40 Places to See in California Before Your Kids Are All Grown Up

39. Hollywood Walk of Fame

Hollywood Walk of Fame

Hollywood Walk of Fame

Los Angeles

Why you’ve got to go: Walk along the path of stars and look for the names of your children’s favorite celebrities. Street performers and celebrity look-alikes often line the pathway and are always ready to pose for a picture. This is a great place for children to learn about the history of Tinsel Town and you can follow up the experience by heading to the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.

What to do: Take pictures with the street performers, search for specific names, watch a movie at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. The area is also filled with record stores, restaurants, and bakeries to visit once you’ve scratched the walk of fame off your bucket list.

Get there when kids are: Ages 7 and up.

More info: http://www.walkoffame.com/

40. Calico Ghost Town

Calico Ghost Town

Calico Ghost Town


Why you’ve got to go: If you end up near Barstow, you have to visit the Calico Ghost Town that stands as a preserved mining town from the late 1800s. Children will love feeling as though they’ve stepped back into the wild western days of shootouts and lucky strikes. Interestingly, rumor has it that the town is haunted – and nearly every child loves a ghost story.

What to do: Take pictures of the perfectly preserved late 1800s architecture, go on a ghost tour, visit an old mine, and walk down the main street. Kids will love the fact that this little town is unlike anywhere else.

Get there when kids are: Ages 5 and up.

More info: http://cms.sbcounty.gov/parks/Parks/CalicoGhostTown.aspx

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