10 Free Places to Go in Los Angeles

Oct 31, 2009 by Lisa Newton

At Travelin’ Local, we’re constantly working to provide our readers with quality fun content, entertaining stories, and information about all of the free activities to do and see here locally.  In a city that has a reputation for being among the most expensive in the nation–there’s always plenty of free activities to do, and here’s a short list of places to go, to get you started:

1Best Places to see the Hollywood Sign:  There’s no charge to see and visit the iconic Hollywood Sign. It’s both a quality destination point for the locals, and is a world-wide popular tourist attraction.  However, it’s not always easy to find the best places to hike and see it.  Therefore, we’ve attached this map as a permanent resource and guide to find the best locations to see the Hollywood Sign. Included are routes via Beechwood Drive or Griffith Park.

Hollywood Walk of Fame

2. The Hollywood Walk of Fame:  Is actually a series of streets which feature, among other things, the thousands of movie stars, entertainment icons, and other important industry participants of today and yesterday. With Hollywood’s ongoing revival and redevelopment, it’s always fun to see and visit the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  There’s no better way to spend an afternoon than checking out  your favorite movie stars, people watch, and being able to shop and eat a meal at the Hollywood/Highland Center.

Santa Monica Pier

3Santa Monica: This beach resort city is busy 24/7/365. Traversing between the Third Street Promenade, the Santa Monica Pier–and the miles of beach shoreline–the Santa Monica Walking Tour, provides a visual map of places you’ll want to go to. Santa Monica is an easy going beach city, where you have the choice of having lunch, seeing a movie, or always taking a dip in the ocean. The Pacific Ocean is a never ending place to enjoy the sea’s fresh air, and long strands of seashore for walking, fishing, and other wonderful free activities.

Hancock Park

4The Mid-Wilshire District: Within a four mile radius, you can discover art at the LA County Museum of Art (LAMCA); or learn about pre-historic history at the La Brea Tar Pits and the George C. Page Natural History Museum. As well, the Hancock Park neighborhood, The Grove shopping center, Farmers Market, and the Pan Pacific Park are nearby.  Don’t forget LACMA is free every evening after 5:00pm.

Reflections

5The Venice Canals:  A highly unique feature of Venice are its beautiful and picturesque Canals, which were originally designed to be a physical reincarnation and taste of Venice, Italy, but with a totally California feel. In between a relaxing walk, enjoying the local architecture, and just getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city, the Venice Canals are a must see attraction.

6. Graffiti Walls:  Public murals are both ubiquitous here, and are a natural part of our urban landscape.  You can see them all over Los Angeles, but a great place to start a tour of these gigantic public canvases, is at Venice Beach.  In addition, the Graffiti Walls are situated right on the Venice Boardwalk, so people watching, shopping, and great food are but a stone’s throw away.

Olvera Street

7Olvera Street:  At the heart of Los Angeles’s cultural, physical, and ethnic history, is Olvera Street. A walking tour of Olvera Street provides its visitors a famous venue to see LA’s oldest house, eat Mexican food, and shop at its tienda’s. Only a short walk away, is where you can find more of LA’s history and roots.

8.  UCLA:  Between the Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden, Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden, and the Fowler Museum, you’ll find plenty of things to do. With its grand physical structures and beautiful landscape, UCLA is a Mecca for art and relaxation.

Pasadena City Hall

9.  Pasadena:  Preserving history is second nature in Pasadena, where you can visit their Civic Center. Other attractions to enjoy in Pasadena include strolling around Old Town Pasadena, shopping at Paseo Colorado, and visiting  the famous and beautiful Plaza Las Fuentes. With easy access via Metro’s Gold Line, Pasadena is a world class city, that can be enjoyed on a budget.

The Rose Garden

10.  Exposition Park:  Here, they have the Rose Garden, the LA Colisium, and the LA Swim Stadium, plus many more attractions. There’s nothing not to like here, as it’s home to the Natural History Museum, the Children’s Science Center, and the California African Amercian Museum.

For sure, there’s also many other free activities to be enjoyed in Los Angeles, including the sights and sounds of Chinatown, Little Toyko, and a myriad of other places to go and things to do.

As we’re continually visiting new places, you can be sure that Travelin’ Local will bring you the best of the best of what to do and where to go in Los Angeles and Southern California. We guarantee that our online magazine’s list will expand and grow. 

As a denizen of our fair city, I know LA can be expensive, but it doesn’t take much looking to find plenty of free attractions–especially when you’re able to use Travelin’ Local’s online tours, walks, guides, lists, and maps

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