Between Disneyland and beach parking, budget-conscious travelers might find themselves strapped for cash in Los Angeles. So sit back and enjoy the following list of activities that are guaranteed not to wither the wallet during your visit to the City of Angels.
Museums and art galleries
Like most major cities and travel destinations, LA has a wealth of museums and art galleries that demonstrate the eclectic art scene of the city (if bizarre is your style, try the Museum of Neon Art, every display of which is necessarily shrouded in darkness). Most museums are free one day per month — usually either the first Tuesday or Thursday — but if you don’t happen to be in the area during this time, there are a number of museums and galleries that charge no admission fees, including the Getty Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles Design Center, and the Griffith Observatory.
In addition to this, the city also hosts the Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk on the second Thursday of every month. From 12-9pm on this day, both art enthusiasts and interested individuals have access to over 40 galleries across the downtown area. If you bring a car, most public garages charge a flat rate of $5.00 for the entire afternoon and evening, but all else is free.
Bonfires on the beach
The beaches of southern California are certainly not overlooked by travelers, but fun in the sun is only the beginning. From Huntington to Hermosa, most beaches have fire pits which are available for bonfires during the evening absolutely free of charge. All you need is your own fuel and matches. How do you claim one? It’s literally as easy as standing next to a pit.
Also, be sure to check the fine print on those parking meters, as many beaches stop charging after 8pm.
A little-known fact about Los Angeles — even to locals — is that all the libraries in the county participate in a summer reading program aimed at encouraging children in the area to read books out of school. Most libraries hire entertainment either weekly or fortnightly; this entertainment can be anything from storytellers to jugglers to traditional Hawaiian dancers. These shows run the full spectrum as far as quality goes, but the adventurous traveler will enjoy the risk as well as the admission price, which is, you guessed it, free.
Do you have any tips on free activities in Los Angeles?