7 Free Things To Do In LA

17 November 2015
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Los Angeles needs no introduction. In a city where designer wardrobes, flashy cars and famous faces are the norm, surprisingly, it doesn't take fame or fortune to enjoy all that LA has to offer. Sure, the bank account of a movie star wouldn't go astray, but there are plenty of things to do in the City of Angels that won't cost you a penny.

Attend A TV Show Taping

 From game shows to sitcoms, there's no better way to get up close with your favourite stars than at a TV show taping (image: Shutterstock)

Back lots, costume changes, actors flubbing their lines – there's nothing that says 'Hollywood' like going behind-the-scenes of one of your favourite TV programs. Universally popular shows like The Big Bang Theory and Ellen offer visitors a chance to be part of their live studio audiences – for free! Never mind trailing the paparazzi, scoring a coveted studio pass is the best way to get up close and personal with some of Hollywood's biggest stars.

Take The Kids To LACMA

 Walk through the surreal interior downpour of the Rain Room installation (image: LACMA/Random International)

There are more than 150,000 works to see and interact with at the Los Angeles County Museum (LACMA), including sculptures, modern installations, painting studios and jazz concerts. Families should take advantage of the LACMA NexGen membership in which kids under 17 years, as well as one parent per child, enjoy free admission.

Take A Hike

 Sjana strikes a pose on Runyon Canyon

Runyon Canyon is arguably Hollywood's most popular workout trail and a mecca for A-, B-, C- and D-list celeb spotting. But even if you're not motivated by the Lululemon-clad famous locals, you'll be rewarded with epic panoramas of the Hollywood sign, Downtown LA and Beverly Hills on reaching the summit.

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Star Gaze In Griffith Park

 See the stars from Griffith Observatory (image: Shutterstock)

Griffith Park is a sprawling, leafy escape in which to roam, picnic and play. The Griffith Observatory is the park's most popular attraction where keen star-gazers can see the sun, moon and stars through the historic Zeiss telescope. Once a month, the Observatory also hosts free star parties.

Stroll The Venice Beach Boardwalk

 Cool and quirky Venice Beach is the best spot in LA for people watching

Venice stays true to its reputation as a quirky hangout where beatnik artists flog their wares along Ocean Front Walk and eccentric characters spend their days wandering the beachfront. Feel free to stare – people watching is expected.

Get Snap-Happy On Mural Mile

 Mural Mile is street art at its finest (image: Mural Mile)

Established by local artists to improve the aesthetics of the area, Mural Mile in the San Fernando Valley is one of LA's most vibrant cultural landmarks. Stroll the four-kilometre radius around Van Nuys Boulevard to discover over 50 eye-popping, detailed masterpieces.

Head Downtown For Games Night

 Hungry for competition? Battle it out over board games and banh mi at Grand Central Market (image: Grand Central Market)

Grand Central Market, the city's oldest food hub, hosts a free games night every Thursday. Pick up some top-notch grub from the market's best providores and battle it out over retro board games. Jenga, anyone?

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Anna Howard

Give me street food over Michelin stars, cellar doors over wine bars and small towns and wide open spaces over big cities any day. Travel for me means ticking off the 'to eat and drink' list one regional flavour and wine bottle at a time.