FREE and ALMOST FREE stuff to do.
SINCE COVID PLEASE CHECK IF OPEN AND GET MASKING RULES AND REGULATIONS.
See spacecraft that has literally been to the moon and back. The California Science Center has spacecraft on display that have
flown with the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions.
The free permanent and hands-on exhibits tell of life
sciences and human innovation. The newest,
Ecosystems Experience, cost $165 million to make and
dedicates 11 galleries of immersive environments to the
topic. In one gallery, stand eye-to-eye with horn sharks,
sea bass, and wolf eels in a 24-foot-long transparent
tunnel to see a replicated coastal kelp forest. Download
the free Ecosystems application on iTunes beforehand.
Discovery rooms designed for children seven and
younger will let youngsters romp around in the name of
science. Admission to the science center is free
(some traveling exhibitions and the IMAX Theater charge a fee).
California Science Center: Through hands-on experiences in the galleries
at the California Science Center, you’ll learn about human inventions and
innovations, the processes of living things and more. Opening October 30, 2012, the Space Shuttle Endeavor exhibit is also free, but advance, timed tickets are required, and a $2 per ticket service fee applies.
Reserve your tickets online to see
Space Shuttle Endeavour – on display in the Science Center’s Samuel Oschin Pavilion. Free general admission includes over 100 hands-on science exhibits in immersive environments. Don’t forget to experience a film in the IMAX Theater, featuring LA’s largest screen. (IMAX is a paid attraction.)
Hours of Operation
Mon – Sun: 10 am – 5 pm
Griffith Park Observatory-
Overlooking the scenic Hollywood Hills this beautiful museum offers many exhibits on the universe and our solar system they also have a couple exciting shows in the planetarium. Southern California’s gateway to the cosmos! Visitors can look through
telescopes, explore exhibits, see live shows in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium, and
enjoy spectacular views of Los Angeles and the Hollywood Sign.
2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027 (213) 473-0800
Admission to the building, grounds, and parking is always FREE.
Tuesday – Friday, 12:00 Noon – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Nighttime at Griffith Observatory will show you what’s beyond L.A.’s
smoggy chokehold. Use a telescope to glimpse the stars, the
moons of Jupiter, and the craters of the moon. The sweeping
view you’ll get of Los Angeles from the observatory’s hilly perch
is an added bonus. Admission is free except for the $3-7 planetarium show.
Admission to the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Getty Villa in Malibu is always free. View pre-20th century European paintings, sculpture,
drawings, and manuscripts, and walk among contemporary sculpture throughout the Getty Center.
At the Getty Villa galleries are arranged by themes and portray the Trojan War and gods and goddesses, with Greek, Roman, and Etruscan artifacts dating to 6500 B.C. Parking costs $15 per car but is free after 5 p.m.
Get close to the Hollywood sign: Feeling uninspired? Try changing your
perspective on a familiar sight. While the Hollywood sign’s grounds are
barred from public access, you can walk or drive near it to get great angles for photos. From Franklin Avenue in Hollywood, go north on Beachwood Drive; turn left at Ledgewood Drive and twist and wind uphill. Then go right at the three-way intersection onto Deronda Drive.
The Griffith Observatory is a facility in Los Angeles, California, sitting on the south-facing slope of Mount Hollywood in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park. It commands a view of the Los Angeles Basin, including Downtown Los Angeles to the southeast, Hollywood to the south, and the Pacific Ocean to the southwest. Wikipedia
Fowler Museum at UCLA: Exhibitions from Africa, Asia, the Pacific and the Americas, past and present, lend a unique and intriguing atmosphere to Fowler Museum events.
The Fowler Museum at UCLA explores art and culture from Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and the Americas, past and present. Visit www.fowler.ucla.edu for a calendar of events and information on holding events at the museum.
Hours of Operation
Wed, Fri – Sun: 12 pm – 5 pm
Thu: 12 pm – 8 pm
North Campus, UCLA
Los Angeles, CA90095
1 (310) 825-4361
Getty Villa: This magnificent Malibu property includes an educational center and museum dedicated to the study of the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome and Etruria.
The Annenberg Space for Photography is a cultural destination dedicated to the exhibition of both digital and print photography in an intimate environment.
Hours of Operation
Wed-Fri, Sun: 11 am – 6 pm
2000 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles, CA90067
1 (213) 403-3000
The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
Collection of more than 10,000 costumes, accessories and textiles from the 18th century
through the present day, includes film and theater costumes. Annually, costumes from
previous year’s best films and sampling of Academy Award nominated costumes are featured.
Hours of Operation
Mon – Sat: 10 am – 4 pm
919 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA90015
1 (213) 624-1200
Monday – Friday: Dawn to Dusk
Saturday – Sunday: Dawn to Dusk
Great place to do Tashlich. Huge duck pond. Japanese garden. Many play areas and picnic areas.
Travel Town Museum
Travel Town Museum will now be open 10am-5pm six days a week (closed Wednesdays). Face coverings required for unvaccinated visitors.
No Reservations to visit are needed.
The Gallery and Depot will remain closed until further notice.
We are currently taking reservations for picnic areas, however our party cars remain closed.
Feel free to give us a call at (323) 662-5874 if you have any questions.
ADMISSION AND PARKING
Travel Town Museum gladly accepts donations for admission. Sufficient parking is available on the Museum premises during operational hours.
EDITORS NOTE: This is a great FREE destination with kids. 1 1/2 years old to young at heart adults. 2 – 6-year-olds really love this place.
Very interactive hands-on. Kids and adults can climb atop a nice collection of real locomotives. In addition for a small fee there is a small (to scale) train with passenger cars that will take you and your kids around the park.
Train Ride Fares
- Adults – $3.50
- Children (17 and under) – $3.00
- Seniors (over 60) – $2.75
- Group (20+ tickets) – $2.75 each (min $55.00)
- T-6 Simulator Ride at Southern Railroad (all ages) – $4.00