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Things to do in Los Angeles - Top 12 - and 5 to Avoid

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#4. Universal Studios Hollywood
Things to do in Los Angeles - Top 12 - and 5 to Avoid

Taking the Studio Tour at Universal Studios

© 2009. Betsy Malloy Photography. Used by Permission.

Originally created to provide tours of sound stages and famous film sets, Universal Studios has evolved into a full-fledged theme park, Hollywood-movie style. It's about half themed rides (Jurassic Park, Revenge of the Mummy and so on) and half studio tour. The studio tour takes you through the working studio, but with lots of extras created just to entertain visitors.

Universal Studios has a well-earned reputation and is especially fun for anyone who loves the movies. They also run an over-the-top Halloween season that celebrates all the goriest slasher films.

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.

Pros and Cons

Universal Studios can be a lot of fun. It's clean and well-run, with a good mix of shows, gentle rides and thrill rides that appeal to a wide range of people.

On the downside, in the process of amping up the studio tour to entertain visitors, the experience has become less authentic. If you're looking for the real thing, you might like Warner Bros Studios or Paramount instead. It can also be very hot in the middle of a summer day - and 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 orange-colored balloon.

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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