101 Family Day Trips and Staycations around Los Angeles | Kids Out and About Los Angeles

101 Family Day Trips and Staycations around Los Angeles

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Free activities and splurges that are worth it. The coolest stuff for a staycation in town and road trips for less than a tank of gas from Los Angeles. Kids Out And About has tons of ideas for family travel, with places to explore, learn, and have fun!


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Take A Deep Breath In the Garden

123 Lavender Farm
SuihoEn - The Japanese Garden
Brand Park
Descanso Gardens
Virginia Robinson's Garden
Gardens at the Getty Villa


Get Wild on a Hike

  The M.A.S.H. Trail at Malibu State Park
Venice Canal Walkway via Linnie Park 
Temescal Canyon Park 
Solstice Canyon National Park


Time Travel Today

  Heritage Square Museum
LA Live Steamers Railroad Museum 
Fort Tejon State Historic Park
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
Autry Museum of the American West
Mission Santa Barbara 


Make Life a Beach

Crystal Cove National Seashore
Arroyo Burro Beach
Coronado Beaches 
Silver Strand State Beach
Santa Monica Beach and Pier
East Beach and Stearns Wharf 
Leo Carillo State Park 


Splash into Some Water Fun

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
  Super Silly Fun Land
Raging Waters 
Knotts Soak City
Great Wolf Lodge


Spend the Day at a Museum

  The Broad Museum
Griffith Observatory 
The Huntington Library
Skirball Cultural Center
Museum of Illusions 
California African American Museum
Japanese American National Museum
Museum of Latin American Art
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes


Explore These Cities

Santa Barbara
San Louis Obispo
San Diego


All Aboard Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (and Boats!)

  Petersen Automotive Museum
Museum of Flying
Automobile Driving Museum
Southern California Railway Museum
Travel Town Museum
Visit the Queen Mary
Los Angeles Maritime Institute 
Lomitra Railway Museum
Flight Path Museum


Grow Some Fun at the Farm

  Underwood Family Farm
Tapia Brothers Farm
Forneris Farms 
McGrath Family Farm
Hidden Haven Farms 


Play Ball!

  Gardena Bowling Center
Pasadena Croquet Club
Pasedena Lawn Bowling Club
Baseball Central
Westside Table Tennis Academy


Treat Yo' Self

  Carmela Ice Cream
McConnell's Ice Cream
Wanderlust Creamery
Mashti Malone's Ice Cream
Bennett's Ice Cream


Connect with Nature

Catalina Zipline Tours
Newport Beach Whale Watching 
  Santa Cruz Harbor Kayak Connection
LA Audubon Bird Watching
South Coast Botanic Garden
The Getty Villa


Amuse Yourself at These Amusement Parks

  Knott's Berry Farm
  Pacific Park


Talk to the Animals

  The Gentle Barn
Danny's Farm
STAR Eco Station
Wildlife Learning Center
Gilchrist Farm
Moorpark College Teaching Zoo
Santa Barbara Zoo


Explore the Globe Close to Home

  USC Pacific American Museum
The Getty Villa
Chinese American Museum
LA Chinatown
Japanese Village Plaza
Bhagavad-gita Diorama Museum


Let's Go Chasing Waterfalls

Big Falls 
  Monrovia Canyon Park Waterfall
Solstice Canyon Waterfall


Get Active Indoors

  La La Land Indoor Playground
Scooters Jungle
Sky Zone Trampoline Park
Under the Sea
Wiggle and Work
iFly Hollywood 


Challenge Yourself

  Los Angeles Philharmonic
Museum of Contemporary Art
Promenade Ice Chalet
The Paddock Riding Club
LA Boulders


Shop Your Heart Out

  Skylight Books
Children's Book World
The Last Bookstore 
Once Upon A Time Bookstore

Limiting our list to 101 ideas meant some great destinations may have been left off the list - if there is something you’d like to see added, share it with us on Facebook!

Most of these destinations are within an hour from downtown Los Angeles. For those that are a bit farther away:

             = Less than 1 hour away

          = 1 to 2 hours away

       = 2 to 3 hours away

   = Just over 3 hours away