Five free things to do in Los Angeles
The home of Hollywood, Los Angeles, is the second most populated city in the United states of America after New York City and followed by Chicago.
Believe it or not but Los Angeles was actually part of Mexico between the Mexican war of independence in 1821 and the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848. It has been a key city of the United States ever since.
Also known as L.A or the City of Angels, there are hundreds of free things to do in Los Angeles and we present to you our top five:
5. The Hollywood Walk of Fame
On of the most famous free things to do in Los Angeles is to visit the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Hollywood leads the world in production of video games, recorded music and television. It is surprising not the world leader in motion picture production (movies) and is behind both ‘Bollywood’ (India) and ‘Nollywood’ (Nigeria).
If you want to see a part of Hollywood then one of the best places to do this is at the Hollywood walk of Fame.
Chances are you have seen the stars on the pavement with the names of famous actors, directors and other people who have played an important role in the film industry, but did you know you can visit for free? Check the Hollywood walk of fame website here.
4. Venice Beach
Venice, California and more specifically Venice Beach is known as being a ‘hotspot’ for the creative and artistic. The Venice Beach area includes the beach itself, the promenade or Ocean Front Boardwalk, ‘muscle beach‘ and the basketball courts (as seen on White men can’t Jump)
If you are planning on tkaing a photo of some of the many street performers in the Venice area of Los Angeles it is common courtesy to tip them a nominal amount.
If you want to know how to get to Venice you can use these instruction from the Venice Beach website:
“Take the 405 Freeway from either direction to Venice Boulevard. Exit West and drive until you reach sand…There is parking available between North and South Venice Boulevard West of Lincoln Boulevard. These lots are within walking distance, and free shuttle service is available.”
3. La Brea Tar pits
If you are a big history fan (or should that be pre-history?) then number three on our list of free things to do in Los Angeles is for you!
The La Brea Tar pits are home to some of the best preserved and widely studied fossils from the Pleistocene era in the world. If you are intrigued to see what kind of creatures (and plants) lived in Los Angeles between 40 and 8 thousand years ago then look no further.
Inside the nearby Page Museum you can view all sorts of fossil exhibits and watch workshops on paleontology in action, although you do have to pay to enter the museum.
2. Sunset strip
The Sunset strip is the name for the long stretch of Sunset Boulevard that passes through West Hollywood area. It hosts all manner of restaurants, rock clubs, night clubs and bars and most famous for its giant vivid billboards.
This area is one of Los Angeles’ most iconic neighbourhoods and is definitely worth exploring if you get the chance.
1. Take a walking tour of Downtown L.A.
At Five Free Things we love walking tours. Depending on the tour guide, they can be extremely fun and informative, sometimes you can even learn things from a local that wouldn’t appear in any guidebook. Free LA Tour meet every day at 10am and 3 pm and take you through all the biggest tourist attractions.
Although the tour is free, at the end they may ask for you to donate depending on how much you feel the tour was worth. This is so that they can keep their tours running in the future.
That concludes our list of the top five free things to do in Los Angeles, if you have anything to add feel free to leave a comment!