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Universal Studios

Part film and TV studio, part entertainment complex and part amusement park with full-throttle fun at every turn.

Part film and TV studio, part entertainment complex and part amusement park with full-throttle fun at every turn.As one of the oldest working studios in Hollywood, Universal Studios Hollywood gives you every chance to glimpse movie-making in action, but the star attractions are the adrenaline-pumping rides. 

Many of the rides are based on favorite family films and television shows from the Universal stable. Give gravity the slip and get your bones rattled on the Revenge of the Mummy roller coaster, your eyes widened by the special effects of Shrek 4-D and your spine tingled at Jurassic Park – The Ride. Hollywood doesn’t do small and the rides fuse pyrotechnics, state-of-the-art technologies, big budgets and even bigger imaginations. 

The heart of the park is the Studio Tour, a tram ride through one of Hollywood’s most famous back lots. Here, you’ll visit the birthplace of many movie classics, and experience earthquakes, floods, fires and all the special effects that the TV and movie industry can throw at you. 

An encounter with Jaws is still a Universal favorite, but one of the most memorable experiences is a face-to-face confrontation with an even bigger beast. King Kong 360 3-D is a spectacular and immersive ride created by multiple Academy Award winning writer and director Peter Jackson that pitches you into the middle of a battle between the giant ape and a pack of hungry dinosaurs. 

When you’re ready to turn down the “exhilaration” dial, make your way to Universal’s CityWalk where you’ll find three blocks of entertainment, shopping and dining adjacent to the park. 

Universal Studios opened its doors to paying guests in 1915 when enterprising studio founder Carl Laemmle charged people 25 cents to watch silent movie scenes being filmed. Not surprisingly, it became a popular destination and remains so today, all year round. Get a jump on the lines and turn up before the gates open, or purchase tickets beforehand. Universal Studios is located 10 miles (16 kilometers) northwest of downtown Los Angeles.

For more details on interesting local attractions and activities, check out our things to do in Los Angeles page.


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Lodging Near Universal Studios Hollywood®

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$229
Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City

Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City

555 Universal Hollywood Dr, Universal City
4.2
of 5, from 1,503 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the city's entertainment capital, this 24-story L.A. hotel offers complimentary tram service to Universal Studios Hollywood and Citywalk. A Metro station 2 blocks away provides a link to the rest of the city. The hotel is just miles from the Hollywood Bowl and Hollywood Boulevard.

$229
Sheraton Universal Hotel

Sheraton Universal Hotel

333 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City
3.6
of 5, from 1,030 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Universal City, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Universal CityWalk and Universal Studios Hollywood®. Warner Brothers Studio and Hollywood Bowl are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$206
The Garland

The Garland

4222 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood
4.3
of 5, from 1,312 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located near Universal Studios Theme Park, Universal CityWalk, and CBS Studio Center, this Art Deco hotel in North Hollywood is also close to the Hollywood sign.

$69
UNIVERSAL INN

UNIVERSAL INN

10740 Ventura Blvd, Studio City
1.5
of 5, from 12 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Studio City, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Universal CityWalk and Universal Studios Hollywood®. Warner Brothers Studio and Hollywood Bowl are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$179
BLVD Hotel & Spa

BLVD Hotel & Spa

10730 Ventura Blvd, Studio City
3.9
of 5, from 335 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Studio City, this romantic hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Universal CityWalk and Universal Studios Hollywood®. Warner Brothers Studio and Hollywood Bowl are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$149
Nite Inn

Nite Inn

10612 Ventura Blvd, Studio City
3.6
of 5, from 115 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Studio City, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Universal CityWalk and Universal Studios Hollywood®. Warner Brothers Studio and Hollywood Bowl are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$125
Tilt Hotel Universal/Hollywood, an Ascend Hotel Collection

Tilt Hotel Universal/Hollywood, an Ascend Hotel Collection

3241 Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles
3.2
of 5, from 108 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Los Angeles, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Universal CityWalk, Universal Studios Hollywood®, and Hollywood Bowl. Warner Brothers Studio and Dolby Theater are also within 3 mi (5 km).

Oakwood at Toluca Hills

Oakwood at Toluca Hills

3700 Barham Blvd, Los Angeles
3.7
of 5, from 85 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Los Angeles, this apartment is within 3 mi (5 km) of Warner Brothers Studio, Universal Studios Hollywood®, and Hollywood Sign. Hollywood Bowl and Dolby Theater are also within 3 mi (5 km).