LA at a Glance
FAMILY-FRIENDLY LOS ANGELES
Denver isn’t just for adults. There are plenty of family-friendly attractions for kids of any age.

— Theme Parks
Disneyland: A must-do attraction in Southern California, Disneyland offers everything from the charm of Main Street, U.S.A., to the whimsy of Mickey’s Toontown, as guests explore eight “lands” of nostalgia, color and delight as they let their imaginations run free in a Magic Kingdom where life is a fairy tale and dreams really do come true.

Universal Studios Hollywood: The ultimate Hollywood experience with thrilling theme park rides and shows, a real working movie studio and Los Angeles’ best shops, restaurants and cinemas at CityWalk. Here, visitors go behind the scenes and explore where Hollywood movies are made on the legendary Studio Tour.

Pacific Park: Located on the world-famous Santa Monica Pier, Pacific Park is the West Coast’s only pier-based amusement park where millions of visitors each year enjoy rides, games, shopping, dining and all things fun at this leading Southern California attraction.

— Museums
California Science Center: The California Science Center offers fun and informative exhibits in interactive worlds as well as the Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Display Pavilion. The pavilion also features the California Story gallery, showcasing images and artifacts from the shuttle’s history.

Travel Town Museum: Dedicated to the preservation and celebration of railroading in the western United States, the museum features displays of historic steam locomotives, passenger cars and trolleys. Its mission is to educate the public about railroad history as it pertains to the development of the Southwest Region of the United States, particularly the Los Angeles area.

Kidspace Children’s Museum: Kidspace Children’s Museum, Southern California’s premier children’s museum, has four acres of land and more than 25 interactive exhibits, including gardens, arroyo streams and frequent activities. For kids between 12 months and 10 years old, Kidspace lets children explore the physical, natural and environmental sciences in a fun way.

Zimmer Children’s Museum: Located on Museum Row, the Zimmer Children’s Museum located features hands-on exhibits and programs to explore the world’s big ideas, including global citizenship, community responsibility and cultural sensitivity through interactive learning and creative self-expression.

— Animal Adventures
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium: This aquarium promotes education, recreation and research to promote knowledge, appreciation and conservation of the marine life of Southern California. In a natural setting adjacent to Cabrillo Beach Coastal Park and the Port of Los Angeles, Cabrillo leads in marine science education, aquaculture research and community recreation and displays the largest collection of Southern California marine life in the world.

Aquarium of the Pacific: A world-class aquarium with more than 12,500 animals in 50 exhibits, highlights at the Aquarium of the Pacific include a shark lagoon with more than 150 touchable sharks, the Lorikeet Forest, where visitors feed colorful birds and Tropical Pacific Gallery that features giant sea turtles.

Los Angeles Zoo: The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens is home to more than 1,100 mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles from more than 250 different species of which 29 are endangered. The zoo’s botanical collection includes several planted gardens and more than 800 different plant species with around 7,400 individual plants. The zoo receives more than 1.5 million visitors per year.

LIVING IN A MEDITERRANEAN CLIMATE
The Los Angeles Basin is noted for its moderate weather and is characterized by a Mediterranean climate or seasonal changes in rainfall—dry summer and rainy winter—but relatively modest transitions in temperature. Summers here are warm, hot and dry, with an average August high/low of around 84.8°F and 64.2°F; however, temperatures sometimes exceed 90°F (32 °C) during the summer. Winters are mild and somewhat rainy with high temperatures at around 65.5°F and lows of 47.8°F. Spring and autumn bring mild days with cool evenings and are generally dry.

The Los Angeles area is also subject to the phenomena of a microclimate where the daytime temperatures can vary as much as 36°F between inland areas, such as the San Fernando Valley and San Gabriel Valley and the coast in the Los Angeles Basin.

Los Angeles averages 15.1 inches of precipitation per year, but is lower at the coast and higher at the mountains. Most rainfall occurs during winter and early spring, and February is considered the wettest month. Sometimes rainfall can occur in the summer from monsoon thunderstorms or even from remnants of dissipating eastern Pacific hurricanes, but this is unusual.

PROPERTY TAXES
State law mandates that all property is subject to taxation unless otherwise exempted. Property taxes support necessary services provided to the residents of the county. In Los Angeles County, it takes three separate county offices—Assessor, Auditor-Controller and Treasurer and Tax Collector to produce and account for your property tax bill and payment. Property taxes are based on the assessed value of your property, and the bills show land and improvement values.

   
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