Every year, over 48 million tourists make a trip out to California to explore the City of Angels, Los Angeles. With more and more seniors traveling across the nation and around the world, there are plenty of seniors who are eager to know the top activities to do in their favorite cities. Los Angeles is a large city with an endless list of places to explore and things to do. However, as older adults, there are certain spots in the city that will be friendlier to a traveling senior. We’ve narrowed down the list to just a few of our favorite sites and activities. Here are our top choices for seniors to visit as they’re exploring Los Angeles.
The Getty Center and Getty Villa
When most tourists visit Los Angeles, their priority is to see the glitz and glamour of Hollywood and the entertainment industry. However, the locals know that there’s more to Los Angeles than the movie industry.
Named after the wealthy businessman and art collector J. Paul Getty, the Getty Museum houses an outstanding collection of both modern and historical art located in different areas of the city. The Getty Museum is comprised of the Getty Center and the Getty Villa, located in Brentwood and Malibu, respectively. While the Getty Center multiple exhibitions and collections throughout the campus, the Villa focuses primarily on Greek, Roman, Estrucan, and European art. Museum visitors will enjoy stunning views at both locations: you’ll get a wide panoramic view of Los Angeles at the Getty Center, while the Malibu Villa will offer a beautiful view of the ocean and beach. On a sunny day, there’s no doubt that you’ll enjoy visiting either location. Best of all, both museums offer free admission! Visitors who plan on visiting the Getty Villa should note that timed-entry tickets are required and to reserve their tickets ahead of time.
Descanso Gardens, Huntington Library, and the Los Angeles Arboretum
Seniors looking to get away from the busy crowds can consider visiting the city’s botanical gardens. With such a sunny disposition year-round, Los Angeles is home to some of the largest collection of plants and flowers in California. Descanso Gardens, the Huntington Library, and the Los Angeles Arboretum are city’s most popular botanical gardens.
Located just half an hour from downtown Los Angeles, Descanso Gardens boasts of spectacular displays of horticulture in its gardens, which span around 150 acres. The gardens feature a chaparral and woodlands landscape, which will delight any visitor walking the grounds.
The Huntington Library in San Marino is also a botanical garden, as well as a library housing a large art collection. Its gardens span around 120 acres, and features over 15 different themed gardens including a Japanese garden, and a desert garden.
If you’re fond of peacocks, the Los Angeles Arboretum is home to over 200 of these beautiful birds, which can sometimes be found roaming freely in the surrounding city. The Arboretum is located in Arcadia, where it covers over 127 acres of land near the San Gabriel Mountains.
Los Angeles’s Griffith Park is home to the Griffith Observatory, which sits at a hill facing the city’s famous Hollywood sign, and gives visitors a breathtaking view of the city. The Observatory features a number of science, space, and astronomy exhibitions, including a planetarium, as well as large Tesla coil. Moviegoers will also recognize this as one of the locations featured in multiple films such as the 2016 musical La La Land. Griffith Observatory offers free admission to visitors, with a small fee for its planetarium shows.
LACMA and MOCA
If you have a strong interest in the arts and culture scene, the city’s art museums won’t disappoint. Los Angeles has several outstanding art museums such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, otherwise known as LACMA, which is the largest art museum in the western region of the country. LACMA houses more than 140,000 pieces of art that span over 6000 years of history, a worthy contribution to the art history world. Nearby, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) hosts nearly 5,000 pieces from contemporary and emerging artists. The museum is home to an impressive number of pieces by well-known classic contemporary artists such as Mark Rothko. MOCA has two locations in the Los Angeles area, with its central location on Grand Avenue and the Geffen Contemporary located in the Little Tokyo Historical District.
Santa Monica Farmers’ Market
Seniors who enjoy strolling through the farmers market can enjoy the renowned Santa Monica Farmers’ Market on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings. The Santa Monica Farmers’ Market spreads out 4 city blocks, giving plenty of room for vendors and interested buyers to mingle. The market is a known spot for many local award-winning chefs to pick prime produce for their restaurants. With a large number of vendors and booths, visitors can enjoy a walk down the street selecting and sampling the best quality fruits, vegetables, and artisan foods.
About Los Angeles
The city of Los Angeles is located in Southern California and is the most populated city in the state of California, and the second most populated city in the United States. Los Angeles has various economic strengths and industries, and is world famous as the central hub of the entertainment industry. Hollywood is a major attraction for visitors who desire to see the city’s glitz and glamour. It is estimated that Los Angeles has the third-largest economic metropolitan area in the world, producing a gross metropolitan product of over $1.044 trillion. Los Angeles is also home to the nation’s top universities such as the University of Southern California (USC), and the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). Senior Care Center is a senior placement agency providing resources for seniors and their families to find the best home for their senior loved one. To learn more about assisted living in Los Angeles, or how to find the best senior home, visit our Help & Advice page and our blog.