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LA on a Budget: Top 10 Free Things to Do in the City of Angels

LA on a Budget: Top 10 Free Things to Do in the City of Angels

Welcome to LA, the city that never sleeps (well, sometimes it does). But let’s be real, this city is known for its glitz and glamour, which can often come with a hefty price tag. Luckily for us budget-conscious travelers, there are plenty of free activities to enjoy around town. Here are our top 10 picks for free things to do in Los Angeles.

10. Hike up to Griffith Observatory

The stunning view from Griffith Park

If you’re looking for stunning views of LA without breaking the bank, hiking up to Griffith Observatory is not to be missed. The hike itself is free and offers panoramic views of the city skyline.

9. Check out LACMA’s Urban Light Installation

The Urban Lights main stay at LACMA.

LACMA’s Urban Light installation features 202 restored antique street lamps from the 1920s and 1930s that create a magical atmosphere at night. This outdoor exhibit is completely free and begging for a well choreographed Tik Tok.

8. Visit The Getty Center

The gardens at the Getty Center

The Getty Center is a world-renowned art museum located in Brentwood that offers free admission. You can explore beautiful gardens, architecture, and exhibitions from some of history’s most famous artists.

7. People-watch at The Grove

The Grove outdoor shopping center has become one of LA’s most popular destinations among locals and tourists alike thanks to its trendy atmosphere and celebrity sightings! Grab a coffee or ice cream cone from one of many vendors while people-watching at this bustling location. Also, the parking lot has a great view of the Hollywood Hills. There are often shows in the summer which in themselves are free things to do in Los Angeles.

6. Visit Santa Monica Pier

The Santa Monica Pier and Fun Fair

While certain attractions on Santa Monica Pier may require payment (such as Pacific Park), walking along this iconic pier won’t cost you anything! Enjoy ocean views while strolling past souvenir shops, restaurants and carnival games.

Join Inspector Clouseau and some other familiar faces on this fun friends and family adventure.

Traverse Los Angeles as you track down the stolen Pink Panther Diamond. Will you be able to unlock the secrets, solve the clues and crack the case?

Check out The Pink Panther and the Case of the Missing Diamond, available in Los Angeles now, only on the Bounce app.

Use code “Springbreak23” at checkout for 50% off!

5. Discover L.A’s Street Art

Retna’s famous piece in WEHO

LA is home to some of the best street art in the world! Plonk yourself in one of numerous neighborhoods such as Arts District, Melrose or Silver Lake to discover murals by local artists such as Shepard Fairey and Retna. It wont take long to spot something!

4. Explore The Last Bookstore

Located in Downtown LA, The Last Bookstore has become an iconic destination for book lovers worldwide thanks to its whimsical decor made entirely from books! Browse through thousands of new and used books or simply admire the creative installations throughout the store.

3. Catch Sunset at Malibu Pier

Sunset at Malibu pier

End your day by watching sunset over Malibu Pier – one of LA’s most picturesque locations! Bring your own picnic dinner or grab something quick from Malibu Farm restaurant before enjoying breathtaking views over the Pacific Ocean.

2. Visit Venice

Entrance to Venice Beach and Boardwalk

Explore two sides to this colorful beachside community. People-watching at its finest! Take a leisurely stroll along Venice Beach Boardwalk where you’ll see street performers, artists selling their work and even some bodybuilders flexing their muscles at Muscle Beach (Fun Fact, this is where they filmed part of Creed 3), then head back a few streets to Abbot Kinney, a trendy and vibrant street lined with boutiques, restaurants, and art galleries, offering a unique shopping and dining experience.

1. The Huntington Library (free day)

A bridge crossing the Botanical gardens of the Huntington Library

The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens is a unique cultural institution located in San Marino, just outside of Pasadena, California. The botanical gardens cover over 120 acres and include a wide variety of plant species from around the world.

The first Thursday of every month is Free Day. Admission is free of charge with advance reservation. Free Day tickets are available the last Thursday of every month for admission the following week.


There you have it – our top ten picks for free things to do in Los Angeles! Whether you’re on a tight budget or just looking for some fun activities that won’t break the bank, these options offer something for everyone. Remember – just because LA can be expensive doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy all it has to offer without spending a dime!


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