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Travelling with Teenagers: Cool Places in L.A

by Lauren December 2013 - last edited October

Travelling with Teenagers | Cool Places in LA | Venice Beach

Sometimes the most challenging part of a holiday can be finding something that everyone will enjoy, especially when it comes to travelling with teenagers. Thankfully, Los Angeles offers a variety of activities as distinct as the city itself. From the beach to the Valley, check out these cool places in L.A for adventures that teenagers will enjoy as much as you will...
Venice Beach is not only L.A’s most famous beach, but it’s also the most diverse. From local artisans selling their work to street performers and food trucks, the Venice Boardwalk has it all. Rent a bike from Venice Beach Station and take in the scene from the cycle track, which extends from Venice to Santa Monica, or opt for a personalized bike tour of the area from expert guide Bryan Freeman.

Travelling with Teenagers | Cool Places in LA | iFly

Take flight without stepping in or out of a plane © iFly



Every family has at least one adrenaline junkie, and for high octane teenager-friendly activities it doesn’t get much better than iFly, an indoor sky diving experience. Housed at Universal City Walk, adjacent to the Universal Theme Park, it allows visitors to experience freefall conditions without the whole jumping out of an airplane part. With no experience necessary and virtually no age limit (you must be older than three and younger than 103), it’s fun for all who dare.

Travelling with Teenagers | Cool Places in LA | Melrose Avenue

The most stylish shoppers and shops in a matter of blocks © Melrose Avenue Shopping



Though shopping in Los Angeles may be synonymous with Rodeo Drive, teens are flocking to burgeoning Melrose Ave to shop the block on which Kate Bosworth and the Kardashians get their stylish wares. For more than thirty years Fred Segal has reigned supreme on the street, but recently fashion power players like Diane Von Furstenberg, Chloe, and Marc Jacobs (who has no less than three stores on the street), have moved in.

Travelling with Teenagers | Cool Places in LA | Cinerama

A movie experience like nothing else at the Cinerama Dome © Christopher Paulin



Tucked off Hollywood Blvd, two of entertainment’s most revered modern institutions sit right next to each other: The Cinerama Dome and Amoeba Music. Whether it’s a special screening of The Godfather or a Q&A with Hollywood’s hottest director, the Cinerama Dome, a.k.a Arclight, is movie buff paradise. And no trip would be complete without visiting the world’s largest independent music store, Amoeba. Covering a city block, the store is not only a music haven but a much beloved live music venue attracting the likes of the Raconteurs and Paul McCartney.

Travelling with Teenagers | Cool Places in LA | LACMA

A modern building for modern art at LACMA © James Joel



For the budding artist in the family, a visit to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is a must. Established in 1961, the museum has quietly been building a masterful collection of modern and contemporary art for many years now. With the recent addition of the Broad Contemporary Art Museum (BCAM) and the ongoing outdoor exhibition of artist Michael Heizer’s Levitated Mass, there’s plenty to be inspired by.

No car? No problem. Los Angeles may be the quintessential car city, but there are plenty of driving alternatives. The Metro Red Line runs from Universal City into Hollywood and Downtown Los Angeles. Additionally, ride share companies like Lyft and Uber are a favorite taxi alternative in the City of Angels.

Header photo: The sun sets over Venice Beach, but the fun has just begun © Majunznk

Written by Lauren Garroni

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Lauren Garroni

Lauren Garroni is a freelance writer and founder of the blog TheBreathless (www.thebreathless.com). Born on the East Coast and raised on the West Coast, she currently calls Laurel Canyon her home. When not participating in such Los Angeles clichés as hiking and Pilates, she can be found scouring flea markets for the perfect coffee table.