Universal Studios Hollywood

Take a ride through some of the most thrilling moments in movie history.

Claim to fame

Celebrating its centennial this year, this sprawling, hilltop theme park remains ultimately a working film studio. Take a guided, $249-per-person VIP Experience tour and enjoy close-up glimpses of sets from Desperate Housewives and Psycho. The tour includes lunch and front-of-line access to all rides and shows.

Thrills for teens

Teens and parents alike can thrill to Universal’s 1990s retro revival vibe. Survive a terrifying, watery plunge on the Jurassic Park ride, yuk it up in the Simpsons motion simulator ride or watch pyro and jet ski stunts at the live-action WaterWorld show.

Fun for wee ones

Up for some monkey business? The Adventures of Curious George playground is brimming with tipping buckets, water cannons and foam balls that get kids in swimsuits yelping with glee on hot days.