Burbank has been a global media capital since 1923 when both Warner Bros. and The Walt Disney Company chose to make this Los Angeles County city their home base. In the years that followed, thousands of production houses and creative employees working in the emerging Hollywood industry continued to settle in this bustling city. Today, more than 39,000 employees work in Burbank’s ever-expanding entertainment sector.
Visitors to Burbank’s Media District can embark on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour to experience the places their favorite cinematic masterpieces and TV shows were created in this destination that’s well-known for its seemingly endless opportunity.
Metrolink spoke with the tourism team at Visit Burbank to get some “insider” insight into the best things to do, see and visit when embarking on an adventure to the city.
Endless Entertainment (Even if You’re Not into Films)
A haven for Angelenos and visitors alike who seek to escape the congestion of surrounding Los Angeles neighborhoods, Burbank is situated right next to Hollywood and Universal Studios. It epitomizes the SoCal lifestyle with celebrity-filled enclaves, lively pedestrian-oriented shopping districts, legendary restaurants and a lively, ever-evolving cultural scene.
Burbank’s numerous unique neighborhoods create opportunities for visitors to encounter completely different experiences – all within the same city in close proximity, which is convenient when arriving by train.
Burbank hosts four distinct neighborhoods, each one expressing unique aspects of the city: Downtown Burbank is a bustling street scene with more than 600 shops, restaurants and nightlife [served by Metrolink at Burbank – Downtown Station]. The Media District is home to media giants The Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros. Studios., The Burbank Studios, Legendary Entertainment, The CW and great dining options. Magnolia Park has a retro vibe with vintage shops, boutiques, and cafes that line the streets. And the Airport District is home to the Hollywood Burbank Airport, great shopping at the Empire Center, and is a thriving hi-tech hub.
In addition to entertainment tourism opportunities, Burbank also hosts a range of exciting outdoor experiences such as helicopter tours of LA with Orbic Air, horseback rides to the Hollywood Sign, and more.
At the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, visitors will encounter a world-class horse show and banquet facility, with international equestrian events — including William Shatner’s annual Hollywood Charity Horse Show.
At the LA Zoo which is just next door to Burbank, you’ll see your favorite animals, learn about wildlife conservation, and enjoy a day in the beautiful outdoors.
At the Debell Golf Club, visitors find themselves set against a stunning natural backdrop in the hills above Burbank, the Par 71 PGA DeBell Golf Club delivers the most challenging yet affordable 5,600 yards of 18-hole golf in the region.
Foodies can take a trip to Castaway, which is known for its beautiful views and tasty cuisine.
Downtown, snap some selfies with the “Caped Crusader” when you visit the 7-foot-tall bronze Batman statue, tagging #BurbankBatman. Then, continue on the self-guided Burbank Street Art tour.
Auto enthusiasts can stop by Southern California’s best Classic Car Show every Friday from 4-10 p.m. at Bob’s Big Boy®.
Shoppers can pursue unparalleled vintage shopping opportunities in Magnolia Park where a selection of quirky boutiques, antique shops, vintage clothing, and chic eateries line the streets.
Or plan a whole day with one of the Visit Burbank team’s pre-organized itineraries, themed around Road Trips, Entertainment, Family Getaways, Bleisure, and Outdoors Adventures here.
Whether it’s a day trip, a weekend getaway or a longer vacation, Burbank is a haven for foodies, film fanatics, and outdoors enthusiasts alike. With multiple Metrolink stations in town (including the Burbank – Downtown stop, which sits in the center of all the action!), it’s going to feel harder to leave than the amount of effort it took to get here, via train.