Hollywood Bowl

#12 in Best Things To Do in Los Angeles
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Key Info

2301 Highland Ave.

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Entertainment and Nightlife, Museums, Free Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.0scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere
If you can catch a gig at the Hollywood Bowl, LA's beautiful outdoor amphitheatre, don't pass it up. Since its inaugural season in 1922, this unique stage, set in the Hollywood Hills, has entertained thousands of fans and hosted some of the biggest names in music, including The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Madonna, Elton John and Tina Turner.
Many travelers praise the Hollywood Bowl, touting everything from the sound quality to the scenic overlook. Several also add that all of the seats offer great views and suggest arriving early with a bottle of wine and a picnic basket. Also, save time for the on-site Hollywood Bowl Museum and the Hall of Fame. The museum highlights Hollywood Bowl history with special exhibits showcasing artists who have put on shows at the venue, while the Hall of Fame celebrates performers who embody the meaning of being a "true superstar," according to its website. Inductees range from Stevie Wonder to Frank Sinatra to Gloria Estefan. Admission to both venues is free.
The Hollywood Bowl Museum's summer hours are from 10 a.m. to showtime Tuesday through Saturday and between 4 p.m. and showtime on Sundays; offseason hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Available facilities include 14 picnic grounds, a gift shop, two restaurants, restrooms and multiple food and beverage concessions. Parking here is notoriously limited and pricey (fees range from $18 to $50 per vehicle), so consider arriving early and buying your parking space in advance for a discounted rate. Bus services are also available from several park and ride spots throughout the city, or you can park for free at a nearby shuttle lot and take the $6 round-trip shuttle. Tickets, meanwhile, cost $1 to $100 each and are sold at the box office and through Ticketmaster's website.

If you can catch a gig at the Hollywood Bowl, LA's beautiful outdoor amphitheater, don't pass it up. Since its inaugural season in 1922, this unique stage, set in the Hollywood Hills, has entertained thousands of fans and hosted some of the biggest names in music, including the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Madonna, Elton John and Tina Turner.

Many travelers praise the Hollywood Bowl, touting everything from the sound quality to the scenic overlook. Several also add that all of the seats offer great views and suggest arriving early with a bottle of wine and a picnic basket. Also, save time for the on-site Hollywood Bowl Museum and the Hall of Fame. The museum highlights Hollywood Bowl history with special exhibits showcasing artists who have put on shows at the venue, while the Hall of Fame celebrates performers who embody the meaning of being a "true superstar," according to its website. Inductees range from Stevie Wonder to Frank Sinatra to Gloria Estefan. Admission to both venues is free.

The Hollywood Bowl Museum's summer hours are from 10 a.m. to showtime Tuesday through Saturday and between 4 p.m. and showtime on Sundays; offseason hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Available facilities include 14 picnic grounds, a gift shop, two restaurants, restrooms and multiple food and beverage concessions. Parking here is notoriously limited and pricey (fees range from $20 to $50 per vehicle), so consider arriving early and buying your parking space in advance for a discounted rate. Bus services are also available from several park and ride spots throughout the city, or you can park for free at a nearby shuttle lot and take the $6 round-trip shuttle. Tickets, meanwhile, cost $1 to $100 each and are sold at the box office and through Ticketmaster's website.

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#1 Griffith Observatory and Griffith Park

Griffith Observatory sits on the south face of Mount Hollywood and overlooks the Los Angeles basin. Its location gives visitors impressive views of the surrounding area. But there's more than just a pretty photo-op here. The observatory hosts fascinating exhibitions and features a top-notch planetarium.

Most recent visitors cited the beautiful setting as Griffith Observatory's main draw, though the free entry was certainly a bonus. However, you will have to pay between $3 and $7 to see the planetarium shows. Griffith Observatory is open from noon to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, with extended hours on weekends. Free but limited parking is available along the winding roads leading up to the property, or visitors can park in the small lot by the observatory for $4 per hour. A gift shop and cafe can be found on-site as well. For more information, check out Griffith Observatory's website.

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