Burbank is famous for its starring role in the movie and entertainment industry, but it also offers so much more than glitz and glam. If you’re looking to get to know the city, add some of these must do’s to your itinerary.
1. Shopping in Magnolia Park
For a one-of-a-kind shopping experience, hit up the shops on Magnolia Boulevard. The neighborhood abounds with vintage shops full of retro clothing, accessories, and home decor items. For handmade gifts made by local artists, check out Mindfulnest, or visit Morphe Brushes for all your beauty needs. Stop into Previously On where you can find a shirt or piece of furniture from your favorite TV show or film. Then take a break at Perky Nerd or the famous Porto’s Bakery. You’ll find a unique, thoughtful gift for everyone you know, and plenty for yourself, shopping in Magnolia Park.
2. Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood
On the Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood, visit iconic backlots at the world’s busiest film and television studio, and see soundstages where today’s hottest TV shows and movies are made. Plus, Stage 48: Script to Screen offers the chance to design your own movie costume, take a screen test on the Central Perk set from “Friends,” race through the streets of Gotham on a Bat-pod, and more. A must-see is the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts Exhibit, offering an up-close look at authentic props and costumes from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and the beloved Harry Potter films.
3. Universal Studios Hollywood
Universal Studios Hollywood is right next to Burbank and features action-packed entertainment all in one place. From heart-pounding rides and shows that put you inside some of the world’s biggest movies, to behind-the-scenes fun in a real working studio, you’re sure to enjoy a unique experience that’s fun for the whole family. Plus, receive early park admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ when you book a Preferred Hotel package on the Visit Burbank site.
4. See an Ellen Degeneres Show Taping
Another once-in-a-lifetime experience you can only get in Burbank is sitting in on a live taping of The Ellen Show. The charming, generous, and hilarious Ellen Degeneres will keep you laughing and dancing as she invites the biggest stars, inspiring heroes, and politicians to her show for personal, heartfelt, and hilarious interviews.
5. Dine in the Media District
Looking for the perfect bite in a cool California setting? Try a restaurant in the Media District. From the hip Hook Burger to the classic Bob’s Big Boy (the original still has a designated booth where the Beatles dined!) you’ll find a place to please every palate. Try Jinya Ramen for a delicious bowl of soup in a cool outdoor patio or artisan lunch spots like the local favorite Olive & Thyme, where you’re sure to see a few entertainment industry insiders grabbing lunch.