LA is loaded with iconic spots from the Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel to the Hollywood Sign in the hills, but they’re are easy to see. LA is also filled with unique, must-see attractions that are little more off the beaten path. Read on to discover 10 wacky, one-of-a-kind, silly sights your family of intrepid explorers will only find in the City of Angels.

The Binocular Building

While visiting the Giant Ballerina Clown, you can stroll right down the street to see an enormous pair of binoculars, peering back at you. Kids get a kick out of this building that looks like their favorite bird watching tool. You’ll get a kick out of knowing that you’re actually looking at a piece of local architecture lore: this was the last building designed in LA by Frank Gehry before he came back to do the Walt Disney Concert Hall. It was designed for an advertising company (originally, it was called the Chiat/Day Building), it is now simply referred to as “the binocular building” and houses Google. One more reason for your kids to love it.

340 Main St.
Santa Monica
Online: google.com/culturalinstitute/beta/u/0/asset/giant-binoculars/OQFEZ6wnjbNcvw

photo: Ruth Hara via Creative Commons

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

—Shahrzad Warkentin