Are you looking for free things to do in Southern California? To leave you more money for food and gas, we are featuring fun & free outdoor things to do this weekend in Los Angeles and Southern California. Whether you like parks, the beach, or epic views, there's something for you and your family to do outdoors for free.
Take a walk in the park
Spending time outdoors is good for your mental health, reduces anxiety, is excellent for your physical health, and promotes calm and well-being.
Los Angeles offers many nature trails and beach walks. Unplug from the internet and live in the moment, looking out for birdlife.
Our pick is Los Angeles Griffith Park, a favorite place for many locals to unwind. The 4210-acre park is home to many hiking trails and the Griffith Observatory, which offers one of the best vantage points in Los Angeles, with views of the Hollywood sign in the distance. Make sure to stay around to watch the incredible sunsets from this viewpoint. Plus, there is a chance to see birds and wildlife in the park.
Additionally, you can enjoy the free SOUNDWALK while you are there.
Ellen Reid's SOUNDWALK at Griffith Park is a GPS-enabled work of public art that combines music, art, and nature and encourages calm reflection and introspection.
Once you download the free app, you can explore the park and dictate the interactive experience with your headphones.
Depending on the path you take, the app will trigger musical cells that harmonize with the park's landscape and attractions.
Ellen Reid, the creator, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and sound artist and brings the natural environment of L.A.'s Griffith Park to life. Learn more and download the app before you arrive - https://cap.ucla.edu/calendar/details/soundwalk.
Visit a beach
Newport Beach, Orange County
Newport Beach is a gorgeous coastal city in California with stunning beaches, charming piers, exciting activities, and many oceanfront restaurants. The easy and quick travel time of only a 1 hour to 1.5 hours drive from Los Angeles makes it a perfect day trip. One of the many charming beach coastal cities in Orange County, Newport Beach is also an excellent option for a relaxing weekend staycation close to home. Read about the best things to do in Newport Beach.
Santa Monica State Beach, Los Angeles
The world-famous Santa Monica Pier, located right on Santa Monica State Beach, is visited by millions of people annually and is home to the Pacific Park amusement park.
Offering bike paths, eateries, bars, stunning sea views, and lush sand, Santa Monica Beach is a relaxing break. While the amusement park is not free, people-watching is. Read more.
Of course, Los Angeles county alone has over 15 beaches for you to choose from and the sunsets are free and are absolutely incredible!
Visit the Municipal Rose Garden, San Jose, California
This historic landmark garden has over 3,500 plantings, and over 150 rose varieties planted in the 5 1/2 acres of gardens.
The garden is a quiet, peaceful place, and you can enjoy picnic areas and BBQ facilities, Best of all, entry is free!
Ensure to visit the fountain located on the east side of the main gate. The two-tiered water fountain features a reflection pool and is often the centerpiece for wedding ceremonies.
"Best rose garden ever. We have visited many municipal rose gardens, but this is the best so far...Throw in the native California redwood trees, and you've got a beautiful and unique garden that will wow everyone." - Parkavenue7275, TripAdvisor.
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