Los Angeles Tours

Welcome to sunny Los Angeles, a shiny city of reinvention where small talk always starts with a question: ‘Where are you from?’ This query reveals what’s driving the city’s energetic buzz – a perpetual in-flow of dreamers, go-getters and hustlers primed with unabashed optimism.

Attractions

Grauman’s Chinese Theatre

Incentive professionals can buy out Universal Studios Hollywood for their group, including VIP access to the famous movie set backlot tour and all the thrilling rides, shows and attractions. The Globe Theatre, with a façade similar to an early 20th-century LA movie house constructed by movie mogul Cecil B. Demille, is perfect for “Hollywood welcome” opening events, complete with a marquee flashing your group’s name, a red carpet arrival ceremony and movie star look-a-likes to spice up the party.

Feet First Eventertainment, a corporate team-building firm, offers a “Make Your Own Movie” experience in tandem with the Universal Studios Special Events Department. Designed for groups from 10 to 120, participants are divided into teams of 10 to 12 people. Everyone becomes a filmmaker as they act, direct, assist with costumes and operate the camera on the set. The films are then shown in a private screening room for team members to enjoy.

Warner Bros. Studios offers more venues and incentive party ideas. Thrill your clients with an event on the Central Perk set that six of America’s best “Friends” frequented for 10 years. You’re welcome to book events as simple as lunch and a private backlot guided tour or as involved as a gala dinner in one of the studio locations, complete with live actors and props and special effects created by the same craftsmen who work on Warner Bros. movies and TV shows. 


 

In true Hollywood style, just about all its attractions — fromGrauman’s Chinese Theatre to Hollywood Boulevard itself — can be booked for unforgettable functions. If your incentive is small, the beautiful Vantage Room in the Hollywood & Highland Center (which includes the Kodak Theatre, home of the Academy Awards®) boasts 180-degree views of the Hollywood Hills and an elegant foyer, with memorabilia from past Academy Award® ceremonies. If your group is large, the Kodak Theatre offers multiple function spaces including five lobby areas and the famous 3,400-seat auditorium.

The Hollywood Museum, in the historic Art Deco-style Max Factor Building, offers a uniquely nostalgic setting of feathers, sequins and spandex, with costumes and memorabilia chronicling the history of film from past to present. Whether your clients want a formal sit-down dinner or a kooky dance party, the Hollywood Museum can create it with style.

Your clients’ imaginations can go wild at the Jim Henson Company. As if the vintage soundstage and original picturesque courtyard (which can accommodate up to 750) isn’t thrilling enough, the wow factor of the Henson Digital Performance System — which allows animated characters to interact live with event guests — is sure to make this the most memorable incentive event ever.


The Music Center is the crown jewel of LA’s incentive market. This architecturally stunning performing arts complex offers so many venues the main challenge is which one to choose. Inside its glistening façade of shiny steel, the Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Los Angeles Master Chorale, features dramatically different interior and exterior spaces, including two small amphitheatres and the main concert auditorium. Other unique Music Center venues ideal for incentive activities include the Ahmanson Theatre, the Mark Taper Forum, The Plaza and the elegant Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, home to the LA Opera. There are also numerous event spaces, including the Grand Hall, airy lobby areas with huge, glittery chandeliers, small private rooms and the cheery Oval Bar.

Check out the California Science Center’s historic Wallis Annenberg Building for Science, Learning and Innovation. Its wood-paneled Muses Room looks out on Exposition Park’s famed Rose Garden and has been beautifully restored to its original 1912 glory. The amazing, interactive main galleries of the California Science Center are also available for memorable events. You can even host events in Dodger Stadium, home of championship Dodger baseball. And they don’t have to be big. The stadium staff will pull out all the stops whether your group numbers 56 or 56,000. They're happy to organize interactive baseball festivals, softball tournaments, baseball-themed team building, picnics and more. World-famous personality and former Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda and other Dodger greats can be booked as speakers for unforgettable dinner events in the Stadium Club.

And with the all-new L.A. LIVE complex, you'll have plenty of opportunities for incentives at venues such as Lucky Strike, Lawry’s Carvery, The Farm of Beverly Hills, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Yard House and ESPN Zone. Also available are the ultra-cool Club NOKIA and NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE. The gorgeous 7,100-seat theater, adjacent to STAPLES Center and the Los Angeles Convention Center, hosts spectacular incentive events as well as more than 150 live shows a year.


Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) provides a backdrop of stunning art and architecture for receptions and galas in gorgeous spaces such as the Dorothy Collins Brown Auditorium, the Bing Theater, the Los Angeles Times Central Court and the LACMA West Penthouse Observation Deck. LACMA will have even more to thrill incentive visitors at year’s end, with the completion of spectacular renovations by world-renowned architect Renzo Piano. These include the much-anticipated Broad Contemporary Art Museum and an impressive 8,000-square-foot piazza, ideal for elegant functions.

UCLA’s (University of California Los Angeles) picturesque campus is dotted with major art work and exciting venues ideal for incentive functions. Examples include the year-old Broad Art Center, which can be used for events. The Fowler Museum at UCLA houses more than 150,000 works of art and 600,000 archaeological objects primarily from Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and the Americas.

Set up entertainment-themed activities at the Museum of Television & Radio, which offers private screenings from its collection of more than 120,000 television and radio programs and can accommodate groups in a range of unique event spaces steeped in television and radio history.

For current celebrity cachet, plan an incentive party in one of West LA’s hip hangouts such as Republic or Aqua. Reserve the club in the early evening for your group; when the party’s over, your guests are welcome to stay and hang with the celebs, who usually arrive late.


The Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) region and the beach cities have it all. Sand in your toes, the Pacific Ocean stretching to the horizon, LA’s most consistent collection of high-quality hotels and one of the world’s major airports (LAX) at your fingertips. Charter yachts and party boats of all sizes and itineraries can be arranged with Hornblower Cruises & Events of Marina del Rey andSpirit Cruises & Yacht Parties of San Pedro (the Port of Los Angeles). From customized cruise dinners, parties and seasonal whale watching to day-sails and hourly sea ventures for a handful, each of these companies has what you require.

The charming Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro offers creative spaces designed by famed architect Frank Gehry including a 287-seat auditorium. For larger marine-themed events, the Aquarium of the Pacific offers a backdrop of more than 12,500 sea animals in five event spaces.

And of course, LA’s miles of sunny sands – from the laid back surfing shores of Manhattan, Redondo and Hermosa beaches to the art-filled coastline of Venice Beach – invite incentive professionals to plan group frolics on the beach or leave their guests to soak up the LA sun on their own.