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Los Angeles has so much to offer senior groups looking to celebrate graduation, this Cali coastal city offering up sun, sand, and so many fun attractions you won't know where to start. Celebrate in style by visiting Hollywood, Venice Beach, Universal, and much more with this really fun, completely customizable 4-day trip!
The Grove and Farmers Market
Explore merchants ranging from bakery, meat, produce, specialty foods, and fresh fish to clothing, jewelry, houseware, books, and toys. There are several restaurants on-site, serving up a wide variety of cuisine including Brazilian, Greek, Cajun, Asian, and American. After you've gotten your fill at the Farmers Market walk over to The Grove, a shopping outlet that features department stores such as Nordstrom, Gap, Barnes and Noble, Sephora, and much more. The Grove also offers many more dining options onsite, as well as entertainment in the form of the 14-screen art deco theater onsite, Pacific Theaters.
Hollywood Walk of Fame
This 15 block sidewalk stretch holds more than 2,500 five-pointed terrazzo and brass stars, each one embedded into the concrete of Hollywood Boulevard, plus three blocks of Vine Street in Hollywood. This legendary memorial walkway bears the biggest names in the entertainment industry and is internationally recognized as a classic Hollywood icon.
California Science Center
Discover the science behind our beautiful and complex world at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. Traverse the tiniest cells of the human body, look up into space, deep into the past, or into the far future with artifacts, activities, and explorations into our universe as we understand it. Permanent exhibits and traveling collections paired with programs, events, and demonstrations make this unique and interactive museum premier attraction for groups of all ages.
Santa Monica Pier
While here your group can head to the Pier Shop at the bottom of the ramp to get some essential visitors information, pier history, and official apparel, or perhaps go blow off some steam at the amusement park. If you are ready for a rest just use this time to walk over the waves and admire the California coastal scenery, or perhaps opt-in for a nice sit-down meal at any of the eight different diverse and delicious eateries onsite, such as Rusty’s Surf Ranch or Pier Burgers. There is also a trapeze school here, historic tours to take, various shops to explore, thrill rides, an arcade, and the relaxing historic carousel, so you will have plenty of options of things to do!
Universal Studios and City Walk
Universal Studios is one of the world’s largest filming and production studios, having given us movies like E.T., Transformers, Jurassic Park, Back to the Future, and Jaws to name a few. This incredible theme park lets you experience the magic of movies from the inside with behind-the-scenes tours, themed rides, 3D adventures, and by meeting characters. For the adults and young adults in your group, the shows, shopping, dining, and nightlife of CityWalk are not to be missed. See a show at 5 Towers, the amazing concert venue with state-of-the-art technology, or at the 19 screen theater and IMAX. Eat until your buckle bursts at Buca di Beppo Italian restaurant, Wolfgang Puck Bistro, Wasabi at CityWalk, or even Ben and Jerry’s and then peruse the racks of apparel and souvenirs at Things From Another World or The Raider Image. Try and indoor skydiving experience at iFly or bowl with your group at the bowling lanes.
Beach Time - Venice Beach
High on the list of things to see and do in Los Angeles is a visit to Venice Beach. While there are several world-class beaches in the area with comparable views, Venice Beach is a congregation of fascinating characters, talented performers, and oceanfront amenities well-suited for a perfectly sun-soaked day.
This impressively large market features a range of vendors selling clothing, handbags, accessories, and street fare, a great place to get top fashion choices for a fraction of the normal cost. There are over 150 retailers in this open-air corridor, the scene buzzing with an inspiring dose of color, scent, sound, and culture.
Free Time in Hollywood
Spend some time exploring all that Hollywood has to offer, such as Guinness World Records Hollywood, Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood & Highland, the Hollywood Sign, Hollywood Walk of Fame, and the Hollywood Wax Museum.
While in Chinatown your group will have the chance to browse traditional dim sum houses, bakeries, specialty grocery stores, and gift shops all throughout the neighborhood, as well as take in the colorful urban setting in general. You will be able to visit the Toaist Thoen Hau Temple, several small art galleries and bars, and see things such as Bruce Lee's former studio. Explore Central Plaza, the Far East Plaza, the Chinese American Museum, the Italian American Museum of LA, and much more. You can even get more in-depth with a walking tour with Undiscovered Chinatown.