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Surviving Halloween Horror Nights

Having survived a night of gleeful terror at Universal Orlando’s annual Halloween Horror Nights, I can report that #HHN is a blast. Its  -- a frightful fest of doom that's worth repeating annually. Both Universal Orlando and Universal Hollywood reach out to a fresh crop of master storytellers, as well as sharing original tales, so there are always new horrors to survive. This...

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Halloween Brings Happiness and Horror to California

If ghosts, haunted houses, goblins and Halloween costumes are on everyone’s mind, there’s now something ghoulishly fun for all fear tolerances in the friendly, frightening state of California. Since the fright industry has grown so quickly, both mild and terrifying fun are available throughout the fall. We’ve found some great events (many of them free) in San...

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Be A Star At Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios Hollywood, billed as the “Entertainment Capital of L.A.,” is a movie and television-based theme park located adjacent to the real working film studios of Universal Pictures, which allows it to include a Studio Tour as a bonus. A day here is a memorable family experience...

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Short Breaks And Weekend Getaways From Greater Los Angeles

The neighboring Pacific Ocean, lush farmland, arid desert and snow-capped mountains give southern California families plenty of options for weekends away. "California, Here I Come!" may be the cry of millions of vacationers around the world, but in southern California itself, locals like to get out and explore on long family weekends and short school breaks. And since residents of the densely...

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Hollywood Dreaming

While Los Angeles has many tourist attractions, it is perhaps the allure of Hollywood that most intrigues traveling families. Hollywood, which was named after the California holly tree by the wife of an early real estate developer, is no longer the epicenter of the motion picture business. However, the word still evokes all that is the movies.  Paramount Pictures maintains...

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Los Angeles, California Attractions

From Disneyland to movie star footprints, Koreatown to the Mexican enclave at Olvera Street, here's a look at the must-sees in Los Angeles, California. The City of Angels is truly one of our favorite family destinations -- fun, exciting, cultural, sunny and beachy at the same time. While it's struggling to conquer environmental issues with a recently released mass transit light...

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Los Angeles Hotels: Westside And Santa Monica

Find out the best places to stay west of Hollywood or near the Pacific Coast beach in this California playland.  As you move west across Los Angeles, the real estate values rise and the smog disappears until you reach pretty and prosperous Santa Monica. Within its 8.3-square-miles, this sophisticated but very casual city boasts fine shopping, gourmet restaurants, excellent museums and a fresh...

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Downtown Los Angeles Hotels And Resorts

Your guide to the personalities and amenities of top value "downtown" hotels in California's largest city.LA's "Downtown" has become one of those commercially rejuvenated neighborhoods that works; restaurants, civic works and new housing have combined to elevate this abandoned downtown into a historically preserved window on LA's early Hollywood beginnings. With condos sprouting in WPA-era...

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Best Kid-Friendly Hotels In Los Angeles, California

A team of Oyster reporters spent weeks exploring 52 top hotels in and around Los Angeles, including Beverly Hills, Hollywood, and Santa Monica. We slept in the beds, lounged by the pools, ate in the restaurants, and even sampled the nightlife, all with an eye toward selecting the most distinguished properties. Here's a list of our favorite kid-friendly hotels. Families that are particularly budget...

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LA’s The Grove and Farmer’s Market

One of the best places to take kids in Los Angeles is The Farmer's Market. It is centrally located and really fun, with several food stalls and lots of small souvenir shops. I think I have bought a beaded name bracelet (they make it while you wait) for every child I have taken there because that's what I always wanted when I was a kid. There is also a nice mall called...

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