FUN AND EXCITING THINGS TO DO IN LOS ANGELES WITHOUT SPENDING
We all want to have fun when we go out, especially when we go to places like Los Angeles. But sometimes, just thinking about all the money we’ll end up spending on our vacay extravaganza, we end up opting for a weekend’s worth of pizza instead. Not everything that’s fun in L.A. is expensive, and there is more to the city than just the Hollywood walk of fame. There are other places you can have fun and enjoy in without having to shell out any of your hard-earned money.
HAVE FUN AT MUSEUMS
Whether you’re into cars or art, there’s always a free museum for you. Why not go to Annenberg Space for Photography and see their exhibit about “Generation Wealth”? Or perhaps Armory Center For the Arts. You’ll never know, you might find your next inspiration in one of those exhibits.
HIKE AROUND L.A.
There are a lot of trails in L.A., and the best part of it is: it’s for free. Grab your hiking gear, and put on your hiking boots because it’s going to be a great exercise. No need to get a special permit or even hire a guide along these trails. You can try the Griffith Observatory Hike; it has a distance of about 2 miles with an elevation of 580 feet. It’s a short steep walk that will lead you to the Griffith Observatory, which is also free. It’s like hitting two birds with one stone. Just make sure you bring your own water with you, to stay hydrated along the way.
ENJOY FREE THINGS ON YOUR SPECIAL DAY
Let’s say you went to L.A. to celebrate your birthday– it’s lucky for you! If you register online, you can get a free trip on board the Catalina Express if it’s your birthday. And that’s just one of the many free things you can get on your special day. If you’re a vegan, you can go to Veggie Grill and get an entree for free. Or for the beer lover in you, just go to Wirtshaus– if you bring along 10 of your friends, they’ll give you two-liters’ boot of beer.
FIND YOUR INNER PEACE
Why not go to little Tokyo? Visit Zenshuji Soto Temple for a good morning meditation. Even though it’s technically free, it runs on donations, so it’s up to you if you want to leave a little after you’ve lifted your soul to their serene ambiance. Then after that, you can go for a stroll on their more than a century-old street that’s just vibrantly filled with shops and restaurants.
TAKE A SELF-GUIDED TOUR AROUND L.A.
You might want to visit Los Angeles Conservatory first, as it boasts to have numerous maps that will help you navigate the streets on your own as you marvel at the architectural designs all over the city, from cityscapes, to the street arts, to the museums, you’ll have plenty of sights that will leave you breathless.
HAVE A PICNIC AT GRIFFITH PARK
Unwind with your friends by having a picnic at Griffith Park. It boasts an urban-type wilderness that spans about 4,210 acres. It’s all natural, which makes it a good spot for picnics and short walks. They even have free access to their buildings and grounds.
GO FOR A WALK ON DOWNTOWN L.A. ARTWALK
Marvel at the showcase of talent on the galleries from 2nd to 9th street on both Spring and Main Street. Feed your senses with the display of art, music, and much more.
They have game night every Thursday. So, have fun playing lots of games and mingle with other people. It’s fun playing jenga, cards against humanity, and even ping pong. Play until the sun rises or, in this case, until 9 PM.
If you’re the theatrical type, then you’re sure to enjoy watching the actors performing at the park. These are free performances from Shakespeare by the sea. It makes for a beautiful picnic and way to end a fruitful day.
You don’t really need to spend a lot of money to have fun. All you need to do is be more adventurous, and be more open to the freely accessible sights and sounds the city has to offer.