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Top 10 Quirky Things To Do In Los Angeles

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Los Angeles is a bustling city filled with interesting things to do. If you're looking for a unique experience or some lesser-known things to do in the city, look no further. Here are 10 quirky and memorable things to do or places to visit in the city of angels.

Top 10 Quirky Things To Do In Los Angeles

1. Explore the Los Angeles Underground

Los Angeles isn’t just home to movie stars and beaches – it’s also home to a network of now abandoned tunnels under the city. The tunnels were historically used for a variety of purposes, including hosting speakeasies during prohibition. They now sit empty. You can see them yourself with a guided tour, such as the one offered by Cartwheel arts, and learn all about their interesting – and sometimes illicit – past. 

Los Angeles Underground

2. Visit Venice of America

Here’s one of the most memorable and unique places to go see in California. Built in the early 20th century and inspired by the actual Venice canals, this neighborhood in Los Angeles features a system of canals instead of roads. You can look forward to not only viewing the canals but also enjoying a stroll through the gorgeous neighborhood or heading to a nearby beach. 

Venice of America

3. Stop by St. Vincent Court

If you’re looking for a taste of Europe without leaving Los Angeles, check out St. Vincent Court! This quirky street features storefronts designed to look European-esque. You can look forward to checking out some interesting shops, grabbing some coffee, or even stopping for a full meal at one of the street’s restaurants. 

St. Vincent Court

4. Enjoy a Picnic at an Abandoned Zoo

Experience a zoo from a unique perspective at Old Zoo Picnic area. Located in Griffith Park, the picnic area consists of now abandoned zoo enclosures. The ruins were the original site of the Los Angeles Zoo, and were converted into a picnic area when the Zoo moved to its new location in the 1960s. Great for a family outing, picnic, or even fun photoshoot, you’ll definitely want to consider adding this stop to your trip to Griffith Park. 

Old Zoo Picnic Area

5. See the Entrance to The Bat Cave

Another fun stop in Griffith Park, Bronson Cave is a tunnel that has been featured in numerous Hollywood films and television shows. It is perhaps most notable as the entrance to the Bat cave in the classic 1960s Batman TV Series. Just a short hike away from other attractions, this is a great option for those looking for a quick hike or a memorable sightseeing adventure. 

Bronson Cave

6. Stop by the Philosophical Research Society

Browse rare philosophical and occult books with a visit to the Philosophical Research Society. This library opened its doors in 1934 and is now home to over 50,000 books. The society also frequently hosts classes on mystical or occult subjects, such as tarot reading, but has recently suspended in-person classes for the time being due to the pandemic. The library itself is still welcoming visitors, with face coverings required. 

The Philosophical Research Society

7. Enjoy a drink at Tiki Ti Bar

Grab a drink at this iconic tiki-themed bar! Located on Sunset Boulevard, this bar quickly became a well-loved landmark in Los Angeles. Potential visitors should keep in mind that there is frequently a wait due to the bar’s popularity, and plan their schedule with some extra free time to accommodate that possibility! 

Tiki Ti Bar

8. View Fossils at The La Brea Tar Pits

Get a glimpse into history with a visit to the La Brea Tar Pits and museum. The tar pits feature the fossilized remains of ice age-era animals such as mammoths that fell into them thousands of years ago. Visitors can also enjoy learning even more about their history with a stop by the museum. Both the tar pits and museum are currently open. Masks are required to be worn when in indoor sections of the park. 

La Brea Tar Pits

9. Browse The Last Bookstore

The Last Bookstore is home to hundreds of new and used books – so many, in fact, that it holds the title of being the largest store of its kind in California. This is a great option for collectors and book lovers alike. The store is currently open with normal operating hours, but face masks are required when inside.

The Last Bookstore

10. Swing by The Time Travel Mart

This quirky shop describes itself as the only shop in L.A. to offer goods from “the past, present, and future”. Part bookstore, part eclectic shop, the time travel mart is actually the headquarters of book publishing company Barnacle & Barnacle. They currently have two locations in L.A. – the original shop in Echo Park and a secondary location in Mar Vista. Both shops are currently open to the public, with face masks required inside.

Time Travel Mart

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