100 Free Things to Do in Los Angeles: Free Health and Wellness

Handstand in Venice Beach

Photo courtesy of Lost Angeles, Flickr

Farm To Your Table

The network of free farmers markets throughout Los Angeles has helped bring fresh-from-the-field produce to urban neighborhoods. One of the most popular is the famous Original Farmers Market at Third and Fairfax. Other great markets include:

  • Hollywood Farmers Market (Ivar and Selma Avenue)

  • Hermosa Beach Farmers Market (Valley Drive and 11th Street)

  • Studio City Farmers Market (Ventura Place and Laurel Canyon Boulevard)

  • Brentwood Farmers Market (741 S Gretna Green Way)

  • Playa Vista Farmers Market (12775 W. Millennium)

  • Santa Monica Farmers Market (2640 Main Street)

Saroyan Stairs in Hollywood

Saroyan Stairs in Hollywood

 |  Photo: Noel Alva

Put One Foot in Front of the Other

The hills of Los Angeles inspired early housing developers to connect streets via sets of stairs, which often led to now-defunct trolley car stops. An online search with keywords “Silver Lake Stairs” connects you to several online communities that share tips and locations of favorite climbs.

Get Fit with Fido

The City of Los Angeles has several dog parks where your canine friends can roam off leash. These fenced areas within parks offer a variety of facilities for humans and animals. Find more friendly dog spots.

Ramp It Up

There are plenty of skate parks around L.A. that are a haven for skateboarders seeking challenging terrain. Some even have ocean views.

Build Your Beach Body

Venice Beach is world famous for its funky folks, but it’s also known for Muscle Beach, home to amateur and professional bodybuilders alike. There’s never a dull moment in Venice.

Night Hike

For years, the Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club has been leading guided hikes through the many trails of Griffith Park. Certain hikes are more strenuous than others, so be sure to select the one that’s right for you.  There are many great hikes to do in Griffith Park.  

Just Keep Swimming

At select facilities, the L.A. Department of Recreation and Parks offers Operation Splash, free summer swimming lessons sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. Already know how to swim? Stay cool at these public pools throughout L.A.

Get Self-Centered

Find your zen for free or by donation from the hills to the beach. You’ll get views for days at Runyon Canyon yoga and all levels are welcome.  Inhale ocean breezes doing beach yoga with The Yoga Bunny in Marina Del Rey Saturdays at 10am.

Divine Intervention 

The Self Realization Fellowship Shrine in the Pacific Palisades might be the most beautiful place in Los Angeles.  Founded and dedicated by Paramahansa Yogananda in 1950, it is owned by the Self-Realization Fellowship. Another place to find peace is the Peace Awareness Labyrinth. Relax and let go while taking in the labyrinth’s beauty.