Free docent-led tours of attractions in downtown Los Angeles, plus self-guided walking tours, guides and maps. Includes Disney Concert Hall and other buildings of the Performing Arts Center complex.
Admission is free to both sites of the Getty. Pay only for parking ($15 per car), or take a Metro bus to save even more. See more free museums in another section below.
Most free shows occur during the summer. Includes downtown Los Angeles, Pasadena, Beverly Hills and other areas. Click here for a list of free shows, concerts and performances in Los Angeles
The cost of gasoline makes this more expensive than in the past, but still costs less than paying for parking and admission at a theme park.
Click here to find a list of TV Show Taping links. In most cases you'll need to get your tickets in advance, but they're usually free.
There are many free activities in downtown Los Angeles, although they are not all within walking distance of each other. However you can take a low-cost DASH bus to get around. Free activities include tours, famous tourist sites (such as Disney Hall and Olvera Street), and the L.A. City Hall observation deck. Parking will cost $5 or more (it's less expensive on the weekends), or you can take a Metro train into downtown L.A.
Some shopping districts are more than just malls, and are an attraction in themselves. Many of them offer entertainment beyond what a mall provides. Some are in attractive locations, like near the ocean. Although it costs money to shop, the shopping districts listed here are places where you can walk around and stay entertained without having to buy anything. Most charge for parking.
Click here for a list of Shopping Districts.
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