Use our Top 5 guide of free activities or sights to make sure you're not making your budget bleed! Outsiders assume that just because our celebrity-driven town boasts some of the fanciest restaurants, most expensive cars, and overall fancy lifestyle that us Angelenos don't appreciate free activities. We, like all other Americans, obviously LOVE free stuff. Who doesn't?
In any case, here's I Love LA's Top 5 FREE things to do in Los Angeles:
Go enjoy a fully immersive arts and culture experience at one of the world's most renowned museum during one of the many FREE jazz concerts this summer every Friday. In addition to the free Friday summer concerts, there is actual gratis access to most of the museum every second Tuesday of the month.
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Located at the top of the Santa Monica Hills, the Getty Center is perfect for those looking to spend a couple of hours, or even a full day, enjoying all that this hidden gem has to offer. With its beautiful lawns and gardens it is the perfect location to get away from all the chaos and overall craziness of the city, but it is the Getty Center's museum that can truly inspire visual arts aficionados! The museum itself is absolutely free, but keep in mind that there is a hefty parking fee so we urge you to try to find alternative ways to get up the mountain!
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The Hollywood Sign is probably one of the United States' most iconic symbols and represent more than just a cultural landmark. Not only does it serve as an beacon of inspiration to thousands, if not millions, of actors and creative souls globally, but it also functions as the endpoint of multiple unique hikes in its general vicinity. The Mount Hollywood Trail is probably the most accessible of the three, with a short loop of about three miles, with plenty of parking availability at the Griffith Observatory.
For those looking for a step up in difficulty, there's the moderately challenging Canyon Boulevard Trail. The trail offers sensational views of the city and finally leads up, after a 6.5 mile hike, to the Hollywood sign. Bring plenty of water!
The Cahuenga Peak Hike boasts epic panoramic views of the San Fernando Valley and the Hollywood Reservoir to the somewhat experienced hiker. The trail crosses through the latest 138 acre addition to Griffith Park and starts at the Aileen Getty Ridge trail. Make sure to wear appropriate gear and shoes and don't forget to bring adequate water to stay hydrate under the scorching LA sun.
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Located in Griffith Park, the observatory has a free astronomy museum and provides its visitors to take a closer look at the cosmos through the highly impressive Zeiss Telescope, for free. The views from the top of Griffith Park are also absolutely breath-taking and the grassy area surrounding it can also serve as a cute picnic location!
DUH! The whole world is jealous of our climate, our coastline, our beaches, but we tend to take it for granted. Guys, get out there and take advantage of what Los Angeles has to offer. For free, that is! Whether you go to Hermosa Beach, with its slight hipster undertone, people watching at Venice Beach, or the amazingly charming Carrillo Beach in Malibu: our beaches are some of the world's most beautiful treasures. Grab a blanket, a picnic basket, a (special) friend and go enjoy all the awesomeness nature has to offer!