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Free Things To Do In Los Angeles

Updated on February 24, 2018

Walt Disney's Barn

Walt Disney's Barn
Walt Disney's Barn | Source
Some of Walt Disney's tools for when he worked on his model trains
Some of Walt Disney's tools for when he worked on his model trains | Source
One of the original Disneyland Train Cars that was used from 1955 - 1970.
One of the original Disneyland Train Cars that was used from 1955 - 1970. | Source

Walt Disney's Barn

Walt Disney loved trains since he was a kid. After he passed his daughter Diane and the Carolwood Pacific Historical Society worked to save the barn when the estate was being sold. Walt Disney’s Barn was moved to Griffith Park and is now opened for the public on the third Sunday of every month from 11am to 3pm. All of the workers at the Barn are volunteers and the up keep for the property is done off of donations only. Throughout the year special guests come and many offer autographs to those who make a donation at the event. Some of the special guests that have visited Walt’s Barn are Marty Sklar, Floyd Norman, Bob Gurr and Walt Disney’s grandson Walter Elias Disney Miller. The Barn also houses one of the original train cars that was used at the Disneyland Resort from 1955 until the early 1970’s, which helps make this place a beautiful and historical place to visit.

The Telsa Coil at The Griffith Observatory

The Griffith Observatory

Open to the public everyday but Monday, the Griffith Observatory was one of the first public observatories in the United States. Having completed a massive renovation and expansion in 2006, The Griffith Observatory makes learning about astronomy and science accessible to everyone. At night they allow guest to view the stars through one of the various telescopes on the property and see breathtaking views of the city. The Griffith Observatory also has an amazing planetarium, which was used by the original Apollo Astronauts when they were training to go into space. Most of the observatory is free to the public but some of the shows or events do have a fee.

The Griffith Observatory

The entrance to The Griffith Observatory
The entrance to The Griffith Observatory | Source
Information about what will be seen through the telescope
Information about what will be seen through the telescope | Source
The Tesla Coil in action
The Tesla Coil in action | Source

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The La Brea Tar Pits and Page Museum

On the first Tuesday of every month The La Brea Tar Pits and Page Museum offers a free day. Outside there are several active excavations that guests can witness archeologist digging and possibly uncovering fossils of creatures from long ago. There is also the Pleistocene Gardens that is full of plants grown from fossil seeds found on the property. Inside you can visit the Fishbowl Lab and watch paleontologists’ clean, study and prepare items for the exhibit. The exhibits house fossils of animals that have been found in the La Brea Tar Pits. Guests can tour the Page Museum and La Brea Tar Pits either on their own or take a free-guided tour that occurs several times a day. The La Brea Tar Pits and Page Museum offer a free scavenger hunt for guests to enjoy and interact within the location.

California Science Center

The California Science Center is the West Coast’s largest hands-on science center and has free admission to all of its permanent exhibits. On the other hand, it does have a fee for all of the special exhibits and events. They have hands on exhibits for children and a Discovery Room for families to visit and learn together. The California Science Center has Tech Labs where guests can explore educational topics on computers or use scientific equipment to study cells. In the Science Court guests can ride a high wire bicycle or ride in a motion-based simulator while learning about physics or space. In the California Science Center there are exhibits on ecosystems, energy, body works, air and space.

Greystone Mansion

The view from Greystone Mansion
The view from Greystone Mansion | Source
The walkway to the Gardners Shed at Greystone Mansion.
The walkway to the Gardners Shed at Greystone Mansion. | Source
The view from one of the gardens at Greystone Mansion.
The view from one of the gardens at Greystone Mansion. | Source
On of the ponds at Greystone which are home to many turtles and fish.
On of the ponds at Greystone which are home to many turtles and fish. | Source

Greystone Mansion

Since the tragic death in 1929 of the head of the original owner Ned Doheny inside the house, Greystone Mansion has been used in over 100 movies and television shows including, Ghostbusters, The Body Guard, and Star Trek: Into Darkness. The grounds have stunning gardens, two pond that have both fish and turtles, wonderful views of Los Angeles and several lovely stone houses. During the summer, many couples have their wedding photos taken around the property because of its beauty. Throughout the year they host paid events with music, snacks, and even a play of the history of the location. Guests are allowed to walk around a good portion of the 18.3-acre park, which overlooks the city of Beverly Hills.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

On the second Tuesday of every month as well as on select federal holidays, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art also know as LACMA, allows you into all of the permanent galleries. LACMA houses over 120,000 works of art in its permanent collection, which means there is plenty to see. LACMA houses art ranging from Ancient Greek Ceramics to Diego Rivera to Monet. Between April and November jazz music is preformed every Friday between 6pm and 8pm. On Sundays there are chamber music concerts and/ or recitals by local musicians that can be enjoyed for free.

Hollywood Walk of Fame

Anthony Hopkins star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Anthony Hopkins star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame | Source
Leonard Nimoy's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Leonard Nimoy's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. | Source

The Hollywood Walk of Fame

The Hollywood Walk of Fame spans 2.4 miles on Hollywood Blvd. The Hollywood Walk of Fame currently has over 2,000 stars on it currently with more being added all the time. On average two stars are added to the walk every month and the ceremonies are also free to attend. Ceremonies usually start at 11:30am and last about 45 minutes. Since the Hollywood Walk of Fame is located on the sidewalk it is technically open all day every day except when sections are blocked for special events. Mainly for movie premieres or award shows. Celebrities like Marilyn Monroe, Nick Cage, Frank Sinatra and Betty White all have stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Hollywood Walk of Fame crosses paths with Grauman’s Chinese Theatre that houses the hand and footprints of many celebrities.

Grauman’s Chinese Theatre

Johnny Depp's hand and foot prints at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre
Johnny Depp's hand and foot prints at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre | Source
Shirley Temple's hand and foot prints at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre
Shirley Temple's hand and foot prints at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre | Source
Roy Rogers and Trigger's hand and foot prints at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre
Roy Rogers and Trigger's hand and foot prints at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre | Source

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      Saralyn Wilhelmi 4 years ago from Orlando

      Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      Sandra 4 years ago from Maryland

      I made sure to pin this!

      Thanks for sharing these places, love. I have yet to go to Cali, but I'll keep the science center and observatory in mind. They look fun :)

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