Warner Bros Studio Tour

Top choice tour in San Fernando Valley

This tour offers the most fun, yet authentic, look behind the scenes of a major movie studio. The two-hour standard tour kicks off with a video of WB’s greatest film hits (Rebel Without a Cause, Harry Potter, etc.), before a tram whisks you around 110 acres of sound stages, back-lot sets and technical departments, including props, costumes and the paint shop, and a collection of Batmobiles.

Tours cover a treasure trove of props and memorabilia, including Hogwarts’ famous Sorting Hat, and conclude at the studio museum (allow an additional hour). And, of course, there's the studio store.

More in-depth (and pricier) are tours themed for classic movies (3pm daily) and the deluxe tour (weekdays only).

Reservations recommended well in advance; book online or by phone. Tours are also offered in Spanish, French and Mandarin.

Parking is $15. The nearest Metro stop is Universal City on the Red Line, about 2.5 miles (4km) away.

Children under eight are not permitted, and children up to 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Adults 18 and over are required to show government-issued photo ID.