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16 Jan

Best Free Things To Do In LA

free things to do in la 2018

free things to do in la 2018

Home sweet home. ♥  There are so many reasons why I’m happy to call LA my home. I’ve been living here my entire life and I still never get bored! There’s so much to see and do, from outdoorsy activities, to urban city life and of course, the endless stretch of breathtaking beaches. So today on the blog, I’m sharing my top free things to do in Los Angeles! Whether you’re looking for arts, culture, or some insta-worthy attractions, I’ve got you covered at $0 dollars ;) So keep scrolling and thank me later!

Getty Museum

Free things to do in LA

One of LA’s best free attractions, with panoramic city views, a beautiful garden, and all kinds of works of art such as paintings, sculptures and architecture. You could spend hours exploring the property. Take in the breathtaking views, take a stroll in the gardens, snap some photos, grab lunch at the restaurant, and spend the afternoon exploring their impressive art collection with paintings by Van Gogh, Monet, and Cezzanne to name a few.

Griffith Observatory

Griffith Observatory Sunset

(Image Source: The Broad)

If you want to experience one of the most stellar views of LA, then Griffith Observatory is the place to go! Amongst the amazing views, the observatory also has exhibits, telescopes and a planetarium with 8-10 live shows everyday. After visiting the observatory, you can explore Griffith Park which is right across the parking lot and offers some of the city’s best outdoor trails. Whether you’re looking to exercise or go for a mellow hike, there are tons of trails around the park.

Barnsdall Art Park

Best parks in LA City guide

Best free attractions in LA

This unique park has a lot more to offer than the usual stroll. It’s more of a recreational centre that has cultural, artistic, and historic architecture that you can’t find at just any park. It sits on the top of Olive Hill featuring breathtaking views of the city and the Hollywood Sign, plus an art gallery and art workshops every Sunday, all free of charge! In the summer months, the park has tons of free events such as wine tastings, cultural events, and cinema nights.

Pasadena City Hall

Pasadena City Hall

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Pasadena City Hall is one of the most iconic landmarks in the city, influenced by a combination of Italian Renaissance and Spanish Colonial style. It also serves as a hotspot for filmmakers, making appearances in Mission:Impossible, Charlie Chaplin’s “The Great Dictator,” and “A Walk in the Clouds,” with Keanu Reeves.

Santa Monica Boardwalk

Santa Monica Points of Interest Georgian Hotel Historic

This popular tourist attraction has the best of both worlds, the beach where you can take a dip and sunbathe, and just across the street, you can get the city vibe with tons of shopping, dining, and entertainment. Along the boardwalk, you can find historic buildings like the famous Georgian Hotel that dates way back to 1933.



Whether it’s your first visit in LA or you’ve been living here for a while, you may recognize these lights from one of your friends IG photos! This urban light installation is hard to miss, 202 lights means lots of photo opportunities. It stands right outside LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) and is a beautiful sight, especially at night. If you make your way to the back of LACMA, you’ll find another cool attraction called the Levitated Mass. Also hard to miss..a massive 340-ton rock placed on top of a walkway, another insta-worthy moment you won’t want to miss! Now for the actual museum, there are days when general admission is free including the second Tuesday of every month and on select holidays. See more information on how you can visit the museum free of charge here.

The Broad Museum

the broad museum free admission

(Image Source: The Broad)

The Broad has been all the hype since it opened it’s doors in mid-September. Not only does the museum offer free admission, but there are tons of interesting exhibits that have come to the museum in the past few months. Although these special exhibits require tickets, you can still choose to enjoy the museum’s gallery of 2,000 art works for free. When you’re ready to visit the Broad, you’ll want to reserve your free tickets online through this link – just pick a time and you’re good to go!

Farmers Market At The Grove

original farmers market the grove

(Image Source: Dixie Hollywood)

LA’s Original Farmers Market is the ultimate market experience for foodies. This market has over 100 gourmet vendors, restaurants, and grocers in an outdoor setting with a nice ambiance and tons of room to walk around. I’m talking everything from empanadas, steak sandwiches, BBQ, fresh pastries and espresso in waffle cones!! The best part is the market is attached to the Grove, so you can enjoy a completely different atmosphere just a few steps away.

DTLA Grand Central Market

Grand central market downtown la best food

Grand Central Market is one of my favorite places to explore, smell, and taste! It’s a food hall experience you won’t want to miss! From multicultural food stands to handcrafted ice cream, it’s a food hall experience that shows you the LA food scene like no other! Hungry or not, it’s almost impossible to leave this place without getting a craving, so come prepared and by that I mean hungry ha! The market is located in the heart of downtown on Broadway, so you can continue exploring downtown and walk off that Belcampo burger you just ate.

  • La Bijoux Bella | by mia

    All good things are happening in LA … the beautiful visitation places are so beautiful! Love ❤️ it! 👍🏼💗👍🏼

    🌸🍃LA BIJOUX BELLA 🌸🍃| By Mia | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

    January 16, 2018 at 10:51 am Reply
  • Briana

    I’ll have to remember this next time I go visit!


    January 16, 2018 at 11:43 am Reply
  • Ewa Macherowska

    Obsessed with your pics! x


    January 16, 2018 at 1:47 pm Reply
  • Shannen C

    Great post babe!! So many fun things to do in LA..I never get bored either lol!

    January 16, 2018 at 2:08 pm Reply
  • Ashley

    Love all these photos!! Can’t believe all these places are free! I need to visit LA more often :)

    January 16, 2018 at 2:09 pm Reply
  • Chloe

    Wow! Really loved this post! Reminds me of all the AMAZING spots in LA! You look GORGEOUS in all of these outfits too! :)

    xo, Chloe // http://funinthecloset.com/los-angeles-winter-popjulia-review/

    January 16, 2018 at 3:26 pm Reply
  • Linda Tran

    The Getty Museum was one of my favorite things to do when I was in LA!


    January 16, 2018 at 3:33 pm Reply
  • allie

    Santa Monica Blvd is just a DREAM!! This post makes me want to take a trip to LA asap!!! Hope you’re having a great 2018, girlfriend!
    xo, Allie

    January 16, 2018 at 5:07 pm Reply
  • Docdivatraveller

    This is such a great guide! Thanks for sharing babe!

    January 16, 2018 at 6:17 pm Reply
  • Maryam

    These places are all amazing in their own way. Thank you for sharing.

    xx, Maryam

    January 16, 2018 at 8:41 pm Reply
  • Esther

    L.A. is my place to be. 14 months ago I have been to L.A. the last time. I keep all these beautiful places in mind for the next visit.
    Thank you for sharing these amazing places.

    Love, Esther

    January 16, 2018 at 11:52 pm Reply
  • Millie | Queenmillie

    Wooow really loving this post Jessi!! It makes me super happy to know that even with being English, I was able to make it to some of these wonderful yet free locations!! Especially the Getty Center, Santa Monica Broadwalk and the Observatory! You’re looking gorgeous in every shot as always! Great post babe x

    Millie x

    January 17, 2018 at 12:36 am Reply
  • A Trendy Life

    Really nice photos!!!

    January 17, 2018 at 2:25 am Reply
  • Nina Nguyen

    Thanks for sharing this!! I definitely need to make a trip to LA soon!
    xx- Nina


    January 17, 2018 at 6:00 am Reply
  • Katherine

    I love visiting LA, this makes me realize there’s so much more I still haven’t done!


    January 17, 2018 at 12:19 pm Reply
  • Comfy Cozy Up

    Cool post! Thank for sharing this. It something to look forward to on a visit.

    January 17, 2018 at 4:07 pm Reply
  • Amy

    Adore our city, this list, and your photos!! Miss you mama <3

    xx, Amy

    January 17, 2018 at 4:40 pm Reply
  • Jenelle

    There are so many places in LA that I always see on films, tv and in blogs that I think, I have to get to someday! I’ll have to remember your guide!
    xx Jenelle

    January 17, 2018 at 9:30 pm Reply
  • Jessie

    Love this list! Saving it for my next visit for LA!

    xx, Jessie

    January 18, 2018 at 4:46 am Reply
  • Elegant Duchess

    I feel the same about London! 16 years in this city and still so much more to see. I do need to visit LA some time soon. It sounds like a fantastic city! xx


    January 18, 2018 at 1:33 pm Reply
  • Sophie Atieno

    I have always just watched LA in movies and shows. Love it on screen and pictures. Certainly a place I would want to visit someday . Nice post and beautiful oitfits too.

    January 18, 2018 at 1:58 pm Reply
  • Short Girl Long Jacket

    Aw I’m sad I missed some of these spots when I was in LA! I guess it gives me a reason to go back though :)

    January 18, 2018 at 4:09 pm Reply
  • Radi

    Finding out new places in LA always makes me want to revisit! I’ll for sure remember your recommendations next time I decide to make a trip to LA.
    All these shots are so gorgeous Jessi! Have an amazing weekend! <3 Radi


    January 18, 2018 at 4:33 pm Reply
  • Glory of the Snow

    Great post! I love LA and I am saving this for my next visit! :)


    January 18, 2018 at 5:30 pm Reply
  • sharon wu

    Ahh this guide makes me miss living in LA! Minus the traffic of course. I loved the Getty Center and hanging out in Old Town Pasadena / the city hall! Need to go back to visit soon :) xo, sharon


    January 18, 2018 at 10:07 pm Reply
  • Jessica

    I always try to visit the Griffith Observatory whenever I’m in LA. Such a beautiful place. You look gorgeous as always dear!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

    January 21, 2018 at 6:30 am Reply
  • Ashley

    Jess!! I want to hop on the plane and come to explore LA now!! So many amazing places and all free!!




    January 21, 2018 at 1:30 pm Reply
  • irina

    You look stunning as always!


    January 23, 2018 at 11:23 am Reply
  • Simply Sory

    Que ganas de ir a visitar LA y tu look de pantalón ancho y camisa blanca es top.


    January 25, 2018 at 8:29 am Reply
  • Taylor

    So many great places to visit and shoot!
    I haven’t done a lot of these things, so I definitely will!

    February 12, 2018 at 11:43 pm Reply
  • Bea

    Loving your style! You are so chic. Would you like to follow for follow on Bloglovin? :)



    May 2, 2018 at 8:18 pm Reply
  • Rebecca Williams

    I am local to LA and I visited almost all of these places. So, I have one more option for you and your audience to add to your list i.e. Quantum Clinic.

    May 14, 2024 at 2:02 am Reply

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