FREE and ALMOST FREE stuff to do.

Sep 22, 2021 Article


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).

The California Science Center is a state agency and museum located in Exposition Park, Los Angeles, next to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the University of Southern California. 

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

Located in: Exposition Park 700 Exposition Park Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90037
Open ⋅ Closes 5PM

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

2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Wednesday 12–10PM
Thursday 12–10PM
Friday 12–10PM
Saturday 10AM–10PM
Sunday 10AM–10PM
Monday Closed
Tuesday 12–10PM
SPECIAL PARKING NOTE: Especially in the evening the observatory can get
crowded and while driving up the winding hill to the top you will see many 
people trying to get parking spots on the side of the road. This will give you the sense that there is no parking or very limited parking at the top. DO NOT PARK ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD. GO TO THE TOP.  First there is Handicap parking and spots always open up! ALL FREE PARKING.———————————————————————————————————

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 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 Getty Villa is at the easterly end of the Malibu coast in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, United States. 
17985 Pacific Coast Hwy, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Open ⋅ Closes 5PM
Ticketsfree ·
Did you knowThe entrance to the Getty Villa sets the tone of entering an archaeological dig.

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

Runyon Canyon

2000 N. Fuller Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046

Monday – Friday: Dawn to Dusk
Saturday – Sunday: Dawn to Dusk

PHONE: (818) 243-1145
Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, or Hahn Park, is a state park unit of California in the Baldwin Hills Mountains of Los Angeles. The park is managed by the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation.
4100 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90056
Open  Closes 5PM
This park does cost about $10 to get in per car.
Great place to do Tashlich. Huge duck pond. Japanese garden. Many play areas and picnic areas.
Scenic overlook.  Parking lot at very top of park. Small walk to a lookout point
you can see downtown LA and all of the city. 

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.


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