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Offbeat Los Angeles

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California has always been a haven for misfits and eccentrics. Accordingly, Los Angeles has many hidden locales that just make you wonder. Because the Southland is so huge, the more you look then the more odd stuff you will find. Listed here are a variety of sites to get you started.

The Days below are organized geographically:

Day 1 --- Westside
Day 2 --- Hollywood
Day 3 --- Mid-Wilshire and Koreatown
Day 4 --- Near Downtown
Day 5 --- San Fernando Valley Sites
Day 6 --- Sites to the South
Day 7 --- Sites farther East
Day 8 --- Outside the City

Photo: Venice Beach performer. By Irene read more about Offbeat Los Angeles

Lake Shrine

Lake Shrine

  • 17190 Sunset Boulevard
  • tel:+1 310 454 4114
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90272-3099
La Brea Tar Pits & Page Museum

La Brea Tar Pits & Page Museum

  • 5801 Wilshire Blvd
  • East of Fairfax Ave
  • tel:323/934-7243
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90036
Watts Towers & Art Center

Watts Towers & Art Center

  • 1727 E. 107th St
  • Watts
  • tel:213/847-4646
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90002
Plaza de la Raza Cultural Center

Plaza de la Raza Cultural Center

  • 3540 North Mission Road
  • Lincoln Park
  • tel:+1 323 223 2475
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90031
Camera Obscura

Camera Obscura

  • 1450 Ocean Avenue
  • Senior Recreation Center
  • tel:(310) 458 8644
  • Visit website
  • Santa Monica, 90407
St. Elmo Village

St. Elmo Village

  • 4830 St. Elmo Drive
  • tel:+1 323 931 3409
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90019
Echo Park

Echo Park

  • 1632 Bellevue Avenue
  • South of Sunset Boulevard
  • tel:+1 213 847 8524
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90026
Great Wall of Los Angeles

Great Wall of Los Angeles

  • Coldwater Canyon Road and Burbank Boulevard
  • North Hollywood
  • tel:+1 213 624 7300 (Tourist Information)
  • Los Angeles, 91401
Cabazon Dinosaurs and Wheel Inn Restaurant

Cabazon Dinosaurs and Wheel Inn Restaurant

  • 50770 Seminole Drive
  • tel:(951)922-0076, (951)849-7012
  • Visit website
  • Cabazon, 92230

You gotta love huge dinosaurs in the desert! Construction on the Cabazon Dinosaurs began in 1964 when the original proprietor Claude Bell felt compelled to build a 4-story brontosaurus ("Dinny"). A very large Tyrannosaurus soon followed. Over the years the very large dinosaurs have been supplemented by some additional attractions. Most recently the property was aquired in 2005 by Gary Kanter; he has added a creationist spin to the whole site. Admission to the interior of the T-Rex and other attractions is $6.95 for adults and $5.95 for children (children under 2 free).
     There is also a diner here, the "Wheel Inn," from which you can take-in the exterior of the large dinosaurs for free and skip the religious texts.
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Venice Beach's Ocean Front Walk

Venice Beach's Ocean Front Walk

  • On the beach, between Venice Blvd. and Rose Ave, Venice
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90013
Musso & Frank Grill

Musso & Frank Grill

  • 6667 Hollywood Boulevard
  • tel:1 323 467 7788
  • Los Angeles, 90028
Taylor's Steak House

Taylor's Steak House

  • 3361 W. 8th St.
  • tel:(213)382-8449
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90005
Our Lady Queen of Angels/La Placita

Our Lady Queen of Angels/La Placita

  • 535 North Main Street
  • tel:+1 213 629 3101
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90012
Mission San Fernando

Mission San Fernando

  • 15151 San Fernando Mission Blvd
  • Mission Hills
  • tel:818/361-0186
  • Visit website
  • Mission Hills, 91345
Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles

Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles

  • 323 East 1st St
  • tel:+1 323 512 5697
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90012
Bergamot Station

Bergamot Station

  • 2525 Michigan Ave
  • East of Cloverfield Blvd
  • tel:310/829-5854
  • Visit website
  • Santa Monica, 90404
The Wiltern

The Wiltern

  • 3790 Wilshire Blvd
  • Off California St, Burbank
  • tel:213/388-1400
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90010
Bob Baker Marionettes

Bob Baker Marionettes

  • 1345 West First Street
  • tel:+1 213 250 9995 / +1 213 250 4093
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90026
Marine Mammal Care Center

Marine Mammal Care Center

  • Angels Gate Park
  • tel:+1 310 548 5677
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90731
Self Help Graphics & Art

Self Help Graphics & Art

  • 3802 Cesar East Chavez Avenue
  • tel:+1 323 881 6444
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90063
Greystone Mansion

Greystone Mansion

  • 905 Loma Vista Drive
  • tel:+1 310 550 4796
  • Visit website
  • Beverly Hills, 90210
Frolic Room

Frolic Room

  • 6245 Hollywood Blvd
  • tel:+1 323 462 5890
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90028
HMS Bounty

HMS Bounty

  • 3357 Wilshire Boulevard
  • tel:213 385 7275
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90010
Higashi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple

Higashi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple

  • 505 East Third Street
  • Corner of Third and South Central Avenues
  • tel:+1 213 626 4200
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90013
El Molino Viejo

El Molino Viejo

  • 1120 Old Mill Road
  • tel:+1 626 449 5458
  • Visit website
  • San Marino, 91108
Beverly Gardens Park

Beverly Gardens Park

  • Along Santa Monica Boulevard
  • (Between Doheny and Wilshire)
  • tel:+1 310 285 1000(Tourist Information)
  • Visit website
  • Beverly Hills, 90210
Palms Thai Restaurant

Palms Thai Restaurant

The Prince Café

The Prince Café

  • 3198 1/2 W 7th St
  • tel:+1 213 389 2007
  • Los Angeles, 9005
Little Tokyo

Little Tokyo

  • East Temple Street
  • Downtown, southeast of the Civic Center; bounded by 1st, 2nd, San Pedro, and Los Angeles Sts
  • tel:+1 213 620 0570
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90012
Mission San Gabriel Arcangel

Mission San Gabriel Arcangel

  • 428 S. Mission Dr
  • San Gabriel (15 min. south of Pasadena)
  • tel:626/457-3048
  • Visit website
  • San Gabriel, 91776
Whitley Heights

Whitley Heights

  • Franklin Avenue near Whitley AVe
  • tel:+1 213 624 7300 (Tourist Information)
  • Visit website
  • Hollywood, 90068
Bullocks Wilshire Building

Bullocks Wilshire Building

  • 3050 Wilshire Boulevard
  • tel:+1 213 738 6700
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90010
Cole's

Cole's

Shatto 39 Lanes

Shatto 39 Lanes

  • 3255 West 4th Street
  • tel:(213) 385-9475
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90020

The great thing about the Shatto 39 Lanes bowling alley is that it has not been renovated in a long long time. Yes, the parking garage is a little spooky but all the other pluses about the place more than make up for it. There is a chill bar, a great arcade, and reasonably priced bowling. The scene here is a mixed bag and reveals Los Angeles as an interesting  and diverse place.
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Clifton's Brookdale Cafeteria

Clifton's Brookdale Cafeteria

  • 648 South Broadway Seventh Street
  • tel:1 213 627 1673
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90014
Mount Wilson Observatory

Mount Wilson Observatory

  • Red Box-Mount Wilson Road
  • tel:+1 626 440 9016
  • Visit website
  • Mt. Wilson, 91107
Spadena House

Spadena House

  • 516 Walden Drive
  • tel:+1 213 624 7300 (Tourist Information)
  • Visit website
  • Beverly Hills, 90210
Mulholland Drive

Mulholland Drive

  • Between Coldwater Canyon Dr. and U.S. 101
  • Los Angeles
Bona Vista Lounge

Bona Vista Lounge

  • 404 South Figueroa Street
  • The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites
  • tel:+1 213 624 1000
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90071

For a quiet romantic evening, Bonavista is just the right place to be. Sip cocktails from the interestingly shaped mugs, and enjoy the light fare that is served here while you hold those quiet conversations. The interiors may not be rather hip or happening, but the drinks and the view make up for it. It's location in the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites gives stunning views of the downtown while it rotates 360 degrees in an hour! read more about Bona Vista Lounge

Necromance

Necromance

  • 7220 Melrose Avenue
  • tel:(323) 931-2997,(323) 934-8684
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90046

Presented in a Victorian style, this place specializes in the macabre and artfully morbid. They actually have two storefronts (at 7220 Melrose and 7218 Melrose) with one showroom stocking items related to natural history and the other more oriented towards death and obsolete medical science. If you are looking for anything in this genre of death, taxidermy and osteology, then this is the place to go. Evidently they do have a license to sell human bones. Its a fun place to browse and a good gift shop for visitors.
read more about Necromance

Cicada

Cicada

  • 617 S. Olive St.
  • tel:1 213 488 9488
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90014
Museum of Jurassic Technology

Museum of Jurassic Technology

  • 9341 Venice Boulevard
  • tel:+1 310 836 6131
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90232
Skeletons In The Closet

Skeletons In The Closet

  • 1104 North Mission Road
  • tel:(323) 343-0760
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90033

This gift shop was established in 1993 to raise money for the city government, in particular the Youthful Drunk Driving Visitation Program (YDDVP). Since then the place has been well received and successful. The gift store is not large but the items they stock are pretty cool. A big seller is the towel with the body outline. Another logo they use a lot on their products is a Sherlock Holmes-type skeleton. While the stuff they carry does not push into bloody or gross territory it does appeal to a darker sense of life.
read more about Skeletons In The Closet

Museum of Neon Art

Museum of Neon Art

  • 501 West Olympic Boulevard
  • Suite 101
  • tel:+1 213 489 9918
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90015
Amoeba Music

Amoeba Music

  • 6400 Sunset Blvd
  • (One block west of Vine Street)
  • tel:323/245-6400
  • Visit website
  • West Hollywood, 90028
The Velaslavasay Panorama

The Velaslavasay Panorama

  • 1122 West 24th Street
  • tel:(213) 746-2166
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90007

This lovely site, created by Sara Velas, brings back the glory of the panoramic paintings (called cycloramas in the United States) that were a major public entertainment in the 18th and 19th centuries. This phenomena is basically a painted circular environment that fills all your sight-lines and in this way gives you the impression of being in some far-away place. You enter the space from a circular wooden stairway; inside there is a circular bench where you can relax and take in the painted and sculpted environment and the 35 minute sound and light show. The building that houses this attraction is a historic movie theater from 1921. In addition to the panorama there is also a garden, gift shop, and small theater space on site.
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CLUI

CLUI

  • 9331 Venice Boulevard
  • tel:(310) 839-5722
  • Visit website
  • Culver City, 90034

The Center for Land Use Interpretation is dedicated to the exploration and understanding of land use and landscape issues. Recent projects bear titles such as: Urban Crude: The Oil Fields of the Los Angeles, Post Consumed: The Landscape of Waste in Los Angeles, and Pavement Paradise: American Parking Space. These presentations take the form on guided bus tours (they sell out immediately), online articles, and videos and exhibits at the brick and mortar locations, such as the one here in Culver City. The dedicated research and intelligent interpretation of the CLUI team allow us a tremendous chance to peer into the workings and history of the urban built environment that surrounds us.
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Doheny Mansion and Chester Place

Doheny Mansion and Chester Place

  • 10 Chester Place
  • Mount St. Mary's College
  • tel:+1 213 477 2962
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90007
UCLA, Hannah Carter Japanese Garden

UCLA, Hannah Carter Japanese Garden

  • 10619 Bellagio Road
  • Suite 1520
  • tel:+1 310 794 0320
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90077
Dearly Departed Tours

Dearly Departed Tours

  • 5419 Hollywood Boulevard
  • Suite C404
  • tel:+1 212 209 3370
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90027
California Science Center

California Science Center

  • 700 State Dr
  • Exposition Park
  • tel:323/724-3623
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90007
The OranZ Pan African Black Facts and Wax Museum

The OranZ Pan African Black Facts and Wax Museum

  • 3742 West Martin Luther King Boulevard
  • tel:+1 323 299 8829
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90008
Point Dume State Beach

Point Dume State Beach

  • 39996 Pacific Coast Hwy
  • tel:310-457-8143
  • Visit website
  • Malibu, 90265
Hidden Treasures

Hidden Treasures

  • 154 S Topanga Canyon Blvd
  • tel:(310) 455-2998
  • Visit website
  • Topanga, 90290

Its a like gingerbread house stuffed full of vintage clothes and trinkets! If you are in the Topanga area and have a taste for vintage fare, then it's worth checking this place out. Many items sell in the $10 to $30 price range and there is a lot of stuff to sort through here.
read more about Hidden Treasures