If you’ve seen our ultimate LA bucket list, then you know there is plenty to do in LA. You can never run out of things to do, and that’s one thing we loved about living there. Even if you’re on a really tight budget, you still have a lot of options.
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Last Updated: May 28, 2020
25 Free Things To Do in LA
We’ve put together a list of the top 25 free things to do in LA. Let us know if we need to add anything else to the list.
4. Venice Canals
The Venice Canals are hidden right between the Venice Boardwalk and Abbot Kinney. The three canal-lined blocks have beautiful pedestrian bridges and cute beach houses. You can even bring a non-motorized vessel or paddle board and view the neighborhood from the water.
6. Watch Movies at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Walk the grounds of this cemetery where many of early Hollywood is buried. Directors, writers, and performers make their home here. They have a summer outdoor movie screening series too and many are free.
10. The Hollywood Bowl
The Los Angeles Philharmonic rehearses for their evening stage performances and often offers visitors a chance to watch the rehearsals for free. You can also check out the Edmund D. Edelman Hollywood Bowl Museum free of charge.
Although LACMA has an entrance fee, you can still visit their Urban Light exhibit for free. A ton of people come here to take photos and you can visit day or night. If you’re interested in visiting the museum, check their website for their free days!
14. Bradbury Building
The Bradbury Building is the oldest commercial building remaining in the central city and has one of the most unique interiors around. As a visitor, you can only go to the second floor but it’s still worth the visit. Do you recognize this building from 500 Days of Summer?
15. Get Free Archery Training
Woodley Park Archers offers free beginners lessons to the community every Saturday at 9am and Wednesdays at 6PM. They even provide equipment so go unleash your inner Katniss.
16. Visit the Original In-N-Out Replica
In-N-Out is pretty synonymous with the west coast, and especially LA. Although the original store no longer serves customers, you can still see the replica with the original potato peeler, cash box, and cigarette vending machines.
The pier at Santa Monica Beach is the focal point here and is home to the iconic Ferris wheel, aquarium, fairground games, and food stands. It’s a great place to people watch and enjoy the sunny LA weather, and they also hold special events throughout the summer.
LA is full of Instagrammable murals and walls. We’ve put together a guide of the 25 Best Instagram Spots in Los Angeles, and you’ll be happy to know that most of them are free too!
Map of Free Things to Do in Los Angeles
- To save money on travel, consider going by train or bus. In addition to saving money, you’ll get to see the beautiful landscapes of the United States. A good option to search prices is GoTicket, a company dedicated to showing the best ways to reach your destination.
- If you’re renting a car, check out these guidelines about rental insurance.
Best Places to Stay
All accommodations listed below have Tripadvisor’s Certificate of Excellence and at least 4 stars on both Tripadvisor and Yelp.
Are there any other free activities that we missed? What is your favorite place to visit in LA?
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Esther + Jacob
Esther and Jacob are the founders of Local Adventurer, which is one of the top 5 travel blogs in the US. They believe that adventure can be found both near and far and hope to inspire others to explore locally. They explore a new city in depth every year and currently base themselves in Las Vegas.