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Offbeat Attractions in the City of Angels

13 December 2018 Written by   Jeff Shotwell Published in blog
Mosaic Tile House, Venice Beach, CA Mosaic Tile House, Venice Beach, CA

To quote the infamous movie, Pretty Woman, "Everybody comes here; this is Hollywood, land of dreams... keep on dreamin' - this is Hollywood. Always time to dream, so keep on dreamin'!" Los Angeles is indeed a land of hazy dreams, a Tinseltown of make-believe so well done, it's almost real. To add to that whimsical ambience, the city has some crazy offbeat attractions. So, if you've seen Rodeo Drive, the Boulevard, and Grauman's Chinese Theatre one too many times, here are a few options (not too far from Sea View Inn at the Beach) to help you relive the dream!


  1. Mosaic Tile House: Hidden past the bustling boardwalk of rollerbladers and hunky muscle men of Venice Beach, art lovers and Instagrammers will find a funky and obscenely colorful house covered in flashy mosaic. Tours are held on Saturdays by the owner, Cheri Pann, who began the project with her husband, Gonzalo, in 1994. Their "weekend warrior" project was so fun, they never stopped!
  2. Peace Awareness Labyrinth & Gardens: This one has been mentioned before, but sometimes you really need a break from the traffic, smog, and crowds. Luckily, PAL&G has provided respite since 2002. Stop, mediate, and smell the flowers, or lose yourself in the concrete labyrinth. For a bit of art and architectural history, sneak into the Guasti Villa, an Italian Renaissance mansion once owned by Busby Berkely, a 1930s director/ choreographer.
  3. Skeletons in the Closet: Despite being the City of Angels, L.A. can be a bit macabre, too. If, for some reason, you find yourself at the coroner's office, make sure to stop in this oddities store. You'll find things from L.A. Coroner t-shirts and hats to pathology props. As weird as the store sounds, all proceeds go to drunk driving education programming throughout L.A.'s public schools. So, go buy that body outline tape and save a life!
  4. Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society: Since 1934, this society has appealed to the inner nerd in all of us. Past members included Ray Bradbury and L. Ron Hubbard and continue to attract popular cultural icons today, like Larry Niven (of Ringworld fame) and writer/computer pioneer, Jerry Pournelle. Today, the society hosts a variety of events from anime marathons and fan forums to collectible auctions.
  5. Tesla's Coil at The Griffith Observatory: Like something out of a B-horror flick, the visible electric currents from this freaky looking relic are impressive. The scientific point of the prop is to pass electricity through the air rather than wires. Hopefully one day, Tesla's dream will be a reality! If you have time, make sure to pass by the Rebel Without a Cause memorial to pay respects to the famous James Dean!

Hopefully, these attractions have you California dreaming! Los Angeles has so much to offer any type of person! So book those flights, draft that itinerary, and contact us over at Sea View Inn at the Beach for the very best of accommodations! We are so excited to see your adventures on our Facebook and help you discover a little more than just stardom in the City of Angels!