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    17 Places – Other Than Disneyland – Your Kiddos Should Experience Near Los Angeles

    Bonus: Some of these spots are 100% FREE.

    If you are thinking of taking a family vacation to Los Angeles, the first thing that probably pops into your head is Disneyland – which is great (we are not here to say not to visit the most magical place in the world) – we just want to share some other cool places worth experiencing if you come!

    Ready to take notes? Wonderful!

    1. The Warner Brothers Studios Tour is a great "Hollywood" experience for all ages.

    2. Book a wine or giraffe hike at Malibu Wine Hikes where the kids can see up to 150 animals along the way.

    3. If you came to enjoy the beach, Newport is the spot! Newport Dunes offers an inflatable waterpark, as well as paddle boarding, boat rides, and more.

    4. The Griffith Observatory is a FREE astrology center that offers a beautiful view of the city and the Hollywood sign.

    5. The La Brea Tar Pits and Museum features animals and plants that were trapped in the asphalt tar pits over 50,000 years ago.

    6. If you have kiddos that are 10 years or older, get them free tickets to the live taping of a show, like Fuller House.

    7. Universal Studios is a theme park located alongside a fun shopping and dinning center called the Universal City Walk.

    8. Visit and explore the Queen Mary — a British ocean liner that sailed the seas from 1936-1967 — that is now permanently moored in Long Beach.

    9. Or head to Orange County for some whale watching and fishing at Dana Point.

    10. Enjoy a picnic at the lovely Echo Park Lake. You and your family can also cruise around the lake on their paddle boats.

    11. Go on a futuristic adventure at Dreamscape. You and your family will enter a walkable VR experience like none other.

    12. Stop by the El Capitan Theater (also where the Jimmy Kimmel Show is filmed) to see a movie. It is located right across the street from the Grauman's Chinese Theater and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

    13. If your kids love roller coasters, Six Flags Magic Mountain is a place they will love. Or, for some water fun, you can visit Six Flags Hurricane Harbor.

    14. Take in some nature and beauty at the Descanso Gardens.

    15. The Santa Monica Pier is full of shops, live music, and a full-blown carnival – not to mention great views and direct access to the beach.

    16. The Grove LA is an upscale, outdoor shopping mall attached to the city's original farmer's market.

    17. And, lastly, one more theme park option (besides Disneyland!) is Knott's Berry Farm or Knott's Soak City.