The Bottom Line
- Tons of ideas for fun free things to do
- Well Indexed
- Thomas Guide references - good for people without GPS
- Covers most of LA County
- It includes a lot of places that are only free occasionally
- Some things change or disappear after publication
- Compact guidebook of free things to do in LA
- 8.5 x 4 x 5/8 inch, 11 oz
- Website with additional calendar listings
- Regional sections
- Category sections: eg. Art Spaces, Gardens, Museums, Tours, etc
- Annual Free Events Listings
- Thomas Guide References
- Public Transportation References
- Kid-Friendly and wheelchair/stroller access designations
- Compare Prices
Guide Review - Free L.A. - The Ultimate Free Fun Guide - Book Review
In addition to museums, the list includes landmarks, parks, gardens, concerts, films, festivals and much more.
If you know what you're looking for, the index is pretty good, but I kept coming across things in unexpected chapters. For example some art museums are in the geographical section and others in the Art Spaces section.
There are some real treasures in the Odds & Ends section, where you'll find things like free (donation based) yoga classes at Runyan Canyon and free archery lessons in Pasadena.
Some items are really only of interest to locals, like where to get free mulch for your garden or free gardening advice.
You can find most things on the internet if you know what you're looking for, and you'll find lots of the same information here on this site, but sometimes it's easier to leaf through a book, and you can't always get a cell phone signal to check the web on your smart phone when you're sitting up at Griffith Observatory thinking about what your next free adventure will be. Free L.A. doesn't take up much room in your day pack and will fit in most purses.
If you're a planner, I'd recommend getting the guide early in your planning stage in case you want to plan around one of the free festivals or free museum days.