The 10 Best Things to Do in East Los Angeles, United States

December 10, 2017 Leida Jutras

East Los Angeles, or East L.A., is an unincorporated area in Los Angeles County, California. It is 96.7% Latino - the highest percentage of the 272 neighborhoods of Los Angeles County.
Restaurants in East Los Angeles

1. The Bicycle Hotel & Casino

888 Bicycle Casino Dr, Bell Gardens, CA 90201-7617 +1 562-806-4646
Excellent
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4.5 based on 107 reviews

The Bicycle Hotel & Casino

The Bicycle Hotel & Casino hosts one of country's largest poker rooms and is THE place to play in the Los Angeles area. We offer a large selection of poker games and Asian games, as well as a wide range of limits to suit everyone's needs. Our desire is to make every player, from the novice to the professional, feel like they have experienced the best in service and gaming action, every time they come to play.

Reviewed By mojganjoon1 - Houston, Texas

I was here for a poker tournament and it is nice not to have to deal with traffic and just go upstairs when you are done playing!

2. The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino, CA 91108-1218 +1 626-405-2100
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5 based on 2 reviews

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

A popular tourist stop, this 207 acre complex houses a library, art collection and stunning gardens. The library and art gallery contain rare books and one of the most complete collections of 18th century art outside of London.

Reviewed By Arneby - Nacka, Sweden

So yeah, a garden founded by a railway billionaire some 150 years ago. Turned out that the Huntington Gardens were nothing short of fabulous. Almost Singapore Zoo class in parts. And there were colibris in the wild! And a Japanese garden. And a nice food court too.

3. Exit Game - Los Angeles

111 N Atlantic Blvd, Ste 148, Atlantic Plaza Shopping Center, East Los Angeles, Monterey Park, CA 91754-1582 +1 626-861-2772
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4.5 based on 43 reviews

Exit Game - Los Angeles

Exit Game is THE premiere escape room experience in Southern California. It's a group activity, an amusement park, a themed experience. Your group has 1 hour to escape a series of rooms by decoding hints and solving puzzles. Teamwork is a must!

Reviewed By Sonnet M

I've only been to one other slightly obscure escape room game in Singapore so I don't have much to compare it to but from what I can tell this place is fantastic. We were very impressed by the technology and how we interacted with it to solve puzzles (we tried the AI room). We also liked the backstory and how the AI computer 'Ada' talks to you during the puzzle. We do highly recommend going in a group larger than two...me and my hubby went and didn't have quite enough time (understandable considering the rooms are designed for groups of 6-8). Anyway long story short it was very enjoyable and we plan to come again!

4. Norton Simon Museum

411 W Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105-1825 +1 626-449-6840
Excellent
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5 based on 1 reviews

Norton Simon Museum

The Norton Simon Museum is known around the world as one of the most remarkable private art collections ever assembled. Over a 30-year period, industrialist Norton Simon (1907–1993) amassed an astonishing collection of European art from the Renaissance to the 20th century and a stellar collection of South and Southeast Asian art spanning 2,000 years. Modern and Contemporary Art from Europe and the United States, acquired by the former Pasadena Art Museum, also occupies an important place in the Museum’s collections.

Reviewed By Rolf A - Chicago, Illinois

Not a large collection, but what gems! In two hours you can easily see the best of French 18th and 19th-century painting, some Italian and Dutch and Netherlandish paintings not see in the U.S otherwise. The Hans Memling Christ Giving His Blessing from 1478 is worth the trip from anywhere and then there are two Rembrandts, a superb Diego Rivera, a wonderful Vigee Le Brun portrait of Theresa, not to mention many Degas sculptures and probably the finest collection of Cambodian Angkor Period sculpture in the U.S.

5. The Huntington Desert Garden

San Marino, CA +1 626-405-2142
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5 based on 124 reviews

The Huntington Desert Garden

Conveniently located, the Huntington includes the largest collection of mature cacti and succulents in North America.

Reviewed By johnnnita - Napa, California, United States

This is a large area as part of the Huntington Gardens. At first, I was going to bypass it to view other gardens there. However, I've now grown to appreciate more the succulents that grow in such environments. They really are beautiful!

6. California Institute of Technology

1200 E California Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91125-0001 +1 626-395-6811
Excellent
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4.5 based on 120 reviews

California Institute of Technology

Reviewed By Howard S - Ottawa, Canada

Beautiful grounds and architecture. Small campus and very walk-able. Lots of history in the hallways. Definitely worth the visit if you have an interest in space sciences or if you are just looking for interesting way to spend an afternoon in nice surroundings.

7. California Science Center

700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037-1254 +1 323-724-3623
Excellent
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

California Science Center

Space Shuttle Endeavour on display in the California Science Center's Samuel Oschin Pavilion. Please reserve your passes online or by phone. Explore over 100 permanent interactive science exhibits spanning several galleries. Admission to permanent exhibit galleries is Free! (excludes IMAX and special paid exhibits) Visit Ecosystems -- a hands-on exhibit home to nearly 400 plant and animal species. Come discover amazing environments from the familiar to the fantastic, and find out how the physical and living worlds affect each other.

Reviewed By Heather B - Waterford, Michigan

What a great day for families. Seeing the space shuttle was an amazing experience and we would make a second trip next time we’re in town.

8. Walt Disney Concert Hall

111 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012-3034 +1 323-850-2000
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Walt Disney Concert Hall

Home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, this concert hall is designed to be one of the most acoustically sophisticated in the world.

Reviewed By LightPro - Long Beach, California

Much has been written about the seismic shift of Arts and Architecture from Chicago and New York to the Left Coast. No greater evidence of this is the transformation of Grand Avenue with its cultural monuments of the Broad, MOCA, and Grand Park, all anchored by Frank Gehry's shiny concert hall. From the outside, whimsical, lighter-than-air pieces impossibly fit together, leaving the observer wondering how can this place house a world class orchestra venue. Once inside the auditorium, the look softens and mellows dramatically; the metallic exterior gives way to red-hued wood adornments. The acoustics are warm and precise, just about what you would want for a hall this size. The East Coast rightly has reason to be jealous.

9. The Broad

221 S Grand Ave, Downtown Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90012-3020 +1 213-232-6200
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

The Broad

The Broad is a new contemporary art museum founded by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles. The museum is designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and offers free general admission. The museum is home to the 2,000 works of art in the Broad collection, which is among the most prominent holdings of postwar and contemporary art worldwide. With its innovative "veil-and-vault" concept, the 120,000-square-foot, $140-million building features two floors of gallery space to showcase The Broad's comprehensive collection and is the headquarters of The Broad Art Foundation's worldwide lending library. -- General admission to The Broad is free. Advance online reservations are available at the museum website and are highly encouraged in this busy period after the museum's opening. For visitors who want to ensure a specific date and time for their visit, and avoid wait times during busy periods, The Broad provides advance reservation of timed tickets online at no charge. Tickets have entry times beginning every half hour. Please note that advance online tickets often book up two to three months in advance. Advance tickets are not required. An onsite ticketing line is available at the museum every day except Mondays, when the museum is closed. Admission for the onsite ticketing line is first come, first served, based on availability. The wait time in the onsite ticketing line is 30 to 45 minutes on an average weekday, and 60 to 90 minutes on an average weekend. On holiday weekends, wait time in the onsite ticketing line can be up to two or three hours. The onsite ticketing line closes 90 minutes before the museum closes.

Reviewed By Sarina14 - New Delhi, India

Visiting The Broad was one of the highlights of my recent LA trip. The four hours there were really well spent. It is a contemporary art museum founded by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad. What a gift to LA,not to speak to the countless visitors who get to see an amazing eclectic art collection free of cost! I reached early, around 1015 ( the museum opens at 11), to find a long line of visitors waiting in queue as standbys. I didn't mind at all---- while I stood in queue I took in the sunshine and read a wonderful informative brochure that the visitor associates distributed. Apart from the familiar iconic pieces like Warhol's Campbell Soup can paintings, there were some phenomenal treats like the huge mural by Takashi Murakami. I got to see Jeff Koon's Balloon Dog and Tulips which were delightful. Since it is a personal collection, it may not be completely inclusive of what is considered contemporary, but clearly this was a spectacular collection in its own right. The building which houses it is an architectural marvel too. All in all, a must see.

10. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

900 Exposition Blvd, Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CA 90007-4057 +1 213-763-3466
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Discover your world past and present. See dinosaurs in our new Dinosaur Hall, including the world’s only Tyrannosaurus rex growth series. Get the behind- the- scenes look at how scientists work on fossils at our Dino Lab. See 240 specimens, including skeletons from mastodons to whales, animal dioramas from North American and Africa, and more.Stroll through our extensive Nature Gardens, and discover true stories about plants and animals in our Nature Lab. See and touch more than 2,000 spectacular specimens displayed in our Gem and Mineral Hall, and enter into the vault to view diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and other exquisite gems. Our Butterfly and Spider Pavilions are open seasonally. Here you can wander through the changing ecosystem with over 30 species of fluttering butterflies all around you, or witness arachnids up close and personal.

Reviewed By smsdes - Temecula, California

Love this Museum, ever changing exhibits mixed with the things they had in my visits as a small child! Dont miss the gems room with the Vault and diamonds and massive Gold nuggets! The outdoor exhibits with Butterflies and hummingbirds is great in the Spring, Nice kid friendly areas.

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