Venturing into a new part of town can seem daunting when you’re used to sticking in your own neck of the woods. But, when you finally get to explore a neighborhood like Culver City, you’ll realize just how rewarding it can be. Known as the Heart of Screenland (you can’t escape Hollywood that easily), Culver City has a small town feel with all the bells and whistles of the city. From mom and pop shops to great outdoor opportunities, there’s something to keep the whole family busy for hours on end. Scroll through to see how we would spend the perfect day.
Dine and Dessert:
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As their slogan goes, the only thing better than a Tito’s Taco is two. If you like Mexican food, but if your brood isn’t quite sit-down restaurant ready, this Culver City landmark is a must. Everything is a la carte – burritos, enchiladas, rice, beans, chips, salsa, and of course hard shell tacos. And the cheese, oh the cheese, so much cheese! The lines are long but they move quickly. Your best bet is to have someone grab a table while the other goes to order.
Insider Tip: This place is cash only so make sure you come prepared or hit the ATM outside the entrance.
11222 Washington Pl.
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Ginger’s Divine Ice Cream
A relative newcomer to Culver City, Ginger’s is an ice cream lover’s paradise complete with cones, cookie sandwiches, pops and more. These guys scoop up small-batch ice cream every day of the week in flavors that range from familiar to out of the box. Purists will love the fresh mint chip and Amadeus vanilla. Those who want to walk on the wild side might enjoy the blueberry sweet corn or ginger cinnamon flavors.
Insider Tip: Don’t dig dairy? They have an ample selection of vegan and dairy-free flavors.
12550 Washington Blvd.
What To Do:
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Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook
As you approach the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook on Jefferson Blvd., you’ll see dozens of people dotting the hillside. And, once you’ve made it to the top yourself, you’ll know that the view is out of this world and totally worth it. On a clear day, you can see both the Hollywood sign and as far as the Pacific Ocean beyond Marina del Rey. The best part about this climb? Are all the options. You can brave the steps up to the overlook, for those less inclined for the steep steps, walk the paths that zig-zag the hill or the road up. And if you just want to check out the view, you can drive to the top and park for $2 per hour.
Insider Tip: Parking at the bottom of the hill can get competitive, especially during popular hiking hours (anytime from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.). There is meter parking on the street that is on the same side of the hill, a small parking lot that charges a little bit more than street but the parking is free on the street across from the hill.
6300 Hetzler Rd.
photo: Culver City Farmers Market via Facebook
Culver City Farmer’s Market
Every city has it’s own farmer’s market, and Culver City is no exception. Stroll through dozens of colorful booths bursting with colorful fruits and vegetables and even artisan crafts. And, don’t be afraid to ask for a sample — it’s a great way for picky eaters to try out new foods. Aside from the produce, you’ll find specialty items like freshly baked bread, hummus, goat cheeses, and flowers. Plus, there’s always something fun going on at the kids’ crafts corner.
Every Tues. 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Main Street, Downtown Culver City
photo: Umberto B. via Flickr
Ballona Creek Bike Path
Angelenos are blessed with the perfect year-round weather and the Ballona Creek Bike Path is the optimal place to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. So, gather your own person biking crew and head on down for a ride. Be sure to bring hats and water and most of the paths are in the full sun. While biking, try a game of “I Spy,” and see if you and your gang can spot wildflowers, seabirds, or street art.
Insider Tip: Jump off the bike path at Overland Ave. and take a break at the newly renovated Julian Dixon Library that has a great kids corner with fun toys or re-energize with a bite to eat and a coffee at The Spot Cafe.
Fun Film History:
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The Culver Hotel
The inside of the historic Culver Hotel is not kid-friendly, but it doesn’t mean you cant venture around outside and take a look at the information plaques, statues, and window displays commemorating the “Wizard of Oz.” Local folklore says the actors portraying the iconic munchkins in the film stayed at the hotel during filming at nearby Culver Studios. End you’re a self-guided tour with a splash in the Lion Fountain.
Insider Tip: After you splash, grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants surrounding the hotel. Some personal favorites? Public School 310 for burgers, Kay N Daves for Mexican, Pieology for a quick pizza, Menchies for frozen yogurt and Akasha for European-style pastries.
9400 Culver Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
Did we miss any of your favorite Culver City spots? Tell us in the comments below!
—Christina Montoya Fiedler