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Top 10 Off The Beaten Path Things To Do In Los Angeles

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Los Angeles is a beautiful southern California city that’s home to iconic locations such as Beverly Hills and sightseeing attractions such as the Hollywood sign. It’s also home to a number of memorable, hidden gems. If you’re looking for some more off-the-beaten-path things to check out the next time you're in the city, here are 10 phone options that won’t disappoint.

Los Angeles skyline at sunset

1. Take A Walk Along The Venice Canals

Located near the more widely known Venice Beach, Los Angeles continues its Venetian theme with a series of canals. Located in a nearby neighborhood, they're the perfect place for an afternoon stroll – and also pretty cool to see!

Venice Canals Walkway In Los Angeles at dusk.

2. Explore An Abandoned Zoo

You won’t find any animals in this zoo – it's been empty for years. What you can look forward to, however, is exploring the now-empty zoo grounds – including some abandoned animal enclosures and a picnic area.

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Enclosure at the old Los Angeles zoo.

3. Enjoy A Drink At Black Rabbit Rose

Here’s an option that combines a unique experience with some great drinks. Black Rabbit Rose is part bar, part magic show theatre. Tickets for shows are available online, or you can also stop by just the lounge to enjoy a drink.

Barman making a fresh and cool orange summer cocktail using professional bar equipment on the counter

4. Take A Stroll Around Lake Hollywood

If you’re looking to enjoy some fresh air without going far from the city, head over to Lake Hollywood. The area is home to a 3.5-mile loop walking trail that offers views of the Hollywood sign at various points. It’s also a good place to potentially see wildlife without going too far – you might catch glimpses of animals such as deer and rabbits.

Lake Hollywood, a resevoir from which the Hollywood sign is visible.

5. Hop On Over To The Bunny Museum

The Bunny Museum offers exactly what the name implies – a vast collection of bunny-related memorabilia, from plushies to figurines. Located about 20 minutes from downtown Los Angeles in the Altadena area, the Bunny Museum to a truly expansive collection of over 35,000 bunny-related items.

Two bunny figurines at the Bunny Museum.

6. Stop By Time Travel Mart

If you’re looking for a quirky place to find some souvenirs from your trip, time travel mart is the option for you. You can also rest assured that your money is going towards a good cause – proceeds at the Time Travel Mart go to supporting their nonprofit organization, which aims to help local youth with writing.

A bronze stop watch.

7. Explore The Museum Of Neon Art

If you’ve ever been curious about the history of those flashy, Las Vegas strip-esque signs, this is the place for you! The museum of Neon Art is a unique museum dedicated to preserving and showcasing neon signs. The last bookstore. Tickets can be purchased on-site, with more information available online.

Pink neon sign reading "treat yourself".

8. Experience Flutter

Flutter is an interactive, immersive art installation in Los Angeles that combines a wide variety of experiences over a 90-minute tour, including light displays, painting, and surround sound, to create a truly memorable time. Tickets are available online.

A blue light cutting through haze, creating a swirling pattern.

9. Check Out The Last Bookstore

The Last Bookstore is the largest new and used bookstore in California, home to over 20,000 books. This sprawling bookstore is the perfect place to spend an afternoon strolling through the booklined hallways and taking in the unique feel and ambiance. It’s also a great place to pick up something to remember your trip to LA by.

A shelf full of various, colorful books.

10. Grab A Drink At Redwood Bar And Grill

If you’re looking for a unique place to enjoy a drink and a bite to eat, look no further than Redwood Bar and Grill! This pirate-themed bar is located in downtown Los Angeles and also offers live music.

3 drinks sitting on a wooden bar with numerous bottles behind them.

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