Finally moved to Beverly Hills! After surviving the initial cocktail of emotions, you have unpacked and are ready to start your new life! Hopefully, you will have some free time to enjoy after the move. But even if the real world hits you right away you might still have some time to spare. In the days and weeks to come you’ll want to explore your new surroundings. But, where to go and what to see? How to not be overwhelmed? Don’t worry, we can help with top things to do in Beverly Hills!
Visit Beverly Gardens Park
Sounds like a walk in the park. Mostly, because it is. This 1.9 mile park stretches lineary from Wilshire to Dohney and Santa Monica Boulevard. It is full of interesting sights, such are the Wilshire Electric Fountain and the iconic Beverly Hills Sign. Apart from these, in here you can find some beautiful gardens and walking/jogging treks. Also, Beverly Gardens Park is where you can enjoy the famous Beverly Hills Art Show. If you’ve never heard of this park, then Beverly Hills is probably not a place for you.
Check out Rodeo Drive
You know how when you google “Beverly Hills” and you get the picture of a street lined with palmtrees? Well, that’s Rodeo Drive. And visiting it is definitely one of the top things to do in Beverly Hills.
Rodeo Drive is a 2 mile street filled with fashion, luxury and excess. Want to buy a pair of socks in the same store as a former president? Or just shop like Julia Roberts and J. Lo? Well, then Rodeo Drive is a place for you. Here you won’t find your garden variety GAP jeans or New Balance sneakers. This is where Gucci, Tiffany and Dior set up shop. We recommend you don’t miss the shopping if you have the time (or the means), but make sure you call in advance. Some shops here are so prestigious that they require you to call ahead and reserve a time for shopping.
In case you don’t want to have your movie drive down Rodeo Drive’s palmtree lined road, you can always take the pedestrian route and Via Rodeo where you can check out some amazing bars. It’s always easier to go window shopping if you are on foot. You might also spot some pretty amazing cars. And don’t forget to check out the Rodeo Drive’s Walk of Style!
Top Things to Do in Beverly Hills: Paley Center for Media
Formerly The Museum of TV and Radio, this venue is a TV lovers dream! Apart from the costumes, masks and countless TV memorabilia, you can find almost 150,000 episodes of old TV shows. You can enjoy the daily selection of classics played on the big screen, or you might decide to check out a specific show on one of the computer terminals. Enjoying the early cartoons? Try searching for it! You can find anything from black and white shows to the early 80s soap operas.
Take the Famous Trolley Tour
This is definitely one of the top things to do in Beverly Hills, especially for newcomers. This tour can give you a quick overview of the city, with a commentary on some its famous recidents. It is excellent for finding out where to spend your time. Also, the tour can be an excellent activity for you if you moved to Beverly Hills with your child.
Virginia Robinson Gardens
Excellent place for garden and park lovers! The estate was built in 1911 and encompasses six acres of gardens. It is right behind the famous Beverly Hills Hotel, so you can plan to catch both sites in a single day. You will see wonderful gardens, manicured and extremely well preserved. And, of course, the mansion famous for the luxurious Hollywood parties. Keeping to this tradition, the gardens still organize a party at the beginning of each summer.
Unfortunately, due to the location the only way to access the gardens is via a docent-led tour. But, don’t worry, you can reserve a place for one of those easily. Just make sure you do it at least two weeks in advance.
Top Things to Do in Beverly Hills: Saban Theatre
Having been renovated recently, the Saban theatre is a both historical and a cultural sign in beverly Hills. It was constructed in 1930 as a movie theatre. But since then, it changed to a live stage thetre.
Now, it is home to Broadway plays and more. In Beverly Hills, this is the best place to experience culture and history at the same time.
Visit Downtown L.A. & Hollywood
I mean, how can you resist? After a time spent in your new home in Beverly Hills, you will get used to the atmosphere there. How better to spice things up than by checking out some extraordinary locations just a short drive away? You can grab a bus or drive yourself (but if you do, be prepared for a lot of parking hassle).
Visiting the City of Angels
will give you a whole new view on the surrounding area. More shopping opportunities, more beaches and various different activities to mix up your routine. Also, if you get lulled and want to experience a city with a busier atmosphere, downtown LA is the place to go!
And who can say no to Hollywood? Come on! Checking out all the sets and the giant movie star villas might take up your entire day! If you see a celebrity, don’t be shy to ask an autograph or a picture, just make sure you are polite and nice. Don’t interupt any private moments, cause, you know, they live here.
Of course, these are our top choises of things to do in Beverly Hills. We mentioned some options that may require you to pay and enterance or some other fee. If you want a way to check out Beverly Hills without much or any money you can check out the free things to do in Beverly Hills.