LA is loaded with iconic spots from the Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel to the Hollywood Sign in the hills. But those are easy to see. LA is also filled with some unique, must-see attractions that are little more off the beaten path. Here are a few wacky, one-of-a-kind, silly sights your family of intrepid explorers will only find in the City of Angels.

Giant Clown Ballerina

Standing watch over the corner of Rose and Main in Venice, this giant dancer acts as an unofficial mascot, welcoming visitors to the equally eccentric Venice Boardwalk. The 30 foot tall sculpture by artist Johnathan Borofsky has been peering down from his lofty perch since 1989, when his leg was originally meant to perform a perpetual ballerina kick. Though he no longer dances, he still elicits plenty of smiles and laughs from young explorers.

Main Street and Rose Ave.
Venice
Online: borofsky.com

photo: Shahrzad Warkentin

  • Giant Clown Ballerina
  • Valley Relics Museum
  • La Laguna Playground at Vincent Lugo Park
  • Chicken Boy
  • Mosaic Tile House
  • Time Travel Mart
  • Jumbo Jets and a Side of Fries
  • Clifton's Cafeteria
  • Worth the Drive: Cabazon Dinosaurs

What are some of your family’s favorite unique, silly sights in LA? Share any we missed in the comments!

—Shahrzad Warkentin