Downtown LA is a great place to take kids to explore the cultural and rich history of Los Angeles. The downtown area is a walkable, Metro-friendly destination complete with museums, unique restaurants and beautiful buildings. Some blocks are cleaner and more family-friendly than others. So, it’s important to do your due diligence and keep an eye out when walking around. To help plan your day, here is the list of the best things to do in downtown LA with kids.
Things To Do In Downtown LA with Kids
Angels Flight, which you may recognize from the movie La La Land, is one Los Angeles’ most enduring landmarks. Constructed and opened in 1901, it’s billed as the “shortest railway in the world,” the funicular has two cars, Olivet and Sinai, connected to the same cable and counterbalancing one another.
Angels Flight only runs for one block (298 feet to be exact), but it’s a steep one. It links the Grand Central Market at the bottom to the Water Court shopping mall at the top, connecting Hill and Olive streets.
Angels Flight operating hours are 6:45 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week, 365 days a year, including all holidays. A one-way ride costs $1. No reservations needed. Simply show up and hop aboard.
Walt Disney Concert Hall
Walt Disney Concert Hall is home to the LA Philharmonic and the LA Master Chorale. The complex includes the 250-seat Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theatre, a restaurant and a roof garden. Free audio tours are the best way to explore the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
The self-guided audio tour takes visitors through the concert hall’s history from conception to completion. Narrated by Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor John Lithgow, the tour provides insight from architect Frank Gehry and other key contributors. An augmented reality video walk is also available to experience.
OUE Skyspace LA
Are you an adventurous family looking for a fun time in Downtown LA? If so, you should take a ride down the glass slide at OUE Skyspace LA , the tallest open-air observation deck in California. The one-of-a-kind slide goes along the outside of the iconic U.S. Bank Tower, which is approximately 73 stories tall and sits 1,000 feet above the ground.
The tower is the tallest building west of the Mississippi River and the 12th-tallest building in the United States. You can see some of the best views of Los Angeles from the top too. Get discount tickets to OUE Skyspace LA here.
Grand Central Market
Grand Central Market is a European-style food hall, which has been operating on the ground floor of the iconic Homer Laughlin Building since 1917. It’s a great spot to grab a quick lunch, do some meal shopping or enjoy a cup of coffee or dessert. From gourmet burgers to Filipino rice bowls and falafel, you’ll want to take your kids to enjoy some of the best food in Los Angeles.