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Things to Do in Hollywood: Top Dozen Sights

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#9. Get Your Theme Park Fix at Universal Studios Hollywood
Things to Do in Hollywood: Top Dozen Sights

Taking Photos at Universal Studios

Courtesy of Universal Studios Hollywood

Just to set the record straight, we aren't geographically challenged. Universal Studios is not in Hollywood proper, but in the San Fernando Valley west of Burbank. It's a short drive away from Hollywood at Highland on US Hwy 101 and with "Hollywood" in its name and its connection to all that name signifies, it's a natural part of a visit to Hollywood.

It started out as a studio tour, but in true Hollywood style, Universal Studios morphed into a full-fledged theme park. It's still part studio tour, but more focused on entertaining the visitors than giving them a look behind the scenes at a working studio. The rest is theme park, with many rides taking their theme from Universal's films like Jurassic Park and Revenge of the Mummy

Universal Studios earned its reputation by delivering a fun day of entertainment and it's especially fun for anyone who loves cinema. Universal also runs the goriest, most over-the-top Halloween season spectacular that pays homage to all those gruesome slasher films.

Pros and Cons

You can have a lot of fun at Universal, and we think they have the best mix of shows, gentle rides and thrill rides in the Los Angeles area.

On the downside, Universal is not the place to go if you're looking for an inside peek at how films are made. For that, try one of the studio tours listed here instead. Universal's location can also be very hot in the middle of a summer day. And this should be obvious: if you don't like theme parks, it's not for you.

More About Universal Studios Hollywood

If you're convinced you want to go, buy Universal Studios Hollywood tickets online. You can also buy VIP Experience and Front of the Line passes at the same time.

If you need more information, check the Complete Guide to Universal Studios Hollywood. It will tell you about hours, how to get tickets, admission discounts, how to get there and the best time to go.

Take a photo tour of Universal Studios Hollywood to see what it's like.

See where it is on a map. It's the blue-colored balloon with a black dot.

Don't Take Our Word For It

See how others rate Universal Studios Hollywood - from Yuck! to Awesome! For your reference, everyone's taste is different and our readers are a fussy bunch, with the best-rated attractions in the LA area getting a little less than 60% Awesome votes.

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