Around Town and Beyond

With the Pacific Coast in the background, Southern California offers something for everyone, and the Westwood area is packed with plenty to do. You’ll have plenty of time to check out the attractions and activities that interest you most! One thing’s for sure, it’s impossible to be bored!

  • Participate in an on-campus seminar or workshop
  • Explore the shops, sights and scenes in Los Angeles
  • Enjoy a favorite sport or just relax on the beach

Make Time to Play

  • Learn to surf at Santa Monica Beach and see if you can handle some truly gnarly waves
  • Put the zap on your new friends with a fast-paced game of laser tag
  • Jog through Balboa Park, enjoying natural splendor in the midst of a beautiful city
  • Hoop it up at the ACA 3-on-3 basketball tournament and find out who rules the court
  • Shake the sand out of your hair after a classic game of touch football or beach volleyball on Huntington Beach
  • Combine the thrill of surfing and the fun of kayaking with an afternoon of sea kayaking at Zuma Beach

Check Out the Scene

  • Get to know California at its best during ACA’s welcome scavenger hunt – our mad dash around Westwood!
  • Tour the famed sets and attack the thrilling rides of Universal Studios, “The Entertainment Capital of LA”
  • More than a zoo, it’s an animal sanctuary – admire the mighty giant panda at the San Diego Zoo
  • You have some big shoes to fill as you walk among the stars on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame
  • See how your hands and feet compare to Hollywood elites like Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt and Robert Downey Jr. in front of TCL (Mann) Chinese Theatre
  • Get in on the good vibes at the Museum of Tolerance – recipient of the Global Peace and Tolerance Award
  • See the gods at the Greek and Roman collections of the Getty Museum
  • Gaze up at the Hollywood sign as you browse the fashionable boutiques on Melrose Avenue

Big Sounds and Big Leagues

  • See Sparks fly at a WNBA basketball game – these ladies have game!
  • Devour a Dodger Dog while watching one of the most storied teams in MLB history
  • Check out an awesome summer concert – past favorites include Black Eyed Peas, Dave Matthews, Nickelback, Shakira and Taylor Swift
  • Watch a Los Angeles Galaxy soccer match

Kick Back and Relax

  • Pump some iron and get big on Muscle Beach
  • Have your caricature drawn on the Venice Boardwalk and pick up a pair of hip new shades
  • Take a stroll through La Jolla, admiring the stunning coastal bluffs. Watch out for the pelicans!
  • People-watch at Palisades Park; it doesn’t get much more iconic LA than this
  • Spot a celebrity at the premier of a summer blockbuster at the legendary Fox Theater
  • See the set of your favorite TV shows; some may include Glee and The Big Bang Theory
  • Experience the crystal-clear images of IMAX 3-D projected onto a six-story screen
  • Savor a latte while exploring the scene on the famed Abbot Kinney Boulevard
  • See the personalities in action at a live taping of a late-night talk show

Keep Your Cool

  • Get drenched in good times at Hurricane Harbor water park
  • Hang out while they hang ten as the world’s best surfers compete at the Huntington Beach pro surf championships
  • Cool off and chill out at ACA’s awesome beach party

Coastal Treasures

  • Ride the dazzling Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica Pier
  • Watch the all-new Shamu show, One Ocean® at SeaWorld

Shop and Explore

  • Hit all the fashionable boutiques and watch out for the paparazzi on energetic Rodeo Drive
  • Wear yourself out at the Malibu Arts Festival
  • Trendy stores, 20 movie theater screens and everything in between are at your fingertips at Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade
  • Rub elbows with celebrities at the Malibu Country Mart
  • Sample the culinary creations of Nobu, Malibu’s chic sushi destination!

Be the Star of the Show

  • Take center stage in the Skit Night & Talent Review
  • Boogie over to the Disco & Dancing Extravaganza

And When It's Over . . . 

  • Say goodbye at ACA's catered Farewell Bash and Summer Slide Show


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