Whether you’re a Tourist or a Townie, there’s always something different and fun to do in the Los Angeles area. But the cost of fun in the City of Angels can add up fast. Below is number 14 in a series of 25 things to do in Los Angeles that will cost $25 or less.
We Angelenos had the privilege of witnessing something unique when the Space Shuttle Endeavor flew piggyback on a jetliner into LA. It made two passes over my workplace in Glendale. My co-workers and I got a pretty close look at it on the second pass. So cool!
The Endeavor is now on display in its new home at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. If you go to see the shuttle, your experience will start with a companion exhibit, “The California Story,” about the shuttle program in California. Then you’ll be directed to the Samuel Oschin Pavillion, where you’ll be able to view the Endeavor up close. Once you’re in the pavilion, you can spend as much time as you like. There is no reentry allowed.
Admission to the Science Center’s permanent exhibition galleries is free. However, it will cost you $10.00 to park your car, cash only. Check the California Science Center’s reservation information page for information on making a timed reservation to see the Space Shuttle Endeavor and follow their directions carefully.
Timed reservations are encouraged, but are definitely required for weekends, holidays, special events, high-attendance periods, and winter and spring breaks. Entry is free but they charge a $2.00 “convenience” fee for an advance online or phone reservation. When you make a same-day reservation via phone, they’ll charge you a $3.00 fee, if there are any reservations still available. The box office is open 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily.
The California Science Center is located at 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles, near the 110 (Harbor) freeway and across the street from USC. Phone: (323) 724-3623.