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Best Free Things to Do in Los Angeles

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The Top Free Things to Do in LA
Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach

Photo © 2009 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

Los Angeles can be a pricey destination to visit, but there are plenty of free attractions in the city if you're on a budget. In fact, many of the most famous sights in LA do not charge admission. Here is a photo tour the best free things to do in LA and surrounding areas.

Although there is no charge to see, visit or participate in the activities on the following pages, sometimes the parking charges are steep, so consider the Metro Day Pass to get you to some of these sights if funds are tight.

For more budget-friendly ways to save money on things that are not free, check out my guide to Los Angeles Deals and Discounts.

For a more comprehensive list of LA attractions, check out the Big Guide to What to Do in LA.

The Beach

Going to the beach is one of the most popular free activities to do in LA, and with over 70 miles of beach, you can find one to suit your tastes from sandy, calm, crowded beaches to remote, scenic, rocky beaches. Choose the one that's right for you from my Guide to LA Beaches, which includes information on parking (some free) and amenities at each beach.

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