Teens looking for a thrill, a scare, or a reprieve from today’s 24/7 online world, will find it and then some in Los Angeles. Here’s a look at 10 hidden gems for teens to explore and enjoy in LA.
Suit up and experience an exciting lineup of fully immersive virtual reality adventures at Westfield Century City. Step into virtual worlds and transform into the hero of your own VR experience. Visitors can chose from 3 rotating features, much like a movie theater. We dare you to try just one. There's also an array of tasty food (Shake Shack, Eataly) and treats (Boba) in close proximity, so once you return from the metaverse, IRL refreshments await.
2. Museum of Death
For teens interested in a spine-tingling walk through some of history’s most infamous murders, the Museum of Death in Hollywood (6031 Hollywood Blvd) is a must-see. Skin crawling artifacts, including the world’s largest collection of serial killer artwork, coroner’s instruments, Manson Family memorabilia, crime scene photos, and more are on display. Open daily at 10am.
Graphic Warning: Museum visitors have had visceral reactions to some of the items on display, so a visit is NOT for the faint of heart.
For more unusual museums, read our list of Top 10 Quirky LA Museums.
3. Indoor Skydiving
Experience the adrenaline rush of jumping from a plane at 12,000 feet for a fraction of the price at iFly Indoor Skydiving at Universal CityWalk (100 Universal City Plaza). Book individual or group flights, and prepare to fall in love with the feeling of floating on air. Teens under 18 will need a parent/guardian waiver.
Pro Tip: Pricing packages begin at $59.95, but if you book 4 flights at $95.95 you’ll save up to 20% per flight.
4. Trapeze Lessons at TSNY Los Angeles
Learn to flip and fly through the air with trapeze lessons at TSNY Los Angeles at the historic Santa Monica Pier (370 Santa Monica Pier). From individual classes to Intensive Flying Workshops, ages 12+ just need a waiver from parents/guardians to enjoy the thrill (and fitness benefits) of learning to leap through the air. Classes available on both weekdays and weekends.
Insider Deal: Class card packages allow you to share classes with friends, and you’ll save 10% on purchases of 10 or more classes.
5. Martial Arts History Museum
Learn about the role that the martial arts have played in the role of numerous Asian cultures, including China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, and the Philippines with a visit to the Martial Arts History Museum in Burbank (2319 W. Magnolia Blvd). Exhibits are designed by artists from the Walt Disney Company, DreamWorks, The Simpsons and more. Open Thursday-Sunday 11am-6pm.
Prevent FOMO: With regular special events scheduled throughout the year, including classes taught by world-renowned jiu-jitsu icons and boxing greats, be sure to check out the museum's events calendar before you plan your visit.
6. Maze Rooms
Teens age 16+ looking to experience the wonder of illusions, and the challenge of navigating through an escape room, will find locations in abundance throughout L.A. Maze Rooms Los Angeles features themed adventures ranging from “Jack the Ripper” in Culver City, to “Pharaoh’s Tomb” in Hollywood, to “Demon Hunter” in Sherman Oaks.
Secret Savings: Special offers and discount codes are offered frequently by Maze Rooms on Instagram. Follow @mazerooms to find savings.
7. Cartwheel Art Tours
Discover some of the skeletons in LA's closet with a Cartwheel Art walking tour. Explore a bit of the City of Angels’ seedy past in the “Underground LA” tour, which has you visiting famous speakeasies and murder sites as you travel underneath the city streets in a tunnel dating back more than a century. Or try your hand at ghost hunting with a “Paranormal Nights” tour, where you’ll be guided through Downtown LA and learn all about the ghosts of the Millennium Biltmore, Barclay, Cecil and Alexandria hotels. Tickets at Eventbrite, advance purchase is required.
What to Wear: Comfortable shoes to navigate safely over uneven surfaces.
8. Moonlight Rollerway
Since it originally opened as Harry’s Roller Rink in 1956, Moonlight Rollerway has been a favorite for locals ready to lace up their skates. Most afternoon and evening sessions are all ages, while Monday nights are reserved for the 18+ crowd. Kids skate takes place on Saturday mornings. Cover charges vary, with skate rentals available at an additional cost, and advance tickets for some events are available.
9. Peace Awareness Labyrinth & Gardens
Discover a real-life labyrinth smack dab in the middle of Los Angeles and enjoy the feeling of unplugging from your phone at the Peace Awareness Labyrinth and Gardens (3500 W Adams Blvd). Learn how to walk the labyrinth, listen to the sounds of peaceful running water, take some time to relax, and recharge your internal batteries with an afternoon in this oasis. Open Tuesday-Friday from noon-4pm.
Add-On: Special events such as “Sacred Mysteries of the Labyrinth, a Candlelight Labyrinth Walk” are held frequently. Find events at the Peace Awareness website.
10. Old Zoo
The LA Zoo as we know it today was not the city’s first zoo. The Griffith Park Zoo, which opened in 1912 and closed in 1966, is now a hiking trail and picnic area. Explore the Old Zoo (5400 Griffith Park Dr) and get up close and personal with iron-barred enclosures from a past era, and wander through lions’ dens, or bring a frisbee and enjoy a pickup game on the still beautiful grounds.
Bring Fido: Leashed dogs are welcome.