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The Getty (West L.A. and Malibu)

Admission is free to both sites of the Getty. Pay only for parking ($15 per car), or take a Metro bus to save even more. See more free museums in another section below.

  • Getty Center near the 405 freeway in West L.A. displays many genres of art, including classical and contemporary paintings, sculptures and architecture.
  • Getty Villa on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu features classical Greek and Roman art and architecture.

Click here for more information on the Getty facilities in Los Angeles

Free Museums

Click here for a list of free museums in Los Angeles

Free Shows, Concerts and Musical Performances

Most free shows occur during the summer. Includes downtown Los Angeles, Pasadena, Beverly Hills and other areas. Click here for a list of free shows, concerts and performances in Los Angeles

A motorist on Mulholland Drive near the Hollywood Bowl Overlook. The Hollywood Sign can be seen in the background. [Photo Credit:] Mulholland Drive near Hollywood Bowl Overlook

Sightseeing From Your Car

The cost of gasoline makes this more expensive than in the past, but still costs less than paying for parking and admission at a theme park.

Hollywood Sightseeing

Click here for a list of free Hollywood Boulevard attractions

TV Show Tapings

Click here to find a list of TV Show Taping links. In most cases you'll need to get your tickets in advance, but they're usually free.

Griffith Park Observatory in Los Angeles. [Photo Credit:] Griffith Park Observatory

Griffith Park

Griffith Park - Free activities include: Picnic in the park, go hiking on one of the trails, see the Griffith Observatory or visit Travel Town train museum.

Downtown L.A.

Court of Flags in Grand Park near City Hall in downtown Los Angeles. [Photo Credit:] Court of Flags in Grand Park, downtown L.A.

There are many free activities in downtown Los Angeles, although they are not all within walking distance of each other. However you can take a low-cost DASH bus to get around. Free activities include tours, famous tourist sites (such as Disney Hall and Olvera Street), and the L.A. City Hall observation deck. Parking will cost $5 or more (it's less expensive on the weekends), or you can take a Metro train into downtown L.A.

Click here to find free activities in downtown Los Angeles

Shopping Districts

Some shopping districts are more than just malls, and are an attraction in themselves. Many of them offer entertainment beyond what a mall provides. Some are in attractive locations, like near the ocean. Although it costs money to shop, the shopping districts listed here are places where you can walk around and stay entertained without having to buy anything. Most charge for parking.
Click here for a list of Shopping Districts.

Hiking in the Santa Monica or San Gabriel Mountains

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