SunnyDayScoot: Driving Tours of Griffith Park & Parties in Scooter Cars
6/20/15 – By Roberta B
I’m feeling pretty smug today. Not only did I take my kid on an outing in his hometown that thrilled him within an inch of his life; I also found an activity that was utterly and completely new to our LA team’s native Angeleno, Jackie Stansbury. You may have noticed a recurring theme in Jackie’s posts: unlike most LA parents I know, her childhood memories are actually all right here in the Southland. When she talks about a grunion run, she compares it to the one she did 40 years ago. In short, there’s nothing new under the LA sun for her. That is, until today, when she and I were invited to do some scootering under the sun in funny little vehicles that feel like a cross between a bumper car and Colonel Klink’s motorcycle. We took our kids on LA’s newest road adventure: SunnyDayScoots.
SunnyDayScoots are tiny, open-air cars that drive like motorcycles. They look like toy cars, but they do require a driver’s license. That means that a SunnyDayScoot outing requires an adult for every child—which doesn’t feel so much like a hardship as it does grown-ups having all the fun. The passenger seat is also a whole lot of fun, though, in these mini-convertibles. Imagine getting to ride Disneyland’s Autopia for a solid hour, without even waiting in line. Now imagine that the track you ride is mostly city streets in LA.
Our outing was an adventure ride, which can be booked any day of the week, at a variety of times. SunnyDayScoot also runs longer tours that cover classic LA destinations, like famous movie locations, the Hollywood sign, Griffith Observatory, and Walt Disney’s favorite hangouts. These are generally scheduled early in the morning, when the scoots have less traffic to deal with. Adventure rides, which can be done at almost any time of day or even evening, spend less time on city streets and more time in Griffith Park, on public streets that tend to be a little quieter.
Although these cars look like toys, they are real vehicles and require an adult age 21+ with a driver’s license to drive them. The passenger can be a child but must be at least 7 years old. Our ride traveled at more than 40 miles per hour at several points, which feels pretty daredevilish when you’re the smallest thing on the road. Part of the fun, though, is how startled and entertained other drivers and pedestrians are as you go by; much honking and waving goes on. It’s like one long parade, with you as the star.
Our tour of the park was a real treat and included a stop to ride on the oldcarousel, which we found out is the fastest in town. It was one big speed junky dream date. We saw things in LA’s largest park we’d never previously noticed, before returning to our little depot in Glendale.
SunnyDayScoot’s owners are clearly having the ride of their lives and enjoying sharing it with everyone who will let them. They both escort every ride, covering front and back and offering protection at (literally) every turn. A maximum of four cars can go out together, which is a total of eight people.Birthday partiesare also an option; SunnyDayScoot can book a spot in Griffith Park for the main party and then take guests on rides a few at a time by turn.
Rides start at $65 per person and can be bookedonlineor by phone. Gift certificates are also available.
Come hop in these 2-seat minicars and explore LA in the most fun way possible! Ride by famous movie studios, see The Hollywood Sign, Griffith Observatory, explore an abandoned zoo, step inside Walt Disney’s Barn, and so much more!
Meeting locations vary but are all north of Griffith Park within minutes of Universal Studios, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, ABC, NBC, Warner Bros Studios, Bob’s Big Boy, and Walt Disney Studios.
3 miles from Universal Studios
5 miles from Burbank Airport
6 miles from Hollywood Blvd
10 miles from Downtown Los Angeles
25 miles from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
Your specific meeting spot will be sent to you in your confirmation email after booking.
Please Note:We do not take walk-ups or walk-ins. All activities must be prearranged by booking online or calling us directly at 818-687-2668.
No experience needed
Drivers: Must be 21 or older with a valid drivers license, international drivers license accepted – Every vehicle (Scoot) that you reserve must have at least one driver
Passengers: Minimum age is 7 years old
Weight: Due to the custom nature of the vehicles – Weight limit is 250 pounds per person – Weight limit for (2) people in the same vehicle is 400 pounds.
Height: Maximum height is 6’3″ when riding with another guest
All participants must be in good physical health
All participants must follow Sunnyday Scoot safety instructions at all times
There is NO food or drinks permitted in the Scoots
No speeding, racing, passing, or bumping of Scoots
Arrival Times: Please arrive at least 10 minutes before your start time. Our activities do depart on time. Make sure you allow for extra driving time to get to the meeting spot as everything you have heard about LA traffic is true, it’s sometimes really slow moving. Because of this, GPS and map program estimated driving times might not be accurate. Plan accordingly so you don’t miss your scooting adventure.
Bottled Water (except on Joyride)
*Visit each individual activity page to see special additions unique for that tour or ride*
What to Bring:
Sunglasses to keep the wind out of your eyes
Sunscreen (apply before you arrive)
Camera or Smart Phone for photos
Should I tip my guide(s)? Tips and gratuity are not included. If you want to give a special thank you to your guides, feel free to show them your appreciation with a tip. They are always very grateful!
Please keep in mind:
Scoots are open air vehicles so it will feel cooler than driving in a car, unless we are talking about a convertible, and in that case it will feel exactly the same. Please dress accordingly. Most people find dressing in layers is a good idea.
There is no smoking at all during Sunnyday Scoot activities. Much of the land we visit is in forest fire risk zones.
Due to the nature of our activities, no service animals or pets of any kind are permitted. For the safety of the animals as well as the other drivers on the road, there will be no exceptions made for any reason.
Before starting your adventure, you will be required to sign a waiver in order to participate. Minors must have a legal parent/guardian present who can sign the waiver for them.
We are in LA, so it’s almost always a sunny day at Sunnyday Scoot!! On the rare occasion that it is expected to rain, we may have to cancel. If this is the case, we will call, email, or text you at least one hour prior to your start time. That is why it is very important for your contact information to be accurate and up-to-date. If we cancel due to weather, we will try our best to reschedule with you. When rescheduling is not possible, you have the option of a gift card or a full refund.
We understand that life happens and sometimes you might need to cancel your tour after you have scheduled it. If you need to cancel, we offer a full refund if you notify us at least 7 days prior to your tour date. Please call us directly at 818-687-2668 or email us at [email protected] to reschedule or cancel.
We reserve the right to refuse service, and if such occurs, no refund will be given. Some examples of why we might have to refuse service would be showing up under the influence of drugs or alcohol, neither participant having a valid drivers license, or driving unsafe or irresponsibly.