Families can create lasting memories on a budget with hiking, biking and horse trails, as well as exploring the legendary Griffith Observatory.
Another treat at Griffith Park is riding the historic mini Southern Railroad. It's only $2.50 per person.
"The train ride has been around for decades," said Mar Yvette of Citysearch.com.
2. Annenberg Community Beach House
The family can plunge into the grand, solar-heated, marble pool at the Annenberg Community Beach House. The pool is open every day during the summer. Passes are $10 for adults and $4 for kids under 17.
There's also a shaded children's play area, a cafe with free Wi-Fi and volleyball nets on the beach, all within walking distance from the ocean.
3. California Science Center
Admission is always free at the California Science Center. The hands-on museum features three floors of interactive and stimulating fun.
There are exhibits of animals and insects and a 50-foot woman assisting with body science. For a nominal fee, your little daredevils can also enjoy the high-wire bike ride.
4. Universal Studios Hollywood
With the return of King Kong in 3-D, and summer-specials on admission prices, Universal Studios remains one of the most pocket-friendly locations.
Here are the family destinations rounding out the top 7:
5. Getty Center in Los Angeles
6. Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica
7. Rainbow Lagoon Park in Long Beach
Great family destinations are, of course, not exclusive to Los Angeles:
Orange County: Irvine Park Railroad in Orange
Inland Empire: Temecula Children's Museum in Temecula
Ventura County: Ventura Harbor Village in Ventura
There's no way this list is complete. Share your favorite in the comments below!