Los Angeles is a glorious metropolitan city in California.
It’s the USA’s hub for TV and movies, so unsurprisingly, you may spot some celebrities.
This is also where the iconic Hollywood sign looms impressively over the city of Angels.
However, it’s at night when you’ll find the most fun in LA.
There are plenty of American cultural sights, thrilling activities, and attractions in the evening.
Los Angeles is famous worldwide, a city of glitz and glam, and buzzing with life.
Here are our recommendations for the most fun things to do in LA at night.
- 1. Santa Monica Beach & Pier
- 2. Hollywood Walk of Fame
- 3. Beverly Hills
- 4. OUE Skyspace
- 5. Indoor Skydiving
- 6. Haunted Downtown LA Experience
- 7. The Queen Mary
- 8. Universal CityWalk
- 9. LA at night from Airplane or Helicopter
- 10. Madame Tussauds
- 11. Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum
- 12. Hollywood Wax Museum Los Angeles
- 13. Guinness World Records Museum
- 14. Grammy Museum
- 15. Griffith Observatory
- 16. Citadel Outlet Shopping
- 17. Beverly Center Shopping
- 18/ Dolby Theatre Shows and Events
- 19. TCL Chinese Theatre
- 20. El Capitan Theatre
- 21. L.A. Live
- 22. LA Night Clubs
- 23. Little Tokyo
- 24. Los Angeles Farmers Market
- 25. The Grove Shopping & Entertainment Complex
- Where to Stay in LA
1. Santa Monica Beach & Pier
Santa Monica Beach and Pier is a great place for families and kids to have a whole lot of fun at night.
Sunbathing aside, the pacific park is full of kid-friendly rides.
Stroll past entertainers, snack shacks, and anglers.
Step back in time for a spin on the vintage merry-go-round.
Alternatively, hit the games arcade for modern-day technology.
Soak up the sea breeze and atmosphere at whatever pace you wish.
Opening hours of various attractions vary but do generally open in the evening until at least 7pm.
On weekends, they may open till midnight.
2. Hollywood Walk of Fame
Covering 15 blocks of Hollywood, you’ll find some of the biggest names recognized on the street floors.
If you are a fan of silver screen legends, you’ll likely find their name embedded in brass stars here.
Of course, you can walk around the blocks at any time during the night.
Along the way, visit vintage pubs and learn about the speakeasies and celebrity parties of the Hollywood past.
Enjoy old-fashioned glam and gossip with locals.
If you want more insights into various celebrities, there are many tours available.
3. Beverly Hills
Discover all the secrets of the rich and famous as you tour their neighborhood, Beverly Hills.
Learn who lived and died in which houses, as well as who was arrested and what for.
Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Marilyn Monroe, and Hugh Grant are just some of the celebrities your guide will tell you about.
Some of the main points of interest include Sunset Strip, the Beverly Hills Hotel, and the Golden Triangle.
4. OUE Skyspace
1000 ft above downtown LA, the Skyspace experience is not one to be missed.
Relax on the highest open-air sun terraces in LA.
Enjoy 360 panoramic views of the city, including the iconic Hollywood sign.
The Skyspace Journey Theater has excellent footage of how the city has evolved.
You can even pose on the red carpet and create your own graffiti art.
Brave the Skyslide if you dare!
At 1000ft high the 45ft fully enclosed glass slide is bound to get your heart racing.
OUE Skyspace is open daily 10am-10pm with the last admission at 9pm.
5. Indoor Skydiving
Have you ever wanted to fly?
Experience what it would be like to glide with an indoor skydiving experience.
You will experience wind speeds of up to 175mph (282kph) as you float in a purpose-built wind tunnel used by professional skydivers.
You are guaranteed to be buzzing from all that adrenaline!
The venue is opened until 8pm Monday to Sunday and 9pm Friday to Saturday.
6. Haunted Downtown LA Experience
A city as vibrant as Los Angeles, with its star-studded history, gangs, and ghettos is not short of ghost stories.
If you love getting spooked or want a tour with a gory twist, this is the tour for you.
Walk through LA’s spookiest streets as your guide regales you with terrifying tales.
Unsolved murders, ghostly footsteps, and cries of massacred Chinese immigrants could all be heard.
Learn about the bomb that leveled LA as you walk through pedestrian tunnels beneath the civic building.
In Addition, discover the facts of the infamous unsolved murder case of Elizabeth Short ‘The Black Dahlia’ in 1947.
The tour starts at 6:30pm.
7. The Queen Mary
The Queen Mary is a 1930s transatlantic Ocean Liner and nowadays a floating museum dedicated to its life at sea.
Aboard you will learn secrets of celebrity passengers and alleged spirits that haunt the decks today.
There are 4 tours available; depending on how many of the exhibits you wish to see.
The Grand Voyage passport is the ticket to everything, from the 4D Theatre screening included on all tours to the Ghosts and legends Tour and Queen Mary Historical Exhibits.
Exhibits close at 6pm, as fine dining and paranormal tours begin in the evening.
8. Universal CityWalk
Universal City Walk is a 3 block long commercial fantasy promenade.
It is difficult to know where to start, with brand stores such as Billabong and Abercrombie & Fitch lining the streets.
In addition, are highly reputed restaurants such as the Hard Rock Cafe.
NASCAR Virtual racing will appeal to fans of Motorsport and cars alike.
The 3D IMAX theatre or 18 screens CityWalk Cinema will give you a huge choice of movies.
Universal CityWalk is generally buzzing most night, opening till 11pm from Thursday to Sunday, with Monday opening til Midnight.
On Tuesdays, it closes at 10pm and on Wednesday, it closes earlier at 7pm.
9. LA at night from Airplane or Helicopter
Los Angeles is a stunning sprawling city, so what better way to experience its size than from the air.
A night aerial view or sunset tour is extra special.
You’ll see LA lit up spectacularly.
A romantic treat or a novel way to see the city, it’s definitely worth the expense.
You can choose aerial views from a helicopter or airplane.
Fly along the coast, downtown LA or the Hollywood sign for a night to remember.
10. Madame Tussauds
LA is synonymous with Hollywood and celebrities, so why not go celebrity spotting where you’re certain to catch some?
Madame Tussauds Wax figurines are intricately detailed life-sized replicas.
So real you would almost believe you were rubbing shoulders with the stars.
Stroll down the red carpet and get photographed with celebrities.
Sports stars such as Tiger Woods are posing on the green, and even Spiderman can be seen crawling on the ceiling.
With over 100 recreations including Brad Pitt, Jennifer Lopez, Will Smith, and Britney Spears you will be sure to make your friends envious.
Madame Tussauds is generally open until 8pm daily.
11. Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum
One of the most popular of 32 Ripley’s Believe it or not Museums across the world, a visit is sure to impress.
Bizare birth defects, revelries of strange occurrences, and odd facts will make you wonder if they are true or not.
The 300 exhibits include a vampire killing kit, a portrait of Michael Jackson made entirely from candy, and a two-headed cow.
It certainly gives strength to the saying ‘truth is stranger than fiction.
Ripley’s Believe it or not Museum is open daily from 10am until midnight.
12. Hollywood Wax Museum Los Angeles
Pose with the stars at the world-famous Hollywood Wax Museum.
Since 1965 this sight has entertained the masses, making it the most visited attraction on Hollywood Boulevard.
Props and accessories are provided so you can have heaps of fun posing with wax likenesses of the famous.
All of this comes while learning more about them, including their pets, side businesses, charity work, and more.
The Wax Museum is open from 9am-midnight Sunday to Thursday and 9am-1am Friday to Saturday.
13. Guinness World Records Museum
Ever wondered just how tall the world’s tallest man was, or the most hamburgers eaten in 3 minutes?
Look no further than the Guinness World Records Museum to discover the strangest and most interesting world records brought to life.
Its perfect entertainment for all the family.
Records exhibited are from all categories, including pop culture, nature, sport, and even space.
The Guinness World Records Museum is open daily till Midnight.
On Fridays and Saturdays, they’re open till 1am.
14. Grammy Museum
The Grammy Museum is easily the largest music-themed museum in Los Angeles.
It was opened in 2008 to mark 50 years of Grammy awards and is a must-see for music lovers.
With both permanent and temporary visits, there is something for everyone, whether you are a fan of pop, rock, hip hop, or anything in-between.
See outfits worn by past Grammy winners such as Beyoncé.
You can even record and mix your own song!
The best time to go to the Grammy Museum at night is Friday or Saturday when they open until 8pm.
15. Griffith Observatory
The Griffith Observatory is a gateway to the stars (this time not the celebrity type).
Enjoy a romantic or relaxing sunset tour and hike through Griffith Park to the observatory.
Check out the night sky through huge telescopes, explore the exhibits, and if you time it right you can enjoy one of their free events.
Discover the night skies of California and enjoy a starlight escape from LA’s buzzing nightlife.
16. Citadel Outlet Shopping
All great cities have fabulous shopping opportunities and LA is no exception.
The Citadel Outlet houses 115 stores including famous brand names like Calvin Klein and Banana Republic.
Shopaholics will love spending their time browsing for a bargain and splurging on fabulous items to take back home.
The perfect place to pick up a wardrobe worthy of a celebrity.
There’s plenty of restaurants and cafes too, so you can keep refreshed and replenish your energy while you shop.
Citadel Outlet is opened daily from 10am to 9pm.
17. Beverly Center Shopping
The Beverly Hills Shopping Centre has 100 shops on offer, ranging from chain shops to high-end.
There is something for everyone’s wallets.
The 8 story shopping mall first opened in 1982 on the site of what was previously a local amusement park.
Perhaps bizarrely, it still encompasses a working oil field.
Considered an eyesore by Los Angeles locals, it’s worth a visit to make your own mind up.
The Beverly Center opens till 9pm on weekdays.
On Saturday, it’s opened till 8pm and Sunday till 6pm.
18/ Dolby Theatre Shows and Events
The prestigious Dolby Theatre is home to the Academy Awards.
Renowned for elegance and celebrity glamour, a visit will leave you feeling like a star.
Book a show and see a top performer such as Celine Dion or Alicia Keys, who have previously sung here.
The Dolby Theatre hosts many other events such as America’s got talent, the daytime Emmy Awards, and American Idol Finals.
Take a step away from the stage and explore the backstage areas to discover more about this iconic theatre.
19. TCL Chinese Theatre
Since 1927 the impressive TCL Chinese Theatre has been the sight of red carpet movie premiers and star-studded special events.
Step back in time to the glitz and glamour of Hollywood.
Marvel at fabulous costumes, props, and artwork associated with its history.
Learn fun facts and secrets about cement hands and footprints of famous icons, including Shirley Temple and Marilyn Munroe.
30-minute tours are ongoing from 10:15 am to 7:45 pm.
20. El Capitan Theatre
El Captain theatre was restored to its original Spanish colonial architecture by Disney in 1991.
It is ornate and glamorous and definitely worth a visit for both movie and Disney fans.
There is a changing exhibit showcasing artwork, props and information about the latest Disney movies.
Nowadays the theatre itself is only used for premiers and special runs of Disney Movies.
Don’t miss out on a chance to experience a show at the theatre.
21. L.A. Live
Downtown LA’s entertainment hub, L.A. Live is the heart of the action.
The collection of restaurants, bars, and clubs showcase sports, music, and movies so there is something for everyone.
Thrive on the hustle and bustle as the area comes alive at night.
The Conga Room, Nokia Centre, and GRAMMY Museum are just some of the iconic attractions to be found amongst exciting and luxurious entertainment venues.
22. LA Night Clubs
Dance the night away and mingle with the locals as you spend a night experiencing LA’s best clubbing hotspots.
Party like a star with VIP entry to 4 fantastic venues, offering you special treatment including party games, drink deals, and express entry.
Get the party started with your host for the night as you discover the best nightclubs LA has to offer.
The nightclub crawls are on Friday and Saturday nights, starting at 8:30pm.
23. Little Tokyo
Little Tokyo is a commercial district packed with Japanese food stalls, restaurants, stalls and paraphernalia.
If you love all things Japanese then this is a must see at night.
One of only 3 historic Japanese areas in the United States, there is plenty to offer visitors.
Home of the first California Roll and the oldest food purveyor in LA, 130 years of American/Japanese History can be discovered here.
Most restaurants are closed late so it’s a great area to grab a late bite.
24. Los Angeles Farmers Market
You can’t buy fresher food than what’s on offer at a farmer’s market.
From everyday produce, to unusual and even quirky foodstuffs, the LA farmers market is the place to go.
Whether it’s groceries or a meal, the market caters to all.
First opened in 1934, it has grown from a dozen farmer carts to over 100 shops and restaurants.
The CBS Television building next door no doubt helps its success.
Maybe you’ll bump into a TV personality during your visit.
The Farmers Market is opened till 9pm weekdays, 8pm on Saturday, and 7pm on Sunday.
25. The Grove Shopping & Entertainment Complex
The Grove is 57000 square feet of art deco architecture.
Its a mini-city within a city solely for shopping, dining, and entertaining.
Wander past independent shopping boutiques and restaurants on the stone-paved streets of the outdoor mall.
If you’re lucky you might even come across a TV Production as the tabloid show Extra is filmed here.
Where to Stay in LA
To make the most of your experience at night in LA, it’s best to find a hotel nearby.
Then, you can stay out for as long as you want.
We’ve found some top-rated hotels to ensure you have the most fun in LA.
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