Best Free things to do in Los Angeles

During your next California vacation, you should make sure to bring your sunglasses and your camera, but don’t worry about bringing a suitcase full of cash. Los Angles does have a glitzy image because it’s a town fully-stocked with celebrities, stars, exciting scenery and famous sights, but it’s also a city that is chock-full of fabulous free things to do. In addition to the free attractions that the City of Angles has to offer, the Go Select Los Angeles Pass will save you cash on some of LA’s top attractions.

Go Rampant With Recreation

LA is known for its urban landscape, but the city is home to some beautiful, outdoor areas as well. One of the city’s oldest outdoor recreation areas, Palisades Park, features jogging and biking paths that take exercise enthusiast on scenic routes across steep cliffs overlooking the Pacific. Another spot overlooking the ocean, Point Fermin Park and Lighthouse, is a 37-acre recreational area that offers visitors breathtaking views and the opportunity to take photos with a lighthouse that is almost 150 years old. For those who want to see the animals (remember don’t feed them), the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve is home to waterfowl, ducks, herons and more.

Hang In Hollywood

You might not be able to touch the Hollywood Sign (it’s closed to public access) but
that doesn’t mean you can’t get close enough to get a great picture. Here are some quick driving directions to get in prime position for a pristine picture.

Head to Franklin Avenue in Hollywood

Go north on Beachwood Drive

Turn left at Ledgewood Drive and follow the road uphill

Go right at the three-way intersection onto Deronda Drive


Another option is heading over to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Beginning in the ‘60’s the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce began unveiling terrazzo and brass stars on the public sidewalk which stretches on both sides of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street to commemorate the most popular personas of the day. The Walk of Fame now has more than 2,400 stars and more are being added with each passing week. Can’t find your favorite star on the Walk of Fame? Try the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Founded in 1899, the Hollywood Forever Cemetery is the final resting place of some of Hollywood’s greatest writers, directors, and performers including Johnny Ramone, Cecil B. DeMille, Rudolph Valentino and Douglas Fairbanks. The Go Los Angeles Card also offers access to some of Hollywood’s hottest spots.

Venture To Venice

Venice Beach’s Ocean Front Walk is probably one of the best places to people-watch in
the entire country. Walk the boardwalk as you watch chainsaw jugglers, swamis on rollerblades, street dancers, tarot card readers, sand sculptors, collage artists, hustlers, buskers and bodybuilders. Keep your eyes open and don’t be surprised if someone asks you for a buck or two, but remember, it’s optional. If you are feeling active, pick-up games take place year-round on the legendary basketball courts and there are also a number of handball courts nearby. If you don’t feel like participating, just grab a seat in the bleachers and watch while you enjoy the ocean breeze.

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