30 Things to do in Los Angeles for FREE

Apr 4 , 2016 by HomeEscape

30 Things to do in Los Angeles for FREE

Los Angeles is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world. Its wonderful climate, beaches, and cultural diversity also makes it one of the most expensive places to live in and visit. Here are some fun things you can do for free in LA in order to save money on your trip.

1. Go for a bike ride up the LA River

This 7.4 mile stretch from Atwater up through the Glendale Narrows offers surprising amounts of greenery and wildlife as you ride along the river.

2. Visit the real Lebowski’s house

It actually belongs to oil tycoon Ed Doheny, but this 18-acre estate acts as the millionaire Jeffrey Lebowski’s digs in the movie – and a sweet garden tour to boot!

3. Get weird at First Fridays in Venice.

First Fridays events have galleries and swag galore (but you’ll still have to pay for the food).

4. Check out awesome art on the Mural Mile on Van Nuys Blvd

Once considered the mural capital of the world, LA’s Van Nuys Blvd in Pacoima is worth checking out.

5. Get educated at The Great Wall of LA

This recently renovated, half-mile mural along the Tujana Wash drainage canal in the SFV depicts the history of LA from 20,000 BCE to 1984, after that you’ll have to figure out what happened.

6. Head to one of the free concerts at Amoeba

Dude, seriously, some big acts play these free gigs, along with some great up-and-comers.

7. Visit the most famous building in cinema

Bradbury, a Downtown LA icon, and by far one of the coolest interiors west of Chicago.

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The Bradbury Building, one of the oldest commercial buildings in central LA and the home of glass skylights, ornate iron railings, and elegant staircases that you may remember from Blade Runner.

8. Check out the Santa Monica Pier

Ditch that pricey gym membership and head to the beach by the pier for the massive outdoor gym. Get a free workout/watch others get a free workout.

9. Check your sculpture garden on at UCLA

Stroll through five avers of manicured grounds to check out more than 70 sculptures from the 19th and 20th century, then take your date to one of the nearby UCLA-friendly bars.

10. Throw a bonfire at Dockweiler State Beach

Gather some free firewood online and head to the only place in LA County where you can have a legal bonfire on the beach. Save cash by parking on the street to avoid the parking lot free.

11. Play games at Grand Central Market

Busy #downtown #grandcentralmarket

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Every Thursday night until 9pm, hit up Grand Central Market for free rounds of ping pong, cornhole, board games, and more.

12. Go to an ‘open mic’ at Tuesday Night Project

Head to Little Tokyo every first and third Tuesday (spring through fall) for free, actually interesting performances from all sorts of local artists.

13. Head to the beach and bike The Strand

Known officially as the Marcing Braude Bike Trail, this 22-mile stretch is a perfect mellow cruise with a badass ocean view, especially after enjoying some of the beachside bars along the way.  

14. Free Museum Days

There are literally dozens of free museums and free museum days for you to explore when you’re in Los Angeles. From MOCA to the Getty Center, there is bound to be something for your taste!

15. Enjoy the Chandelier Tree

A neighborhood gem in the heart of Silver Lake. Drive by during the evening hours to see this bright tree at night.

16. Observe DTLA from the Observation Deck at City Hall

Get an amazing view of downtown Los Angeles by going up to the observation deck on the 27th floor of City Hall.

17. Stroll Through The Venice Canals

Beautiful I tell ya. #sundayfundaypartay

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The Venice Canals were originally built by developer Abbott Kinney in 1905 as man-made homage to the city of Venice, Italy. 

18. Meditate for a Day at the Peace Awareness Labyrinth

When you need peace and stillness, head to the Peace Awareness Labyrinth.

19. See a show at the UCLA Planetarium

UCLA Public planetarium shows are offered by current astronomy and astrophysics graduate students, with featured content that includes presentations about the current night sky, constellations, and other unique astronomical phenomena.

20. Learn something new at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (or JPL) is a federally funded research and development center and NASA field center located in La Canada Flintridge, just northwest of Pasadena.

21. Receive a Docent-Let tour of the L.A. Public Library (It’s Free)

Explore the architecture of the Bertram Goodhue Building and brush up on the history of LA.

Docent tours are free, and meet in front of the Library Store in the main lobby.

Tour times:

Monday-Friday: 12:30 pm

Saturday: 11:00 & 2:00 pm PLUS a 12:30 pm – Art-in-the-Garden Tour

Sunday: 2:00 pm

22. Visit The Last Bookstore

One of the most famous bookstores in California and the largest independent bookseller in the entire state. 

23. Spend an Afternoon in Grand Park

Grand Park is known as “the park for everyone.” It’s not just the open green space and the gorgeous setting surrounded by the DTLA skyline, but also a commitment by the park to provide locals with a great lineup of free activities.

24. FREE Exercise!

Do you enjoy people? Detest gyms? How about trying a running group. The DTLA Running Group is one of the best. The Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings to run along different routes in and around Downtown, using different routes to accommodates different running levels.

25. Attend Free Events at the Hammer Museum

Every month the Hammer Museum offers great free events, including talks, tours, and discussions lead by local personalities.

26. Take an Art Walk at the Brewery

Twice a year, more than 100 artists open up their studios for this free art walk in the former PBR brewery. There’s a beer garden, and though it isn’t free, they have a selection beyond tall boys.

27. Take a Photo at the Korean Friendship Bell

The Korean Friendship Bell is the perfect place to hang out, enjoy the view, and take some gorgeous photos on a sunny afternoon at a park by the sea. Bring a picnic, fly a kite, or play some pickup basketball.

28. Check out an Old Shipwreck

On the cliff side in San Pedro is a beached ship from more than 50 years ago.

29. Check out Randyland

Not a theme park, but rather a massive glass installation built in the front yard of an Echo Park residence. It’s one-in-a-lifetime awesome!

30. Palos Verdes Peninsula Whale Watching

Enjoy the spectacular views at one of the most famous whale watching spots in the area. 

Another way to save money while staying in Los Angeles? Use a vacation rental instead of a hotel. See our collection of Los Angeles vacation homes here


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