100 Cheap Things to Do in LA: Activities

Travel Town Museum

Take a ride on the Travel Town Railroad at Griffith Park for only $2.50.


Step into a real-life Etsy. Visit CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles to browse art, décor, apparel, artisanal food and gifts from local artists and craftspeople.

The Americana at Brand

Stock up on produce at the weekly farmers market at the Americana at Brand. Make a day of it by grabbing a bite at the food trucks and browsing the shops.

Echo Park Time Travel Mart

Looking for unique activities in Los Angeles? Have a shopping experience like none other at the Time Travel Mart in Echo Park. Need a conquistador helmet or evil robot memory eraser? They'll have it in stock. Proceeds benefit 826LA, a non-profit writing and tutoring center.

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

See the largest collection of Southern California marine life in the world at the Frank Gehry-designed Cabrillo Marine Aquarium.

Battleship IOWA Museum

Explore a piece of U.S. History with an afternoon on the Battleship Iowa, the West Coast’s only battleship that's open to the public. General Admission is $18, with discounts for youth, seniors, and military (active, retired or reserve) with ID.

Universal Citywalk®Hollywood

Browse the larger-than-life shops at Universal CityWalk, with a stop at the Hard Rock Café to refuel.

The Grove

The Grove offers numerous budget-friendly food and drink options for shoppers and moviegoers, such as Umami Burger and Gordon Ramsay's gastropub, The Fat Cow. To take care of your sweet tooth, stop by See's Candies or Sprinkles Cupcakes.

Malibu Family Wines

The Malibu Wines Tasting Room is open seven days a week, located in a picturesque setting off Mulholland Highway about 25 miles north of Santa Monica. There is no cost for admission, just a minimum of one bottle purchase for each group of 2-4 people. There are two options for wine tasting flights: Semler ($14) and Saddlerock ($12).

Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

Go under the sea at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, where you can view more than 100 species of marine animals and plants found in the Santa Monica Bay. The suggested donation is $5 per person, and kids 12 and under are free.

El Capitan Theatre

Catch a movie at the historic, family-friendly El Capitan Theatre, located at Hollywood and Highland. Arrive early to indulge in a sundae at the Disney Soda Fountain next door. General Admission tickets are $16 for adults, $13 for children (ages 3-11), and $13 for seniors (60+).

San Antonio Winery & Restaurant

Go behind the scenes with a complimentary tour of the San Antonio Winery. Although they offer three complimentary tastings, spring for the $12 artisan series tasting of four highly limited reserve wines.

The Cinefamily

Looking for things to do in Fairfax Los Angeles? Try expanding your film horizons by catching a rare, independent or classic film at The Cinefamily. Going for the first time? You can't go wrong with the Greg Proops Film Club and Doug Benson Movie Interruption. Most events are priced between $10-14.

The Cinefamily

No stroll down Hollywood Boulevard is complete without a stop at the Hollywood Wax Museum. Get up close and personal with wax replicas ranging from Johnny Depp to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Adult admission is $16.99.


Ditch the car for a day and take a Metro tour of L.A. Get a Metro Day Pass ($5) and explore gems like the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Pasadena's shops and cafes and Culver City's nightlife.

Yamashiro Hollywood

On Thursday nights, Yamashiro is home to one of L.A.'s best farmers markets. Pick up your produce for the week while enjoying a fantastic view of the city.

Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE

For an A-list experience at a B-list price, catch a matinee at the state-of-the-art Regal Cinemas at L.A. LIVE. Matinee prices are $11.75 on weekdays before 5:30 p.m., and weekends/holidays before 2:00 p.m. After the movie, grab a drink at nearby Rosa Mexicano or Yard House.

Santa Monica Place

Reserve a spot for the free Follow That Chef series at the Gourmandise School at Santa Monica Place. Leading chefs guide participants through the Santa Monica Farmers Market before returning to the kitchen to showcase how they prepare a meal from farmers market ingredients. Don't forget to pick up some produce at the farmers market so you can recreate the chef's creations at home.

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