? With 75 miles of pristine beaches and 88 unique cities within L.A. County, the wonder of this metropolis extends far beyond the Walk of Fame and Disneyland.  

Avoid getting confined by the theme parks and tourist trap museums. Instead, create an unforgettable experience for everyone in your family in one of the most naturally beautiful cities in the world.

As the nation’s largest municipal park at over 4,000 acres, Griffith Park provides breathtaking panoramic views of the entire city, including the city´s best lookout towards the Hollywood sign from the Griffith Observatory. Take the whole family on a horseback tour through the Hollywood Hills or discover all types of wildlife at the L.A. Zoo and Botanical Gardens.

For a day full of culture and fast paced fun in the sun, visit Santa Monica. Ride a roller coaster on the pier in Pacific Park, body surf the waves beyond the beautiful beach, or venture down the boardwalk towards Venice Beach and partake in some of the world´s best people watching.

To escape the hustle and bustle of the city, venture to one of the best-kept secrets of L.A. County, Catalina Island. About an hour boat ride from Long Beach, it is home to a plethora of activities for family fun. Take a relaxing cruise on a glass bottomed boat in Lover´s Cove to see the colorful underwater world up close or propel down a zip line 300 feet above the shores for more expansive views of the Pacific Ocean.

For a low-key day that will be enjoyed by all, visit Malibu Lagoon State Beach. Kids will love to explore the tide pools and discover sea urchins, starfish, and crabs. Make sure to pack a picnic and enjoy one of southern California´s most amazing views spotted with surfers and dolphins. Not enough? This beach is frequented by celebrities (including George Clooney and Leonardo DiCaprio).

Los Angeles offers everything from surfing to skyscrapers. With opportunities to swap homes with Knok all over the county, the opportunities for family vacations are limitless. Check out 4 Places to Eat Like a Local in LA for more ideas for your family’s trip to Los Angles!