It’s Friday, my favorite day of the week, and so I figured this would be the perfect time to share. There are tons of places to go and things to see in LA so when you’re visiting from out of town it’s hard to decide what’s really worth your time. I’ve already shared my favorite splurge worthy date night ideas here. So, today I’m sharing 5 tried and tested free and cheap things to do this weekend. I promise they are all worth your time!
1. Hike Runyon Canyon
Number one on the free and cheap things to do in LA list is to hike Runyon Canyon. It is one of the most popular hikes in LA and for a good reason. From the peak you can see all of Downtown LA, Hollywood and all the way out to Santa Monica. Street parking is extremely limited so you will have to add on some extra mileage and walk to the trail head. The hike is moderate to easy in my opinion and is somewhat stroller friendly. Cost: Free (unless the only parking available is metered)
The Getty Center is an iconic Los Angeles art museum. They are open Tuesday-Sunday and closed Mondays. You can enjoy art from medieval times to present from the United States and Europe. There is also a gorgeous botanical garden and labyrinth to walk through. Cost: admission is free however, depending on the time of your arrival parking ranges from $15-20.
3. Hang Out in Manhattan Beach
Free and cheap things to do don’t always have to be lame! I love spending time outdoors and that usually is pretty budget friendly. Manhattan Beach is located just south of LAX airport. It is hands down one of my top two favorite beaches in LA county. The sand and water are so clean and clear and it’s just a nice area to visit in general. There are public access paid parking lots that you can use to access the beach but you will have to walk a short distance to the water. Cost: free *(minus the cost of parking which is dependent on where you park and the duration of your visit)
Griffith Observatory is an extremely popular attraction in Los Angeles. You can almost always expect a crowd and a difficult parking situation. What we found to be a great hack to this situation is to park somewhere else in Griffith Park and turn it into a hike. We parked in a small lot by the Greek Theatre and hiked up behind the observatory. Cost: admission and parking are free but the exploratorium shows are an additional charge.
5. Catch a Show at The Groundlings
The Groundlings is my ultimate favorite date night spot. It is an all improv comedy venue featuring well known and up and coming comedic actors. There are different “shows” featured every day of the week and you’re guaranteed to have a one of a kind experience. Cost: Tickets start at $16/per person depending on the show you choose but typically are no more than $25/ea.
Thanks so much for reading!