Good Times Travel
17132 Magnolia St., Fountain Valley, CA 92708
From giant blue whales on a giant screen, to a unique opportunity to tour the landmark Bullocks Wilshire building, and a special ice cream treat, this new tour will be fun, nostalgic and full of oohs and awes! At the California Science Center, we’ll see the world premiere of the newest IMAX film, Blue Whales 3D: Return of the Giants, on a massive 7-story screen. In this inspiring story of recovery and adventure, we’ll become fully submerged in the underwater home of the magnificent blue whale, a species rebounding from the brink of extinction. The film follows two scientific expeditions, one to find a missing population of blues off the exotic Seychelles Islands, and the other to chronicle whale families in Mexico's stunning Gulf of California. From its almost incomprehensible size and spectacular feeding habits to the surprising role it plays in the health of our oceans and its awesome long-distance communications, the film provides an unforgettable window into the lives of the largest animal to have ever lived and the extremes scientists must endure to study them. Enjoy time at leisure to browse the Science Center’s permanent exhibits, including the Space Shuttle Endeavour, with lunch on your own at the Science Center eateries (or bring a sack lunch to enjoy on-site). This afternoon we’ll continue to the restored landmark Bullocks Wilshire building for a special opportunity to experience a private, docent-guided tour of this art deco gem that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. No expense was spared in the lavish building materials and furnishings prior to its opening in 1929, and the building stood out as the flagship of glamour and elegance. Famous for its unsurpassed customer service, fashion shows, personal shoppers and an elegant tearoom on the fifth floor, Bullock Wilshire quickly gained a reputation as the most fashionable specialty store in L.A., an instant sensation with the upper crust of Los Angeles society and a mandatory stop for out-of-town visitors hoping to catch a glimpse of a movie star. The store sold its last fancy gown and slice of coconut cream pie more than 25 years ago, and after a decade-long restoration returning it to its original 1929 grandeur, Southwestern Law School moved in and the building has been closed to the public ever since. On the guided tour we’ll see how some spaces were used as mock courtrooms and the tearoom was repurposed as a cafeteria. We’ll see how the exclusive boutiques made shopping here so special, including The Chanel Room, The Irene (Lentz) Salon, The Louis XVI Room, The Saddlery and The Doggery –each filled with original, one-of-a-kind murals, custom lighting fixtures, clocks, and display cases filled with vintage items. We’ll top off this memorable day with an included and unique ice cream treat from a locals’ favorite.
To ensure a healthy and enjoyable travel experience for our guests, this tour will operate with additional health & wellness measures in place.
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