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The Hollywood Bowl is Also an Awesome Park Open to the Public During the Day

Hey what’s up guys, I’m Brian, this is Christina, we’re We Like L.A. and today we’re at the Hollywood Bowl… wait… Why are we at the Hollywood Bowl at 9 a.m.? Well in addition to being the largest natural outdoor amphitheater in the United States the Hollywood Bowl is also a public park with 14 picnic areas. Most people don’t realize the Hollywood Bowl is actually owned and operated by the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation. And as public spaces go, the Bowl is definitely one of the most unique in the entire city. Although the site of the Bowl had already hosted several outdoor productions and concerts by the early 1920s, including the first-ever bowl performance by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, it was in 1924 when the property was officially deeded over to L.A. County. This transfer set the stage for the Hollywood Bowl to be preserved and improved upon for future generations. So there are actually dozens of native animals and wildlife that reside here at The Bowl and that’s all part of the design to sort of blend into the natural landscape. In fact, the Hollywood Bowl is the first outdoor amphitheater in the U.S. to be certified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. It’s kind of cool to being so close to the stage, just listening to the sounds of the birds flying around in there. Take a listen. Pretty cool. One of the best ways to explore the park is to go on a Bowl Walk. Basically, it’s a self-guided tour featuring 10 photographic points of interest throughout the grounds. As part of your visit, you’ll definitely want to check out the Hollywood Bowl Museum, located at the site of the Old Tea Room, near the bottom of the hill off Pepper Tree Lane. Here you’ll find a collection of old photographs, posters, and exhibits depicting the timeline of the Hollywood Bowl. You can also head up to the second floor where the museum hosts temporary, featured exhibitions, like this one illustrating the history of how the Bowl has tried to fend off airplane noise from interfering with their concert calendar. Oh, and speaking of concerts, during the summer you can even catch open rehearsals by the LA Phil as they prep for evening performances. Just be sure to call Audience Services ahead of time if you want to find out about the upcoming rehearsal schedule. If you’re planning a visit keep in mind there is free parking in Lots A and B during the day, but you might want to call ahead to avoid any event or construction-related park closures. Like other L.A. parks, hours are essentially sunrise to sunset, but again you’ll want to check beforehand about any events or concerts that may be limiting public visitation hours. Well that’s it, that’s our trip to the Hollywood Bowl. As always we’re going to leave some helpful links and information in the description below and of course if you want to see more videos like this be sure to like, subscribe and comment. Until next time remember We Like L.A., and we want YOU to keep exploring Los Angeles.


  1. psychocyn Author

    Thank you for presenting this video in such a calm and classy way. So many times we see perky people pointing to stupid things that are obvious to the viewer which seems demeaning to the viewer, gives attention to the speaker and is not at all informative. You two were great. You make me want to visit LA.


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