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Killing a few hours after Universal

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Killing a few hours after Universal

Hi experts,

We will be doing a day at Universal Studios during our California trip next week (Tuesday 2/11). We are staying in Huntington Beach and driving in for the day, and someone had suggested hanging around in LA for a couple hours after the tour, to wait for traffic to die down. Any recommendations for things close by the studio that we might do? There are 6 of us (parents, 19, 17, 10 and 8) and we will have our rental car with us but are good with walking too. Thanks for any ideas.

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1. Re: Killing a few hours after Universal

Consider stopping at the Griffith Observatory. A quick stop to take in the iconic views at sunset is worthwhile.

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Another suggestion is the Grammy Museum at LA Live in downtown. Plenty of places nearby to eat.

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The Farmer's Market/The Grove is a pleasant place for a casual meal. I'd suggest parking on the roof.

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If you're inclined to drive a little more, consider taking Mulholland Drive from the 101 to the 405. Take Sepulveda south to the Getty Center. A meal on the patio here one of the city's penultimate experiences.

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HTH

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2. Re: Killing a few hours after Universal

In addition, you are of course close to City Walk (dinner?) might be an option and of course you are very close to Hollywood to see such things as Hollywood Sign, Hollywood and Highland, Hollywood walk of fame, El Capitan Theater, Chinese Theater, Ripleys, Hollywood Museum, and more....

All of these are walkable once you - with a car huge parking lot at Hollywood and Highland Center.

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3. Re: Killing a few hours after Universal

You leave our some critical information: What hours are you talking about? And what do you want to do? Also, what time of year (e.g., in the summer, it'd be light late, making a drive to someplace like Griffith Park more practical0.

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4. Re: Killing a few hours after Universal

Griffith Park and the Hollywood Walk of Fame, then The Original Farmers Market/Grove for dinner. At the Farmers Market, everyone can get the type of food they like, then you sit in the central area. Your younger kids will probably like it a lot (especially the candy store), and the older ones will probably like wandering The Grove.

However, with a group of 6, you'll probably be at Universal for a long period of time, so a meal at City Walk would be fine before driving back.

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5. Re: Killing a few hours after Universal

Sutter makes a good point. If you are talking about avoiding rush hour, and it sounds like you are, you want to say as close to Universal as you can. Griffith Park and Hollywood wouldn't be bad, but I wouldn't venture downtown or to the Grove during rush hour - you'll end up sitting in the traffic you're trying to avoid.

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6. Re: Killing a few hours after Universal

Thanks you guys are very helpful!

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