So, you finally got tickets to The Broad? Now make a day out of it! Downtown LA is full of options and this itinerary is all within a few blocks.
First stop, The Broad:
The Broad (pronounced with a long o) is a contemporary art museum founded by billionaire couple Eli and Edythe Broad to house their enormous collection of works from the likes of Warhol, Lichtenstein, Jasper Johns, and Koons. It opened in September 2015 in Downtown LA. Though it’s been open almost a year and tickets are free, they can still be hard to come by, especially if you want to visit on a weekend. Your best bet for weekend tickets is to try to snag some using their online reservation system when they are released on the first of the month . If you are more spontaneous or don’t mind waiting in line, there are standby tickets available but wait times are often an hour or two. They do tweet the standby wait times, so check before you go. Download The Broad app onto your phone to access audio tours to give you a run down of the art and architecture.
The tickets are timed and you must arrive within half an hour of the time on your ticket, but once you are in there is no time limit and you are free to leave and re-enter. So, as soon as you are inside, put your name on the waiting list for Infinity Room (Yelp Reviews), peruse the galleries for a bit and when you start to feel that museum fatigue setting in, take a break and visit one of the other stops on our list. Then come back to enjoy the rest when you’re refreshed.
Relax in the LA Sunshine at Grand Park
Located only blocks from the Broad, this park has a gorgeous fountain with splash pad, acres of relaxing green space right in the middle of the city, adorable pink chairs that you can move to your perfect spot in the shade, great people watching, and beautiful views of City Hall.
Speaking of City Hall, if you are there during regular business hours, consider taking the elevator to the observation deck for great views of the city.
Getting hungry? Walk a few blocks to Grand Central Market.
Pizza, barbecue, Pad Thai, tacos, gourmet burgers, bento – You can find it all at Grand Central Market. This historic marketplace, which has been in continuous operation since 1917, houses a huge variety of well-liked restaurant stalls alongside more traditional market offerings such a cheese shops, bakeries, meat, and produce. If you’re with friends, split up to go to different stalls and then eat family-style! For dessert, make sure to stop by McConnell’s Ice Cream for the creamiest ice cream in the most delicious flavors such as Churros con Leche, Eureka Lemon & Marionberries, Chocolate Almond Brittle or Olive Oil with Salted Almonds.
Visit the Walt Disney Concert Hall
Whether you listen to the LA Philharmonic, take a tour of the building, or just walk by to look at the amazing architecture, you won’t want to miss the Walt Disney Concert Hall. It is right by The Broad.
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