Fun and free things to do in LA
LA may be the land of the rich and famous, but you’ll be surprised at the huge range of free experiences on offer. These fun and free things to do in LA are not to be missed:
The architecturally wonderful buildings are worth the visit alone, as are the pretty gardens with views over the city and beyond, but the real drawcard is the art collection including originals by Van Gogh and Monet.
Rodeo Drive Window Shopping
So far removed from most people’s budgets, the boutique shops here are out-of-this-world chic. Wander the immaculate streets past designer shops, fancy cars and even fancier people! So LA…
Check out the Walk of Fame
The tack-factor alone makes the Walk of Fame a must-visit. Wander the fifteen blocks of Hollywood Blvd and spot the famous names on stars lining the streets of Hollywood.
Wander through Venice
It’s an eye-opener at any time of day! The weird and wonderful converge around the boardwalk area, where you’ll find quirky street performers, seriously ripped bodybuilders and street vendors.
Hike the Hills
See the Hollywood sign from another angle by hitting the Santa Monica Mountain trails. The walk only takes around 1.5 hours and you’ll be rewarded with views over LA and the Pacific Ocean.
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Cruise Mulholland Drive
One of LA’s best scenic drives, the road winds all the way from the Hollywood Hills through the Santa Monica Mountains. You’ll get that real LA feeling with the amazing views from up here…
Stroll the Venice canals
Surrounded by beautiful waterfront houses, the Venice canals are a relaxing place to lose yourself. Take a leisurely stroll along the sunny pathways round the waterways; it’s a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Natural History Museum
This huge museum is the largest natural and historical museum in west USA, with amazing dinosaur and nature exhibits. It’s usually around $12 to get in, but entry is free on the first Tuesday of the month (except July and August).
Catch some rays at Malibu
Another truly iconic LA experience, Malibu (and its 24 beaches) is the place where the hills meet the ocean, and the stars come to get a tan. Hit Surfrider Beach if you want to catch some waves, or nearby Zuma Beach is another great local haunt.
Go for a run at Palisades Park
This beautiful 26-acre Santa Monica reserve is one of LA’s oldest parks. Hit the jogging and biking trails all along the cliff tops and you’ll be mesmerised by the scenic views over the ocean.
Santa Monica Pier Twilight Concert
Watch the sun set and hear the waves crash in the background from the comfort of your picnic blanket as you watch some of the best up-and-coming talent play live music by the pier. This much-loved free concert series runs every Thursday from July to September.