When you have to pay nearly or more than $100 for tickets to Disneyland, Santa Catalina Island, Universal Studios and so many more places, wouldn’t it be nice with a list of things to do free of charge? You may be surprised, but Southern California is thankfully still home to tons of great free activities. Some you may have heard of, some you may have wanted to visit. In any case and for any group, free is always better than paying. And when so much cost so much, we are ever thankful for all the great things you can do without spending a dime! From cruising down PCH, checking out the California Science Center or Getty Villa, some of the most iconic and signature SoCal experiences and landmarks are free of charge. Hike to the world famous Hollywood Sign or learn about space at the Griffith Observatory. Enjoy great arts at the LACMA or head on a date walk exploring the Venice Canals Walkway. Check out the famous filming location at Runyon Canyon or venture to Downtown’s Olvera Street to experience the Mexican culture. Many of the coolest activities in L.A. are free of charge, and we will prove it!
Just a few days ago we transferred tourists with our LAX sedan service that wanted to check out Hollywood. After having seen the Hollywood Sign after a hike from Griffith Park, they were shocked that it was all free of charge! Griffith Park is the world’s largest municipal park with over 4,200 acres of wilderness and an impressing wildlife, including eagles, mountain lions, bobcats, and more. Going for a picnic in Griffith is a beloved L.A. activity. Free is also strolling down the Hollywood Walk of Fame or visiting the Griffith Observatory located in Griffith Park. At the Griffith Observatory on the top of Mount Hollywood, you can enjoy one of the greatest views of the city and ocean. Come here at sunset for great photo opportunities. The observatory might be one of the most iconic L.A. buildings and is home to a dozen space- and science displays, making for an educational getaway. Hancock Park’s La Brea Tar Pits include the Earth’s biggest discoveries of Ice Age fossils, and is free of charge on the first Tuesday of every month.
The historic 1920’s Central Library is always free and offers exhibitions on city culture. Maybe the most popular free activities are visits to the Getty Center and the Getty Villa. While the Getty Center focuses on European painting, the Getty Villa has a Roman and Greek theme and art collection. Both are free of charge and incredibly popular for Los Angeles limo riders. With collections from some of the world’s most famous photographers, the Annenberg Space for Photography is yet another complimentary museum. A visit to Hollywood is never complete without a (free) visit to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, dating back to 1899 and the includes the graves of many Hollywood celebrities. Just in the city on a layover at LAX? Many reserving a LAX sedan service like to stop by the iconic Encounter at the Theme Building to take photos of the space-themed restaurant at the airport.
Want to experience something different? While many types of tours are available in the area, very few are completely complimentary. But the Los Angeles Audubon Society offers free hiking tours for bird observing to natural beauties in the region, including forests, ocean marshes, deserts, and lakes. Recently combined with a Malibu wine tour, foreign clients heading to the Walt Disney Concert Hall were surprised that the docent-led tours of maybe the most signature L.A. building were free of charge. Maybe the coolest trip you can do is taking a stroll down the sea-side boardwalks of Venice- and Santa Monica Beaches. In Venice you can sit back in the sun and observe the colorful characters: the jugglers, hipsters, hippie types, and more. Take a walk up the beach, check out the famous Muscle Beach and the Santa Monica Pier! Looking for a beach to spend the day swimming, surfing, or sunbathing? Check out the idyllic Newport- or Huntington Beaches. Or for maybe the most picturesque beach in Southern California, head down to Orange County’s 1,000 Steps Beach!
There are many places in the SoCal region worth checking out by foot. Don’t forget to see the famous Sunset Strip! Or if you are in the mood for a drive or LA limousine rental, although not free of charge, head up to Santa Barbara’s main street: State Street. Remember also to visit Stearns Wharf for some great ocean views! A more affordable alternative to a Santa Barbara- or Malibu wine tour can be a visit to the pier’s Deep Sea Tasting Room for some great wine tastings. You may not believe it, but a popular destination to use little or no money is Beverly Hills! Most people using our limousines head here for celebrity sight seeing or window shopping at the famous Rodeo Drive. Wanna head to the studios and be part of a live TV-show? Tickets to numerous television shows are free, including audience tickets for shows such as Wheel of Fortune, Dr. Phil, the Ellen Show, Jeopardy, and many more. Want to learn more about the city? Head to its oldest street, Downtown’s Olvera Street, or the El Pueblo Historical Monument. More interested in the Native-American history? Check out the Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park with a thousand year old petroglyphs from the native Californians. Need a stop on your way to Las Vegas? See similar native rock art at the Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area just a 30 minute drive into Nevada.
People often rent chauffeured LA party bus vehicles or limos to head to the many great nature areas found in Southern California. Besides the beaches, there are great nature with beautiful lakes and rivers, forests and deserts. Want to see native Californian landscape and possibly wildlife? Head to America’s largest urban national park in the Santa Monica Mountains for great hiking, jogging, camping, or picnicking. Additionally, Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area in Westside and the animal sanctuary at El Dorado Regional Park are two great areas to spend the day outdoors. Alternatively, check out the sculptures at Tongva Park or Downtown’s Grand Park. For best lake, head to the Echo Park Lake. For best beach view hikes, head to the Palisades Park in Santa Monica. Art lovers will absolutely love Exposition Park, home to various museums and art displays. Prefer heading to a show? There are tons of freebies among the many standup comedy bars and improvs. For instance, the Upright Citizens Brigade, Westside Comedy and also the Clubhouse are completely free to attend! Although tickets are free to shows at the Comedy Store on Sunset Boulevard, they do require that audience members buy a minimum of one drink each.
Many customers using a Los Angeles limo or party bus attend many of the complimentary concerts held throughout the Greater L.A. Area. Make sure to check itineraries for scheduled upcoming free concerts. You’ll be surprised to see just how many musical performances are completely complimentary to attend. Certain other venues are free only part-time. For example, attending the Museum of Contemporary Art, Skirball Cultural Center, Japanese American National Museum and the Hammer Museum are all free, but only on Thursdays. The Schindler House if free of charge on Fridays, the Norton Simon Museum of Art is free on the first Friday of every month, while the Pacific Asia Museum is free on the fourth Friday of every month. The Arboretum and Botanic Garden is free on every third Tuesday, the Autry National Center of the American West on every second Tuesday, and the Huntington Library, Art Collection, & Botanical Garden is free on the first Thursday of every month. LA limousine clients will be happy to hear that most art venues and museums are free every day of the year, including the Getty Museum, Getty Villa, Griffith Observatory, L.A. County Museum of Art, California African American Museum, California Science Center, Paley Center for Media, Annenberg Space for Photography, and the Bergamot Arts Station & Santa Monica Museum of Art.