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Free things to do in LA

Looking for free things to do in LA? Here are the best wallet-free ways to explore and enjoy the city.

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Getty Center Central Garden.

Los Angeles can be a pretty expensive city. Use this guide to find free things to do in LA when you need a budget-friendly day out. As Angelenos, 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 that doesn't mean we don't love free things. Explore the city beyond the usual weekend hikes, gratis yoga, bargain jazz and cheap eats. Read on for the best free things to do and places to visit across the city, for tourists and locals alike.

Free things to do in LA

Free attractions
Things to do

Free attractions

Make a pit-stop at these free attractions in LA—from wallet-friendly cultural centers to iconic sites in the city.

Free museums
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Free museums

Free museums in LA abound, and it's a beautiful thing. Most of the others are free at least some of the time. Read on to continue your life-long education.

Free concerts
Music

Free concerts

Free concerts in LA aren't hard to find. Check out our picks for the best live music and performances in the city.

Free date ideas
Sex and dating

Free date ideas

Everyone thinks of LA as an expensive city, but we'll stick up for the budget-friendly options that exist just slightly under the radar.

Free workouts
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Free workouts

Rev up your workout and head outdoors to the best free circuit training parks, located across the city.

Free yoga classes
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Free yoga classes

Here are ten quality yoga classes that are either free or donation-based (with low-to-no pressure to pitch in the full amount).

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The best beaches in Los Angeles
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The best beaches in Los Angeles

From Venice and Santa Monica to Manhattan Beach and Playa Vista, here are the top spots to sunbathe, surf and play.

Best hikes in LA
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Best hikes in LA

Whether you're more cityscape gawker or ocean gazer, we've got the trek for you.

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Los Angeles City Hall Observation Deck
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Los Angeles City Hall Observation Deck

Santa Monica Camera Obscura
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Santa Monica Camera Obscura

Blue Ribbon Garden at the Walt Disney Concert Hall
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Blue Ribbon Garden at the Walt Disney Concert Hall

Eaton Canyon Falls Trail
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Eaton Canyon Falls Trail

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4 comments
jem97
jem97

Really great list!! I have been looking for things to do in LA, and this is perfect. Thanks Michael!

liaisonsus
liaisonsus

Brilliant! Just have to get there and that is the problem in such a spread out city!