Have a child that loves airplanes, trains, boats, and cars? Then this is the post for you! We’ve created a list of fun places for kids in the South Bay and surrounding areas of Los Angeles and Orange County where they can see cool cars, airplanes, trains, trucks, boats and more! What are your favorites? Did we miss something? Let us know in the comments!
Fun Things to do with kids who love Airplanes, Trains, Boats & Cars
The Proud Bird Food Bazaar & Events Center
Aviation-themed unique food hall with 6 culinary kitchens open for lunch and dinner. Dedicated to showcasing the past, present and future of aviation, The Proud Bird features memorabilia from the original Proud Bird throughout the property through interactive aviation exhibits. The memorabilia will remain a tradition and will forever be part of The Proud Bird. You can also watch the planes landing at LAX
Automobile Driving Museum – El Segundo
Museum with antique, vintage & muscle cars, plus an old-school ice cream parlor & space for events.
The Los Angeles Fire Department Museum – Hollywood & San Pedro
Preserving the incredible history of the Los Angeles Fire Department through our two museums, photo archive, the fireboat Ralph J. Scott, and the William Rolland Firefighter Educational Institute. The museum houses old fire engines and fire apparatus, some dating from the 1880s.
Grab some In & Out and walk across the street where you can sit and watch the planes land and take-off at LAX
Southern California Live Steamers – Torrance
The mini-train rides have become a popular feature of Wilson Park. Originally, free train rides were offered once a month on the first Sunday of each month. Today, SCLS provides free train rides twice a month on the first Sunday and third Saturday of each month, and on special occasions.
Redondo Beach semi-submarine “Looking Glass” Tour
The “Looking Glass” is a 19 passenger USCG inspected semi-submersible underwater viewing boat. It has over 6 tons of lead to sink the lower viewing area which has two seven foot long underwater picture windows.
Lomita Railroad Museum
Museum exploring the history of steam trains, featuring engines & other cars, plus tours & events.
Queen Mary – Long Beach
Get an up close and personal look at the Queen Mary with one of their exciting and informative guided tours.
Battleship USS Iowa Museum – Los Angeles
Our vision for the Pacific Battleship Center and the Battleship IOWA Museum is to connect the past with the future. Connecting the stories and the legacy of the Battleship IOWA with future generations through different programs and education, and interactive innovative ideas.
Catalina Express takes you to Catalina Island in just an hour with year-round service and up to 30 daily departures. Boats depart ports in Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point.
Western Museum of Flight in Torrance
The Western Museum of Flight is a non-profit, educational institution dedicated to preserving and displaying aircraft history and artifacts of Southern California’s aviation heritage. The Air Museum’s educational programs give children an opportunity to see and touch the airplanes that made aviation history. The Air Museum offers an inside look at completed and in-progress aircraft restoration projects. The Western Museum of Flight’s collection includes numerous Warbirds, aircraft and target drones, piston and jet aircraft engines, aircraft components, aircraft ejection seats, World War II instruments, aircrew accessories, and an extensive model aircraft collection.
Petersen Automotive Museum – Los Angeles
Experience the Petersen Automotive Museum one of the world’s premier automotive museums. Located in the heart of Los Angeles, the Petersen features 100000 sqft of exhibit space, 25 galleries, thousands of stories, and over 300 vehicles.
Los Angeles Police Museum – Los Angeles
Exhibiting the history of the LAPD, with armored cars, radios & badges, plus interactive programs.
Travel Town Museum – Los Angeles
Travel Town Museum is a railway museum dedicated on December 14, 1952, and located in the northwest corner of Los Angeles, California’s Griffith Park.
Irvine Park Railroad
Irvine Park Railroad is a 1/3 scale train that takes both children and adults on a ride through beautiful and historic Irvine Regional Park. Located in the foothills of Orange, Irvine Park Railroad is open seven days a week (weather permitting).
$10 Metrolink Weekend Train rides
If you are feeling adventuresome, you can jump on the Metrolink train and go on an adventure! Leave your car, skip the weekend traffic, and ride Metrolink with the $10 Weekend Day Pass. Valid system-wide on either Saturday or Sunday.