Girl on a Budget: Free Things to do in LA

Los Angeles is an amazing city filled with great people, beautiful beaches, and famous celebrities. Known for being one of the priciest cities in the United States, going out while staying on a budget can be a challenge, but fear no more. Here are seven amazing places to visit that are fun and completely free!

1. Point Fermin Lighthouse

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You may not be aware, but LA is home to some pretty cool lighthouses! Although it’s no longer in operation, Point Fermin Lighthouse in San Pedro offers great free tours Tuesdays-Sundays. Built in 1874, the lighthouse is filled with relics and stories unique to the city and families that inhabited it. If you’re an empowered woman who enjoys learning about the city’s history, then Point Fermin is the perfect place to visit since the first and last individuals to serve as lighthouse keepers were all women! #GirlPower

2. The Broad

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Contemporary art at it’s finest! Located next to The Walt Disney Concert Hall The Broad is a great recent museum addition to DTLA. The best two exhibits to visit are The Infinity Mirror Room by Yayoi Kusama and “The Visitors”  by Ragnar Kjartansson. Making reservations before visiting is recommended to avoid long lines. Book in the morning to ensure a spot to view the popular Infinity Mirror Room – it requires a separate reservation. Make sure your phone is fully charged, you are going to want to take pictures and snapchats all over this place!

3. Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area

Located right on La Cienega, this park is immensely popular among locals living in the Baldwin Hills area. Filled with lakes, artificial creeks, a Japanese Garden, a waterfall, and great hiking trails, Kenneth Hahn is the place to be. Autumns Peak is my favorite, thanks to the great view it provides of several city landmarks, all at once. On a clear day, you are bound to enjoy a beautiful view of:  DTLA, the Hollywood Sign, The Observatory, The Getty, Ballona Creek, the Santa Monica and San Gabriel Mountains, planes arriving at LAX, Santa Monica, and so much more. Bonus: Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre have both filmed music videos here! So, whether you’re an adventure seeker or a hip-hop fan at heart, make sure to pay a visit.

4. The Arts District

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Downtown LA’s Arts District is the perfect place to check out when you’re feeling creative, artsy, or crave a hipster vibe. There is a reason why so many bloggers and social media celebrities love this place. Filled with colorful walls, murals, and street art, you are bound to take the Instagram picture of your dreams. The area is also filled with great eateries such as Zinc Cafe & Market, Little Bear, and Café Gratitude. There are also lots of shops to enjoy such as Poketo, a cute little gift shop that sells everything from wallets and jewelry, to fragrances and notebooks. The Arts District is also home to Artists & Fleas, a cool outdoor market that brings together the best of vintage products, art, and more (make sure to check out their website for dates).

5. The Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook

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Famous for its stairs and amazing city views, Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook is a great hiking spot to visit without having to get away from the city. Fitness junkies, moms, dads, athletes, personal trainers, children, and pets – everyone loves this place. There are several alternative trails to take if the stairs are too treacherous for you. However, if you’re up for the challenge, only walk up the stairs, as going down can be harsh on your ankles. A lot of new fitness equipment is currently being installed to better accommodate guests. Make sure to get to the top of the hill before sundown to enjoy the sunset!

6. Vasquez Rocks 

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I absolutely love this place! A true hidden gem. Located in a very remote area, you won’t believe these rocks exist. There is a small parking fee, but it’s totally worth the splurge. The site offers prehistoric rock formations, a seasonal stream, and Tataviam Indian sites. One of California’s most infamous bandits, Tiburcio Vasquez, used to hide among the rocks to avoid being captured by law enforcement. Climbing up the rocks is fairly easy, just make sure to wear comfortable shoes. I highly recommend paying a visit soon to experience the magic yourself!


7. Observation Deck at City Hall (27th Floor)

 If beautiful city views make you happy, then the 27th floor of the Los Angeles City Hall is a must see. Simply arrive during normal business hours, get a visitors pass from the front desk, and proceed to the elevators. Before reaching the observation deck, you will go through the Tom Bradley Room on the 26th floor, filled with portraits of past LA mayors. Once on top, you will enjoy an amazing view of several landmarks like Union Station and Grand Park. Make sure to take your camera to take tons of pictures!

With so many cool free things to do in LA, there is absolutely no reason why you should sacrifice not going out and having fun. Grab some friends and head over to one of these amazing budget-friendly places! #adventureisoutthere

Valerie Serrano

Bio: 24 yr old girl with a passion for music, art, tea, coffee, learning new words, cute quotes, dresses, taking pictures and adding filters, exploring, and stargazing.