Best Free Activities in Los Angeles

Best Free Activities in Los Angeles

LA-limo-serviceWhen 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.

LA-and-LAX-sedans-sedan-rentalThe 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!

Malibu-party-bus-and-SUV-rentThere 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.

Santa-Monica-LA-limo-companyPeople 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.

Los-Angeles-limousineMany 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.

NEW: 5 Reasons SoCal Is World’s Best Place To Live

NEW: 5 Reasons SoCal Is World’s Best Place To Live

Surveys have found Southern California residents to be among the happiest and healthiest in the country. But what makes SoCal so special? We have asked locals and tourists alike what makes the area great. Here are some of our findings..

Great Beaches & Weather

Los-Angeles-limousine-LA-limo-serviceMore than any other provider of limousines in the region, American Luxury transports clients daily to the great Southern California beaches. From some of the nations largest beaches to charming neighborhood beaches, Southern California is guaranteed to have a beach fitting your preferences. While perhaps the most popular for LA limo customers is the Venice- and adjacent Santa Monica Beaches, you are definitely missing out by just hanging out at these two. While being the two most visited beaches in L.A. County, neither Santa Monica- nor Venice Beach offer for instance ‘on beach dining’. Often combined with our local Malibu wine tours are restaurants such as Duke’s, Paradise Cove Beach Cafe and the Carbon Beach Club Restaurant, which are all restaurants located on the beach itself. Prefer less crowds and smaller waves? 1,000 Steps Beach in Orange County might be the most gorgeous beach in the region. Malibu may be the most popular beaching destination for us in L.A., and offers larger beaches (Zuma, Carbon) as well as smaller and less crowded ones (El Matador, Leo Carrillo). Many riding with us at American Luxury Limousines have told us where to find the most beautiful beaches in SoCal. And what we hear more than anything is ‘in Orange County’. Constantly rated among the most beautiful beaches in America, Newport-, Laguna- and Huntington Beaches are definitely worth experiencing.

Maybe more than anything else, visitors using our airport limos have mentioned the weather as the greatest attribute to the region. With nearly 300 days of sunshine per year, it is no wonder why people come to enjoy our great weather. Less humid and less rainy than most other warmer places in the U.S., our Mediterranean climate makes life easier and lighter.

Unbeatable Diversity

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Many LA party bus clients believed the Hollywood nightlife to be what makes L.A.the best

SoCal and the Greater L.A. Area have it all. Whether you want to try out authentic Vietnamese food, a German musical performances or to learn about Armenian culture in L.A.’s own Little Armenia neighborhood. Diversity is often mentioned by foreign visitors to the region using our LAX limo services. It’s not rarely we hear how the region is home to “the best French restaurant”, “the most delicious Mexican cuisine” or about all the different demographical regions: Filipinotown, Olvera Street, Thai Town, Little Tokyo, Koreatown, Little Ethiopia, Chinatown, Little Armenia, and many more. Home to more than 350,000 Native-Americans, California is also home to more Native-Americans than any other state. West Hollywood is an area famous worldwide for its great LGBT nightclubs and community, while the birthplace of the city is located on Downtown’s Olvera Street, maybe the city’s most authentic Mexican neighborhood. Originally named El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles de Porciúncula, Los Angeles has an incredibly diverse history. First inhabited by various indigenous peoples as early as 14,000 BCE, the region was part of Spain and later Mexico for hundreds of years. After a short-lived republic was created before later joining the U.S. Once a sleepy pueblo the City of Angels is now among the largest and most diverse cities in the world.

Film Industry

LA-limousine-Los-Angeles-limo-serviceHollywood – the world’s biggest producer of popular culture – is the center for the American movie and music industries. Along with concerts with some of the world’s most popular singers and entertainers, the studios are also incredibly popular destinations for our Los Angeles limousine service. For trips to the studios, a beloved tour is the tour at Universal Studios, while there are many other studios spread throughout Studio City, Burbank and the Hollywood area. We also find numerous studios in the San Fernando Valley, including ABC, NBC, CBS, and Warner Bros. This is where we find some of the most popular studio tours in SoCal, including the Warner Bros Tour, Sony Pictures Studio Tour, as well as the NBC Tours. The two-hour tours offered at Warner Bros and at the Sony Pictures are among the most popular for people interested in the movie industry. While the tours at Universal Studios takes you through the Wisteria Lane neighborhood from Desperate Housewives as well as sets from Psycho and Jaws, Sony Pictures includes sets from the show Jeopardy, Wizard of Oz and Gone With the Wind. At the NBC studios you’ll have the chance to see the set used for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Many renting our limousines or LA party bus head to actual live shows to be in the audience. While many attend the Dr. Phil Show at Paramount Studios, Burbank’s Ellen DeGeneres Show is another hit. Being the international hub for pop culture, it is easy finding a performance by a singer you like, or attending the audience of a favorite TV-show taping. Make sure to reserve your seatings in advance! And arrive early by booking sedans, buses, SUV’s or airport limos.

Wine Country

Many mistakingly believe you need to fly to Northern California in order to visit the vineyards. And if you need an LAX limo to visit the great vineyards of Sonoma- and Napa Valleys, we can absolutely help you get to your destination. But is it necessary to fly for an hour to experience gorgeous wine country? The answer is fortunately no. With beautiful vineyards in regions such as the Santa Maria-, Santa Ynez- and Temecula Valleys, winetouring the vineyards has never been more available. Our Malibu wine tours to vineyards and tasting venues throughout the Malibu Canyons may be the closest and most convenient wine-region to visit. Just a short ride from the busy streets of Downtown LA, we find some of the most beautiful vineyards in the state. With tasting rooms spread throughout the city, winetasting is a great complimentary to a city tour. Prefer sipping wines looking out over the ocean? Check out the Deep Sea Tasting Room in Santa Barbara, or the Rosenthal Tasting Room by the Malibu coast. For larger vineyards and winery estates, ask us about the great wineries of the Santa Ynez Valley!

Amusement Parks & Activities

LA-city-tours-Six-Flags-Magic-MountainA beloved activity for many riding with us at American Luxury Limousines is all the cool activities and amusement parks found in the area. From the “happiest place on Earth”, Disneyland, to some of the largest rollercoasters in the country at Magic Mountain, SoCal is home to tons of activities for kids and adults alike. While Disneyland, Universal Studios, Six Flags Magic Mountain and Knott’s Berry Farm are the most popular, smaller parks are often less crowdy and more affordable. Once home to four amusement park piers, Santa Monica’s pier and rides is a great way of experiencing a signature Californian experience. Make sure to research upcoming events and local carnivals, and we are convinced you’ll find an activity that satisfies. Besides the amusement parks, other popular family-friendly activities include the L.A. Zoo, Long Beach Aquarium, the Griffith Observatory, LACMA, and much more.

What do you think is the greatest about living in Southern California? Maybe not to anyone’s surprise but one of many people’s biggest negative is the sometimes intolerable traffic. This is particularly true for the Greater L.A. region where hiring a Los Angeles limousine service can help anyone arrive timely and in style. We’re not only the best rated company in SoCal, but we are also proud to offer unmatched price match guarantees for all our clients.