Hi there!! Firstly let me say, thanks for reading & offering advice! Your time, suggestion and comments are appreciated.
We are 2 (very!) late 30's adults, travelling with our 2 teenage boys on an epic round the world trip in April this year. Our last leg is a 6 day stop in LA, we arrive on 17 April . I have been reading the forums & trying to put pieces together for a fun, not overly stressful travel plan but I cant find many posts for our kind of family, or a family that doesn't have young kids. We're not really into celebrity spotting, or seeing where the rich people hang out, so perhaps LA wasn't the most ideal stop for us???
I know that the theme parks are pretty high up on things to do, and there are a ton to choose from BUT if you had to narrow it down to just one, which one would be more suitable for older kids (& bigger kids like us who cant handle too many rides?)
A day at any theme part can really take it out of a person so the idea of doing more than one theme park while we are there, sounds painful & maybe a waste of money??
In late April, are the crowds & lines at all theme parks going to be long & not worth the wait? Is front of line" deal a better option & worth the extra money to spend?
We would like to get to a taping of the Ellen show, although reading posts in here, tickets seem ridiculously hard to come by. I'm guessing that kids aren't allowed?
A lot of travel forums list & highly rate the California beaches as a must see, however we live in North Queensland, Australia, along the Great Barrier Reef so seeing beautiful beaches is a daily occurrence for us.
I know that a lot of the destination experts state to list your interests & put some context behind what we want to do & realistically, all I can give you is the above.
I guess my main question to ask of someone with the knowledge of the area is that if you were only going to be able to visit LA once in your lifetime, what would you absolutely HAVE to do & see? Even if it means redefining the travel area to all of California?
Thanks so much for your time!