My Friends over at VisitBurbank.com wanted to share the top 5 activities you should do when you visit Burbank, California. I have never been to Burbank, but if I have the chance I will definitely check out these things below!
Beverly Hills; Santa Monica; Long Beach; Hollywood – these famous Los Angeles suburbs are notorious tourist attractions and legendary California hot spots. And while each area has unique activities and attractions, the city of Burbank offers visitors a chance to experience Los Angeles like no other.
As the “Media and Entertainment Capitol of the World,” Burbank is home to many infamous studio headquarters like The Warner Bros. Entertainment, ABC Studios and The Walt Disney Company. With film industry roots reaching back to the 1920’s, the town of Burbank has an eclectic urban-city-meets-small-town feel that enchants visitors with it’s timeless demeanor.
From shops and restaurants to entertainment and nightlife, the city of Burbank offers something fun for everyone. Whether you’re just passing through or are planning to stay a few days, be sure to check out these five must-do Burbank activities.
Stretch your legs and tour the city from a different perspective: on a bike. In 2004 Burbank transformed the town’s treasured railroad line into a two-mile biking trail that offers both residents and visitors a fantastic opportunity to experience a different side of the city. This trail takes you from Burbank to North Hollywood, winding through three art installations from the Burbank Art in Public Spaces that let you witness beautiful, unique murals along the journey. Aside from being an active space, the Chandler Bikeway also attracts The Sidewalk Astronomers every month who set up their telescopes along the trail to educate the public about astronomy.
Considering that comedy and entertainment are the pillars of Burbank’s identity, visiting the area without catching a comedy show is highly frowned upon. At Flappers Comedy Club and Restaurant, you can catch a load of laughs and some of the finest food in the city. Located in the heart of downtown, Flappers hosts more than 40 shows per week featuring comedy greats like Kevin Hart, Damon Wayans, Bill Burr, Felipe Esparza, and popular comics from Comedy Central, Conan, Letterman and others. Flappers is one of the only comedy clubs in the area where you can catch a show and have a full dinner, so make sure you come with an appetite for both good food and good comedy.
One of the features that gives Burbank it’s timeless appeal is the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, located in Burbank’s Griffith Park. With the motto, “Everything Equestrian,” visitors can saddle up for a guided horseback ride through the park’s 50-miles of horse trails, watch acclaimed horse trainers at work, or check out one of several different horse shows. Because the park is also a central location for most major studios, you may even get the chance to see a live movie shoot.
Though often shadowed by Burbank’s popular Hollywood Bowl, the Starlight Bowl is actually favored by locals because of it’s pleasant atmosphere, small crowds, and remarkable lineup of shows. This open-air bowl hosts a prime summer concert season complete with a memorable July 4th concert and firework show. Pack a picnic dinner, blankets, and chairs, and catch a concert with family and friends. Better yet, the Starlight Bowl is the perfect stop for travelers on a budget, with tickets costing just $15 for adults and $8 for children.
Notorious for their juicy burgers and creamy milkshakes, Big Boy’s legendary diner is also registered on California’s historical sights list. As the oldest remaining Big Boy in America, this classic diner offers visitors a blast-to-the-past with its 1950’s charm, complete with milkshakes served in stylish, large silver tin goblets and three types of Coke – cherry, vanilla, and chocolate. Be sure to try Big Boy’s infamous double-decker hamburger and don’t leave before snapping a selfie with the larger than life statue of Mr. Big Boy.
Next time you visit California, be sure to check out the historical treasure of Burbank. Eat your heart out, laugh until your stomach hurts, tour the entertainment and media industry, and bask in the city’s timeless charm.
I’ve never been to Burbank, CA, but next time I am in the Los Angeles area I may just have to visit Burbank! Thank you to Visit Burbank for creating this list of must see attractions in Burbank!