Cool Things To Do in Los Angeles

If you are looking for cool things to do, Los Angeles is a fertile hunting ground for offbeat, unusual and generally awesome activities and places. It seems that the allure of the laid-back alternative lifestyle here in Southern California has been like fly paper for oddball personalities and their sometimes obscure pass-times. The result is the accumulation of cool and weird stuff in the area.

This list starts with the Hollyhock House, a major work by the genius Frank Lloyd Wright, who operated his office out Los Angeles during the 20s and 30s and is responsible for a large number of buildings in the area. The Hollyhock House is notable for its Mayan influences; it also directly anticipated Frank Lloyd Wright's well-known textile block houses.

A more humbler builder is present via locale number five, the Watts Towers. Simon Rodia labored for more than 30 years to build this world famous example of vernacular architecure/outsider art. Adjacent to the towers is the Watts Towers Art Center.

The rest of this top 10 list continues with various idiosyncratic locales. Locale number three, the Museum of Jurassic Technology, is famous for helping to revive the cabinet of curiousities movement. Ghandi's ashes can be found at locale number ten. And in number six, I have included the famous Sunset Strip, a fun and energy-filled place to visit (although parking can be hard to find).

Hollyhock House

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4800 Hollywood Boulevard
Barnsdall Park

Art house... read more

La Brea Tar Pits & Page Museum

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5801 Wilshire Blvd
East of Fairfax Ave

Ice Age Fossils on Display... read more

Museum of Jurassic Technology

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9341 Venice Boulevard

One-of-a-kind museum... read more

The Bradbury Building

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304 S. Broadway
At 3rd St

Futuristic Victorian Interiors... read more

Watts Towers of Simon Rodia State Historic Park

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1765 East 107th Street

Nations best known folk art sculpture... read more

Sunset Boulevard & The Sunset Strip

Sunset Boulevard

Where The Sun Never Sets... read more

Fern Dell Trail

2150 Fern Dell Drive

(also known as Ferndell) Short shady walk along a stream featuring 50 types of ferns... read more

Farmer John Mural

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3049 East Vernon Avenue

Folksy farm art decorating a large slaughterhouse...
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Skeletons In The Closet

1104 North Mission Road

Gift store at the coroner's office... read more

Lake Shrine

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17190 Sunset Boulevard

Home of Gandhi's ashes... read more
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