The ideal family holiday destination - Los Angeles combines world-class theme parks and iconic attractions, with unbelievable outdoor wonders and miles of spectacular coastline sitting on its doorstep.
The whole family will find it hard to resist the appeal of LA’s exhilarating theme parks - join Mickey and friends at Disneyland Resort and Disney’s California Adventure or get a behind the scenes glimpse into filmmaking and special effects at Universal Studios Hollywood. Beyond the excitement of the parks you’ll discover plenty of other ways to let your hair down – whether it’s exploring the shopping, dining and entertainment of GardenWalk, riding the Ferris wheel on Santa Monica Pier or grabbing a bicycle for a family bike ride along Venice Beach promenade.
Top Tips for families
Choose accommodation with a pool or something close to the beach - the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach and Newport Beach both have excellent children’s pools and play areas with water slides and activities. Kids can eat free in many LA restaurants and our recommended family hotels have a kid’s stay free policy when sharing a room with their parents. Book the Beverly Garland, which runs a complimentary shuttle to Universal Studios. Combine the theme parks with a beach break in the Anaheim area, which is really close to Disney and not far from Newport Beach. Or hire a car and explore at your own pace.
Skip the line: front of line pass at Universal Studios Hollywood
Book your Skip the line Universal Studios Hollywood pass before you go to save money and avoid disappointment. This all-access pass includes all-day admission to the park – meaning that you can enjoy the rides, shows and attractions to your hearts content. Go behind the scenes on the world famous Studio Tour to explore where Hollywood movies are made. Then, face action head-on in heart-pounding rides, shows and attractions that put you inside some of the world's biggest movies.
Explore at your own pace on this great value hop-on hop-off bus tour through the heart of Los Angeles. Enjoy 360-degree views as you travel through LA on an open-top bus. You have the choice of a 24-hour or 48-hour ticket that you can use at more than 50 stops in the City of Angels, including Hollywood, Beverly Hills, downtown LA and Santa Monica. Ride the red route, blue route, purple route or yellow route and hop on and off as you please.
Disneyland or Disney's California Adventure with transport from Los Angeles
The family fun in Los Angeles never ends at Disneyland Park and Disney's California Adventure Park. Buy this pass before you travel to save money and avoid disappointment - with the choice of a pass to either park, or a pass to both on the same day. Located between the two parks you’ll find Downtown Disney, which offers dining, shopping and entertainment. Here you will find more than 30 unique shops, live entertainment and an array of fine restaurants including Rainforest Cafe, ESPN Zone and the House of Blues.
See the homes of your favourite movie stars, past and present on this city and movie stars’ homes tour. Cruise down famous Sunset Strip, glimpse at the world renowned Walk of Fame as you explore Hollywood Boulevard and enjoy a fully-narrated tour of Hollywood Bowl and Grauman's Chinese Theatre. See the famous shops of Rodeo Drive and peruse the International Farmer's Market for exotic food and gifts. Then see where the stars live, shop and hang out in Los Angeles' secluded hills on the Movie Stars' Homes Tour.
Get an up-close look at your favourite famous and infamous celebrity icons at Madame Tussauds Hollywood. Ranging from the silver screen stars of the golden era through to today's contemporary movie makers – cast your eye over 100 recreations of the entertainment world's biggest names. Step into elaborate interactive sets, stroll down the red carpet and get up close, touch and take pictures with the stars of Hollywood.