HomeSuite has partnered with RentCafe to highlight awesome five free things to do in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles has a lot to offer its residents, from beautiful beaches and quiet park trails to vibrant entertainment corridors. Here are a few things every newcomer should do at least once after moving to LA. Oh yeah, did we mention that they’re free?
1. Go to the beach. Los Angeles is huge and constantly evolving with new modern skyscrapers and lively venues adding to its traditional charm. And the best part? It also has 75 miles of coastline, access to which is still (mostly) free and open to the public. (However, you’ll likely have to pay $10 and above to park all day.) First timers should definitely hit the colorful Venice Boardwalk, and, of course, take a walk by Muscle Beach while heading south. Venice Beach is one of the best free things to do in Los Angeles.
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2. Go to Griffith Park. Next, you’ll want to take everything in and admire the city from above. Take Vermont Ave. all the way north and visit the Griffith Observatory, a classic Art Deco building that has been seen in such classic films as “Rebel without a Cause." As you gaze southward over the entire Los Angeles basin, turn to the right and you’ll also have a great view of the iconic Hollywood Sign.
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3. Go to Hollywood. Hollywood is back! After years of neglect and crime, the area is now bustling with bars, restaurants, clubs, and fancy hi-rises. This also means there’s not a lot of parking (and the parking that does exist is expensive). We suggest taking the Red Line (yes, Los Angeles does have a pretty good subway system now) to Hollywood and Vine for just $1.75. Step outside and look up - you’ll see the famous Capitol Records Building. Look down and you’ll see the stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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4. Go to The Grove. The Grove is not just an ordinary shopping mall, it’s an entire experience akin to visiting Main Street, U.S.A. In fact, it has 18 million visitors a year, which is more than Disneyland. You can ride the streetcar for free and watch the synchronized fountain pulse to the music of Dean Martin’s “That’s Amore”.
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5. Go to Grand Park. Downtown Los Angeles, aka DTLA, is not all about lofty towers, packed coffee shops, and busy streets. It is also home to one of the city’s newest green spaces. You can have a picnic overlooking City Hall or enjoy one of the arts or entertainment events that occur year round. Visit Grand Park LA for more info.
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