Universal Studios Hollywood
- Type: Amusement Parks, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
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One of the most popular attractions in the Los Angeles area, Universal Studios Hollywood features rides and amusements based on some of the most popular scenes and characters from film and television. You can take the famous tram tour through the exotic world of Jurassic Park and past the creepy Bates Motel from Psycho. Kids can shake hands with cartoon favorites like SpongeBob SquarePants and Scooby-Doo. If thrills are your thing, there are plenty of hair-raising coasters and rides. Transformers: The Ride-3D, on which riders join Optimus Prime in his battle against the Decepticons, opened in May, 2012.
Since Universal remains one of the city's most frequented attractions, it's often busy. To forego the long waits, one traveler suggests you purchase the Front of Line passes, which cost $129. This brings up another pain point: the price. At $80 for general admission and $72 for little ones under 48 inches, a family excursion to Universal Studios doesn't come cheap.
Universal Studios is located in the unincorporated Universal City, just outside Los Angeles. Like most places in L.A., it's best to rent a car and drive there. For more information, consult the Universal Studios website.