10 Things to Do in San Fernando That You Shouldn't Miss

January 17, 2018 Agatha Simes

San Fernando is a city in the San Fernando Valley, in the northwestern region of Los Angeles County, California. It is surrounded by the City of Los Angeles.
Restaurants in San Fernando

1. Theodore Payne Foundation

10459 Tuxford St, Sun Valley, San Fernando, CA 91352-2126 +1 818-768-1802
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4.5 based on 4 reviews

The Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Natives Plants operates a year-round nursery, bookstore and seed source for California native plants, Tuesday through Saturday with limited hours during the summer. The organization sponsors a wildflower hotline (818-768-3533) for Central and Southern California every March through May and organizes a tour of home gardens every April.

Reviewed By chicago90Phoenix - phoenix

This is a combination california native plant nursery combined with a few trails that are at the base of property. It is not the easiest to find but close to the main thoroughfare. Parking is tight if the nursery is full. Unless you are looking for a specific type of california native plant for purchase, there are other nature/trail options that I think are better suited.

2. William S. Hart Museum & Ranch

24151 Newhall Ave, Newhall, CA 91321-2908 +1 661-254-4584
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4.5 based on 86 reviews

William S. Hart Museum & Ranch

This museum is housed in the former home and ranch of silent film cowboy star and director William S. Hart.

Reviewed By Rich A - Los Angeles, California

Been wanting to visit William Hart's place forever & finally made it! We went on an "open house" weekend when you can tour his home/museum on you own (not in a group), but with docents in each of the main rooms to point things out and answer questions. We made the mistake of parking below and walking up the hill, but it's a steep dirt path and you might find yourself winded by time you arrive. There is limited parking behind the house and you need a permit if not handicapped. The house is beautiful and sits on top of a hill with expansive views of the Santa Clarita Valley. Mr. Hart made a ton of cowboy movies but was also a stage actor first on Broadway, one the first actors to play Ben-hur. Home is a two-story ranch with a giant dinning room and a curved staircase to the second floor. Memorabilia abounds about Hart's years in Hollywood, Broadway and about his family & dogs (Great Danes)...Lots of photos. Well worth the time & donation to see...and don't miss the buffalo just to the west of the house.

3. Adventure Helicopter Tours

10500 Airpark Way, Pacoima, San Fernando, CA 91331-7347
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4 based on 9 reviews

Adventure Helicopter Tours

Reviewed By JMillerNorthridge_CA - Northridge, CA

My husband has been wanting to go for the longest time so my son and I surprised him with a helicopter ride with Adventure Helicopter tours for Father's Day. I contacted another helicopter tour company but the service and response time were lackluster. After the 3rd failed phone call, I called Advenutre and was immediately pleased with Vaughn's customer service. He was willing to work with the specific flight time I had in mind (around sun set). The day before the tour, I was contacted by Ryan who notified me that due to the L.A. Dodger's game, we could not do Tour #2. I did not want to do the beaches tour nor upgrade to the next price tier. However, both Vaugn and Ryan were able to work out a customized tour (minus the Dodgers Stadiium). We were able to see everything my husband wanted to see including a fly over our house (luckily, on a helicopter, we lived only moments away from Whiteman Airport). Ryan, the pilot, was awesome! He was able to answer all my 9-year old's questions while pointing the highlights in Hidden Hills (you'd have to take the tour to find out!!!!!). We were a stone's throw away from the Hollywood sign and witnessed something we've never seen before....the 405 freeway with NO TRAFFIC!. And best of all, we saw the sun set while hovering over Hollywood. It was a beautiful and memorable moment. The flight is definitely something you'd have to experience. I had to down some dramamine before the flight as I get motion sickness but I'm sure I would have been totally fine without them. The flight was smooth from take off to landing. Be mindful of other fees and taxes not listed with the tour price and if you're taking Tour #2, make sure there are no Dodger's game at day of your tour. For our first helicopter ride, we loved it and would totally do it again....maybe the night tour.

4. Placerita Canyon Nature Center

19152 Placerita Canyon Rd, Newhall, CA 91321-3213 +1 661-259-7721
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4.5 based on 43 reviews

Placerita Canyon Nature Center

Reviewed By CrankingChick - Tucson, Arizona

To beat the heat we visited early on a Saturday morning before the Nature Center building was open (9am-5pm). Quite a few people were there enjoying the hiking trails, although 2-3 of them were closed. The website advertised a wheelchair-accessible trail to the Oak of the Golden Dream, but the trail was under construction following recent flooding and not usable. It would have been helpful if the website stated this. My husband was able to walk over on the road and take photos to show me. We plan to go back and try again if we are in the area to see the completed restoration. It's a pretty area along a stream with many large shady trees. The Walker Cabin is right by the road and parking lots, so easy to see. We saw a hummingbird, bluebirds, and a large millipede. There's a nice picnic area on the far side of the stream across a small bridge. People who use wheelchairs may want to park right next to the Nature Center to visit that, and then move the car and park as close as possible to the bridge, because deep sand in the parking area makes for difficult travel. Check before you visit, because there was a wildfire in the area this week (6/26/17) and the park was temporarily closed. Admission is free. Restrooms available.

5. Universal Studios Hollywood

100 Universal City Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 91608-1002 +1 800-864-8377
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4.5 based on 30 reviews

Universal Studios Hollywood

Get ready for the ultimate Hollywood experience! Find a full day of action-packed entertainment all in one place: thrilling theme park rides and shows, a real working movie studio, and Los Angeles’ best shops, restaurants and cinemas at CityWalk. Universal Studios Hollywood is a unique experience that’s fun for the whole family. Explore Universal Studios backlot on the legendary Studio Tour. Then face the action head on in heart-pounding rides, shows and attractions that put you inside some of the world’s biggest movies. End your day with the energy and excitement of Universal CityWalk. All this and much more. Only at Universal Studios Hollywood, The Entertainment Capital of L.A.

Reviewed By Cjervey2014 - Newark, New Jersey

This was the most fun that I've had in a long time. It is a bit pricey, but everywhere is, so it's priced like all of the other parks. The rides were sooo fun and the shows & tour were awesome. Can't wait to go back!

6. Oak Tree Gun Club

23121 Coltrane Ave, Newhall, CA 91321-3959 +1 661-259-7441
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4.5 based on 27 reviews

Oak Tree Gun Club

Reviewed By davidandrose1 - Lucas, Texas

Daughter and I came here with a Groupon for lessons in the pistol range on a Friday morning. While I've shot clays before, this club was larger and better organized than ranges I'd used at 5 star resorts. Whether in the pistol ranges or in the large clay area, there were numerous employees on-site.

Once we checked in, Paul took us to an outdoor area with 2 paper and 1 metal target, two tabletops and several hightop chairs. Paul did a great job taking us through the workings of the pistols we would use, and throughout the 75 minute experience stopped several times to help us improve our stance, aim and comfort with the firearms that were used as part of the package. Never tried to rush our session, and was very good with my daughter. As our session concluded, he didn't try to up-sell us on membership or future visits, though we inquired on our own. If Oak Tree was closer to my home this would be a routine stop. Great place to learn or to shoot or just to unwind.

7. Lopez Adobe

1100 Pico St, San Fernando, CA 91340-3514 +1 818-898-1290
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5 based on 2 reviews

Lopez Adobe

Reviewed By Perkadventures - Banning, Ca

Open on the 4th Sunday of the Month - Check the website or call for more information. The Adobe has been well maintained and looks well from the street to include inside.

Historical information is shown on the inside and the website includes some also.
Worth you time if you have an interest in this type of early California History. Located in old downtown in a quiet area.

8. San Fernando Brewing Company

425 Park Ave, San Fernando, CA 91340-2525 +1 818-745-6175
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4 based on 5 reviews

San Fernando Brewing Company

Reviewed By Caroline L - Los Angeles, California

If you like beer, you'll like this place. They have several varieties that they brew on site. The prices are pretty reasonable too with a flight (tasting sampler) costing about $10. I'm not really a beer drinker but I liked the cucumber pale as it was light and fruity. The place itself is hard to find so just plug the address in your phone and it will take you to the warehouse. Once inside, there are plenty of tables and a few games such as darts and the bean bag toss. The vibe is chill and dress extremely casual. One thing to note is that they don't serve food. So be sure to bring your own or eat before you come. They do provide pretzels and popcorn to go with the beer. Nice place for a group of friends to catch up.

9. The Nethercutt Collection

15151 Bledsoe St, Sylmar, Los Angeles, CA 91342-2710 +1 818-364-6464
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5 based on 722 reviews

The Nethercutt Collection

The Grand Salon showcases cars of the 1910s to 1930s. There are also collections of furniture, dolls, timepieces and one of the world's finest collections of mechanical musical instruments.

Reviewed By Nandee - Pacific Palisades

From a bygone era, we see the beauty of this vast assortment of cars of the past, worthy of photos and memory! Take your time and go upstairs also and enjoy a stroll through musical instruments of the past!

10. Aliso Canyon Park

East of Reseda Between Senson & Rinaldi, Northridge, San Fernando, CA 91326 +1 818-756-8060
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4 based on 1 reviews

Aliso Canyon Park

Reviewed By Jim S - Los Angeles, California

A short walk and easy. Park is well maintained and you can have a family picnic. It has ample of parking spaces. If you pick the trail on the left side, you will walk thru a nice shady oak trees. It is a round trip trail but you can loop to other trail and come back to make it a bit longer.

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