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With wonderful weather, interesting museums, and many beautiful outdoor sites such as water parks and gardens, amusement parks, and Six Flags, Los Angeles entices many families to vacation. Here are some staycations they can take without great expense:


Newport Landing Whale Watch Cruise

Taking a whale watch cruise is a great getaway. On the sea, a person often experiences a sense of release from stress and an escape from routine. Depending upon the season, people can view Minke whales or the Giant Blue Whales.


The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

A stroll through the lovely gardens of Los Angeles is relaxing. Getting in touch with Nature is always healthy, and visiting the zoo provides lessons on how plants and animals are co-dependent. At the Getty Center, the Central Garden is a living work of art.


California Science Center & Imax Theater

Among the most famous museum destinations in California, the center introduces science utilizing pop culture exhibits or popular movies. The many hands-on activities and demonstrations in the Science Court also engage children.


Griffith Park

This park is free to explore, but certain attractions charge admission. Of interest are the Observatory and the Autry Museum of the American West (Gene Autry was a singing cowboy on early television). Visitors can spend a day or a few hours exploring the beautiful park.



Parents who played with LEGO blocks may enjoy this attraction as much as their children. More than 50 LEGO-themed rides and Miniland USA are recreated with over 30 million LEGO blocks across various United States areas. Those who enjoyed the LEGO Movie™ can now enjoy the 4D A New Adventure. There is also the LEGO NINJAGO World to visit.


Knotts Berry Farm

America’s first theme park has a 4-D interactive ride, along with the traditional bumper cars and a Ferris wheel.


The Huntington Library and Gardens

A research/gallery library is combined with pretty gardens. There are notable paintings and rare books in this library, including the printing of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and a Gutenberg Bible.