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Echo Park Lake: Swan Pedal Boat Rental

1. Echo Park Lake: Swan Pedal Boat Rental

Don’t miss out on a unique way to explore Echo Park Lake by booking this swan pedal boat rental with added perks. Rated one of the best activities in Los Angeles, pedal boats are a great way to enjoy the outdoors and have been voted one of the top 10 things to do in LA. Perfect for romantic dates or a family outing, you'll explore Los Angeles' renowned Echo Park Lake on an iconic swan pedal boat. The swan pedal boats are easy to maneuver and are great fun for families and friends. See the famous Echo Park fountain, learn about Echo Park Lake's rich history while playing the included find and seek trivia game on your phone, or just sit back and relax with views of the beautiful LA skyline.

Los Angeles: Self-Guided Tour of Iconic Filming Locations

2. Los Angeles: Self-Guided Tour of Iconic Filming Locations

With an app that functions as your guide, audio tour, and map all in one, this self-guided driving tour of Los Angeles Filming Locations is flexible and customizable. Choose which spots you want to see most and go right to them. To get started, simply download the app, then follow the audio instructions and route. As an added perk, most stops along the tour have animated videos allowing you to visualize what you cannot see, such as snapshots of interior rooms. Visit the site where Joe Mantell uttered the famous words “Forget it Jake, it’s Chinatown” in Roman Polanski’s all-time classic, “Chinatown,” and take in some striking scenery while you’re there. See a courthouse from “The Dark Knight Rises,” a police station from “Blade Runner,” and a bank from “Catch Me if You Can," all the same building: Union Station. If old-timey sci-fi is more your speed, check out the Los Angeles City Hall, featured in “War of the Worlds” and “The Adventures of Superman.” Take some time to check out the Bradbury Building, where the climactic final showdown takes place in “Blade Runner.” Discover some surprising facts about that famous scene. Banks tend not to fare too well in Hollywood, and this couldn’t be truer of the next stop, where Doc Oc wreaked havoc in “Spiderman 2” and Jim Carrey was robbed in “The Mask.” If you’re into surrealism, you’ll find it at the Palace Theater, which doubled as the mysterious Club Silencio in David Lynch’s mind-bending “Mulholland Drive.” Fans of the supernatural can’t miss the Cicada Club, the setting of one season of “American Horror Story.” Stop at Millennium Biltmore, where the ghostbusters catch their first ghost (and break a few things in the process). If you’ve ever wondered how Hollywood gets away with all its destruction, you’ll get a glimpse of that here. Travelers needing a meal break can dine like Denzel at the Pacific Dining Car, where Denzel Washington’s character takes Ethan Hawke for a meal in the cop thriller “Training Day.” Those with a bad case of nostalgia will definitely want to stop by Echo Park Lake, home to none other than the lagoon from “Gilligan’s Island.” For the contemporary film-lover, this park is also home of Dom’s house in the “Fast and Furious” franchise. Take a step back in time at the Music Box Steps, where Laurel and Hardy performed one of their most iconic bits. Head to The Virgil for a more contemporary musical landmark. This was where Lady Gaga first performed in “A Star Is Born.” Most high schools never see a serious film crew, but it’s part of the culture at John Marshall High School, which has served as a set for everything from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” to “Nightmare on Elm Street.” Finally, pay a picturesque visit to Griffith Observatory. This observatory wasn’t just a filming site for movies like “Rebel Without a Cause” and “La La Land,” it also offers the best views of Los Angeles anyone could ask for. Finish off your tour by getting close to the famous Hollywood sign and seeing the whole city sparkling below.

Los Angeles: Hollywood Homes & Filming Sites Audio Tour App

3. Los Angeles: Hollywood Homes & Filming Sites Audio Tour App

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Once downloaded, your tour of LA Filming Locations begins in Old Chinatown. You’ll first stop by the spot where Joe Mantell uttered the famous words “Forget it Jake, it’s Chinatown” in noir classic Chinatown. Then you’ll see Union Station, which served as a courthouse in The Dark Knight Rises, police station in Blade Runner, and more! If sci-fi is more your speed, you’ll find it at LA City Hall, featured in The Adventures of Superman and War of the Worlds. Then there’s the Bradbury Building, home of a climactic showdown in Blade Runner. Next up is a bank where Jim Carrey was robbed in The Mask and Doc Oc wreaked havoc in Spiderman 2. That’s followed by the Palace Theatre, which became Club Silencio in David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive. After that, fans of supernatural flicks can’t miss the Cicada Club, the setting of an American Horror Story season, and the Millenium Biltmore, where the Ghostbusters caught their first ghost. Need a break? Stop at the Pacific Dining Car, where Denzel Washington’s character takes Ethan Hawke’s in Training Day. At Echo Park Lake, you’ll find the lagoon from Gilligan’s Island, as well as the location of Dom’s house in the Fast and Furious movies. At the Music Box Steps, next, you’ll see the spot where Laurel and Hardy performed one of their most famous routines. Then, you can head to The Virgil to see where Lady Gaga first performed in the remake of A Star Is Born! Your next stop is John Marshall High School, which has served as a set piece for everything from Nightmare on Elm Street to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and beyond. Finally, you’ll end up at Griffith Observatory. In addition to serving as a filming site for movies like Rebel Without a Cause and La La Land, this also offers the best views of LA! From here, you can get close to the famous Hollywood sign and see the city sparkling below. The tour concludes here. Your Hollywood Homes tour begins at the Walk of Fame, and it’s totally up to you which celebrity homes you’d like to visit! Choose from a list of famous figures, then let the GPS guide you to their houses and hear all about them once you arrive! If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about your favorite stars, this is the tour for you. This tour includes: Johnny Depp Ed Wood Keanu Reeves Leonardo DiCaprio Ariana Grande Alex da Kid Diana Ross Halle Berry Dean Martin Al Pacino Lucille Ball Michael Jackson Kylie Jenner Jay Z and Beyonce Humphrey Bogart Sharon Stone Taylor Swift Paul McCartney Elton John Cameron Diaz Charlton Heston Jack Nicholson Bruno Mars Will Ferrell Robert Pattinson and Quentin Tarantino! As you tour, you’ll get the inside scoop on all your favorite celebrities. Learn about the lives of movie stars, music sensations, and more. Hear about the “nicest guy in Hollywood” and, of course, scandals galore!

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What people are saying about Echo Park Lake

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 56 reviews

Nice and relaxing experience. You pretty much control your experience lots of freedom with the boat. Good to chill and have a nice combo or just chill and float for a while. The ducks don’t really bother you either. Took some time to get the boat steering down but we figured it out haha.

Definitely fun and a great experience. One staff member was not at my pleasure meeting for his character and comments. Overall had a good time with my family.

Great for young kids I took my daughter n grandson.. father's day I think had as much fun...the the kids

A fun way to spend time with the family in a little oasis in the city!

Very enjoyable outing. Lots of free parking on the street.