Free Thing's to do in Los Angeles
When arriving in Los Angeles, the first thing you notice is how huge it is, it seems to stretch as far as the eye can see, with limitless possibilities of places to explore. Thankfully, this usually means there are lots of free things to do in Los Angeles.
Whether it’s your first time or you’re a seasoned traveler to the city, there’s always something to do in the city, with LA being one of those places where some of the best things to do are all free. Take a look at some key free experiences to have on your next trip to the city.
Head inside the Broad
Home to over 2,000 pieces of art, The Broad is an iconic gallery that every visitor should explore in Los Angeles. Not everyone realises it but General Admission tickets to The Broad are totally free. If you don’t make your free reservation online, head over to the ‘standby line’ which allows entry to people that don’t have tickets. If on the other hand, you’re prepping for your trip in advance, make sure to book a few months before your visit, it’s the best way to secure your entry.
Hike Runyon Canyon
Perched at the most eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains is the perfect place for ramblers and hikers to take a break from city life. One of the best things about Runyon Canyon is that there’s a trail for each type of hiker (that start from Fuller Gate) If you’re looking for a leisurely stroll, head on the Runyon Canyon Road trail. If you’re looking for to break a sweat, head onto the Star Trail, and if you’re looking for a little cardio exercise, head onto the Hero Trail. You’ll get some epic views of the city, too!
Find the Hollywood Sign
It’s one of the most famous landmarks in the city and has become one of the global symbols of LA, which you’ve gotta see. Yes, it’s just a sign and yes, you’ll probably be done after 30 minutes but you’re in LA, so why not. One area to get a great shot is at Beachwood Canyon but you’ll find lots of places in the city. Make sure not to take the Hollyridge Trail which was famous to grab a snap behind the letters. Since April 2017 the trail has been closed and no longer available for us to trek.
The Griffith Observatory and Park
Another classic LA location is the famous Griffith Observatory featured in one of the most famous scenes of the Oscar-winning film La La Land. It has stunning views of the Hollywood Hills as well as beautiful Art Deco architecture for you to admire. Make a day of it by visiting the observatory and then heading to the park for a picnic or to simply unwind.
Visit Rodeo Drive
Located in Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive is home to some of the most exclusive shopping and dining options in LA and makes a great place to come and window shop and people watch.
Visit Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Pier is one of the city’s most famous landmarks and was once the very end of Route 66. It’s now home to a carnival that features a vintage merry-go-round and speedy Ferris wheel as well as a roller coaster and snazzy arcade games.If you’re lucky you might catch one of many free twilight concerts that are staged there throughout the year.
Yoga on Venice Beach
Besides being extremely famous and worth a visit in and of itself, Venice Beach is also home to free beach-side yoga classes and concerts. It also features a pavilion with cute cafes and eateries abound.
Hollywood Walk of Fame
No trip would be complete without a visit to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Search for your favourite actors and actresses stars, wander around to see whose hands and feet prints easily match with yours.
Grauman's Chinese Theatre
Located right next to the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard, is a must-see landmark in LA. The impressive façade is one of the most iconic theatre's in the country and one you can easily spot when visiting the Walk of Fame.
The Getty Centre and Getty Villa
Spend a day soaking up the culture at the Getty Centre, admiring 1000’s of paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures from across the world. The Exhibitions Pavilion affords fantastic views across LA, too, so you can really make the most out of your visit here.
This glitzy, showstopper of a Boulevard combines classic Hollywood glamour with modern LA chic. It has functioned as the centre of Hollywood nightlife since the 1920s and dazzles with neon signs, flashing lights and gleaming billboards.