Arts & Recreation

Los Angeles County residents and visitors have access to a vast array of cultural and recreational opportunities. In addition to all the attractions offered by the private sector, the County has a number of world-class facilities that it oversees, including the Music Center (Walt Disney Concert Hall, Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion) , Hollywood Bowl, Museum of Art, Museum of Natural History, John Anson Ford Theatre and Marina del Rey. The County’s gardens include the Arboretum and Botanic Garden, the South Coast Botanic Garden, Descanso Gardens, and Virginia Robinson Gardens. Under County management are 65,528 acres of parks, gardens, lakes, trails, natural areas and the world’s largest public golf course system. These include 87 regional and local parks, 344 miles of horse and hiking trails, 19 golf courses and 31 public swimming pools. The County also manages 25 miles of beaches along the 75-mile mainland coast.

Ahmanson Theatre

The Ahmanson Theatre opened in 1967, three years after the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, with a state-of-the-art configuration to provide variable seating capacity and accommodating a diverse selection of performances, from the intimate to the spectacular.

The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the first and largest theater of The Music Center, was built in 1964 and designed by Welton Becket using a “Total Design” aesthetic.
The Mark Taper Forum also opened in 1967 and is The Music Center’s most intimate theater.
Considered to be an architectural masterpiece by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, the Walt Disney Concert Hall is a modern marvel and Los Angeles icon.
The Music Center campus provides an outdoor destination for performing arts activities and community programs. Its vibrant collection of outdoor theaters, plazas and gardens provide a place for Angelenos to get-together and enjoy outstanding performances and free events.

Address: 135 N Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Access Line: 213-972-0777

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Favorite Beaches

Location: Hermosa Ave. & 33rd St., Hermosa, CA 90254

Description: Two mile stretch of beach that runs along the Santa Monica Bay

In front of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, metered street parking is available.

Location: 400-4500 The Strand, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Description: Bisected by a 900 foot pier. Classic sand volleyball beach nets extend to Hermosa Beach. Metered street and lot parking. Beach wheelchairs available.

Location: 23050 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, CA 90265

Description: World renowned as an excellent surfing area. Swimming areas exist but are limited.

Location: 12501 Vista Del Mar, Playa del Rey, CA 90293

Description: Newly renovated beach facilities located near LAX, 3.7 miles of ocean frontage and 255 acres of beach. Beach wheelchairs are available.

Location: 30050 Blk of Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, CA 90265

Description: The ultimate SoCal beach: wide, extends for miles.

Equipped with food stands at each end of its 4 mile PCH expanse. Beach wheelchairs are available.

Location: 100-2900 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Description: Wide, sandy beach divided by the Santa Monica Pier.

Location: 2700-3100 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291

Description: Popular street performer beach that is one of SoCal’s biggest attractions. The north end of the beach is home to “Muscle Beach.” Beach wheelchairs are available.

Location: 23050 & 23200 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, CA 90265

Description: 167 acre beach includes Malibu Lagoon, the Malibu Lagoon Museum and the Malibu Pier.

Best libraries in Los Angeles

630 West 5th Street

Los Angeles, CA 90071

(213) 228-7000

www.lapl.org

Price: Free

Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat – 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tue and Thurs – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sun – closed. Originally constructed in 1926, the Los Angeles Central Library is a city landmark. It was designed by architect Bertram Gosvenor Goodhue with influences of ancient Egyptian and Mediterranean Revival architecture. Part of the experience of visiting this library includes looking up to the beautiful and colorful tiles and paintings overhead. This complex contains over six million volumes and is one of the largest public funded libraries in the world. Los Angeles residents can get a library card free of charge.

UCLA Campus

Le Conte Avenues and Westwood Blvd.

Westwood, CA 90024

(310) 825-1938

www.library.ucla.edu

Price: Free

Hours: Mon to Thurs – 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fri – 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun – 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The Powell Library is the main undergraduate library on the UCLA campus. It was finalized in 1929 as one of the first four buildings that composed the university. It was designed with Romanesque Revival architecture and its exterior is modeled after the Milan Basilica. During the months of March and April, a special exhibition, “al-Mutanabbi Street Broadside Project,” commemorates the 2007car

bombing of Baghdad’s al-Mutanabbi Street.

601 Santa Monica Blvd.

Santa Monica, CA 90401

(310) 458-8600

www.smpl.org

Price: Free

Hours: Mon to Thurs – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri and Sat – 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.,

Sun – 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Part of a system of several libraries in the Santa Monica area, the new Main Library building opened its 104,000 square-foot facility to the public in 2006. This modern building offers large public computer facilities and meeting space, as well as the Martin Luther King Jr. auditorium. The auditorium is often home to quality, free concerts and other programming.

2530 Workman Street

Los Angeles, CA 90031

(323) 226-1692

www.lapl.org

Price: Free

Hours: Mon, Wed, Sat – 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tue and Thurs – 12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Fri – 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sun – closed.

One of three remaining “Carnegie Libraries,” this branch was started with a $35,000 grant from Andrew Carnegie. Carnegie was once the richest man in the world during the late 1800s and early 1900s, and spent his latter years as a philanthropist. This library’s Italian Renaissance structure is unique with its semi-circle shape that resembles Italy’s Villa Papa Giulio. Many of the folks who visit this library speak Spanish, thus the Lincoln Heights Library has received the nickname of “Biblioteca del Pueblo de Lincoln Heights.”

Top Hospitals in Los Angeles County

757 Westwood Plaza

Los Angeles, CA 90095-8358

(310) 825–9111

www.uclahealth.org

UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA is ranked nationally in 15 adult and 8 pediatric specialties. UCLA Medical Center is a 466-bed general medical and surgical facility with 23,508 admissions in the most recent year reported. It performed 10,988 annual inpatient and 15,855 outpatient surgeries. Its emergency room had 46,128 visits. UCLA Medical Center is a teaching hospital.

8700 Beverly Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90048-1865

(310) 423–5000

www.cedars-sinai.edu

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA is ranked nationally in 12 adult specialties. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is a 865-bed general medical and surgical facility with 49,240 admissions in the most recent year reported. It performed 16,753 annual inpatient and 12,916 outpatient surgeries. Its emergency room had 83,366 visits. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is a teaching hospital. It is also accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

1500 San Pablo Street

Los Angeles, CA 90033-5313

(323) 442–8500

www.keckhospitalofusc.org

Keck Medical Center of USC in Los Angeles, CA is ranked nationally in 4 adult specialties. It was also high-performing in 7 adult specialties, as shown below. Keck Medical Center of USC is a 250-bed general medical and surgical facility with 10,260 admissions in the most recent year reported. It performed 6,881 annual inpatient and 7,122 outpatient surgeries. Keck Medical Center of USC is a teaching hospital.

101 The City Drive South

Orange, CA 92868-3298

(714) 456–6011

www.ucihealth.com

University of California, Irvine Medical Center in Orange, CA is ranked nationally in 3 adult specialties. It was also high-performing in 8 adult specialties, as shown below. University of California, Irvine Medical Center is a 388-bed general medical and surgical facility with 17,787 admissions in the most recent year reported. It performed 5,895 annual inpatient and 6,021 outpatient surgeries. Its emergency room had 39,289 visits. University of California, Irvine Medical Center is a teaching hospital.

4867 Sunset Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90027-5961

(323) 783–4011

www.kaiserpermanente.org

Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA is ranked nationally in 2 adult specialties. It was also high-performing in 10 adult specialties, as shown below. Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center is a 464-bed general medical and surgical facility with 23,369 admissions in the most recent year reported. It performed 7,811 annual inpatient and 7,183 outpatient surgeries. Its emergency room had 72,587 visits. Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center is a teaching hospital.

1500 East Duarte Road

Duarte, CA 91010-3012

(626) 256–4673

www.cityofhope.org

City of Hope in Duarte, CA is ranked nationally in 2 adult specialties. It was also high-performing in 1 adult specialty, as shown below. City of Hope is a 185-bed cancer facility with 6,187 admissions in the most recent year reported. It performed 3,456 annual inpatient and 3,972 outpatient surgeries. City of Hope is a teaching hospital.

2801 Atlantic Avenue

Long Beach, CA 90806-1701

(562) 933–2000

www.memorialcare.org/LongBeach

Long Beach Memorial Medical Center in Long Beach, CA is ranked nationally in 1 adult specialty. It was also high-performing in 10 adult specialties, as shown below. Long Beach Memorial Medical Center is a 420-bed general medical and surgical facility with 22,398 admissions in the most recent year reported. It performed 5,240 annual inpatient and 4,998 outpatient surgeries. Its emergency room had 40,887 visits. Long Beach Memorial Medical Center is a teaching hospital. It is also accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

100 West California Boulevard

Pasadena, CA 91105-3097

(626) 397–5000

www.huntingtonhospital.com

Huntington Memorial Hospital is a general medical and surgical hospital in Pasadena, CA. It performed nearly at the level of nationally ranked U.S. News Best Hospitals in 10 adult specialties, as shown below. It scored high in patient safety, demonstrating commitment to reducing accidents and medical mistakes. Huntington Memorial Hospital has 552 beds. The hospital had 26,152 admissions in the latest year for which data are available. It performed 8,282 annual inpatient and 3,899 outpatient surgeries. Its emergency room had 58,813 visits.

One Hoag Drive

Newport Beach, CA 92663-4120

(949) 764–4624

www.hoaghospital.org

Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian is a general medical and surgical hospital in Newport Beach, CA. It performed nearly at the level of nationally ranked U.S. News Best Hospitals in 9 adult specialties, as shown below. Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian has 482 beds. The hospital had 24,519 admissions in the latest year for which data are available. It performed 6,210 annual inpatient and 9,679 outpatient surgeries. Its emergency room had 91,175 visits.

9333 Imperial Highway

Downey, CA 90242-2812

(562) 657–9000

www.kaiserpermanente.org

Kaiser Permanente Downey Medical Center is a general medical and surgical hospital in Downey, CA. It performed nearly at the level of nationally ranked U.S. News Best Hospitals in 9 adult specialties, as shown below. Kaiser Permanente Downey Medical Center has 342 beds. The hospital had 16,741 admissions in the latest year for which data are available. It performed 6,219 annual inpatient and 11,022 outpatient surgeries. Its emergency room had 94,756 visits.

Top Universities in Los Angeles

#5 in U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges

Tuition and fees: $37,704

Enrollment: 967

Cal Tech is a private science and engineering school involved in research projects with grants from NASA, among others. It boasts a very low student to faculty member ratio (3:1). The academic and research institution also has the distinction of having had over 30 of its alumni and faculty win the Nobel Prize.

345 South Hill Ave. Pasadena, CA 91106

626-395-6811

#23 in U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges

Tuition and fees: $42,818

Enrollment: 17,380

USC is a private school whose School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) is well-known and respected within the film and television industries. Some of the SCA’s alums include Robert Zemeckis, Judd Apatow, Brian Grazer and Ron Howard.

University Park Campus, Los Angeles, CA 90089

213-740-2311

#25 in U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges

In-state tuition and fees: $11,604

Out-of-state tuition and fees: $34,482

Enrollment: 26,162

The University of California Los Angeles offers over 3,000 courses and more than 130 majors to undergraduate students.

UCLA’s law program ranks highly as well, coming in at #15 amongst U.S. News & World Report’s Best Law Schools. Tuition for the grad program is $44,922 per year for in-state full-time students; $54,767 for out-of-state full-time students.

Continuing Education at UCLA Extension:

Those wishing to explore a subject without enrolling in a full academic program can select many niche and vocational courses from UCLA Extension’s eclectic catalogue. These often operate at night and are geared towards professionals who may want instruction on everything from screenwriting to graphic design to foreign languages.

405 Hilgard Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90095

310-825-4321

#37 in U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges

In-state tuition and fees: $12,128

Out-of-state tuition and fees: $35,006

Enrollment: 23,663

Close to 40 percent of UCSD’s classes have less than 20 students in them. Their student-faculty ratio is 19:1. The university has a high level of research activity. It operates the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, UC San Diego Medical Center, San Diego Supercomputer Center, and Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

9500 Gilman Dr. La Jolla, CA 92093

858-534-3583

#45 in U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges

In-state tuition and fees: $12,902

Out-of-state tuition and fees: $35,780

Enrollment: 21,976

Admissions at UC Irvine are considered ‘most selective.’ The school operates on a quarter-based academic year. Notable alums include Olympic athlete Greg Louganis, comedian Jon Lovitz, and writers Michael Chabon and Richard Ford.

531 Pereira Dr. Irvine, CA 92697

949-824-5011

#55 in U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges

Tuition and fees: $40,752

Enrollment: 3,447

This private institution follows a semester based academic year. Former LA mayor James Hahn is among the school’s alums. Famed stone-faced actor/writer/lawyer Ben Stein teaches law at Pepperdine, which is #49 among U.S. News & World Report’s Best Law Schools (with a full-time tuition cost of $42,840).

In addition to its Malibu campus, Pepperdine also has international campuses in Germany, Italy, England, China, Argentina and Switzerland.

24255 Pacific Coast Hwy.

Malibu, CA 90263

310-506-4000

Public Transportation

All transit rates start at a base fare of $1.50. In addition to a single-ride fare, options include the Metro Day Pass ($5) and the 7-Day Pass ($20). Six fast, easy-to-use and environmentally friendly rail lines offer visitors a desirable and efficient way of getting from one destination to the next. All rail stations are served by Metro bus lines. The Metro Expo Line (light rail) provides service that connects the Westside to Downtown LA, Hollywood, South Bay, and Long Beach. The Expo Line features10 new stations including USC, Expo Park, and Culver City. The Metro Red Line (subway) provides service through Downtown LA, the Mid-Wilshire area, Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley, where it meets the Metro Orange Line (bus rapid transit). The Metro Purple Line (subway) also serves downtown LA, running along Wilshire Boulevard to Western Avenue. The Metro Gold Line (light rail) runs between Pasadena and East LA, connecting with the Red and Purple Lines at Union Station. The Metro Blue Line (light rail) runs north and south between Long Beach and downtown LA, where it meets the Red and Purple lines. The Metro Green Line (light rail) runs east and west between Norwalk and Redondo Beach, crossing the Blue Line.

For more detailed schedules, fares, interactive maps, multi-language pocket guides and more info, visit www.metro.net.

Local, Rapid, Express and BRT (bus rapid transit) services are available throughout the Greater Los Angeles area. With nearly 200 different lines, buses travel all over the region to every major destination including state parks, area attractions and shopping districts. Many Metro Bus lines provide connections to Metro Rail stations.

Metro Local (painted orange) makes frequent stops along major streets throughout the city.

Metro Rapid (painted red) offers fewer stops and expedited travel times on the city’s major streets, with the use of special transponders that cause traffic signals to favor the bus.

Metro Express (painted blue) offers reduced stop service along the city’s freeway systems.

The Metro Silver Line (bus rapid transit) connects the South Bay and the San Gabriel Valley to Downtown LA. The Metro Orange Line (bus rapid transit) runs from North Hollywood to Warner Center in Woodland Hills. For detailed schedules, interactive maps, multi-language pocket guides and more info, visitwww.metro.net.

The City of Los Angeles Transportation (LADOT) currently operates the second largest fleet in Los Angeles County. LADOT’s transit fleet serves approximately 30 million passenger boarding per year.
Six quick bus routes through Downtown depart every five to 10 minutes between 6:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays, and every 15 minutes between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Route A – Little Tokyo to City West
Route B – Chinatown to Financial District
Route C – Financial District to South Park
Route D – Union Station to South Park
Route E – City West to Fashion District
Route F – Financial District to Exposition Park/USC

Beachwood Canyon, Boyle Heights/East LA, Chesterfield Square, Crenshaw, Downtown Los Angeles, El Sereno/City Terrace, Fairfax, Highland Park/Eagle Rock, Hollywood, Hollywood/West Hollywood, Hollywood/Wilshire, King-East, Leimert/Slauson, Lincoln Heights/Chinatown, Los Feliz, Midtown, Northridge, Panorama City/Van Nuys, Pico Union/Echo Park, San Pedro, Southeast Los Angeles, Van Nuys/Studio City, Vermont/Main, Warner Center, Watts, Wilmington, Wilshire Center/Koreatown
LADOT offers stress-free, reliable bus service to Downtown Los Angeles in the morning and back in the afternoon from communities reaching from the beach cities to the San Fernando Valley. For more information, visit www.ladottransit.com/dash.
There are numerous transportation options available at LAX, including: airport buses, door-to-door shuttle vans, local buses, light rail, taxicabs and rental cars. A free shuttle bus connects LAX with the Metro Rail Green Line light rail, and free shuttle buses transport passengers between airline terminals. The LAX FlyAway® bus service provides frequent non-stop transportation between LAX and several locations throughout the city. For detailed information on ground transportation to and from the airport, visit the LAX Ground Transportation page. For more information, visit www.lawa.org/flyaway.

Amusement Parks in Los Angeles County

The world-famous movie studio and theme park featuring movie studios, tours, attractions, rides, restaurants and more. The movie studio tour offers a behind-the-scenes look at special effects and movie-making techniques. The rides and attractions are based on major movies that have been produced by Universal Studios.

www.universalstudios.com/

Animals, reptiles and birds in their natural habitat. The Zoo costs less than a movie but offers far more entertainment value. Our zoo is smaller than the San Diego Zoo although it’s much closer and the admission cost is much lower. It’s in Griffith Park, north of downtown Los Angeles, in the general area of Universal Studios.

www.lazoo.org/

A carnival style amusement park located on the Santa Monica Pier. A Ferris wheel offers spectacular views of the Santa Monica Bay, the Pacific ocean, Santa Monica, Ocean Park and Venice Beach. There are carnival games, a roller coaster and other rides.

www.pacpark.com/

If you like roller coasters then you’ll love Magic Mountain. The emphasis is on thrill rides, and some of them are heart-pounders! The park also offers theme attractions, carnival games, arcades, food, shows and more opportunities for an entire day of thrills and fun. [Santa Clarita, Northern L.A. County].

https://www.sixflags.com/magicmountain

From thrilling speed slides to cool kids’ areas to gallons of water adventures, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor is a tropical paradise and the perfect place to cool off and work on your California tan. [Santa Clarita, Northern L.A. County, very close to Magic Mountain].

https://www.sixflags.com/hurricaneharborla

Features ocean-based exhibits and marine life of the Pacific ocean. You can explore the various ocean habitats of Southern California, Baja California, the frigid waters of the North Pacific and the colorful reefs of the Tropical Pacific. Come face-to-face with, and even touch, the ocean’s ultimate predators in Shark Lagoon and hand feed lorikeet birds. [Long Beach]

www.aquariumofpacific.org/

An indoor go cart race track in the Torrance/Gardena area. Experience the thrill of 20hp electric karts at an affordable price. Open late on Fridays and Saturdays. Also ideal for parties and meetings.
www.k1speed.com/torrance-location.html
California’s largest water theme park featuring a 50-acre aquatic recreation park which includes water slides, speed slides, rides, chutes, lagoons, children’s activity pools and beaches for sunbathers. Open during the summer months. Click on the link for their San Dimas facility. [North of Pasadena, near Pomona]

https://www.ragingwaters.com/

Three paintball and airsoft parks in the L.A. area, plus one near San Diego. The parks are SC Village located in Chino (east of downtown L.A.), Hollywood Sports in Bellflower (near Long Beach), and California Paintball and Airsoft Park in Castaic (near Magic Mountain).

www.giantsportz.com/