Cheap Things to Do in LA

Cheap Things to Do in LA
Los Angeles has an image as the gridlocked urban center of Southern California. It's known for its million dollar homes and celebrity sightings. The glitzy, glamorous and smoggy reputation of this fair city precedes it, but outdoor enthusiasts or budget-conscious travelers need not fret. Los Angeles offers a surprising amount of affordable and nature friendly activities.

Griffith Park

Bring a bike to this sprawling city park at the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains because these beautiful trails can't be missed. Of note is the trail leading from the Griffith Observatory (pictured here) to Mount Hollywood where you will find spectacular views of the entire Los Angeles Basin. The observatory hosts a free Public Star Party complete with astronomers and telescopes once per month.

2800 East Observatory Road
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Hermosa Beach

Hermosa Beach is just a short 30-minute drive (without traffic, as if that ever happens) from the center of Los Angeles. Here you'll find the laid-back, surfer attitude that is typical to most parts of Southern California. Grease up your surfboard (or rent one from Pier Surf) for a few waves, or grab your fishing pole. Rumor has it Hermosa Beach pier is a pretty decent halibut-catching spot.

1 Pier Avenue
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
(213) 480-3232

LA Farmers Market

The LA Farmers Market has been setting up shop at at the corner of Third and Fairfax in Los Angeles for many years. In the beginning, it was just a few local farmers selling produce out of the back of their trucks. These days, it's beginning to look more like a shopping mall. However, don't worry. There is plenty of beautiful California produce to ogle and purchase. There's also fresh meat, poultry and sea food. While you're there, check out the many restaurants as well.

6333 West 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 933-9211

Article Written By Anne Marie LeFevre

Anne Marie LeFevre has been a freelance writer since 2009 and works full-time as a copy editor in New York. She has been published in "Vox" magazine and the "Missourian" in Columbia, Mo. LeFevre holds a Bachelor of Magazine Journalism from the Missouri School of Journalism.

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