Day 3 of our LA Trip was the perfect balance of relaxing and fun. We slept in late after an extremely long Day 2. Then decided to hang out at our hotel pool before hitting the local attractions on Hollywood Boulevard. Not only did I choose the Loews Hollywood because of it’s convenient location (see my Day 1 Recap), but also because the pool is absolutely beautiful. The back drop is gorgeous for photos. And on the other side there’s a distant, yet extremely clear view of the Hollywood sign. It was a good enough view to satisfy Esean’s curiosity about it since we didn’t make it to the Griffith Observatory as planned.
After the pool we got ready for the day and headed to the Hollywood & Highland Center. It’s a shopping and dining complex that’s pretty much connected to the hotel. I ate at Pokinometry the last time I was in LA and decided to take Esean to try it since he loves sushi. Let’s just say he’s now in love with Poke Bowls.
Esean had a large bowl with his choice of toppings. I had a medium bowl with brown rice,all of the base toppings, yellowtail, octopus, scallops, all of the toppings, spicy mayo and eel sauce. Yes, it was as good as it looks!
We got churros for dessert from Street Churros, which is also in the complex. They were so fresh and good that we had to get another fix on our last day before we left.
Now it was time to start our Hollywood Boulevard adventure. First up was the Hollywood Museum. It’s technically on Highland. But right off of the boulevard. The museum provided us with complimentary tickets and we were excited to see the treasures inside.
Located in the historic Max Factor building, the Hollywood Museum is the official museum of Hollywood and has the most extensive collection of Hollywood memorabilia in the world. As suggested by the museum hostess we started on the top floor and worked our way to the bottom. We loved the Batman Exhibit with all of the old Batman costumes. There were also comics and other memorabilia.
We really got a kick out of the Monsters, Mummies and Mayhem Exhibit down in the dungeon. It featured all of the boogeymen from my childhood including Jason, Freddy and Michael Meyers. There was also a creepy Silence of the Lambs Exhibit. Along with some modern day creepers like the vampires from True Blood.
The Sci Fi Exhibit was pretty cool as well and featured memorabilia from sci-fi thrillers. Like this Planet of the Apes spaceship. Along with costumes from the original and modern day movies, Star Wars, Star Trek and more.
I really enjoyed all of the Max Factor Memorabilia on the main, glamour themed floor. This is a peek inside of his personal makeup case. The museum itself including the glamour exhibits was heavily centered around Marilyn Monroe and other actresses from the Hollywood Golden Era. It would have been nice to see representation for famed black actresses of the era, such as Dorothy Dandridge. At least Eartha Kitt was featured in the Batman display for her role as Cat Woman. Overall we still enjoyed the museum though.
Next we headed to Forever 21 on Hollywood Boulevard to find Esean some sunglasses. We browsed around the store for a bit and ended up buying a few things. We also picked him up a new pair of low top Vans for Summer. After dropping the goodies off at the hotel, we headed back to Hollywood Boulevard to visit more attractions. Starting with the TCL Chinese Theater.
We enjoyed browsing the hand & footprints, and inscriptions. Next we headed to Madame Tussauds.
Esean was pretty hyped about visiting Madame Tussauds Hollywood as we had a blast at the NYC location some years back. So I was grateful to receive complimentary tickets for our visit.
Can you tell how much fun we had?! Lol. Madame Tussauds was definitely the highlight of the day.
Next we strolled along the Hollywood Walk of Fame to look for whatever stars we could find for black people. I’m always rooting for everybody black lol.
It’s super hard to get photo opps with the stars because of the foot traffic, but we managed a few.
At this point we were famished and exhausted. So we headed back to the Hollywood & Highland Complex to grab some pizzas from California Pizza Kitchen to take back to the hotel. Esean had the Jerk Chicken Pie, while I went with the Shrimp Scampi Pie. Both were sooooooo good. We ate pizza and watched TV until we fell out. Day 4 was a nice adventure so stay tuned for that recap next, and make sure you check out Day 1 and Day 2 for more ideas on things to do when visiting LA. Including the Guinness World Records Museum which is also on Hollywood Boulevard.