100 Free Things to Do in Los Angeles: Free Activities

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Cruise Mulholland Drive

One of the world’s most famous scenic drives, Mulholland winds from the Hollywood Hills, across the spine of the Santa Monica Mountains, and west towards the Pacific Ocean.

Check out PCH

Pacific Coast Highway is one of the most spectacular things to see in California, a sun-drenched road that hugs the coastline and is undoubtedly one of L.A.’s signature drives. Driving down the coast is of the most fun free activities everyone in the family can enjoy.

Experience the Sunset Strip

One of the best free things to do is to cruise the Sunset Strip. Few other roads have the multiple personalities of this legendary 1.5-mile stretch of Sunset Boulevard.

Get photographed with a star

Speaking of movie stars (and other pop culture figures), at Madame Tussauds Hollywood you never know which famous wax figure will be on display near the box office entrance off Hollywood Boulevard, a free photo opp waiting to happen.

Walk the walk in Venice

Chainsaw jugglers, swamis on rollerblades, street dancers...the most amazing street entertainers in the world are at Venice Beach. Chainsaw jugglers, swamis on rollerblades, street dancers...the most amazing street entertainers in the world are at Venice Beach.

Watch TV live

Be a part of a studio audience for your favorite television shows and game shows like Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune. Tickets are free, but must be obtained in advance.

Take a Walk With Treepeople

This L.A.-based nonprofit organization has helped spearhead the ecotourism industry by offering numerous opportunities for visitors to volunteer. For more than 30 years, Treepeople has helped plant and care for trees, while educating people about the environment.

Take a walking tour of Downtown

When you’re looking for fun places to see or family-related cultural activities, Downtown L.A. has become one of the city's best places to see the sights for free.

Follow the paparazzi

 Spot a celeb in spots you may not have thought of. After all, they're just like us, really.

Star gaze at Griffith Observatory

To learn about stars that are truly out of this world, the exhibitions and displays in this Griffith Park landmark are all free, as is an introductory video about the building and its contents.

Explore Exposition Park

Five major cultural attractions are within walking distance of each other in the USC/Exposition Park area, so be sure to take advantage of a walking tour. Enjoy the famous rose gardens and witness the new Lucas Museum of Narrative Art being built.