Things to Do
People in L.A. are fond of saying, “Out here you can ski and surf in the same day.” But the fun doesn't stop there.
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There are more live music venues in Los Angeles than you can shake a drum stick at. Whether you catch a local band at the Eagle Rock Center for the Arts, rock out at the House of Blues on Sunset, or experience classical under the stars at the Hollywood Bowl, you are never at a loss for somewhere to hear something special.
They make them here, so you better believe you can watch them here. From premieres at the famous Grauman’s Chinese Theater to classics in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, L.A. has lots of options. If you’re looking for a more low-key experience, you can buy discounted movie tickets from the Student Activities Center on campus and grab some friends to catch a flick at one of the local theaters.
Lions and mammoths and bears and the Natural History Museum appeal to some, but others are fascinated by the classic Monet paintings at the Getty. L.A. has a wide range of museums to fit any taste. Some of them are free, others offer free days each month or discounts with your student ID. If you prefer live theater you can catch touring Broadway shows at various venues around the city as well.
Hop a bus or the Gold Line into Downtown and explore a world of interesting sites, sounds, smells and tastes. Olvera Street is the oldest part of L.A. and a great place to explore some of the culture and history of the city. Little Tokyo is the heart of the Japanese-American community and has a lot to offer.
If you want to get away from the hum of the city, maybe you want to take a hike in Eaton Canyon, or head to one of the many beaches for surf lessons. If you prefer wheels to walking, you can take a ride on one of the many bike paths around the city. And yes, in the winter you can go skiing at places like Mountain High.
The crowd goes wild for L.A. sports! You can find fans of sports teams from around the world here, but the home team definitely gets the loudest cheers. We’ve got at least two teams for every sport. If you love baseball you’ve got the Dodgers and Angels. For basketball it’s the Clippers, Lakers, and Sparks. For the soccer fans out there, the Galaxy is the team for you. And yes, we even have two hockey teams in the Kings and the Ducks.
If roller coasters and funny characters are your thing, then L.A. has something for you! Universal Studios can give you an inside look and feel of the movies, Magic Mountain and Knott’s Berry Farm will spin you around and upside down. Probably most famously, Disneyland can show you the wonderful fantasy worlds that they are known for. Best of all, the Student Activities Center on campus has discount tickets to all of them.