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What to do around Staple Center?

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What to do around Staple Center?

My son will be watching a game in Staple Center (a Sunday), may I know any where in this Center or nearby for us to hang around while waiting for him? Think is about a 2-3 hrs wait. :((

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1. Re: What to do around Staple Center?

Well, STAPLES Center is the centerpiece of an entertainment / restaurant/ hotel complex called LA Live so there's plenty of things to do around the arena. Some examples:

- LA Live is mostly across the street from the arena and most of the things to do by the arena is in there. You can :

1. Eat and watch lots of sports at ESPNZone. If you guys are total sports fanatics this is the place to go for it.

2. Check out the new Grammy Museum.

3. See who's playing at the Nokia Theater.

4. Go bowling at Lucky Strike Lanes.

5. Eat and try one of the hundreds of beers at Yard House.

6. People watch at the lobby of the Ritz Carlton hotel. Or just have a coffee at the Espressamente Illy cafe there.

7. Watch a film at the nearby cinema complex.

Next to STAPLES Center is the Los Angeles Convention Center. If there's anything going on there during your visit you could check it out. down the road from the arena, about a block away or so on Figueroa is the Pantry Deli. Historic restaurant, but food prices are a bit high for what you get.

Hope this helps a bit :)

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You could explore downtown L.A. which is relatively small. Our FAQs section (a link at the top of the TOPIC LIST) has a section called "itinerary Ideas" which includes a do-it-yourself 'walking tour' of downtown L.A. commencing at the Civic Center Station of the red line metro rail.

Any number of buses will take you swiftly from the Staples Center to the Civic Center area (where the walking tour starts). Look up routes at METRO.NET. On the right side of the home page, enter STAPLES CENTER as your starting point and CIVIC CENTER as your ending point. Enter day and time of day traveling.

Or, you can use the metro rail: Take the blue line metro rail adjacent to Staples by walking south of Staples along Figueroa St, turning left on 12th Street and then right onto the sidewalk after crossing Flower Street. You'll see the station just ahead on your right. Use care crossing the tracks to reach the platform.

You can buy tickets on the platform from the vending machine. Take the train one stop north to 7th St (the last stop)., go down one level and take any eastbound train (marked "Union Station") and get off at "Civic Center'. The transfer will take a total of about 15 minutes. Here's an excerpt from that tour:

"...Take the train toward downtown and get off at the Civic Center station. Exit at the north end of the platform (toward the rear of the train). You will emerge on 1st Street. across from the Disney Hall at 135 N. Grand Av (corner of 1st Street & Grand Av), home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Disney is part of the Los Angeles Music Center (home of the Los Angeles Opera, Ballet and Philharmonic). If you don’t see the concert hall as you exit the metro rail station, then you walked to the wrong end of the platform to exit. You are at the corner of 1st Street and Hill Street. Simply walk “up the hill” on 1st Street and the concert hall will be ahead on your left. You can make arrangements to take a tour the Disney Concert Hall, here: www.musiccenter.org/visit/tours.html

One block north of the Music Center (a right turn off of Grand Avenue as you walk up the hill on 1st Street) is the Cathedral of our Lady of the Angels (at 555 West Temple Street, at the corner of Temple Street and Grand Av), the Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Or, if you prefer, walk 2 blocks south on Grand Av from the Disney Concert Hall to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) at 250 South Grand Avenue. This is a modest-sized museum with interesting exhibits and is part of the California Plaza complex (which includes the top-rated Omni Hotel). The Plaza is a great place to relax and unwind to the sounds and sights of the waterworks there. (No simple fountains, here!)

Next stop: Chinatown.

To do so, either walk or take the metro rail:

1. Re-enter the red line station and, use your DAY PASS to continue in the same direction toward UNION STATION (the next and final stop on this line). Take the escalator up to the main floor of Union Station and look for signs for the gold line metro rail. (Feel free to explore the Union Station as it has significant architectural appeal). Take the gold line train one stop to CHINATOWN. This station is at the corner of College Street and Spring Street. Walk west on College Street 2 blocks to Broadway. This is the heart of Chinatown. (More on Chinatown below, after the directions about walking to Chinatown.

2. By foot, if you are leaving the Cathedral, exit the grounds and turn left (down the hill) along Temple Street. If you are at MOCA, walk 3 blocks north on Grand Av to Temple Street and turn right, passing the Cathedral on the left side of the street.

At the second intersection after the Cathedral, turn left onto Broadway, cross over the interstate highway and up ahead a few blocks, you will see the gates to Chinatown.

Explore the shops, and perhaps, have dinner here. One of our favorites is Yang Chow at 819 N. Broadway. Here’s a self-guided walking tour of Chinatown: tinyurl.com/yemskkk which includes a tour of the art galleries along Chung KIng Road. The Galleries are usually closed Sunday through Tuesday and the art galleries are most alive on select Saturday evenings when the galleries present their new art show openings.

After visiting Chinatown, walk to Union (Rail) Station. To do so, walk back down Broadway and turn left onto Cesar Chavez Av (just before re-crossing the interstate), cross Main Street and briefly explore Olvera Street on your right, the very first street built in the City of Los Angeles -- now, a tourist attraction with Mexican Restaurants and craft shops. Continue a short block down Cesar Chavez to Alameda Street. Cross Alameda and turn right onto the sidewalk. The entrance to the Union Station grounds will be ahead on your left. Enter the station and look around a little as it is a piece of history and an interesting example of blended architecture. The structure combines Spanish Colonial, Mission Revival, and Streamline Moderne styles with Moorish architectural details such as eight-pointed stars..."

When you are ready to return to Staples, look for the red line metro rail train to either North Hollywood or Wilshire/Western and take it to 7th St/Metro Center. Transfer one level up to the blue; take it one stop to Pico Bl. Walk to the north end of the platform (near the rear of the train), use care crossing the tracks at the bottom of the stairs, turn left after crossing the tracks (walking in the opposite direction of the train's movement) to the next intersection, 12th St, walk one block to Figueroa St, turn right and Staples will be just ahead on your left.

NOTE: it will be easiest for you if you buy a DAY PASS for the day since it will allow unlimited use of the metro rail and metro buses. DAY PASSES are for sale at the METRO RAIL stations only (not on buses) so you'll need to buy the pass at the Metro Rail station whether or not you plan to use the metro rail.

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3. Re: What to do around Staple Center?

Best place by Staples Center is Santee Alley..the middle of the fashion district. You have bargains galore on several name brand items...and some fakes too.

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4. Re: What to do around Staple Center?

Wow, HSJ that is a very detailed route. Thanks! We may not get to do all these during the 2 hrs + "waiting time" but definitely consider them on one of the 4 days there.

Thanks choco and elastin, will explore these suggestions. Now we know there is a lot to do nearby...at least it won't be a boring 'wait'. (Oh, BTW we are not sport fanatic but my son is, that is why he is going to watch the match alone :))

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