If you have looked at old time pictures of how the West was won, and wondered where Burbank fit into that scene, the Gordon R. Howard Museum can answer your questions. The Museum and Burbank Historical Society occupying the same location, houses many categories of Burbank history. The police force, the fire engines, the parade photographs, the early buildings and the unusual sights of long gone structures that were once found in the city of Burbank.
Who needs to pay money for a gym membership? The small but rugged Verdugo Mountain range offers lovely views, cool breezes, and a serious workout for trail runners. In May, the annual Verdugo Mountains 10k begins in Brand Park, climbing steadily to one of the highest points in the Verdugo Mountains before descending downhill. Breathtaking views of the L.A. Basin, the San Fernando Valley, and the Pacific Ocean await you at every turn.
You can't go to Burbank without visiting Bob's Big Boy, a landmark eatery built in 1949. The towering sign and distinct architectural style are so iconic that the restaurant has been designated as a California Point of Historical Interest. Stop in to admire the classic mid-century design and, while you're at it, don't miss their famous burgers and milkshakes.
The Martial Arts History Museum offers a glimpse into the history, artistry, and influence of martial arts on western culture. The museum is open to the public and takes about an hour to explore. Group tours and special accommodations can be arranged for seniors, groups of 20 or more, and the physically or mentally challenged. A variety of unique events and seminars are offered on some weekends, including special screenings, language workshops, martial arts demonstrations, and more.
The historic Starlight Bowl features quality music and entertainment in an amphitheater with great sight lines, grassy picnic areas and comfortable seating. Concerts and other events are offered throughout the summer.
Nestled on two and a half acres of beautiful gardens with 25,000 square feet of meeting space, Pickwick Gardens Conference Center accommodates business and social functions of all sizes. The center also encompasses the Pickwick Bowl and Pickwick Ice recreational facilities.
Experience one of the must-see things to do in LA as you explore the iconic back lots and sound stages of Warner Brothers Studios. With actual filming happening all around you, no two tours are ever alike. Studio tours include a 2-hour guided portion, as well as a self guided visit to Stage 48: Script-to-Screen. The entire experience takes about 3 hours.
This park was named in honor of Johnny Carson, the Tonight Show host who helped put Downtown Burbank on the map. At the park you can see a bronze plaque honoring the late TV host. It also has extensively maintained green space, a river outwash with rocky landscaped borders, and a sanded course running up and above the lower level and back down again. Whether people want to exercise on the metal exercise bars, read under the shaded trees, swing on the swing sets or just relax, Johnny Carson Park is a great place to visit in Burbank.
The Falcon Theatre is a 130-seat performing arts space located in the Burbank media district near Disney Studios, NBC, Warner Bros. and Universal Studios. Built by Director/Writer/Producer Garry Marshall and his daughter Kathleen Marshall LaGambina, the Falcon opened its doors in November of 1997 and launched a 5-play subscription series in 2002. The Falcon Theatre operates year-round in charming Toluca Lake Village.
Host Ellen DeGeneres continues to deliver uplifting, inspiring, and hilarious experiences to viewers. Ellen's talent, personal warmth and insight have earned her recognition as a global entertainer and household name. Through her show, she brings her humor and talent for tackling topical issues into viewers' lives with her distinctive style touching every aspect of the show.
Find fun for the whole family with all the best action-packed entertainment in one place. Universal Studios Hollywood features thrilling, edge-of-your-seat theme park rides and shows, a real working movie studio, and all the shops, restaurants and cinemas you could want.
Granville serves gourmet American comfort food using only the freshest, highest quality ingredients, including hormone-free and antibiotic-free meats, organic greens, artisan cheeses and breads, as well as sustainable and organic coffee and espresso. The result is gourmet-quality, affordable food served in generous portions, in an inviting and unpretentious atmosphere.
Thai cuisine meets sushi at Gindi Thai in a modern, elegant room reminiscent of a sleek West Hollywood lounge. Gindi Thai offers two tempting authentic Asian cuisines: sushi and Thai food. You'll be happy to find hints of Thai flavor in certain sushi items.
Picanha Restaurant serves up traditional Brazilian style churrascaria in the entertainment district of the Media City Center. Picanha also provides more than delicious food - visitors step into the complete Brazilian cowboy dining experience.
In 1964, a western rancher named Stuart Anderson founded the Black Angus Steakhouse on a simple idea: offering great ranch-style steaks at a reasonable price, in a place where people could relax and enjoy themselves. All steaks are carefully selected, hand-cut, then grilled over an open-flame to sear in the "under-the-stars, over-the-campfire flavor."
Cast off into the hills of San Fernando Valley and discover an oasis boasting the best views of Los Angeles, award-winning contemporary steakhouse cuisine and first-class service. You'll climb the winding road to a premier destination, a hidden gem at the top of the hill - The Castaway. Take in the swaying palm trees that line our green, lush grounds as you enter the beautiful tropical setting of The Castaway. When you come to The Castaway, lose yourself in the calming rush of the waterfall, peaceful koi ponds, unrivaled service and exceptional fare as The Castaway becomes your favorite escape.
This Cuban bakery features cakes, cookies, strudels, and all other kinds of sweets, but there are savory options, too. Try the pork tamales, rellenito, or Empanada Gallega (large chicken pie).
The SmokeHouse was built at the end of WWII and is one of the few L.A. restaurants of that era to survive to today. It has the decor and aura of a different age and has grown steadily with the growth of the movie industry and through word of mouth in the Burbank community. The original restaurant was located at the corner of Pass and Riverside avenue and seated 46 people and was enjoyed by local luminaries like Bob Hope and Bing Crosby. The Smokehouse was so successfull and packed with customers that they soon began looking for a new building. In 1949 the Smokehouse moved to its current location where the Red Coach Inn was built.
Spago Beverly Hills is the foundation of Wolfgang Puck and Barbara Lazaroff's fine dining group. The open-air garden is the jewel of the restaurant, featuring two imported one hundred-year-old olive trees and a sculpted granite fountain. As popular for lunch as it is dinner, Spago is famous for table-hopping, people watching and the grandest of parties.
In the midst of the busy San Fernando Valley lies an oasis - a 6 1/2 acre garden, which features three gardens in one. As one enters The Japanese Garden, designed by Doctor Koichi Kawana, there is a dry Zen meditation garden (karesansui) containing Tortoise Island, a three-Buddha arrangement of stones, and a wisteria arbor across a Plover Path. Next along the path is an expansive Chisen or "wet-strolling" garden with waterfalls, lakes and streams, abundant greenery, and stone lanterns which were hand-carved by artisans in Japan. At the end of this path is the Shoin Building with an authentic 4 1/2 tatami mat teahouse and adjacent tea garden.
This eco-minded pub serves only California beer, and only serves it on draft. Enjoy a fine selection of local brews served the way the brewer intended, with no travel or storage pitfalls - just fresh, delicious goodness. As a family-owned, neighborhood business, Tony's focuses on reducing waste and supporting the local community by partnering with local vendors, farmers, and producers.
The original Tinhorn Flats in Burbank, California is one of the oldest saloons in the San Fernando Valley. It is an iconic watering hole that has been owned by Baret Lepejian since 2004. It is frequented by Burbank locals, the studio industry and sports fans. Tinhorn Flats is a bonafide Chicago sports haven. Bears, Cubs, Bulls and Blackhawks are showing here as well as local sports. The saloon is home to many commercial and dramatic studio shoots including Budweiser and Code Black.
Laughter is the best medicine at Flappers, an intimate comedy club that features everything from big name acts to emerging comedians and even open-mic amateurs. This popular venue attracts a crowd on the weekends, but luckily there's not a bad seat in the house, even when it's packed.
Burbank's luxurious Town Center provides shopping and dining galore, plus a play area for kids and other amenities. Enjoy a selection of larger department stores, small shops and boutiques, and a variety of fine restaurants.
Probably the most prestigious shopping street in the world, Rodeo Drive encompasses three blocks in the heart of Beverly Hills which anchor a larger shopping and entertainment district. Explore the ultimate in luxury boutiques, upscale restaurants, and exclusive events ranging from luxurious jewelry festivals to seasonal holiday spectaculars.