My 5 Favorite (Free) Things to do in Los Angeles


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Being someone who at one point was new to this city, I quickly realized Los Angeles can be a pricey one to explore, but it doesn’t have to be.

People venture here from all over the world to see the sights and walk over the same pavement that served as the threshold for the dreams of millions. By moving to LA, you will become a part of one of the most creative and innovative cities in the country.

With that being said, I’m sure you’re thinking, “Well that might be difficult considering the cost of living is quite different than what I’m used to.” Well fret no more!

I’m about to share with you my favorite, no cost endeavors of Los Angeles.


1. Runyon Canyon

Picture Courtesy of AJ Bend

Picture Courtesy of AJ Bend

I have hiked this trail more times than I can count, but each time I do, I find myself being taken on a different journey. Each trail is beneficial for either a leisurely stroll or as an athlete’s refuge. Runyon Canyon offers three different trails to travel and view the city from.


2. The Downtown Art Walk


I highly recommend a visit to the LA Art Walk. The event, is held every second Thursday of the month and is not only free of charge, but can also be a daytime or nighttime affair with the hours varying from gallery to gallery (usually from noon to 10pm). This self-guided art tour on Spring and Main Street, between 2nd and 9th, celebrates the ever-changing exhibits and artists of our city. Those who attend are able to walk in the middle of the street and browse unique art, while also becoming familiar with this part of LA.


3. The Getty Villa

Picture Courtesy of Miami Hitman

Picture Courtesy of Miami Hitman

Next up is the fabulous Getty Villa located in the equally fabulous Pacific Palisades. The location overlooking the ocean, along with the collections within the walls are breathtaking. This beachfront museum holds 44,000 Greek, Roman, and Etruscan pieces of art and artifacts, and might I add, grabbing a bite to eat on the outdoor terrace isn’t that bad either.


4. The Griffith Observatory

Picture Courtesy of Richard Hawkins

Picture Courtesy of Richard Hawkins

The Griffith Observatory allows its visitors to stargaze, get a closer view through the giant telescopes, and once more look off the sloping hills of Mount Hollywood into the vast city of LA. The Observatory resides at the top of the hill making it an amazing place to also enjoy either a daytime or evening hike. And, I definitely suggest a lovely sunset picnic.


5. Venice Beach Boardwalk

Picture Courtesy of Lapie

Picture Courtesy of Lapie

The most entertaining of them all is the Venice Beach Boardwalk. The boardwalk is one of the best places to people watch, get your tan on, and peruse the handcrafted creations and novelties of the natives. There’s lots of art, food to munch on, places to work out, pavement to roller skate, and a beach to relax on.

So get out, save your money for things you have to spend it on (like metered parking) and explore with no worries or hesitation!

Aree Gearhart

Aree Gearhart is currently a Los Angeles based intern at Whitewall Magazine. She is a writer with experience in art, fashion, lifestyle, music, and creative writing.

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