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Have you ever seen the movie Beaches? The stage that Bette Midler is standing on at the beginning of the movie is the Hollywood Bowl. My first trip to the Hollywood Bowl was for a Fleetwood Mac concert. I won tickets from Ellen’s 12 Days of Giveaways. I was so excited to finally get to visit a venue that I had heard a lot about. My Dad is a big Fleetwood Mac fan so I invited him to go to the concert with me. Prior to my visit to the Hollywood Bowl, I did not know too much about the venue other than it was outdoors. Here are some Hollywood Bowl tips to help you get the most out of your visit.
Hollywood Bowl Tips
If you do not wish to eat prior to arriving at the Hollywood Bowl you have a few options when you get there. They have plenty of picnic areas and you do have the option of bringing your own picnic or buying one there. I had sushi on my most recent visit and it was delicious. You can find a variety of foods from hot dogs and salads to popcorn and other treats.
I learned on my first visit to the Hollywood Bowl to avoid parking there if at all possible. I have since parked at the Hollywood Bowl when I went to see the After Oscars Show and I have also parked there for work. However, parking there for a concert is a whole different story! When I park for work or for Kelly and Michael lanes were kept open on both sides of your car so that you can make a quick exit.
However, when you go to a sold-out concert you will have cars parked all around your car so unless you are the first in the lane you will be stuck inside your car until the ones around you leave. And once you leave the parking lot you will encounter quite a bit of traffic trying to get onto the 101 or whatever your destination may be.
After the hours it took to get home from the Fleetwood Mac concert I did some research and learned about the park and ride system. When I went to the Sound of Music sing-a-long I decided to purchase a ticket to take a bus from a park by my house to the Hollywood Bowl. I got right onto an air-conditioned bus and was dropped off at the entrance. After the concert, I hopped right back on the bus and made it back to my car in under thirty minutes. The park and ride tickets for various locations can be purchased through the Hollywood Bowl website and make sure to arrive early or you might have to stand on the bus.
Other things that I love about the Hollywood Bowl include the location, the seating options, and their amazing events. The Hollywood Bowl is located a few miles from Hollywood Boulevard so if you are out to see the sights where you can easily make your way over to the bowl for the evening. Also, you can get some pretty good pictures of the Hollywood sign from the Hollywood Bowl. There are three different seating options for the Hollywood Bowl: the boxes, the super seats, and the benches. As of now, I have only sat in the benches from which you can still have a good view of the stage.
A word of advice would be to either bring your own seat cushion or to rent one from the bowl for $1. Also regardless of where you sit this is Southern California and it will get cold in the evening so I would encourage you to dress warmer and bring a small blanket. For information on the other seats please visit the Hollywood Bowl website.