1. Hike to the Hollywood Sign

prac_info www.hollywoodsign.org

Google Map

Protected by a fence and security cameras, the famous 45-ft- (14-m-) tall aluminum letters cannot be reached, but you can get pretty close. Three trails wind upwards through native chaparral, home to abundant wildlife – chickadees and hawks, and occasional deer. Trails are graded easy to difficult, and vary in distance from 3–6.5 miles (5–10.5 km).


The famous Hollywood Sign in Hollywood Hills

2. Downtown Art Walk

prac_info Walks noon–10pm, second Thu each month • www.downtownartwalk.org

Google Map

Galleries and art exhibitions on Spring and Main between 2nd and 9th streets host an open house for the community with live music, talks and activities.

3. Griffith Observatory

Google Map

Visiting the grounds and iconic Art Deco-style observatory are free to the public. City views are spectacular. Stargaze through the Zeiss telescope on a clear night or wonder at a Foucault pendulum. Free public star parties are held monthly. There is no charge for parking.


The iconic Griffith Observatory

4. Be in the Audience of a TV Show

prac_info www.tvtickets.comwww.on-camera-audiences.com

Free tickets to your favorite comedy, game, and talk shows are usually distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets to the more popular shows go fast, so it is advised to reserve in advance. If you are wandering around the Farmers Market or Grove shopping center, you may be approached to fill a seat at the nearby CBS Studio.

5. California Science Center

Google Map

Free permanent exhibitions feature lots of hands-on activities. Examine an astronaut’s suit; learn how bodily organs work together, and explore an underwater kelp forest and polar research station. This (see California Science Center) is a great place for kids of all ages.


Aquarium, California Science Center

6. The Getty Center

Google Map

This (see The Getty Center) is one of LA’s great community draws, offering fantastic city-wide views, art exhibitions, gardens, tours, and lectures. Many live musical performances are free too. You only pay for parking, but LA Metro buses stop right at the entrance.

7. La Brea Tar Pits

prac_info 5801 Wilshire Blvd • 323-857-6300 • www.tarpits.org

Google Map

You can wander around the tar pits and the life-size prehistoric animal models, and contemplate the 40,000 years of hot bubbling asphalt without charge, but paid admission is required for the adjacent Page Museum and its impressive fossil collection.


Exhibit at the Page Museum

8. Hollywood Bowl Free Rehearsals

Google Map

During the summer on Tuesday, Thursday, and some Friday mornings from 9am to noon, you can sit in the historic bowl (see Hollywood Bowl) and watch rehearsals. The outdoor setting is gorgeous, so bring a picnic lunch. The adjacent Hollywood Bowl Museum is also free.

9. Visit Gravesites of the Stars

prac_info www.seeing-stars.com/buried

Google Map

The final resting places of famous movie stars are located across the LA area. Hollywood Forever hands out a map to help you find your favorite celebrity. All are open to the public.

10. Free Music Concerts at LACMA

Google Map

LACMA sponsors free one-hour concerts every weekend. From April to November, you’ll hear jazz on Friday nights and classical on Sundays. Concerts start at 5 or 6pm. From June to August, on Saturday evenings, it’s Latin music. Venues are either the BP Grand Entrance or the Bing Theatre.


1. Free Museum Days

Many museums that are free one day a week or once a month.

2. Theater Tickets

prac_info www.theatreinla.com

Get half-price theater tickets for selected plays through Theatre in LA.

3. Go Los Angeles Card

prac_info www.smartdestinations.com

A 1- to 7-day pass to nearly 30 attractions, museums, and tours.

4. Shop at Farmers’ Markets

Put together a picnic of reasonably priced fresh, local food from outdoor markets located throughout LA.

5. Happy Hour

On late weekday afternoons, many restaurants offer discounted menu items in the bar area.

6. Senior discounts

Senior citizens qualify for substantial discounts on transportation, museum admissions, movies, and Hollywood Bowl concerts.

7. Get Rid of the Rental Car at Disneyland

If staying multiple days, you don’t need a car. Anaheim hotels run free or low-cost shuttles to Disneyland.

8. Save on Parking

Selected lots at Metro Rail and Metrolink stations have free parking for transit users.

9. Disney Tickets

Credit unions, teacher unions, and the Auto Club sometimes offer slightly discounted tickets. Never buy a partly used pass from anybody.

10. Save on Gas

GasBuddy (www.gasbuddy.com) has up-to-date prices for all local gas stations.


ARCO gas station

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