Is West Hollywood Good for a Family Vacation? Yes! Here’s WhyBy: Tracy Pattin
West Hollywood is known for its exciting nightlife–filled with action and distractions, where you can party the night away from The Sunset Strip to Santa Monica Boulevard. But wait! Just because there is great nightlife doesn’t mean there isn’t awesome “daylife”, making this little big city a very family-friendly vacation destination. Here are some ways to have family-style fun:
Sunset Strip hotels that are great for families: Andaz (highest rooftop pool in LA) and The Best Western (kids under 12 stay free in the room with an adult and daily complimentary American Buffet Breakfast ). Le Montrose, Le Parc and Chamberlain are suite hotels where you can benefit from all the conveniences of an “apartment.” They’re also nestled in quiet neighborhoods but walking distance to cafes, restaurants and shopping spots. And of course, almost all of the West Hollywood hotels have gorgeous pools!
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West Hollywood has been named the “Most Walkable City in California” (Walkscore 2011), so that means the whole family can walk their hearts out to great restaurants, cafes, parks and (for the tweens and teens) cool shopping.
The Saddle Ranch Chop House- You can watch diners rock and roll on the mechanical bull while the kids munch on nachos and chicken strips and the Monster Platter fries (they have healthy choices, too, like great salads). If the mechanical bull isn’t enough entertainment, there are strolling guitarists, pool tables and sports on giant TV screens.
Carneys- Known to have the best chili dogs around. Eat hot dogs and burgers on a train (stopped of course). 8351 Sunset Blvd. 323.654.8300.
Mel’s Drive-In- This 50s style diner is famous for being in “American Graffiti” and “Entourage.” (good for celeb spotting too) 8585 Sunset Blvd. 854.7201.
Millions of Milkshakes- A kid’s dream place. Endless milkshakes and toppings (yogurt too!). 8910 Santa Monica Blvd. 310.652.1118.
Tweens and teens love celebrities. In West Hollywood, it’s quite possible you’ll spot one strolling along The Sunset Strip, Robertson Boulevard or Melrose Avenue. Just keep your eyes open or watch for the paparazzi running down the street with their cameras aimed.
Bikes and Hikes. Of course kids love bikes. You can either rent bikes for the day or you can take one of their sightseeing bike tours while lowering your carbon footprint at the same time. They have tours for the whole family. 8743 Santa Monica Blvd. 310.796.8555.
Farmer’s Markets- There are two in West Hollywood. On Sunset Boulevard, The Sunset Strip Farmer’s Market is Thursdays 6p-11pm only during summer season. 8755 Sunset Boulevard 310.659.7368. It’s a great family activity. Shop, eat and listen to music. A one-stop family outing! The other is Mondays only (year round) at Plummer Park. N. Vista and Fountain Ave. 323.848.6502.
TMZ (855.486.986) and Starline (800.959.3131) Hollywood Tours, take you by bus (Starline has “Hop on Hop Off tours) to the celeb homes and hotspots. The kids will be enthralled and you’ll be too.
West Hollywood Library and Park. This new library has an entire area for children, “a unique theatre-within-a-library for storytelling puppet shows, displays and plenty of library fun where the whole family can participate together.” (what is this quoting?) (If you’re in town in the Fall you can catch their famed West Hollywood Book Fair). West Hollywood Park is right next door. They’ve got a playground and basketball courts, benches and lots of grass to sit on. (Millions of Milkshakes is just around the corner!) 647 N. San Vicente. (Library) 310.652. 5340. (Park) 323.848.6534.
Weho Adjacent Fun for the Family
If that isn’t enough action for the kids, there is plenty nearby in Hollywood (like the Walk of Fame, Wax Museum, The Hollywood Highland Complex and Universal Studios). Check out our Heart of LA section for more activities in the surrounding areas.
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