When we think of Los Angeles, we generally see long stretches of beach meeting urban sprawl, sunny skies, famous people and a big Hollywood sign.
The city is full of a great sites and attractions, restaurants with all types of cuisine, and it is the world capital of film entertainment. Cheap LA hotels and hostels can be found spread across the city.
Despite a reputation of being expensive, there are lots of things you can do for free – check out the stuff below for some ideas…
Hollywood Walk of Fame
15 city blocks make up the black sidewalk within which the pinkish stars are embedded. This is the best way to appreciate the talents that have brought us film, television and music for many decades.
Some 10 million people visit the Walk of Fame a year, not counting the locals who walk over the stars daily. You will find some 2,400 stars, many of which have names you might not recognize.
But don’t worry; there are tons that you will recognize, from Frank Sinatra and Charles Chaplin to Matt Damon, Mickey Mouse and Michael Jackson.
Inside you’ll not only find a free astronomy museum, but also a giant telescope.
The telescope is called Zeiss, and in the evenings they offer the option to look through the telescope.
There’s really nothing like seeing the stars through some of the thickest smog in the country!
California Science Center
The place is very interactive, which makes it popular for families with small kids, but adults who are not afraid of letting their inner child come out will have a good time as well.
It’s one of the best science museums in the United States, and the exhibits change regularly to provide fresh reasons to return.
There is also a large 7-story IMAX theatre inside, though you’ll have to pay to enter.
Finally, and without further ado, the Venice Beach boardwalk is a must-see and free attraction.
The vibe the neighborhood gives is comfortable and different, and the roller-skating bathing suited bodies make for a distinctly Southern California atmosphere – you simply can’t see LA without checking out Venice Beach.
The Getty Center
If fine art is your cup of tea, then head to one of the most involved galleries in the world, The Getty Center. The building itself is beautiful to look at, and inside you’ll find plenty of priceless works of art.
The collection is quite impressive, with works from Van Gogh and Monet, and the gardens are wonderful to stroll around in.
This place also has concerts on some nights, so if you plan to visit it’s always worth checking out if there is any event happening.
Another good reason to visit is the spectacular view you get from there, overlooking LA and the ocean.
On a side note, another way to get a good view is to hike to the Hollywood sign, which might take a bit more effort, but it’s also free, and totally worth it.
What’s your favorite things to do in Los Angeles for free?