What to do and see in Burbank, United States: The Best Places and Tips

October 23, 2017 Merry Kessler

Burbank, which is home to Bob Hope Airport (formerly known as the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport), is close to Universal Studios, downtown Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley and other popular L.A. destinations. Visitors to the city can take a backstage tour at NBC or Warner Bros. studios, shop and dine in charming downtown Burbank and attend an outdoor concert at the Starlight Bowl. Also of interest is the Gordon Howard Museum, a historical museum with aviation and vintage-car displays.
Restaurants in Burbank

1. Conan O'Brien Show

6564 Forest Lawn Dr, Burbank, CA 90068-1022 +1 818-977-3056
Excellent
73%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 83 reviews

Conan O'Brien Show

Reviewed By maxpaste - PA

We thoroughly enjoyed our Conan experience. The TripAdvisor reviews below were very helpful in guiding us about arrival time etc. I don't believe I can add any details about the logistics that haven't already been addressed before but I'm happy to respond to any direct messages of you have questions. His staff are very friendly and the entire event is well coordinated. They get 200 people from a parking garage to a studio 8 blocks away, which is good people management. As for the show, he's the best and it was the highlight of our LA trip

2. The Americana at Brand

889 Americana Way Ste 330, btw Brand Blvd and Central Ave, Glendale, CA 91210-1559 +1 877-897-2097
Excellent
72%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 402 reviews

The Americana at Brand

Reviewed By sas820 - Stanley, Hong Kong

Excellent planning that resulted in a well thought out multiple purpose community center: fine retail outlets, inviting outdoor gathering areas, wonderful fountain, trolley, wide variety of dining options, excellent seasonal decor, safe and clean parking garages.

3. Griffith Observatory

2800 E. Observatory Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90027-1299 +1 213-473-0800
Excellent
64%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 16 reviews

Griffith Observatory

A public observatory owned and operated by the City of Los Angeles for the benefit of all. Located in on Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park, the Observatory offers a planetarium, exhibits, public telescopes, cafe, bookstore, and the best views of the Los Angeles basin. Admission is free, and visitors may drive directly to the Observatory and park in its lots and roads.

Reviewed By BobKava - Cooper City, Florida

We were unable to get to the observatory because of the crowds. So recommend you go there way before the opening Cars were parked everywhere. Many walked a great distance uphill to get there

4. Forest Lawn Memorial Park

1712 S Glendale Ave, Glendale, CA 91205-3320 +1 800-204-3131
Excellent
68%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 207 reviews

Forest Lawn Memorial Park

This famous cemetery has dozens of fancy Hollywood tributes and exhibits, and it attracts over one million annual visitors.

Reviewed By brwerner - Burlington, Vermont

On a Sunday, very few people there. Very pretty driving around. Stopped at information just inside the entrance and got a map, calendar of events and fancy Great Mausoleum tour guide. If you are a Christian, the mausoleum will both strengthen and inform your faith. And if you are not a Christian, go for the art, museum, and beauty. Don't miss the Crucifixion and Resurrection paintings, with narration - check the website for days and hours. Whole thing not to be missed!

5. Universal Studios Hollywood

100 Universal City Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 91608-1002 +1 800-864-8377
Excellent
62%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 30 reviews

Universal Studios Hollywood

Get ready for the ultimate Hollywood experience! Find a full day of action-packed entertainment all in one place: thrilling theme park rides and shows, a real working movie studio, and Los Angeles’ best shops, restaurants and cinemas at CityWalk. Universal Studios Hollywood is a unique experience that’s fun for the whole family. Explore Universal Studios backlot on the legendary Studio Tour. Then face the action head on in heart-pounding rides, shows and attractions that put you inside some of the world’s biggest movies. End your day with the energy and excitement of Universal CityWalk. All this and much more. Only at Universal Studios Hollywood, The Entertainment Capital of L.A.

Reviewed By Cjervey2014 - Newark, New Jersey

This was the most fun that I've had in a long time. It is a bit pricey, but everywhere is, so it's priced like all of the other parks. The rides were sooo fun and the shows & tour were awesome. Can't wait to go back!

6. Glendale Galleria

100 W Broadway Ste 700, Glendale, CA 91210-1225 +1(0)818 246 6737
Excellent
51%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 230 reviews

Glendale Galleria

Reviewed By gumbokins - Singapore

It’s a nice, clean mall with a good selection of stores for the whole family. Large food court with lots of seats, the kabob store has halal chicken. Toilets are plentiful. Just a short walk from the Americana as well. Happy to find Teavana, we spent way too much money there.

7. Brand Park

1601 W Mountain St, Glendale, CA 91201-1209 +1 818-548-2000
Excellent
51%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 60 reviews

Brand Park

Reviewed By Rosie A - Los Angeles, California, United States

One of our favorites. My seven year old daughter and I enjoy walking around the entire premises. From the actual library to the Japanese garden. The library hosts concerts and art work, check calendar. Beautiful views of palm trees from the gate up. Be prepared to take lots of pics.

8. Garry Marshall Theatre

4252 W Riverside Dr, Burbank, CA 91505-4145 +1 818-955-8101
Excellent
72%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 14 reviews

Garry Marshall Theatre

Reviewed By Linda C - Moorpark, California

Actor Scott Caan is turning into quite a playwright. This is the second play we've seen of his and we're impressed. "The Trouble We Come From" is very insightful, funny, and entertaining. The Falcon is a little gem of a theater without a bad seat in the house. Parking is easy and free, plus there are restaurants within walking distance. Over the years we've attended several plays at the Falcon and enjoyed all of them. (Don't miss the fortune teller from the film "Big" in the lobby.)

9. Colony Theater

555 N 3rd St, Burbank, CA 91502-1103 +1 818-558-7000
Excellent
62%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 13 reviews

Colony Theater

Reviewed By valleytrekker - los angeles

A friend and I have been subscribers at the Colony for a number of years. The shows are consistently good. We had season tickets at the Geffen and the Taper but their offerings were so variable that we gave them up. The stage at the Colony is small so they tend to select shows with a small cast but they choose well. Give them a try and support a small, local theater!

10. Martial Arts History Museum

2319 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91506-1735 +1 818-478-1722
Excellent
46%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
27%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 18 reviews

Martial Arts History Museum

Explore the history of Asian martial arts.

Reviewed By Alan B - Kendall Park, New Jersey

I was in the area and checked TripAdvisor to see what museums were in the Burbank area. Being a 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do I was interested to see that there was a martial arts museum. It's a small storefront and Michael, the founder is there to greet you. He made it very clear that this was about the history of martial arts in the US, particularly how it's infiltrated movies and TV. I appreciated his honesty and paid my $10 to go. I didn't have a lot of time (about 30 minutes) and I could have used probably another 15-30 minutes to really read the displays and watch the videos.

While I wouldn't put it on a must-see list, I'm glad I visited, and if you're in the area and have any interest in martial arts, whether the old TV show Kung Fu, or even Kung Fu Panda, it's worth stopping in.

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