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10 Free Things to Do in Los Angeles

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The perfect weather and palm trees come at a premium that many people are willing to pay – but you might be surprised to find that many of the top attractions in LA cost zero dinero. Check them out: And if you need a place to stay while exploring, check out The Freehand Miami.


Griffith Park Observatory
A sweet choice for sunset, the top feature of this classical hall is the view from outside, a panorama of the city.
(213) 473-0800

Hollywood Walk of Fame
Head to Hollywood Boulevard to strut along the world-famous avenue of celebrity stars engraved into the sidewalk.
(323) 469-8311

Venice Beach Boardwalk and Skate Plaza
Cruise the wooden walkway with a wild parade of characters, shop for funky gifts and hang out at the skate park.

TV Show Tapings
Immerse yourself in the epicenter of the entertainment industry and attend a recording of your favorite TV
(818) 260-0041

The Getty
Tour an incredible collection of art at this hilltop museum and enjoy gorgeous gardens, city vistas and modern architecture. Admission is free but parking is $15. You can take the Metro bus there though.
(310) 440-7300

Hollywood Bowl Rehearsals
Listen to symphonies, singers and stars practice their performance for free on mornings of events in this outdoor venue.
(323) 850-2000

Santa Monica Pier and Beach
Stroll the famous boardwalk from the movies, soak up the seaside atmosphere and wander down the beach to check out the scene.
(310) 458-8901

Farmers Markets
LA has amazing local markets bursting with fresh California produce and artisan food, including the Original Farmers Market at the Grove.
(323) 933-9211

California Science Center
Explore the realms of science and technology at this fascinating museum (free) and the new home of the Space Shuttle Endeavor ($3 admission).
323 724 3623

Hollywood Sign
Don’t leave LA without taking your picture in front of this iconic landmark. Snap photos at Griffith Park or along Beachwood Canyon Drive.
(323) 258-4338

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