After spending a good amount of time in the San Fernando Valley this year, I wanted to share a few of our favorite things to do in Los Angeles. Some of the activities are off the beaten path and most are what I consider to be budget friendly things to do. If you make it to “The Valley”, I hope you’ll check out a few of these activities.

Things to Do in Los Angeles – San Fernando Valley Edition

Things to Do in Los Angeles San Fernando Valley

Grab a Bite to Eat at San Carlo Italian Deli

San Carlo Deli in Chatsworth has been serving up delicious food for decades. Their sandwiches are made with rolls baked in house each morning. We usually end up with four small rolls and a focaccia to go. Tell them the Russos sent you and ask for a Panzarotti. You will not regret it! Watch the video.

San Carlo Italian Deli chatsworth

Get In Touch With Your Inner Rock Climber

Royal Robbins, one of the world’s most influential rock climbers trained at Stoney Point in Chatsworth. If you’re wondering who Royal Robbins is, watch Valley Uprising, a riveting documentary about the history of rock climbing in Yosemite National Park.

There’s a Doosy at the Nethercutt Museum

Ever heard of the expression “It’s a doosy?” It was born from the famous Duesenberg and you can see one up close at the Nettercut Museum in Sylmar. Sign up online for one of their guided tours to check out all the classic cars and musical instruments in the collection. The best part is admission is free and it’s a living history museum, which means everything works.

Nethercutt Museum Duesenberg

Sample Seasonal Fruit at Encino Farmers Market

Etheridge farms sells the best seasonal fruit at the Encino Farmers Market every Sunday. Stop by their booth to sample the fruits, nuts and juices. My personal favorite are the jujubes, apples, peaches and persimmons. Be sure to ask for Gene when you visit and tell him the two kids traveling around in an RV sent you.

Etheridge Organic Farms

Enjoy the Parks

After the market, head to Balboa Park for a stroll around Balboa Lake. Quite a bit of filming takes place at this park so don’t be surprised if you show up and see large production trucks parked nearby. If you’re traveling with a dog, Sepulveda Basin Off-Leash Dog Park is only a block away. There is plenty of room for your pup to run around in.

Rolls, Rolls, and More Rolls!

Sushi rolls that is! Hikari Sushi in Chatsworth has a good selection of rolls, sushi and other dishes that will keep you going back for more. Joe and I had our fill of rolls the last time we were in town. You can go for the all you can eat option like we did or order a la carte.

Hang Out with Gru, Homer and Harry Potter

Now, if you want to splurge, a trip to Universal Studios Hollywood is a must. Our favorite rides include Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, The Simpsons Ride, and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.

Where to stay: rent an AirBNB, book a hotel, or find a campgroundWe camped at the Elks Lodge in Canoga Park, CA which has water and electric. Learn more about Elks Lodge RV Parking.

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