I can’t count how many trips we’ve taken to LA in the past couple years. Since Troy lived there, we tend to go back a few times a year to see friends or just soak up that California Sunshine! I thought it would be helpful to share a list of some free things to do when visiting! You could add so much more to this list but below are just a few things:
1. Hike to the Hollywood sign
While there are soo many great ones out there, it all depends on who you’re traveling with, how novice of a ‘hiker’ you are. I was hoping we could do the route that goes behind the sign which lets you get a different perspective on the typical hollywood sign photo (but I’ve heard not exactly child friendly), we ended up taking the Runyon Canyon hike. I had brought out a carrier and put M on my back up the trail. None of us had ever done it before and I would not recommend doing the hard trail with small children, as there are NO RAILINGS and VERY STEEP uphill rocky inclines. You can however, take the easy (longer) route. But whichever trail you choose you will be sure to get some unbelievable pictures!
2. Visit the ever popular Museum of Ice Cream
Side note: this one does cost some money to get in. A few other things to note, you need to schedule an appointment which gives you a window of time to get in. You also should look up to see if it’s open as it’s a seasonal Museum in LA and I heard this year it’s relocating so be sure to fact check this one.
3. Take your picture at the LACMA Urban Lights
A very popular photo spot, you’re lucky if you’re the only one there. No matter what time I’ve gone, I’ve always seen other people, moms, fashion bloggers, etc. there snapping their best pics (guilty of doing this, one time or two).
4. Visit Santa Monica’s pirate ship kids park
It was our first time to the pirate ship in Santa Monica. It really is one of the best little kids parks I’ve ever been to! It’s completely gated in so the kids can’t run away and has so many fun little things for kids to play on. It’s shaped like a pirate ship and can’t be missed!
5. Head to Malibu’s best beaches
Many people head up the PCH and stop at the first beach they see, but if you really want a quiet beach with breathtaking views head to El Matador Beach. Trust me on this one – you won’t be disappointed!
6. Stop by Greystone Mansion
The view here is simply stunning of the entire Los Angeles area. It’s a beautiful spot to take pictures and walk around. So long as they’re not filming it’s usually open most days.
7. Walk down the iconic Rodeo Drive
This street is usually filled with tourists stopping to take pictures while every other car is a Box Mercedes, Bentley or something finer. If you haven’t done it I’d say to do it (I mean after all it is the scene from the classic Pretty Woman), but other than stopping to get a quick Nespresso or a very overpriced (but tasty) macaroon at Ladurée don’t expect much more other than a bit of window shopping! 🙂
Hope you get the chance to visit some of these spots and enjoy them for yourself! Let me know in the comments area if there are any places, things to do or restaurants in the LA area that you think are a must see for our next trip!