Los Angeles gets a bad rap for being a vapid, superficial town but it’s actually a treasure trove for the curious traveler. And, unlike some educational vacation locales LA will satisfy all the disparate curiosities of the life-long learning family. There’s a lot more to this great city than star-spotting and the Hollywood sign and there’s no way you’ll end up with one fascinated kid and two bored ones in Los Angeles.
No matter how varied your family’s interests are, there’s an opportunity to learn something in LA. For the art lovers there is MOCA and LACMA and for the budding archeologist you have Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History and the La Brea Tar Pits. The astronomer in the family will be blown away by the Griffith Observatory and the science geek in the family can geek out all day at the California Science Center. If marine biology is your thing you have the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, the Aquarium of the Pacific and the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium to satisfy your aquatic education thirst. You also have places like the Autry National Center which celebrates the history of the American West and the Museum of TV and Radio.
The LA area museums and aquariums will provide all the intellectual stimulation your family could possibly be longing for and you can fill in your educational routine with whatever kind of outdoor activity your family longs for. You can go to the beach or the mountains or the desert. You can ski and surf and hike, all in the same day, and you can take your kids to one of the coolest skate parks ever (in Venice Beach). You can pack a picnic and explore our beautiful parks or ride bikes along the beach bike path.
As you can see from the pic, it really is beautiful here and despite the whole Hollywood thing, LA is a very interesting place.
Wanda Shapiro – Born and raised in the Adirondack Mountains, Shapiro is the author of Sometimes That Happens With Chicken: A Novel. The LA Independent called her, “the next avant-garde literary find,” and since the debut of her first novel Shapiro has been compared to Hemingway, Salinger, Hitchcock, Burroughs, Marquez, and Calvino. For more information regarding Wanda Shapiro visit www.onegirlonenovel.com.