Free Attraction Tours in Downtown LA

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.


Free or Low-cost Tourist Activities in Los Angeles

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Sign at the entrance of the Santa Monica Pier. [Photo Credit:] Santa Monica Pier Entrance

Santa Monica Area

Santa Monica Pier, Third Street Promenade, and Venice Beach. Spend all day window shopping, people watching, walking and enjoying the fresh air. The food court near Arizona Street has reasonable prices for food. For a couple dollars more, go upstairs to Wolfgang Pucks for a great meal. There's also a food court in Santa Monica Place shopping mall. Parking at Santa Monica Place is usually free, and when they charge it only costs $3.

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The Getty (West L.A. and Malibu)

Admission is free to both sites of the Getty (Getty Center off the 405 freeway in West L.A. and Getty Villa in Malibu). Pay only for parking ($15 per car), or take a Metro bus to save even more. See more free museums in another section below.
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Free Shows, Concerts and Musical Performances

Click here for a list of free shows in Los Angeles

TV Show Taping

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.

A motorist on Mulholland Drive near the Hollywood Bowl Overlook. The Hollywood Sign can be seen in the background. [Photo Credit:] Mulholland Drive near Hollywood Bowl Overlook

Sightseeing From Your Car

The cost of gasoline makes this more expensive than in the past, but it costs less than paying for parking and admission at a theme park.

Drive along Mulholland Drive - directions on how to get to the scenic areas of Mulholland Drive.

Los Angeles Auto Tour - here's a suggested driving tour that covers beach views, mountains, the Valley, downtown LA and Hollywood.

Griffith Park Observatory in Los Angeles. [Photo Credit:] Griffith Park Observatory

Griffith Park

Griffith Park - Free activities include: Picnic in the park, go hiking on one of the trails, see the Griffith Observatory or visit Travel Town train museum.

Hollywood Sightseeing

Click here for a list of free Hollywood Boulevard attractions

Free Museums

Click here for a list of free museums in Los Angeles

Downtown L.A.

Court of Flags in Grand Park near City Hall in downtown Los Angeles. [Photo Credit:] Court of Flags in Grand Park, downtown L.A.

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.

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Shopping Districts

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.

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Hiking in the Santa Monica or San Gabriel Mountains

(More Outdoor Activities)

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