7 Best Things To Do In Burbank, California: Visit And Live Your Dreams - Updated 2021

things to do in burbank california

Burbank is home to many things related to the entertainment industry and has a wide array of things for visitors to see and do. If you are impressed by glitz and glam head to Universal or Warner Brothers Studios. If you like the outdoors, enjoy the nearby lakes and nature centers of the area. If you’re looking for entertainment, then head to a show at the performing arts center. For those visiting for the first time, there are numerous accommodation options in the area, including Vrbo vacation rentals and Airbnbs.

Read on to find out about the best things to do in Burbank, California.

Entertainment Attractions

1. Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios Hollywood main entrance
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Universal Studios Hollywood gives you the ultimate experience, by letting you see behind the scenes of a real working movie studio - step on the “Extra” set and see celebrities being interviewed. The Universal Studios CityWalk is the Vegas of Hollywood, with lots of restaurants, nightclubs, theaters and shopping. Explore the many areas of the park including “The Walking Dead” attraction, “Harry Potter World”, “Fast and Furious Supercharged” and “King Kong 3-D”. By getting the VIP experience, guests get a personal tour guide and more access.

Universal Studios Hollywood

Address:100 University City Plaza University City CA

Price: 105 to 116 USD

Opening Hours Friday to Sunday 8am-10pm, Monday to Thursday 9am-7pm

Access:12-20 min drive from Burbank center

Website: Universal Studios Hollywood

2. Warner Brothers Studio Tour

The Making of Harry Potter
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Warner Brothers Studio Tour takes guests on outdoor sets and sound stages used to create productions such as “Gilmore Girls”, “The Big Bang Theory” and “Argo”. Each tour includes access to sets used for shows like “Friends”, “Batman” and more. Guests have two options: a Studio Tour, which includes a self-guided visit to Stage 48: Script to Screen, or the five-hour deluxe tour which includes complimentary breakfast from Starbucks and a three-course lunch.

Warner Brothers

Address: 3400 W Riverside Dr Burbank CA

Price: Studio Tour: Adult 65 USD, Child 55 USD. Deluxe Tour 295 USD

Duration: Studio Tour: 2 hours; Deluxe Tour: 5 hours

Website: Warner Brothers

3. The "A Day in LA" Tour (from USD 94.0)

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The “A Day in LA” tour covers the areas of Venice Beach, Santa Monica and Los Angeles’ most notable highlights including Griffith Park, the Sunset Strip, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Rodeo Drive, the Grove & Farmers Market, the Hollywood sign and more. The tour also makes a stop at Hollywood Blvd. to see the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. They use buses to do their tours and pick up tourists at their hotels.

A Day in LA

Address: 25 Windward Ave., Los Angeles, CA

Duration: All day

Access: Tour van picks up at the hotel

Contact:+1 818 538 6287

Website: A Day In LA

LA: City and Beach Highlights Tour with Transfer Options

Duration: 7.5 hour

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Arts & Culture

4. Pacific Ballet Dance Theater

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The Pacific Ballet Dance Theater was created in 2001 and is one of the best dance companies in the Los Angeles Area. They have very talented dancers that have performed in other ballet companies across the world. It serves the metropolitan Los Angeles region by performing captivating ballet performances and offering educational programs. Formerly known as Media City Ballet, it’s contemporary dance group gets its inspiration from a variety of music genres.Their upcoming ballet, Carmen, is paired with a wine tasting event and a silent auction.

Pacific Ballet Dance Theater

Address: 237 E Palm Ave Burbank CA

Price Adults 45 USD; Children 25 USD

Duration: 2 hours

Access: Bus 94 towards Los Angeles

Nearby Food Barney’s Beanery of Burbank, Black Angus Steakhouse, BJ’s Resturant and Brewhouse

Contact +1 818 972 9692

Website: Pacific Ballet Dance Theater

5. Colony Theater Community

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Make your next event a memorable one! Email rentals@colonytheatre.org or call 818.558.7000 x20 for more info.

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The Colony Theater Community started in 1975 by Hollywood actors who wanted to go back to their theater roots and by the 90s, they had sold out performances. In 2000, they moved to their current home - the Burbank Center Stage. Their shows appeal to everyone and includes comedy and drama performances. They plan on having more plays for the community and a shorter play season of only two to three plays per season.

Colony Theater Community

Address: 555 N Third St Burbank CA

Price: From 25-45 USD

Opening Hours 3pm or 8pm showings

Duration: 2 hours

Access: Bus 165

Nearby Food Burbank Bar and Grille, Flavors of India, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

Contact +1 818 558 7000

Website: Colony Theater Community

Nature & Outdoors

6. Stough Canyon Nature Center

Out Over Yonder
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Stough Canyon Nature Center is an educational place, nestled in the Verdugo Mountains. The center provides opportunities for the public to learn more about wildlife and things that inhabit this area of Los Angeles County. They offer guided nature hikes and have a library and small theater. The natural trail goes along the Verdugo mountain-way trail. Their guided hikes include: a fitness hike, little explorers hike, a full moon hike, hike for health for seniors, and a wild creatures walk.

Stough Canyon Nature Center

Address: 2300 Walnut Ave Burbank CA

Opening Hours: September to August 9am-5pm

Access: 2.8 miles (4.5 kilometers) away from Burbank or a 9 minute drive

Contact: +1 818 238 5440

Website: Stough Canyon Nature Center

7. Wildwood Canyon Trail

Lizard Rock, Wildwood Canyon, Thousand Oaks, CA
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Wildwood Canyon Trail is a 2.5 mile (4 kilometer) hike and welcomes mountain biking, hiking, bird watching and trail running. It is kid and dog friendly and everyone can enjoy the trail’s nature, with its flowers and views. The trail gives gorgeous views of Los Angeles and Burbank and looks out to the east end of the San Fernando Valley towards the Santa Monica mountains and downtown Los Angeles. Once at the peak of the trail, you’re rewarded with a view of the Verdugo Mountains and north of the San Gabriels.

Wildwood Canyon Park, is nestled at the bottom of a wooded canyon, between steep ridges, at the base of the Verdugo Mountains on outskirts of Burbank. Starting from the turnaround at the top of Wildwood Canyon Road, take the wide unpaved trail that goes up into the canyon. The Canyon Park has restrooms and picnic tables to enjoy before going on the hike or after.

Wildwood Canyon Trail

Website: Wildwood Canyon Trail

Burbank welcomes you

Burbank media district from Griffith Park 2015-11-07
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With plenty of attractions nearby, plus great restaurants and cafes, Burbank is worth a visit when you’re in LA. If you love water sports, it’s also close to Los Angeles’ top surf spots. Come check out all that Burbank has to offer - beautiful views and entertainment await.

Frequently asked questions about best things to do in Burbank, California

1. What are the top attractions to visit in Burbank?

When you visit Burbank, you won’t run out of things to do and attractions to see, including Warner Brothers Studio, Stough Canyon Nature Center, and Pacific Ballet Dance Theater.

2. What are the best outdoor activities in Burbank?

Most of the best outdoor things to do here are nature activities, like bird watching and mountain biking at the Wildwood Canyon Trail and hiking at Stough Canyon Nature Center.

3. What are the best day trips from Burbank?

If you’re looking for the best day trip options from Burbank, then you should travel for a day to any of these cities in California: Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Palm Springs.

4. What are the most popular things to do in Burbank with kids?

One of the most popular kid-friendly activities in Burbank is exploring the Wildwood Canyon Trail, where kids can enjoy the scenery and have a lovely afternoon picnicking with the family.

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