5 Strangely Cool LA Attractions

One thing I love about Los Angeles is the endless amount of weird attractions it has to offer. Unlike any other city in the world, LA has a museum for absolutely anything, creepy abandoned places and strange stores like Time Travel Mart which you wouldn’t find anywhere else.

Time Travel Mart

Time Travel exists? Well, it does in the Time Travel Mart which sits near downtown right by Echo Park lake, and along Venice Boulevard in Mar Vista. This Time Travel Mart totally lives up to its motto: ‘Whenever You Are, We’re Already Then’. Probably one of the most quirky store you’ll ever set foot in, it specializes in cool products imported from past and future. The Time Travel Mart features oddities such as dinosaur eggs, mammoth chunks, Viking odorant, robot toupees, and other weird time travel stuff.

You wouldn’t say upon first glance, but the store is actually part of a non-profit organization that helps students with reading and writing proficiency: 826LA. Therefore you can also find anthologies of work by 826LA writing students and a special series of Poketo wallets, of which the inside is lined with short stories written by 826LA students. So, if you do visit the Time Travel Mart, make sure to buy one of these amazing 826LA products and support a great cause!

Time Travel Mart

For more info on 826LA’s work: http://826la.org/

Watts Towers

I personally think that the Watts Towers are one of LA’s coolest attractions. As you might have guessed by their name, the Watts Towers are located right in the Watts neighbourhood. These eccentric sculptural pieces were built by Italian immigrant Simon Rodia on his private property. The homemade sculptures are created out of everyday items like beer bottles, steel pipes and rods, pieces of porcelain and broken ceramics.

Using only simple hand tools Rodia spent 30 years building this tribute to his adopted country, America. I’d rather see it as a monument to the unique spirit of individuals who make their visions tangible. Don’t miss out on incredible photo opportunities at this most bizarre piece of LA folk art!

Watts Towers

Griffith Park’s Abandoned Old Zoo

Before LA Zoo, there used to be a zoo in Griffith Park. What used to be a thriving zoo now makes for a strangely cool place with abandoned old cages where animals used to be contained. Open to the public, you can now explore the shutdown zoo, its cages are left open for you to see what the animals’ life was like…

This unique place is definitely worth a visit, amazing for taking some artsy photos and fun for the kids too who can crawl and hop in and out of the cages. Furthermore, it’s set in Griffith Park, the perfect place for a picnic! So, bring some snacks and drinks to have after your visit to the old zoo. Oh yeah, Griffith Park and the old zoo are free to visit and parking is also free, so no excuse not to visit!

Griffith Park old zoo

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Hollywood Forever is a peculiar cemetery unlike any other you’ve seen before. It’s the final resting place of early Hollywood’s biggest stars and one of the most fascinating landmarks in LA. This cemetery, founded in 1899 (!), was a great part of the growth of early Hollywood, as Paramount Studios was built on the back half of the original Hollywood Cemetery.

So what else is special about Hollywood Forever? Well, most of the founders of Hollywood’s great studios, as well as artists, directors, and writers are buried here. You’ll be able to pay the remains of Johnny Ramone a visit, as well as Jayne Mansfield, Rudolph Valentino, and hundreds of other Hollywood stars’ artistic burial sites. Also, this large cemetery has absolutely beautiful landscaping and features loads of cultural events. If you’re in LA in summer, you should check out what movies they are playing in the cemetery each weekend!

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Museum of Death

This museum is all about most people’s biggest fear: death. Don’t expect a visit to this museum to be a nice leisurely activity, it will throw you off but in a good way because ‘staring in the eyes of death’ will make you appreciate life more. Anyway, death is inevitable so why not dedicate a museum to the life event.

So what is it? Well, this museum is about all things remotely related to death: famous serial killer cases, forms of cannibalism, execution methods, funeral homes, etc etc. Incredibly fascinating if you ask me! Shiver at the sight of original documents and lugubrious footage and explicit photographs. Visiting the Museum of Death is an intense experience but everything is shown in a tasteful and educational manner so you won’t be disturbed by what you see. 

Museum of Death

So go ahead and explore these strangely cool places and let us know if your favourite is missing from our list!

This article was originally published on ilovela