If you’re planning a vacation to Los Angeles, you’re probably looking to save some money without having to sacrifice your fun or comfort. For sure, you’de like to keep more cash in your pockets and less in the hands of others.
That’s why I’ve teamed up with Reserve Direct to put together an ideal Los Angeles family vacation just for you! I selected 3 of my favorite Southern California theme parks, a historical hotel and a special entertainment discount card that will save you both time and money.
Best Theme Parks in Los Angeles
Universal Studios Hollywood is an ideal theme park for families, especially if you enjoy movies like Harry Potter. Unlike other theme parks in the area, 90% of Universal’s rides are virtual, not the traditional rollercoaster-type ride, and they’re all movie-themed.
In 2017, the most popular attraction is The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Suitable for all ages, this intriguing world of both magic and mystery, includes the village of Hogsmeade, the engine of Hogwart’s Express, Hogwart’s Castle, and the incredibly fast-moving ride “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey”.
Two other not-to-miss attractions at Universal Studios Hollywood are the Special Effects Show and Jurassic Park – The Ride. If your child dreams of becoming a stuntman or stuntwoman one day, then watching the Special Effects Show is a must do. During the show, audiences are taken on a comical behind-the-scenes tour of many special effects, like Foley work, horror make-up and stunt person action.
And then there’s my personal favorite, Jurassic Park – The Ride, which is a thrilling river raft adventure based on the movie Jurassic World. Here, you’ll see dinosaurs in their natural jungle habitat and hold on tight as you narrowly escape a 50-foot T-rex as your raft makes an exhilarating 84-foot plunge to safety. For sure, this ride was built for thrill seekers!
Second up on the list of the best theme parks in Southern California, is LEGOLAND CALIFORNIA. Located within the coastal community of Carlsbad, California, LEGOLAND is ideal for children ages 2 – 12 years old. Since they cater exclusively to youngsters with rides and attractions, parents are just along for the fun!