Yea! LYS are fun to visit and hang out in. Most are friendly welcoming places for newbies. For your first time I suggest two things for this first trip...
1. Find a pattern you want to use so you can choose the appropriate weight yarn and needles. If you just want to make a garter stitch or simple scarf then know what weight yarn you want. The yarn weight will dictate needle size.
2. Just have fun looking around!
On my daughter's first trip to a LYS she bought a pair of Addi circulars and yarn for the Yarn Harlot Scarf
. It was her first time using circs and now she's a convert. Haha! They are pricey, but if you don't mind spending that much for one pair it's a good choice. You can always get Options later or whatever later. That's a good, easy pattern btw. I've used it several times with various weight yarns.
Here's the Rav link for the scarf.
The best place to learn to knit socks is here because she's got great photos for every step of the pattern
The ones to learn with are either DPN or two circular. Once you have a pair made you can move on to two at one time if you want...(I prefer two knit SEPARATELY at the same time using two circulars for each one.) I learned on the DPN one though.