Free Things to Do in Los Angeles for Cheap Thrills!

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Free Things to Do in Los Angeles | Free Places to Visit in LA

Los Angeles and its downtown suburbs boast of verdant natural beauty, scenic driveways and amazing gardens that are completely free to cruise along. With abundant museums, miles of Pacific coastline, hiking grounds, art exhibits and live entertainment around, there are plenty of free things to do in Los Angeles with your family and friends, even on foot!

Here is the list of 13 Free Things to Do in Los Angeles for Cheap Thrills!

1. Visit the Hollywood Bowl

Visit the Hollywood Bowl

Ranked by the Rolling Stones magazine as one of America’s ten best live music arenas, Hollywood Bowl is a historic amphitheater in Los Angeles. It is also the largest concert venue in Southern California. A venue for enjoying thrilling summer evenings, great music, wine and festivities of all genres, Hollywood Bowl is a pioneer of theatrical productions and Easter Sunrise service as well.

Timings: Shows and concerts: 9am - any, Rehearsals: 9am - 12 noon (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday)
Location : North Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, California

2. Take a Tour of Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Take a Tour of Hollywood Forever Cemetery

The Hollywood Forever Cemetery is the landmark cemetery at the heart of Hollywood and also hosts cultural events. Interred with honor here are several prominent people who shaped the city of Los Angeles and elite stars from the entertainment industry. Located in a neighborhood full of properties owned by Hollywood stars, the cemetery is a must-visit destination for those interested in the history of Tinseltown.

Timings: Monday - Friday: 8:30am to 5pm, Weekends: 8:30am to 4:30pm
Location : 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, California

3. Walk on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Walk on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Gathering over 10 million visitors from across the world annually, Hollywood’s Walk of Fame is one of America’s most visited destinations. The sidewalk along 18 blocks of the iconic Hollywood Boulevard is embedded with coral pink, five-pointed brass and terrazzo stars bearing names of achievers in the entertainment industry. This includes musicians, directors, actors, producers and even fictional characters associated with Hollywood. With a small fee, even you can get your name on a star temporarily and take a memorable picture with it.

Timings : Open 24 hours
Location : Hollywood, Los Angeles, California

4. Window Shop at Rodeo Drive

Window Shop at Rodeo Drive

Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills is an affluent street of Los Angeles that defines why Southern California is one of the most lavishly fashionable places of the US. It is a reputed shopping district with designer labels and world-famous haute couture fashion stores. Alongside boutiques and high-end shops like Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada etc., Rodeo Drive has a plethora of polished malls that ooze American commerce and European glamour. It is also home to House of Bijan, the most expensive clothing store in the world.

Major Junctions :

  • Wilshire Boulevard
  • Dayton Way
  • Brighton Way
  • Santa Monica Boulevard
Location : Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California

5. Go Hiking on Runyon Canyon Park

Go Hiking on Runyon Canyon Park

Located at the eastern end of the majestic Santa Monica mountains, Runyon Park is one of California’s top hiking destinations with picturesque trails carved out of landscaped mountain valleys. The adventurous dirt roads lined with dense tropical forests offer exhilarating terrain that gradually increases in altitude to an epic point from where you can view almost 2/3rds of Los Angeles city.

Location : North Fuller Avenue, Los Angeles, California

6. An Evening at Santa Monica Pier

An Evening at Santa Monica Pier

One of California’s largest and most celebrated party spots, Santa Monica Pier is a massive, double-jointed pier at the west end of Colorado Avenue. It has a family-friendly, oceanfront amusement park with 12 thrilling rides like a solar-powered Ferris wheel, West coaster, Pacific wheel and 14 midway games. Illuminated by 174,000 neon lights every night, the park offers elusive views of 130 miles of the Los Angeles skyline.

Top attractions :

  • Pacific Park
  • Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
  • Video Arcade
  • Carousel hippodrome
  • Trapeze School
Location : Santa Monica, California

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7. Walk Along Sunset Boulevard

Walk Along Sunset Boulevard

Sunset Boulevard is an iconic highway in West Hollywood, known for its pulsating nightlife, chic music clubs, street performers and the antics of dedicated musicians who have performed and stayed at the boulevard for decades. It is one of LA’s busiest districts with a sensational culture scene and extends from Hollywood to Malibu beach while meandering past the world-famous Beverly Hills.

Must-see locations :

  • Guitar Center
  • Comedy Store
  • Skybar
  • The Viper Room
  • Sunset Plaza
  • Hollywood Rock Walk
  • Chateau Marmont
Location : Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California

8. Admire The Art at The Getty Center

Admire The Art at The Getty Center

Regarded as one of LA’s top sightseeing locations, The Getty Center incorporates contemporary architecture, verdant gardens and panoramic views of the city. Nestled atop a hill in Santa Monica, the Pacific Ocean and San Gabriel Mountains are also visible from the peak, inspiring architect Richard Meier to construct a campus highlighting both nature and cultural marvels of California.

Timings : 9am - 5:30pm
Top sights :

  • Central Garden
  • Cactus Garden
  • Family Room
  • Public Programs
  • Cardinale Seduto
  • Irises
Location : Brentwood, Los Angeles, California

9. Visit the Bustling The Original Farmers Market

Visit the Bustling The Original Farmers Market

The Original Farmers Market is one of Los Angeles’ most beloved landmarks and offers a memorable shopping and dining experience to visitors. Men from Illinois came here to park their trucks and sell fresh produce to locals when the Great Depression hit America, wherein began the rapidly growing legacy of this area. Today it is a hub of shopping for seasonal fruits, vegetables, fresh meat and seafood.

Timings : 10am - 7pm
Location : Fairfax District, Los Angeles, California

10. Walk Around the Third Street Promenade

Walk Around the Third Street Promenade

Known to be a shopper’s paradise and street performers’ top stage, Third Street Promenade consists of three blocks in downtown Santa Monica, open air and free of cars. Home to over 80 retailers, the promenade has everything from an affordably chic farmers market to designer fashion brand stores like Rolex, Nike and Tiffany & Co.

Timings : Open 24 hours
Top attractions :

  • Cassia
  • Santa Monica Farmers Market
  • Wasteland
  • Arcona Studio
  • Westside Comedy Theater
Location : Santa Monica, California

11. Admire the Architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall

Admire the Architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall

The moment Walt Disney Concert Hall opened its doors, it became a sensational platform for classical, jazz and world music. The extraordinary steel architecture and fantastic sound equipment make it one of Los Angeles’s top icons and an acclaimed cultural venue. To explore this hall, you can walk around by yourself or join the 60-minute, free docent-guided tour to learn about the entire campus’s history, concerts held and related information.

Location : South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, California

12. Griffith Observatory

Griffith Observatory
4.2 /5

One of the leading centres of public astronomy, the Griffith Observatory is a fascinating science facility and one of the most famous attractions of LA and indeed southern California.

Timings : Tuesday - Friday: 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM,
Saturday - Sunday: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Entry Fee : Planetarium shows:
Adult - USD 7,
Child - USD 3

13. California Science Center

California Science Center
3.5 /5

The Center is an educational science museum located in Exposition Park. It has several interesting exhibits, and IMAX theatre and is a major tourist attraction.

Timings : 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Entry Fee : IMAX movie:
Adult - USD 8.25,
Child - USD 5

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