When it comes to Los Angeles museums, the words “free admission” have a certain ring. Imagine standing before a priceless van Gogh without having paid a dime, or strolling through the galleries and gardens filled with Roman statuary at the renowned Getty Villa without having to “make the most out of your money.” Artistic "free"-dom indeed.

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By definition, recreation ought to be free. Getting outside is one of the best ways to discover Los Angeles. Check out this list of free recreational activities to enjoy during your L.A. vacation.

80.    Sunbathe at the beach: Take your pick, whether it’s to show off your tan or to relax in solitude.

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In Los Angeles, free days at museums aren’t difficult to come by. In fact, so many L.A. museums offer free days that it's easy to enjoy some of L.A.'s greatest treasures without spending any money. Find out which days are free and discover some of L.A.'s best museums at no cost.

67.    Autry National Center: The center’s galleries explore broad themes relating to the history and diverse cultures of the American West. Free admission on the second Tuesday of every month.

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Los Angeles has a famous car culture, but renting one isn't the only way for visitors to explore LA. You'll find there are plenty of great ways to experience the city, including by air, rail, sea or — really — your own two feet.

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One of the best things about traveling is learning something new. In Los Angeles, you'll find a variety of interesting classes that can help you on your mission. There is, of course, the most quintessential LA lesson — learning how to surf — but you also could head home with a newfound ability to take amazing pictures or assemble a mean sushi roll.

Here are five fun things you can learn how to do in LA:

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The beach isn’t the only place to relax in Los Angeles. Here are 10 ways — some obvious, some not-so-obvious — to find Zen in or around the city. Have some ideas we missed here? Let us know on Twitter (@discoverLA) or on our Facebook page.

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Los Angeles is the land of superlatives, and we’re the first to admit that we claim “best of” status for anything ranging from world movie premieres to acclaimed five-star restaurants. When it comes right down to it, people visit because we’ve got the cream of the crop and we’re not shy about saying it. Here’s a quick list of the best things to do while you’re here. If you’re a Los Angeles expert, visit our Facebook page and drop us a comment about your ideas for the best place in LA to...

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Staying healthy and getting pretty shouldn't cost you, especially in L.A. Check out all the free ways to maintain your health and beauty in Los Angeles.

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