Things to Do in Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills is a small town of just 5.7 square miles and 34,000 people, completely surrounded by the City of Los Angeles except for a one-mile border to the east that it shares with the city of West Hollywood. Given its small size, there aren't as many attractions as some other areas, but there is certainly enough to do in Beverly Hills to fill up a leisurely weekend. The best-known activities are shopping, dining, and enjoying the city's many luxury hotels if they're in your budget. If not, gawking at the designer stores and million dollar mansions is free. Spa and beauty treatments and plastic surgery are also popular activities for visitors to Beverly Hills.

Beverly Hills can also be a good base for exploring the attractions of West Hollywood, Hollywood and Santa Monica.

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  • 01 of 09
    Miu Miu Rodeo Drive
    Miu Miu, Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, CA. Photo © 2013 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    If people only do one thing in Beverly Hills, it's usually to drive down the most exclusive 3 blocks of shopping in Southern California on Rodeo Drive between Santa Monica Boulevard and Wilshire Boulevard. Here you'll find luxurious showrooms from the top designers in the world. If you have time to get out and walk around, Via Rodeo pedestrian zone is a lovely little street that curves from Rodeo Drive to Wilshire Blvd. The bargain of Beverly Hills is happy hour at McCormick & Schmick's at the top of Via Rodeo.

    The Rodeo Drive Walk of Style is a series of sidewalk plaques featuring quotes and signatures commemorating style leaders in fashion and entertainment.

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  • 02 of 09
    Paley Center for Media
    Costumes from Babylon 5 in the Warner Bros Out of the Box exhibit at the Paley Center for Media. Photo © 2013 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    For classic TV fans, the Paley Center for Media (formerly the Museum of TV and Radio) in Beverly Hills (yes, there is also one in New York) is a treasure trove of costumes, set pieces and TV memorabilia exhibits and video footage of 140,000 episodes of old TV shows. On a quiet day, you can spend hours at a computer terminal watching classic TV on demand, from forgotten black and white soaps to early cartoons or 80s sitcoms. You can also watch the day's selection of classics shown on the big screen in the screening room. Open Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 5 pm.

    The Paley Center also offers great live panel discussions with current TV actors and creators, which you can attend in person, or watch streamed online.

  • 03 of 09
    Beverly Hills Trolley Tour
    Beverly Hills Trolley Tour. Photo courtesy of Beverly Hills CVB

    The Beverly Hills Trolley tour can give you a quick overview of the city, including shopping areas, architectural highlights and stories of famous residents. Tours run weekends year round with additional days during the summer and during the winter holiday season.

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  • 04 of 09
    Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
    Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills. Photo courtesy of Beverly Hills CVB

    8949 Wilshire Boulevard
    Beverly Hills, California 90211
    www.oscars.org
    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the body that gives out the Academy Awards every year. The Grand Lobby of their headquarters on Wilshire Boulevard has rotating exhibits that are free and open to the public Tuesday through Friday 10 am to 5 pm and weekends noon to 6 pm.

    The Academy also hosts periodic movie screenings and other public events. Check the website for scheduling.

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  • 05 of 09
    Virginia Robinson Gardens in Beverly Hills
    Virginia Robinson Gardens in Beverly Hills. Photo courtesy of Beverly Hills CVB

    1008 Elden Way
    Beverly Hills, California 90210
    (310) 550-2065
    www.robinsongardens.org
    The Robinson Estate was the first luxury estate built in Beverly Hills in 1911 by Virginia and Harry Robinson of Robinson department stores. The six-acre property behind the Beverly Hills Hotel includes the mansion, pool pavilion and gardens. When Virginia Robinson died in 1977 at the age of 100, she left the estate to the County of Los Angeles. The Virginia Robinson Gardens are managed by the Department of Parks and Recreation along with the non-profit Friends of Robinson Gardens.

    Tours of the mansion and garden are available Tuesday through Friday at 10 am or 1 pm by reservation only. Call (310) 550-2065 or email visit@robinsongardens.org to make a reservation.

  • 06 of 09
    Greystone Mansion
    Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, CA. Photo courtesy of the Beverly Hills CVB

    905 Loma Vista Drive
    Beverly Hills, CA 90210
    (310) 285-6830
    http://www.beverlyhills.org/attractions/Greystone www.greystonemansion.org
    Greystone Mansion was built by oil heir Edward L (Ned) Doheny Jr. and his wife Lucy in 1927-29. The 55-room house cost over $1.2 million and included a bowling alley, a movie theater, a billiard room and quarters for 15 servants. Doheny was tragically murdered in his home just 5 months after moving into the Mansion. After his widow sold the estate in 1955, it was used as a private event venue and filming location until the city of Beverly Hills acquired it in 1965. The grounds are now a public park, while the Mansion is still used as an event venue and filming location.

    The park is open to the public daily, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas, from 10 to 6 during Pacific Standard Time and 10 to 5 during winter Daylight Savings Time. Portions of the park may be restricted during weddings and special events, especially on weekends. Call ahead to check the...MORE schedule. If you're interested in holding an event at the Mansion, you can call to make an appointment to view the interior venues.

  • 07 of 09
    Beverly Hills Farmers Market
    Beverly Hills Farmers Market. Photo courtesy of Beverly Hills CVB

    9300 Block of Civic Center Drive
    Beverly Hills, CA
    (310) 285-6830
    www.beverlyhills.org/exploring/farmersmarket/
    Every Sunday from 9 am to 1 pm the Beverly Hills Farmers Market brings up to 60 farm stalls and prepared food vendors plus children's activities and entertainment to the 9300 block of Civic Center Drive between Third Street and Santa Monica Blvd. There are cooking classes for kids on the 2nd Sunday of the month.
     

  • 08 of 09
    Beverly Gardens Park
    Beverly Hills Sign in Beverly Gardens Park. Photo courtesy of Beverly Hills CVB

    Beverly Gardens Park is a narrow 1.9 mile stretch of green along 23 blocks of Santa Monica Boulevard running the entire length of Beverly Hills from Wilshire Boulevard in the southwest to Doheny Drive in the northeast. It is home to the famous Beverly Hills Sign between N. Canon Drive and N. Beverly Drive, as well as the Wilshire Electric Fountain, a rose garden, cactus garden and a large collection of public art installations.

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  • 09 of 09
    Beverly Hills City Hall
    Beverly Hills City Hall. Photo courtesy of Beverly Hills CVB

    455 N. Rexford Drive
    Beverly Hills, California 90210
    The Spanish Renaissance Beverly Hills City Hall is one of the city's most recognizable landmarks. It's tiled dome and cupola have been featured in many movies and TV shows. City Hall was built in 1932 and renovated in 1982. The Civic Center was added in 1990 in a complementary architectural style.