Los Angeles is a beautiful city known for its celebrities and star-studded events, as well as many diverse cultures of food, history, and art. Of course, we can't forget about all the warm beaches along the way. Even though the city is filled with glamour, there are plenty of things a traveler can do without costing a penny.
- Hollywood Walk of Fame & TCL Chinese Theatre
Ogle cement impressions of celebrity hand and footprints in the courtyard of the Chinese Theatre and view the brass embossed celebrity stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- Venice Beach
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Hit the boardwalk to browse art, watch entertainers, hear music and people watch. Pick a nice spot on the beach to relax, swim or surf. Arrive early and you might find free street parking. Some paid lots raise the price as the day goes on. If Venice isn't your style, there are many other free beaches in LA.
- Venice Canals Walkway
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Take a serene walk over these canals modeled after the ones in Venice, Italy. It's very peaceful on weekdays and busier on the weekends.
- Santa Monica Pier
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This bustling boardwalk can be pricey if you hit the arcade, restaurants and amusement park. They do offer free historical walking tours and summer twilight concerts. People watching is always free!
- Downtown LA Arts District
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Repurposed factories in this old industrial area make an invigorating backdrop for the art scene. Visit art galleries, museums or admire vintage and modern architecture. Check the calendar for free events.
- Downtown LA Fashion District
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Browse a variety of retail shops and enjoy the festival atmosphere at Santee Alley and the LA Flower District.
- Whale Watching
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Get a delightful view of whales, in their natural habitat, from December through April at Point Vicente Interpretive Center near Long Beach.
- Rosie's Dog Beach
Take your pup for a beautiful beach stroll. Parking is free before 8am and after 6pm. There are rules and restrictions, so check their website for details.
- Grand Park
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This community centered park features a restored historic Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain with a wade pool, outdoor seating, grassy areas for lounging and outdoor event lawns.
- Original In-N-Out Replica
In-N-Out Burgers started in 1948 with one tiny drive through location. This replica in Baldwin Park is open for viewing and photo opportunities during limited hours, Thursday through Sunday.
- Royce's Arcade Warehouse
Play free arcade games on Saturdays at this arcade rental and party facility.
- Take a Hike
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Los Angeles has many hiking trails to enjoy nature, scenic views and a little exercise. Griffith Park is a great place for free hikes, including a free ranger led hike, hike to the observatory, hike to the Hollywood sign or check out the Old LA Zoo (which may or may not be haunted). Runyon Canyon in Hollywood has gorgeous views, though it may be a bit crowded. Solstice Canyon in Malibu has a nice easy hike with a small waterfall and picnic areas.
Los Angeles has numerous museums, many with free admission or special free days.
- Griffith Observatory
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Observe space with free admission and parking. Griffith Observatory hosts free monthly sunset walks and star parties.
- See Art
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Art lovers can peruse galleries at no charge. Visit Gallery 1988 with two locations East and West of La Brea, Gagosian Gallery or the Getty Center on the west side of LA. Attend the DTLA Art Walk on the second Thursday each month or a First Friday in Venice Beach or Bixby Knolls for art walks and food trucks.
- Amoeba Music on Sunset Boulevard
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This diverse independent record store regularly hosts free concerts. Check their website for upcoming shows.
- Los Angeles County Museum of Art
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Revel in free chamber music on Sundays at the LA County Museum of Art.
- Free Summer Concerts
Musical entertainment is endless with free concerts during the summer. Levitt Pavilion Concert Series runs from June to September, KCRW hosts Summer Nights and the LA Farmer's Market has free concerts on Friday nights. Make Music Pasadena is a free full day event.
- Improv at The Clubhouse
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Enjoy or partake in free comedy at The Clubhouse, just east of Hollywood.
- Exposition Park
Explore exhibits at the California Science Center or visit the Rose Garden at Exposition Park.
- Bradbury Building
Opened in 1893, this is the oldest commercial building still standing in Los Angeles. Visitors may go to the second floor of this 5 story building. Still, you have a breathtaking view of the iron and marble detail, lit by the vast skylight above.
- Walt Disney Concert Hall
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Appreciate the striking architecture of this modern building designed by Frank Gehry, then take the free self guided audio tour within.
- Queen Mary
Admission is free after 3pm. Tour this former luxury liner and troop ship to learn about it's rich history.
- San Antonio Winery
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Tour this historic winery to discover how they survived prohibition and impacted the surrounding area over the years.
- Famous Roads
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Take a scenic drive on Mullholland Drive, the Pacific Coast Highway or the Sunset Strip. Window shop on Rodeo Drive.
There are plenty of sights to see and activities to experience as long as you have the right resources. We hope this guide is helpful!