After you dine at both Crimson Coward locations (maybe even on the same day) or sandwiched between your Crimson Coward visits, either way, here is a list of cultural hotspots to check out on your next visit to the Los Angeles area. Both locals and out-of-towners may make some discoveries on our October blog post. Check with each venue directly regarding their current hours of operation or other related health and safety information so you can prepare for a super awesome visit.
Along with the seemingly endless sunshine, there is an almost infinite number of things to do in Los Angeles area… Even after a lifetime of exploration, one could still have many new experiences. Los Angeles and Crimson Coward like to keep things fresh. So, let us dive into our October blog of cultural hotspots. Hello, fall weather (kind of, lol)!
Take a break from screen time and gather the family for a mind-expanding and curiosity-filled day. The first treasure on our list boasts over 35 million artifacts, so there is plenty to see and do. The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is in Exposition Park, near the University of Southern California (go Trojans!).
The museum has a beautiful variety of exhibits, including jaw-dropping dinosaur fossils, a 3D theater, and both live and guided tours. If you plan, you can catch a unique program with offerings for adults, youth, kids, and families. Their website also has educational materials, including distance learning activities. A day at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County even makes for an excellent spot for a date night!
There are several other museums (which we will get to in a bit) located nearby the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Be sure to plan extra time to walk around the grounds and enjoy the impressive rose gardens that adorn the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. There are interactive elements that are engaging and fun for both adults and kids at heart. The interactive exhibits take learning to a whole new sensory level.
Travel through space, learn about marine life, view an impressive natural gemstone collection. Rotating past special exhibitions (additional ticketing required) has included the very popular Mummies Exhibit (including Egyptian and Peruvian mummies). EEK! You could easily visit the museum twice as the grounds are extensive and the rose garden is a must-see. 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007 Phone number: 213.763.DINO (3466)
The California Science Center, which is next door, features an IMAX theater, the Endeavor spacecraft, and the world’s largest display of LEGO. The unique LEGO exhibit is The Art Of Brick (requires an additional ticket) and is bucket list-worthy. When else will you get to see one million LEGO blocks crafted into endangered animals? Or a 20-foot long Tyrannosaurus Rex LEGO skeleton?
The T-Rex comprises 80,000 LEGO bricks and is Guinness World Record book (and photo opportunity) worthy. The unique exhibit also features LEGO versions of iconic paintings, including Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh, Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, and Michelangelo’s David. You likely will never look at LEGOS the same again. Way more fun than stepping on a LEGO in bare feet, ouch! 700 Exposition Park Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90037
There’s also the USC Fisher Museum of Modern Art which is just a quick three-minute walk from The Natural History Museum. Who said you could not get somewhere in Los Angeles area in three minutes? Here’s a fun historical fact from Google: the USC Fisher Museum of Modern Art was founded in 1939 with just 29 paintings and was the first art museum in Los Angeles.
Budding filmmakers and film buffs can start planning for the highly anticipated opening of The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in 2023. Yes, the founders are THAT Lucas (of Star Wars and Indiana Jones fame) and his spouse. The Lucas Museum ” will inspire current and future generations through the universal art of visual storytelling…”. The futuristic and galactic look of the new museum is thanks to world-famous architect Ma Yansong. He seeks to “create a new balance among society, the city, and the environment through architecture.”
The Natural History Museum, rose gardens, and museum complex will surely fire up your hunger. For a historical nod, pay a visit to El Cholo. It is the oldest Mexican restaurant in Los Angeles. They serve up generational family classics and seasonal specialties, including Corn Tamales, that you will think about all year. Black and white family photographs, historical images, and cultural icons adorn the dining room walls.
The Taste of History platter leaves nothing out and takes you on a culinary time-lapse of their historic, most popular dishes. Remember, they have been in operation in that location since 1923. They have several other locations in the greater Los Angeles area but, we suggest the DTLA institution for an authentic dose of unique (and delicious) history. (El Cholo, DTLA, 1121 S. Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006)
Don’t let the names fool you; it’s almost sure that you have heard of the infamous Grove and the historic Farmers Market Los Angeles. You have seen the Grove fountain if you have ever watched an episode of E Tonight and seen Mario Lopez (and his dimples) reporting or scanned the pages of a copy of US Weekly at the grocery checkout. That’s the spot! It’s a uniquely LA combination of fresh food, outdoor kiosks, food stands, restaurants, vendors and an outdoor shopping mall, and more.
You will find a vast assortment of outdoor food stands piled high with fresh produce, nuts, and sundries, specialty groceries including butchers, fishmongers, bakeries, BBQ, candy shops, chocolatiers, gifts, as well as international and gourmet treats. See a theme here? Food, food, food plus sunshine even in October.
You can dine at one of the many restaurants at the Farmers Market by ordering at the respective counter and then snagging a table. The benefit of this is that everyone can eat what they want and dine together. So, groups of picky eaters, you have found your haven. This duo is located just off of 3rd and Fairfax. The Farmers Market flows seamlessly into the Grove, truly a two in one and then some. It is a popular spot, so keep that in mind on the weekends and during holidays.
If you want to sit down at a full-service restaurant, don’t worry. There are dozens of restaurants at the Grove, from fine dining and full-service restaurants to more casual sit-down eateries. If it’s a rare day where the skies aren’t cloudless and sunny (or gasp, maybe it’s drizzling), there are lots of indoor eating options too.
There are some of the best people-watching to be found at both The Grove and Farmers Market Los Angeles. It’s a fun way to spend an LA sunny afternoon strolling, eating, and shopping or window shopping. You just might get lost in the multi-story Borders; yes, there is still a Borders! You want to have eaten before you step into Dylan’s Candy Store. The candy-lined staircase alone might send you into a sugar overdrive.
You can even catch the newest release at the Grove theater. It is extra special if you visit during the holidays as the Grove goes all out and decorates the entire mall area. Holiday features include a Gingerbread House and photos with Santa. Easter is another fun time of year, as the Easter Bunny makes appearances. But, of course, Santa can’t have all the fun, now can he? Oh, and we can’t forget to mention the lovingly restored train car that makes its way around the Grove, all aboard, folks.
Thanks for reading our October edition of LA cultural hotspots. Until our next blog post, remember Crimson Coward is open for dine-in at our Downey (10405 Lakewood Blvd Downey, CA 90241) and Artesia locations (11938 1/2 South St Artesia, CA 90701) Plus take out and delivery, seven days a week. So let us satisfy your Nashville-style hot chicken craving today.