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Los Angeles is located in Southern California and offers many activities for those under 21 years old. Just because you are not of legal drinking age does not mean you cannot have a good time in Los Angeles. It is the home of Hollywood and many beautiful beaches. No matter what you like doing, you can find somewhere in Los Angeles to do it.
Los Angeles is full of museums, all exhibiting various things. To see sweeping views of Los Angeles and paintings that range from classical to modern, visit The Getty Center. It is free; however, you have to pay for parking except on Saturdays after 6. You can also see the Getty Villa in Malibu, which was the original Getty Center. Another popular museum is the Los Angeles Contemporary Museum of Art, which is free to all Los Angeles residents after five pm. and free to all after five on the second Tuesday of each month. This museum is the “premier visual art museum” in the West, according to the Los Angeles Times. MOCA and the Hammer Museum are also very popular art museums. Griffith Observatory is free to the public and allows you to see all of Los Angeles as well as enjoy the peaceful park surroundings.
There are many different restaurants in Los Angeles that the under 21-crowd can enjoy. For a nice meal with a chance at star sightings, dine at Koi on La Cienega or The Ivy, which is also in West Hollywood. Pink's is a legendary hot dog stand on La Brea near Melrose; it's a choice for the under-21 crowd on a budget. Roscoe's House of Chicken 'n' Waffles is another staple of Los Angeles. If you are craving soul food or waffles, stop in at one of the various locations.
There are many beaches throughout Los Angeles. In Manhattan Beach, go to Learn to Surf L.A. and learn how to surf in one lesson. You can take this new skill up and down the coast to Venice, Santa Monica and Malibu. While at Santa Monica, take some time to check out the pier, which has old-fashioned carnival rides and games. At Venice take the time to see all the street performers and stop in at that various shops. You can even see men pumping iron at Muscle Beach. If you like volleyball, stop at Hermosa beach, the birthplace of beach volleyball.
Shopping is found all over the city. Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica offers a variety of stores and street performers as well. Many stars can be seen here as well. To see where the ultrarich shop, make a pit stop at Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. For trendy, hipster shopping, take a walk down Melrose between La Brea and Fairfax. You can stop at one of many various coffee shops on the way. For the music lover, Amoeba is a record store on Vine and is the largest independent record store anywhere in the U.S. It has both CDs and vinyls. The Farmer's Market is right next to The Grove, so after you enjoy some outdoor shopping, you can find fresh foods.
Some activities the under-21 crowd can partake in range from seeing a game show to seeing movies in a cemetery. Get a free ticket to be a member of the audience at one of your favorite sitcoms or game shows like "The Price is Right." All you need to do is call ahead of time to reserve your ticket. If you like movies and cemeteries, The Hollywood Forever Cemetery screens classic movies on Saturday nights. Go to the Hollywood Bowl to see acts practice for their shows. These practices are free and open to the public. Take a picnic and enjoy the music while you eat. Or, you can always buy a star map and give yourself a tour of where the stars in Los Angeles live. If you like the outdoors, put on a pair of walking shoes and hike up Runyon Canyon in Hollywood. This will give you a workout and let you see views of Los Angeles. Do not forget to stop by Hollywood and Highland. This is where the Kodak Theater and Grauman's Chinese Theater are located.
Natalie Saar began writing professionally at the age of 19. She majored in journalism and her writing has appeared in the magazine "Generation WHY" as well as "The Clause" newspaper. Saar graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a Bachelor of Arts in media and cultural studies.