10 Free Things to Do in Los Angeles

 

Los Angeles is the kind of city where you can do pretty much anything your heart desires. You want to eat shaved ice (a concept I will ~ never ~ understand) at 3am? Sure! Take your dog for a mani-pedi? You got it! Sip $30 smoothies surrounded by celebs at the Beverly Hills Hotel? Just call the concierge dahhhling. However there is so much more to this SoCal city that doesn’t involve a single swipe of your credit card…

 

1.  TAKE IN THE BEST VIEW OF THE CITY FROM GRIFFITH OBSERVATORY

Even the observatory itself is free to enter and the views from the surrounding park are truly stunning. If you want to make a day of it, there are plenty of hike trails that start or end up here, including one to the Hollywood sign.

 

2. EXPLORE THE STREET ART AT VENICE BEACH

It’s no secret that Venice is one of my absolute favourite parts of Los Angeles. While away hours wandering along the boardwalk spotting street art and taking in all the weird and wonderful sights.

 

3. GET LOST IN ‘THE LAST BOOK STORE’ IN DOWNTOWN

The Last Book Store in Downtown LA is not only a total literary treasure trove, it’s also an incredibly cool (and free) hang out zone. There are cosy couches, art displays and books as low as a dollar and they hold free events including talks with authors, signings and music sessions.

 

4. SUNBATHE ON SANTA MONICA BEACH

Santa Monica is the perfect Cali beach with miles and miles of white sand, cool ocean and totally instagrammable lifeguard huts. It’s also a prime surfing spot if you fancy a bit of water sports, or you can take a wander along the pier and enjoy buskers and the beautiful view.

 

5. OOZE CULTURE AT THE GETTY CENTRE

Take a free tram up to the top of the Getty Centre where you can enjoy spectacular views, beautiful botanical gardens and a wealth of free art exhibitions. The architecture of the centre itself is also somewhat of a marvel.

 

6. ENJOY A FREE TOUR OF THE WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL

The Walt Disney Concert Hall is one of Downtown’s most famous spectacles, with it’s grandiose metallic structure designed by Frank Gehry. Self-guided audio tours are complimentary!

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7. HIKE BEHIND THE HOLLYWOOD SIGN

You can’t really take a trip to Los Angeles and not see the Hollywood sign, but it’s smaller than you may imagine and the best way to take a really good look at it is to hike up behind it!

(Photo Credit: Charlotte Pickles)

 

8. TAKE PHOTOS IN FRONT OF THE MURALS ON MELROSE AVENUE

Melrose Avenue is an absolute mecca for quirky photo opportunities with huge murals dotted all along the street. Don’t forget to stop at the world famous Paul Smith pink wall!

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9. INSTAGRAM CONTEMPORARY ART AT THE BROAD

The Broad is heralded as one of LA’s best art galleries with a huge contemporary collection that is totally free to visit. Make sure you visit the Infinity Mirror Room!

(Photo Credit: Time Out Los Angeles)

 

10. HUNT FOR YOUR FAVOURITE STAR ON HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD

Hollywood Boulevard is a very strange (read: trashy) place and you might be surprised to find the stars are literally just part of the sidewalk, littered with fag ends and dirty footprints. Nonetheless, it is a truly iconic Los Angeles location and you can have some fun spotting your favourite stars!

(Photo Credit: PBS News)

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11 Comments

  1. Lauren
    August 1, 2017 / 7:13 pm

    I would seriously love to visit LA, I will deffo will be referring back to this when I go!! Looks like an amazing place Beth xxxx

  2. August 1, 2017 / 8:59 pm

    Oh my god these are literally all on my bucket list!! Especially hiking up to the Hollywood sign!

    Kirstyxx

    • Beth Sandland
      August 4, 2017 / 1:17 pm

      I think LA would really suit you Kirsty! x

  3. August 1, 2017 / 10:53 pm

    These are such good ideas lovely! Holidays are so expensive already so I always try and save money a bit when I’m out there so these ideas are perfect. Hopefully I’ll be visiting LA soon! Xxx

    • Beth Sandland
      August 4, 2017 / 1:16 pm

      Yeah that’s definitely true! And there are always so many amazing free things to see! xx

  4. August 2, 2017 / 2:21 pm

    Loved this post! I went to LA when I was 18 but definitely don’t think I did it properly. Would love to go back and follow some of your amazing tips xx

    • Beth Sandland
      August 4, 2017 / 1:11 pm

      Ah that’s so kind of you! It’s so much fun and I think like most places if you go for a second time you end up discovering more off of the beaten track! I was really lucky as my friend lives out there so she was full of local knowledge! x

    • Beth Sandland
      August 4, 2017 / 1:10 pm

      It’s such a fun city and I was so lucky being able to visit for so long as my best friend lives out there! The view was amazing! x

  5. August 10, 2017 / 10:30 pm

    Lovely post, it’s always good to have a list of free things to do and explore in a big place like LA. Venice Beach has been on my travel bucketlist for years now – fingers crossed I get to visit one day!
    -El x

    • Beth Sandland
      August 12, 2017 / 11:59 am

      I hope you get to go! Did you see my post dedicated to Venice beach?

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