100 Cheap Things to Do in LA: Activities

Fountain at the Americana
Fountain at the Americana  |  Photo:  Yuri Hasegawa

No matter your budget, you can find something to do in L.A. These activities all clock in at less than $20.

For more budget-friendly ways to experience cool California activities in LA, visit our guide to the 100 Cheap Things to Do in Los Angeles.

 Travel Town Museum   |  Photo: Yuri Hasegawa
Travel Town Museum  |  Photo: Yuri Hasegawa

Travel Town Museum

Take a ride on the Travel Town Railroad at Griffith Park for only $2.50.

Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles
Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles  |  Photo: Yuri Hasegawa


Step into a real-life Etsy. Visit CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles to browse art, décor, apparel, artisanal food and gifts from local artists and craftspeople.

The Americana
The Americana  |  Photo: Yuri Hasegawa

The Americana at Brand

Stock up on produce at the weekly farmers market at the Americana at Brand. Make a day of it by grabbing a bite at the food trucks and browsing the shops.

Time Travel Mart
Echo Park Time Travel Mart  |  Photo: Yuri Hasegawa

Echo Park Time Travel Mart

Looking for unique activities in Los Angeles? Have a shopping experience like none other at the Time Travel Mart in Echo Park. Need a conquistador helmet or evil robot memory eraser? They'll have it in stock. Proceeds benefit 826LA, a non-profit writing and tutoring center.

Jellies at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
Jellies at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium  |  Photo: Yuri Hasegawa

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

See the largest collection of Southern California marine life in the world at the Frank Gehry-designed Cabrillo Marine Aquarium.

Battleship Iowa
Battleship Iowa  |  Photo: Yuri Hasegawa

Battleship IOWA Museum

Explore a piece of U.S. History with an afternoon on the Battleship Iowa, the West Coast’s only battleship that's open to the public. General Admission is $18, with discounts for youth, seniors, and military (active, retired or reserve) with ID.

Universal CityWalk at night
Universal CityWalk at night  |  Photo: Yuri Hasegawa

Universal Citywalk®Hollywood

Browse the larger-than-life shops at Universal CityWalk, with a stop at the Hard Rock Café to refuel.

Water fountain at The Grove
Photo: The Grove

The Grove

The Grove offers numerous budget-friendly food and drink options for shoppers and moviegoers, such as Umami Burger and Gordon Ramsay's gastropub, The Fat Cow. To take care of your sweet tooth, stop by See's Candies or Sprinkles Cupcakes.

El Capitan Theatre
Courtesy of El Capitan Theatre

El Capitan Theatre

Catch a movie at the historic, family-friendly El Capitan Theatre, located at Hollywood and Highland. Arrive early to indulge in a sundae at the Disney Soda Fountain next door. General Admission tickets are $16 for adults, $13 for children (ages 3-11), and $13 for seniors (60+).

San Antonio Winery
San Antonio Winery  |  Photo: Yuri Hasegawa

San Antonio Winery Maddalena Restaurant

Go behind the scenes with a complimentary tour of the San Antonio Winery. Although they offer three complimentary tastings, spring for the $12 artisan series tasting of four highly limited reserve wines.

Hollywood Wax Museum | Photo: Hollywood Wax Museum
Hollywood Wax Museum | Photo: Hollywood Wax Museum

Hollywood Wax Museum

No stroll down Hollywood Boulevard is complete without a stop at the Hollywood Wax Museum. Get up close and personal with wax replicas ranging from Johnny Depp to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Adult admission is $16.99.

Hollywood Walk of Fame at Metro Hollywood/Vine Station
Hollywood Walk of Fame at Metro Hollywood/Vine Station  |  Photo: Yuri Hasegawa


Ditch the car for a day and take a Metro tour of L.A. Get a Metro Day Pass ($5) and explore gems like the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Pasadena's shops and cafes and Culver City's nightlife.

Yamashiro in Hollywood
Yamashiro Hollywood  |  Photo: Yuri Hasegawa


On Thursday nights, Yamashiro is home to one of L.A.'s best farmers markets. Pick up your produce for the week while enjoying a fantastic view of the city.

L.A. LIVE at night
L.A. LIVE at night  |  Photo: Yuri Hasegawa

Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE

For an A-list experience at a B-list price, catch a matinee at the state-of-the-art Regal Cinemas at L.A. LIVE. Matinee prices are $11.75 on weekdays before 5:30 p.m., and weekends/holidays before 2:00 p.m. After the movie, grab a drink at nearby Rosa Mexicano or Yard House.

Santa Monica Place
Santa Monica Place  |  Photo: Yuri Hasegawa

Santa Monica Place

Reserve a spot for the free Follow That Chef series at the Gourmandise School at Santa Monica Place. Leading chefs guide participants through the Santa Monica Farmers Market before returning to the kitchen to showcase how they prepare a meal from farmers market ingredients. Don't forget to pick up some produce at the farmers market so you can recreate the chef's creations at home.