The view, the art, the tram ride up - a day at LA's mountain-top Getty Museum is a must. Free iPod touch guides lead you through gallery upon gallery and through the magnificent gardens, and you might learn a thing or two if you can pry it out of your child's hands. You'll see Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, Van Gogh - the same pieces you may or may not have posted across your dorm room at college in an attempt to seem cultured. Just saying.
You really don't get views better than this - and even better, aside from the parking *it's free*! Check out the tours and children's programs on offer.
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Great day trip! especially if you have kids!
The J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu is not only a spectacular location, it also houses an immense collecton of dazzling art. But the best part is how family-friendly the museum is. We visited there yesterday with a 4 year old and a 6 year old. Both boys had a great time -especially when we found the Children's museum where kids of all ages can draw and make their own art to either take home or post on the display walls. The highlight for all of us were the amazing gardens where we found secret waterfalls and vast places to play. You have to pay a modest fee for parking, but otherwise the entire site is free. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the LA area!