Memorial Day weekend travel traffic is nothing new, but this upcoming weekend is supposed to be record-settingly terrible. So instead of joining the throngs on the road, why not take advantage of the long weekend to stay in town and rediscover parts of Los Angeles you haven’t seen in awhile?
But first, a note about Metro service during Memorial Day weekend. This Friday through Sunday, May 27 to 29, all buses and trains will follow their regular, posted schedules. Metro Rail runs until 2 a.m. every Friday and Saturday, making it easy to celebrate to the fullest while getting home safely (and sans surge pricing). On Memorial Day Monday, Metro will run on a Sunday/Holiday schedule. Bus riders please note: lines that don’t operate on Sundays won’t run this Monday, May 30.
Some Metro buses will experience detours due to the following Memorial Day events, and you can find that information on the Planned Service Advisories page.
And now, here are just a few places worth exploring from the mountains to the beach. All of them can be reached without having to sit in traffic or paying for parking.
- The Japanese Garden: A beautiful place to find a moment of tranquility in Van Nuys and the Sepulveda Basin. The garden is open on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors 62+ and children under 12. To get there, take the Orange Line to Woodley Station. (Please note: not open on Memorial Day Monday.)
- Battleship IOWA Museum: The only battleship museum on the West Coast. Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. General admission is $19.95. To get there, take the Metro Silver Line to Harbor Boulevard and 1st Street in San Pedro.
- California Science Museum: Home to Space Shuttle Endeavour, and now home to massive space shuttle fuel tank ET-94. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Exposition Park, south of DTLA. Admission to the Science Center’s permanent exhibition galleries is free. To get there, take the Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station.
- Natural History Museum: Dinosaur bones, obviously, but the museum in Exposition Park also has a lovely garden and special seasonal exhibits. Open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $12. To get there, take the Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station.
- Grand Central Market: Fresh fruits and veggies, barbecue, seafood, pizza, ice cream, vegan ramen — basically plan on spending the entire time stuffing your face. The DTLA market is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday. To get there, take the Metro Red or Purple Line to Pershing Square Station.
- Grand Park: DTLA’s park for everyone! Take some food with you to picnic with and have some fun at the splash pad. To get there, take the Metro Red or Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station.
- Aquarium of the Pacific: Cute otters, penguins, sharks and more! Open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. General admission is $29.95 and you can purchase packages that include whale watching or a visit to Queen Mary. To get there, take the Metro Blue Line to Downtown Long Beach Station.
- Hollywood Walk of Fame: I know, it’s really tourist-y, but sometimes it’s fun to play tourist! To get there, take the Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Vine Station.
- Fish Canyon Falls Trail: Saturday is the last day to take advantage of the free Duarte Transit shuttle to Fish Canyon Falls hiking trail. Shuttles leave every 30 minutes from the Metro Gold Line Duarte/City of Hope Station from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. And while you’re thinking in that direction, here are some other fun places worth you can visit in the Foothill cities via the Gold Line.
- Santa Monica: If you don’t already know by now, the Expo Line has opened to Santa Monica. You should definitely take advantage of train access to the Pier, Santa Monica Place and SO MUCH MORE.
If you’ve already made plans to fly away this weekend, you can still skip traffic on your way to the airport. The LAX FlyAway bus picks up at multiple locations around the county, or you can take the Metro Green Line to Aviation/LAX Station and transfer to the Green Line shuttle to the airport. BurbankBus runs free weekend/holiday shuttle service to Bob Hope Airport and you can connect to the shuttle from the Red or Orange Line North Hollywood Station.
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