Inexpensive Things to Do in LA

Inexpensive Things to Do in LA
Los Angeles is the second-largest city in the United States and the most populous urban center in California. Most tourists come to Los Angeles for the glitz and glamour of Hollywood or the theme park rides at Universal Studios and Disneyland, but Los Angeles also has plenty to offer for outdoor enthusiasts on a budget.


Situated on the Pacific Ocean, Los Angeles has a several free public beaches that are open year-round. There are approximately 75 miles of coastline in Los Angeles, providing plenty of spots to swim, sunbathe, surf or jog. Head to Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro to enjoy the scenic tide-pools. Surfers flock to Surf-rider Beach by the Malibu Lagoon. Visit Venice Beach, where wacky street performers and diverse vendors roam the boardwalk, entertaining and selling a wide variety of foods and novelties.

Griffith Park

It might not be as famous as New York's Central Park, but Griffith Park is actually the largest urban park in the United States. With 4,107 acres of sprawling green space in the heart of Los Angeles, Griffith Park is a cheap and relaxing place to spend a sunny day. Picnic at one of the multiple pavilions or spread a blanket on the lawn. Rent a bike at Griffith Park Bicycle Rental and hit the trails. Or hike along Fern Dell, a secluded trail with waterfalls and scenic flora.

Griffith Park Bicycle Rental
4730 Crystal Springs Drive
(Rangers Station Parking Lot)
Los Angeles, California 90027
(323) 653-4099

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is located next to Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro, Los Angeles. Entry to the aquarium is free. You'll find marine life exclusively from Southern California. Interactive exhibits allow you to get up close and personal with many of the sea creatures at the aquarium. Educational programs are also set up at the Cabrillo Marine Exploration Center. Learn about aquatic life and natural habitats at the on-site research facilities. Marine biologists work in a variety of settings, including an aquatic nursery where they share their knowledge with guests.

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
3720 Stephen M. White Drive
San Pedro, California 90731
(310) 548-7562

Article Written By David Thyberg

David Thyberg began his writing career in 2007. He is a professional writer, editor and translator. Thyberg has been published in various newspapers, websites and magazines. He enjoys writing about social issues, travel, music and sports. Thyberg holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pittsburgh Honors College with a certificate in Spanish and Latin American studies.

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