9 quirky things to do in Los Angeles

by Travelbag on 28 May 2015, 10:05AM

Not everyone likes sticking to the beaten path, and not everyone wants to stick to the typical top 10 lists. For some people, the more obscure the attraction or hotel – the better – and if you fall into that category of people, you’re going to love this list of quirky, weird and wonderful things to do in Los Angeles.


Los Angeles is such a big city, and there is so much on offer, it’s not just one or two quirky day trips or activities we’ve come up with – it’s 9! Nine fantastic, weird and wonderful things to keep you busy on your trip to the city.

Take a trip to Time Travel Mart

If time travel is the kind of sci-fi plot line that floats your boat, and you’ve always secretly wished for a visit from your future-self, you most definitely need to visit The Time Travel Mart. It’s exactly what it sounds like, a supermarket full of things that will take you back in time. There are even two locations for your time traveling needs, Echo Park and Mar Vista. What will you find inside the shop? Well, we don’t want to spoil the surprise, they have dinosaur eggs. And we hear they’re totally legit (wink wink). You won’t find anything like this anywhere else, so make sure it’s at the top of your to-do list.

Visit the Museum of Death

Ok, so this won’t be to everyone’s taste, but if you like horror movies, and don’t mind a little bit of gruesome and gore – this museum is actually quite fun and definitely out of the ordinary. Who wants a boring day out when you can go somewhere like this where a surprise is lurking behind every corner and every glass cabinet.

Sure it’s not for the faint hearted – but if you’re feeling brave – you might just enjoy it.

Visit LA’s oldest cemetery

Evergreen Cemetery is the oldest cemetery in Los Angeles and is home to some of the city’s most famous actors and Hollywood stars. Whilst it may feel a bit strange visiting a cemetery, the cemetery is actually a bit of a hotspot for seekers of the strange – and there’s even a jogging track running through the middle of it.

For history lovers and design fanatics there’s something kind of fascinating about seeing all the designs of the tombstones and what dates they came from too.

Visit the Watts Tower

The Watts Towers, also known as the Towers of Simon Rodia are a collection of sculptures (17 in total) which live within the Simon Rodia State Historic Park. The art is famous in itself, but aside from all the history surrounding the sculptures – they’re beautiful to look at too and one of the city’s lesser known art collections. If you’re a photographer, you’ll love taking shots of these beautiful structures. We’d recommend visiting on a sunny day – to get a beautiful blue sky backdrop.


Go to a drive-in movie

Want to live like they did in the 50s and 60s? Well one sure-fire way to experience the fun, vintage-feel of the past is to head to one of Los Angeles’ last remaining drive-in movie theatres. Electric Dusk is our favourite and it’s a really fun, unique experience you won’t ever forget. After growing up watching movies like Grease – the kitsch-factor with this is off the charts.

Another thing we love about Electric Dusk drive-in movies are the type of movies they choose to show. You won’t find new releases or typical movies here – they’re all specially chosen cult classic and critic favourites. The perfect activity for a warm summer night.


Visit Pinks Hot Dog Shop

If you’re the kind of person who loves hunting out great food and hidden gems – then you simply have to visit Pinks Hot Dogs. It’s by far the most famous hot dog in the world, and you’ll be spoilt for choice from their huge varied menu. We never realised you could do so much to the simple hot dog recipe!

Pinks is only small – so prepare for big queues during peak hours such as lunchtime and dinner time. The best time to visit is probably mid-afternoon or brunch. And then, the only problem you’re going to have is deciding which one to choose off the menu. Harder than it sounds!

Buy some socks at Los Angeles Sock Market

OK, we know socks aren’t exactly quirky (everyone wears them) but a whole market devoted to the weird and wonderful world of socks has to be worth a mention – and it’s definitely different from any other shop in LA you’ll go to.

Save it until the last day of your trip, and then pick up a pair for everyone you know back home. It’s kind of fun trying to find one pair to suit every different kind of personality. Are we getting too excited about socks? Probably – but it’s so much fun in there!

Take a look at La Brea Tar Pits

This has to be LA’s oldest strange and quirky destination and has been attracting visitors for over 38,000 years (we really mean that – it’s no exaggeration!). The tar lakes that bubble up in the mid-Wilshire area claimed the lives of thousands of prehistoric animals (bears, mammoths, wolves, etc) way back when, and now you can see the preserved creatures with your own eyes.

It’s free to visit the pits, but for obvious reasons you can’t go in them. (Unless you’d like people to be looking at a preserved version of you in 10,000 years time.)


Browse the Necromance shop

Hidden away in Melrose between beautiful Italian cafes and lovely Italian restaurants, and high-end beauticians – you’ll find a shop like no other. It’s the kind of shop you’d expect to find a sci-fi movie of Buffy The Vampire Slayer – and specialises in the weird, wonderful, crazy and bizarre. What else is one sale here? Well, Necromance has an array of taxidermy animals, skeletons, arsenic shot glasses, coffin-shaped wallets, black parasols, antique science equipment and rusty vintage keys. And lots of other stuff – but you’ll have to go and take a look for yourself.


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