Tucked between the chaotic Venice Boardwalk and the posh Abbot Kinney, the Venice Canals offer a completely different side of the famed beachfront neighborhood. Take a stroll through these three canal-lined blocks—hence the name, Venice—and you’ll discover an idyllic scene: arching pedestrian bridges, charming beach houses, bunches of ducklings and the occasional paddle boarding bulldog.
As we stare down increasing grocery, apartment and cocktail prices, we often think that Los Angeles can be a frustratingly expensive city. But then we think of this city’s wealth of free museums and miles of public coastline and remember that there are plenty of incredible free things to do in L.A. Sure, we may be living in a celebrity-driven town where indulging at the best restaurants and bars, working out and pampering ourselves is the norm, but we still jump at the chance for free things (or nominally-priced items, like L.A.’s best cheap eats). Read on for the best free things to do and places to visit across L.A., for tourists and locals alike.
In addition to this all-the-time list, make sure to check out our monthly selection of free things to do.
RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best things to do in Los Angeles