Known for its artists, street performers and an eclectic atmosphere on Ocean Front Walk, Venice Beach is a special place to visit. Street performers include instrumental musicians, singers, jugglers, acrobats, mimes, comics, magicians, prophets, fortune tellers. Venice Beach is known as a sidewalk circus. Tourists come from all over the world to people watch and enjoy the funky atmosphere Venice Beach has to offer.
Hollywood Walk of Fame
One of the most visited attractions in the county, the Hollywood Walk of Fame continues to bring in over 10 million spectators annually. The Hollywood Walk of Fame is home to over 2,400 brass stars embedded into sidewalks along 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and 2 blocks of Vine Street. People come to see their favorite stars within the entertainment industry who have earned this high achievement of getting their own star on the walk of fame.
The Getty Center
The Getty Center in Los Angeles brings in over a million visitors a year. All admission and access to the exhibitions is completely free to all visitors. When visiting The Getty Center, you can view collections of European and American art from the Middle Ages to present times. You can also experience the beautiful views, relaxing gardens, and dramatic architecture while enjoying breathtaking artwork. Some of the current exhibitions include:
- Gardens of the Renaissance (May 28 – August 11, 2013)
- In Focus: Ed Ruscha (April 9 – September 29, 2013)
- Overdrive: L.A. Contstructs the Future, 1940-1990 (April 9 – July 21, 2013)
- The Life of Art: Context, Collecting, and Display (February 7, 2012 – Ongoing)
Formerly known as the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the TCL Chinese Theatre is an historic movie theatre on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Built in 1926, this theatre has been home to many world premieres including George Lucas’s Star Wars. Along the front of the theatre, there are over 200 handprints, footprints, and autographs from celebrities. In September 2013, there are plans to add an IMAX theatre, which will be the biggest IMAX screen in the US.
An icon in the city of Los Angeles, the Griffith Observatory continues to be one of California’s top attractions. It is recognized as being a national leader in public astronomy. According to the website, “The mission of Griffith Observatory is inspiring everyone to observe, ponder, and understand the sky.” The observatory is only open Tuesday through Sunday, but it is FREE to all guests. Visit the Griffith Observatory to plan your visit today!
Some of the most iconic attractions are here to enjoy without having to swipe your credit card. With a million things to do in the Los Angeles area, these five adventures will be sure to excite you without having to spend any money. In addition to these great places to visit, stay tuned for some advice on attractions that might cost you some money, but extremely worth it!