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100 Free Things To Do In Los Angeles With Kids 2024

Updated for 2024

Looking for free things to do in LA? LA parents in the know figured out a long time ago that having fun in Los Angeles doesn’t have to be expensive. But maybe you’ve exhausted your list of tried-and-true destinations and are looking for some new, I-never-thought-of-that ideas.

Because who doesn’t love Free? Free Things To Do means you can spend your money on other things, like having a great meal or getting a treat instead. Or heck – you can just save your money! Because we get it!

That being said, we wanted to bring you a list that’s packed with FUN things to do in Los Angeles, too! These are Insider tips from local Moms who’ve been there and tried them all! Free things to to do with Toddlers, free things to do with Teens, free places to take kids all over SoCal. Here is our list of the Best Free Things To Do In Los Angeles with Kids.

Watts Towers in Los Angeles

100 Free Things To Do in Los Angeles with Kids

1. Watts Towers of Simon Rodia State Historic Park
1765 E. 107th St., Los Angeles, CA

The Watts Towers are truly a sight to see. It is a visual representation that dreams can become a reality. The Watts Towers are “constructed of a structural steel core, wrapped in wire mesh which has been covered with mortar, and inlaid with tiles, glass, shells, pottery, and rocks.”

The tallest of the towers stands at 99.5 feet. The Watts Towers stand “as a symbol of freedom, creativity, and initiative.” It’s interesting to note that the artist, Simon Rodia, originally called his creation “Nuestro Pueblo,” or, “our town.” 

Griffith Observatory
(photo by Yvonne Condes)

2. Griffith Observatory
2800 E. Observatory Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90027

Griffith Park is big, and admission prices (the Zoo, the Autry Museum) can add up. Thankfully, the Griffith Observatory celebrates the wonder of outer space in a family-friendly, inexpensive way. There are telescopes and a multitude of exhibits that will keep the kids (and parents) engaged, curious, and in awe. And on clear days, you’ll enjoy great views of Los Angeles and the Hollywood sign! Note – the Observatory is open three days a week, Friday – Sunday. (There are fees for parking and shows in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium. 

3. Venice Canals in Los Angeles
Carroll Ct. and Eastern Canal Ct., Venice, CA 90293

Maybe your family can’t afford a trip to Venice, Italy, but that doesn’t mean you can’t explore Venice, California. The Venice Canals were originally constructed in 1905 and were inspired by the canals in Venice, Italy. Mr. Abbot Kinney is credited as being the founder of this “Venice in America” attraction. You can explore the canals on foot, as you leisurely stroll across the many pedestrian bridges. While exploring, you’ll be treated to an eclectic view of homes, gardens, and ducks! 

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4. Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Blvd and Vine Street
, Hollywood, CA

The Hollywood Walk of Fame is considered to be the world’s most famous stretch of sidewalk, and it’s free to visit! Located on Hollywood Boulevard as well as Vine Street, the famous stars honor those who have made contributions in the categories of Motion Pictures, Television, Recording, Radio, and Live Theatre/Live Performance.

The first star honored Stanley Kramer in 1960. Ceremonies are free to attend and a list of upcoming ceremonies can be found online.

And while you’re exploring the Walk of Fame, you’ll come across many other Hollywood landmarks including the El Capitan Theatre, the TCL Chinese Theatre, and the Hollywood Wax Museum, to name a few.

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Farmers Market

5. The Original Farmers Market
6333 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90036

A trip to the Farmers Market allows families to simultaneously experience the past and the present. The Farmer’s Market has been owned by the Gilmore Family since the late 1800’s. In 1934, farmers began selling their fresh produce from the corner of 3rd and Fairfax. Since then, the Farmers Market has continued to grow and evolve, although many of the merchants have been a part of the Farmer’s Market for a very long time, including Bennett’s Ice Cream and Magee’s Kitchen. Also, be sure to stop by Kip’s Toyland, which has been family-owned and operated for over 70 years (and doesn’t sell any electronic games!).


6. The Grove
189 The Grove Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Adjacent to the Farmers Market is The Grove, a shopping and dining destination. And while many go to The Grove to shop, it’s just as much fun to wander around browsing, without spending any money. Read and play in the children’s section of Barnes and Noble, or take a free ride on the Trolley, which travels between The Grove and the Farmers Market.

Another fun activity includes watching the Dancing Fountain. The fountain “dances” to different songs every hour and was designed by the same company that designed the famous fountains at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.

Related: Read our Guide to the Original Farmers Market and the Grove

The Santa Monica pier and surrounding beach in the Los Angeles area

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7. Santa Monica Pier and Beach
Ocean Ave. and Colorado Blvd., Santa Monica, CA

The Santa Monica Pier is equally popular with tourists and locals. This historic pier is designated as the official western end of Route 66. It doesn’t cost anything to walk around the pier, marveling at Pacific Park, the amusement park located on the pier which includes the world’s only solar-powered Ferris Wheel.

And located on the beach, right under the Carousel on the Pier, you’ll find the Heal the Bay Aquarium. On exhibit are more than 100 species of marine animals, all of which are found in the Santa Monica Bay. In addition, different events are held each day the aquarium is open (the aquarium is closed on Mondays and offers longer hours in the summer). Admission is free for children 12 and younger; ages 13+ are $10 each.

Walk down to the beach and make a day of it! Bring a cooler and some sandwiches; a Frisbee and a ball; books; a pail and a shovel; and of course, sunscreen, and you’ve got the makings of a great family beach day.

Related: Read our Guide to the Santa Monica Pier 

Olvera Street in Los Angeles

8. El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument
125 Paseo de la Plaza, Los Angeles, CA

El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument is known as the “birthplace of Los Angeles.” This living museum offers several attractions, open year-round and many of them are free! Olvera Street Mexican Marketplace is a lively outdoor marketplace and enjoy a variety of vendors, dancers and musicians, handcrafted items, and delicious food and Avila Adobe is known as the oldest home in Los Angeles.

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Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles.

9. Rodeo Drive
Between Wilshire and S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA

Rodeo Drive is known as the “intersection of luxury, fashion, and entertainment.” While the boutiques on Rodeo Drive may be offering expensive wares, it’s always free to stroll down the streets and just window-shop. Take your family on your own self-guided walking tour of this famous street.

Be sure to look for the “Rodeo Drive Walk of Style,” which displays plaques honoring “fashion legends for their contributions to the fashion and entertainment industries.” Each plaque features the recipient’s name, a personal quote, and their signature.

Anderton Court, a three-story building along Rodeo Drive, was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and is famous for “its unusual design which is completely devoid of steps and instead relies on a series of ramps to move between floors.” 

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10. La Brea Tar Pits
5801 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

If you’re not sure if your kids would like to be inside a museum, there is no need to miss out on exploring the La Brea Tar Pits. Thankfully, no admission is required for the outside portion, and there’s so much to see and explore! In case you didn’t already know, the La Brea Tar Pits is considered to be “one of the richest depositories of Ice Age fossils.”

Marvel at the statues throughout the grounds and the Lake Pit, featuring a still-bubbling asphalt seep with life-size fiberglass statues of mammoths and an American mastodon. Learn about the excavation process and check out the Pleistocene Garden which includes Ice Age-era plants that would have been found in Los Angeles. Stop by the Observation Pit, to see what “a real La Brea fossil deposit looks like.” And take your time walking through (and smelling) the Tar Pits stopping by Project 23 and Pit 91.

11. Paramount Ranch
2903 Cornell Rd., Agoura Hills, CA 91301

In the 1920s, Paramount Pictures purchased 2700 acres of the Rancho Las Virgenes to be used as a “movie ranch.” In 1980, the National Park Service revitalized a portion of the movie ranch. Today families can go exploring and hiking on the same land that has been used as the setting in many films and television shows. Unfortunately, the Woolsey Fire in 2018 swept through the area and destroyed much of what was known as “Western Town.” However, families can enjoy hiking throughout the area and keeping an eye out for wildlife.

12. The Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Dr. , Los Angeles, CA 90049

When you visit the Getty, you have the opportunity to view amazing art pieces as well as the opportunity to get a view of Los Angeles you don’t often see. Children will most likely be intrigued before you even reach the Museum; riding the computer-operated trams from the parking lot is sure to garner a lot of excitement among young visitors.

The permanent collection includes European and American art, from Medieval Times to the present. In addition to what you’ll see inside, is what you’ll see outside — the Getty’s famous Central Garden and architecture. The Getty Center also hosts a variety of special events throughout the year including live musical performances, lectures, film screenings, and more. Admission is free; however, a timed entry reservation is required. (The Getty is closed on Mondays).

Related: Read our Guide to the Getty Center

13. The Campo de Cahuenga
3919 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91604

You may have driven by the Campo de Cahuenga without realizing its historical significance. It was actually the site of the signing of the Treaty of Cahuenga in 1847. The Treaty ended the conflict that existed over southwest territory between the United States and Mexico. At this site, you’ll find a replica of the adobe that stood on the site during the time of the Treaty’s signing as well as a number of monuments and plaques dedicated to historic figures of the time. You’ll find a collection of artifacts here as well as “historical records from five crucial phases of California history” (Spanish Mission period, Mexican Rancho period, American Acquisition period, Butterfield-Overland Stage Coach stop, and Civil War encampment site for Union troops). Families can visit the site for an Open House on the first and third Saturday of each month from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Admission is free.

korean friendship bell pavillion in San Pedro

14. Korean Bell of Friendship and Bell Pavilion
Angels Gate Park
3601 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro, CA 90731

The Korean Bell of Friendship was donated by the Republic of Korea in 1976, in honor of our country’s bicentennial. It honors Korean War veterans as well as serving as a symbol of friendship between our two countries. The Korean Bell weighs 17 tons and stands 12 feet tall. The bell is inside a pagoda-like structure which was constructed in San Pedro by 30 craftsmen who were flown in from Korea. In addition, the Korean Bell of Friendship is located in a picturesque setting which also tends to get fairly breezy – perfect kite-flying conditions!

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15. Lake Balboa/Anthony C. Beilenson Park
6300 Balboa Blvd., Van Nuys, CA 91406

Take a walk around Lake Balboa and enjoy the scenery at this large, grassy park. Take advantage of the jogging/walking path here. Kids will love seeing ducks and have lots of fun at the maritime-themed play area. And make sure to bring your kite, your Frisbee, and some balls. You’re most likely going to spend quite a bit of time at this large park. 

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16. Chandler Bikeway
Chandler Blvd. (Mariposa St. to Clybourn Ave.), Burbank, CA

It used to be a railroad track. Now, the Chandler Bikeway is a well-known bike path with separate lanes for bicyclists and pedestrians. Families will find “extensive landscaping and public art dotted along its length.”

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17. Beverly Gardens Park
Santa Monica Blvd. between Wilshire and Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

This impressive linear park runs for 1.9 miles. Stroll block after block, and your family will discover a variety of specialty gardens (such as the Cactus Garden and the Rose Garden), the Wilshire Electric Fountain, walking paths, and sculptures. You’ll also find the famous Beverly Hills sign and lily pond (a favorite photo-op spot). 

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18. UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden
Southeastern corner of the UCLA Campus
707 Tiverton Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90095

The Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden is a serene escape within the hustle and bustle of Westwood. This 7.5-acre “garden, outdoor classroom, and research facility”  consists of a “diverse collection of plants from around the world.” While you meander through the Garden you’ll view a Desert Garden section, Southern California native section, Subtropical Woodlands, Western Australia natives, and more. The Garden is free to visit, though the Garden is closed on University Holidays so plan accordingly. Hours February-October: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (weekdays) and 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (weekends). Hours November-January: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (weekends).

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19. Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park
22400 Devonshire St., Chatsworth, CA 91311

Families can hike and explore in the Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park. You’ll find a variety of plant life here as well as panoramic views. According to the California State Parks brochure, “The story of Santa Susana Pass includes an ancient Indian hunting trail, rocks used as shelter by native people, and hair-raising stagecoach trips down Devil’s Slide.” In days past, this area was part of a transportation corridor between Mission San Buenaventura and Mission San Fernando. This historic area was once home to three native groups — the Chumash, the Tongva, and the Tataviam. 

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20. Marine Mammal Care Center
3601 S. Gaffey St. #8, San Pedro, CA 90731

The Marine Mammal Care Center (MMCC) was established in 1992 and serves to rescue and rehabilitate injured and ill sea animals found along Los Angeles County’s coast. Their goal is to treat and release sea animals including sea lions, harbor seals, and elephant seals. Additionally, the center seeks to inform the public about conservation and environmental issues. Visitors are welcome on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm. Admission to the MMCC is free (though donations are always gratefully accepted).

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21. Roundhouse Aquarium
2 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(at the end of the Manhattan Beach Pier)

The Roundhouse Aquarium is located at the end of the Manhattan Beach Pier. You’ll find more than “100 different species of marine life, most of which can be found in the Santa Monica Bay.” Families also have the chance to interact with marine life through touch tanks. Hours are seasonal: September through March, Monday – Friday 2 pm to 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 5 pm. April through August, Monday – Friday 2 pm to 7 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 7 pm. This facility offers free admission (although donations are greatly appreciated).


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22. Echo Park Lake
751 Echo Park Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90026

Pack a picnic and get ready for a picturesque day at Echo Park Lake. Take advantage of the picnic tables and walking paths. While it’s free to enjoy the park, you and your family may be tempted to rent a pedal boat. A pedal boat is a great way to leisurely explore Echo Park Lake’s fountains and lotus beds. Rentals are available for a fee.

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23. Bike Ride along The Strand
Starts at Will Rogers State Beach

Enjoy the sunshine and go for a family bike ride. The Strand is a well-known Bike Path which starts at Will Rogers State Beach and travels through to South Bay beach communities. You can ride as much or as little as you like. It’s a great way to get some exercise all while enjoying some beautiful ocean views. 

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24. Exposition Park Rose Garden
701 State Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90037

You may have glimpsed the Exposition Park Rose Garden while visiting the California Science Center. But if you haven’t already explored this rainbow of a rose garden, make sure to visit this picturesque spot. You’ll find over 200 varieties of roses as well as a central fountain which is a popular backdrop for photos. The Garden is open 8:30 am to dusk seven days a week, though the Garden is closed from January 1st to March 15th each year for maintenance.  

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25. Manhattan Beach Botanical Garden
1236 N. Peck Ave., Manhattan Beach, CA 

The Manhattan Beach Botanical Garden, located in Polliwog Park, is a “non-profit public education organization dedicated to promoting Earth-friendly gardening techniques, encouraging the use of drought-tolerant plants including California natives, and conserving our natural resources.” Families will view a variety of California native plants and flowers (including succulents, lilacs, and wildflowers) as well as some non-native trees, grasses, and shrubs. Families can visit seven days a week, from dawn to dusk. There is no admission fee to visit this small botanical garden.

26. Pacific Marine Mammal Center
20612 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach, CA 92651

At Pacific Marine Mammal Center, it’s all about “Rescue, Rehab, Release, Educate, Research.” There are 34 animals (including California sea lions, Pacific harbor seals, and more) being cared for, and most are visible from the visitor yard. The visitor yard also features interactive displays, marine mammal artifacts, and a gift shop. Admission is free, though donations are gratefully accepted.

27. Free Seasonal Beach Shuttle
Playa Vista, Marina Del Rey, Venice Beach Pier

Between May 28th and September 25th, 2022, families can take advantage of the Free Beach Shuttle in Marina Del Rey. The Shuttle runs on weekends only, Saturdays from 10 am to 10 pm, and Sundays as well as Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day 10 am to 8 pm. It’s a great way to enjoy the sights without having the stress of driving and looking for a parking spot. Check the website for details about the route.

28. Chino Creek Wetlands and Educational Park
15975 El Prado Rd., Chino, CA 91708

The Chino Creek Wetlands and Educational Park is a 22-acre park “designed to restore native habitat and natural drainage, showcasing the environmental values of the Prado Basin, largest riparian forest in southern California.” Families can explore 1.7 miles of trails and learn about and observe the value of conservation, the importance of wetlands, water efficiency, and more. In addition to the important lessons to be learned here, families will enjoy spending time in this beautiful setting. Public tours are offered twice a month; call for an appointment. 

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29. Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook
6300 Hetzler Rd., Culver City, CA 90232

Look at Los Angeles in a different way, say from the top of a 500 foot peak by enjoying a family hike at the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook, also known as the “Culver City Stairs.” It’s a steep climb to the top (on stairs) so be prepared that little ones may tire out and ask to be carried. But you’ll be rewarded with quite a view.

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30. Corona Heritage Park and Museum
510 W. Foothill Parkway, Corona, CA 92882

The Corona Heritage Park and Museum is the perfect place for families to visit to get a sense of the history of Corona. The Park and Museum is on the site of the former Corona Foothill Lemon Company which was established back in 1911 and became the largest lemon ranch in California. Today, families can explore this 5-acre site including the 10,000-square foot Corona Heritage Museum which is filled with local artifacts including photos, antiques, period clothing, and much more. The Museum is open 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, Tuesdays through Saturdays and offers free admission. A gift shop is on site as well. 

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31. The Broad
221 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

The Broad in downtown L.A. features contemporary art; a collection including art from the 1950s to the present. Families will find more than 2000 works of art in a 120,000-square-foot space. The Broad is open six days a week, closed on Mondays. Admission is free, however all visitors must reserve timed tickets in advance. (Also keep in mind, some special events and special exhibitions do carry a separate charge.)

32. Ballona Creek Bike Path
Culver City, CA 90232

“The Ballona Creek Bike Path starts at Syd Kronenthal Park in east Culver City and extends about 7 miles to the Coast Bike Path along the beach.” The website offers a map and suggestions for entrance points so you can determine the length of your bike ride. It’s a great way for the family to get outside, get some exercise, and explore! 

Wende Museum artifacts
One of the artifacts from the Wende Museum

33. Wende Museum
5741 Buckingham Parkway, Ste. E, Culver City, CA 90230

“The Wende Museum is an art museum, historical archive of the Cold War, and center for creative community engagement that explores and inspires change.” “Wende” is a German word meaning “turning point” or “change.” Families will find art, personal histories, and artifacts (including clothing, furniture, photos, books, and more) dating from 1945-1991. The Museum is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Admission is free, and no reservations are required. 

34. Los Angeles Mural Mile
Van Nuys Blvd., Pacoima, CA

“Mural Mile started as an arts movement in 2012 by individual artists who were driven to improve the aesthetics of their city.” Now, families will find “more than 50 murals in a three mile radius surrounding Pacoima City Hall in the San Fernando Valley.” The website provides a map as well as information about each mural and the artists. 

35. Los Encinos State Historic Park
16756 Moorpark St., Encino, CA 91436

A visit to this historic location will make you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time, back to the days before California was a state. The little-known park consists of “the original eight-room de la Ossa Adobe, the two-story limestone Garnier building, a blacksmith shop, a natural spring, and a pond.” The village was home to Chumash, Tonga, and Tataviam and is “located along a significant travel route between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara.” This little-known destination serves as a great way of making social studies seem more real for our children. Families can visit the Los Encinos State Historic Park Wednesday through Saturday, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The facility offers free admission. (Check the website for the most up-to-date information about which facilities are open and which remain closed.)

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36. Glendora Trails
Big Dalton Wilderness Area and South Hills Wilderness Area

“The City of Glendora boasts roughly 19 miles of hiking, equestrian and multi-use trails within city limits – 32 trails in all!” If your family enjoys hiking and getting out and exploring, then this is the place for you. Trails vary in difficulty from easy to very strenuous. Be sure to check the website for details as well as downloadable maps.

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37. Travel Town Museum
Griffith Park
5200 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 

Not far from the Los Angeles Zoo, you’ll find Travel Town —-perfect for those who love trains! Learn about railroad history in Los Angeles, walk among a variety of railroad passenger cars, and more. Admission and parking are free. (Note — there is a fee if you wish to take a ride on a miniature train.)

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38. Hammer Museum at UCLA
10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024

“The Hammer Museum at UCLA believes in the promise of art and ideas to illuminate our lives and build a more just world.” The Armand Hammer Collection “features works of art from the sixteenth through the twentieth century.” Pieces from this collection, including European and American paintings, sculpture, and works on paper, are on permanent display. The Hammer also hosts a number of public programs throughout the year including film screenings, readings, lectures, special events just for kids, and more. Admission is free, and no advance reservations are required. The Museum also has a special section on their website specifically for Family Visits. 

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39. Montrose Shopping Park
Honolulu Ave., Montrose, CA

Stroll along Honolulu Avenue and you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped back in time. This walkable shopping and dining destination is often used in filming. Be prepared to feed your parking meters with coins – no credit cards accepted. Be sure to check out the charming independent bookstore, Once Upon a Time Bookstore, established in 1966. On Sundays from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm, the Montrose Harvest Market offers fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as healthy packaged foods, flowers, and more. Check the website for information about periodic events throughout the year as well as a map of the shopping district. 

40. Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (LAMOTH)
100 The Grove Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90036

The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust is located across the street from The Grove and at the far corner of Pan Pacific Park. A visit to LAMOTH may be best suited for older children, and can serve as a powerful supplement to the lessons they are learning in school. Museum admission is free for students and California residents, although donations are greatly appreciated. The Museum is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm. 

41. Rancho Los Alamitos
6400 Bixby Hill Road, Long Beach, CA 90815

A visit to Rancho Los Alamitos, the “Ranch of the Little Cottonwoods,” is like taking a walk back through time. The Rancho is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is “located on Tongva-Gabrielino land known as Povunn’nga.” The 7.5 acres includes “four acres of nationally significant historic gardens, a ranch house (1790-1933), and a restored barnyard of the early 20-century working ranch.” Families may explore on their own or request a docent-led tour. Details are available online. The Rancho is open Wednesday through Sunday from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, but check ahead before visiting since the site does sometimes close for special events. Admission and parking are free.

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Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica

42. Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica, CA 90402

The Annenberg Community Beach House prides itself as being a “community destination.” Families will appreciate knowing the grounds (which include the “playground, beach areas, and beach volleyball and soccer courts”), splash pad, and view deck are free and open to the general public. Check the website for information regarding current hours as well as parking.  

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43. Bird Sanctuary
2900 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027

Take a walk and do some bird watching at the Bird Sanctuary in Griffith Park. The area is among a wooden canyon, which means you’ll be able to observe a variety of birds in their natural habitat. You’ll also find hiking trails and picnic tables here so be sure to pack lunch.

44. Go For Broke Monument
355 E. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 

The Go For Broke Monument is a moving tribute to the brave Japanese American soldiers who fought in World War II. There are more than 16,000 names engraved on the black granite monument. “It stands as a tribute not only to the Nisei (second-generation Japanese Americans) soldiers themselves, but also to their families who endured tremendous hardship during wartime.” 

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Getty Villa reflecting pool seen from the side under grape vines

45. The Getty Villa
17985 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90272

Bring the family to The Getty Villa, and you may feel as if you’ve stepped back in time and onto another continent. As you wander, you’ll observe 7,000 years of ancient art — dating from the Stone Age to the fall of the Roman Empire. The Villa itself is designed as a recreation of an ancient Roman country house. The Getty Villa is closed Tuesdays. Admission is free, although an advance, timed-entry ticket is required and is available online. 

46. Walking Tour of Downtown Glendora
Glendora, CA

If your family is curious about different architectural styles, then you’ll enjoy going on this self-guided walking tour of Downtown Glendora. The sites featured on the tour have contributed to the history of the community of Glendora. Information and photos of each site are available online, and you can download a map for your convenience.

47. Point Vicente Interpretive Center
31501 Palos Verdes Dr. W., Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

The Point Vicente Interpretive Center is located adjacent to the Point Vicente Lighthouse. This pretty, popular spot features picnic areas, trails, and the Interpretive Center which features exhibits on the history of the Palos Verdes Peninsula as well as lots of information about the Pacific gray whale. In fact, this area offers a great spot to view migrating whales (from December through April). But year-round, this location provides families with incredible ocean views and beautiful sunsets. (Admission is free, though donations are greatly appreciated.)

48. Temescal Gateway Park
15601 Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades, CA 

Temescal Gateway Park is “one of the most popular parks in the Santa Monica Mountains.” Within its 141 acres you’ll find “oak and sycamore canyons, ridge top views, and access to miles of trails.” Families will also find picnic tables and large grassy areas here. 

49. Onsite Tours
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
4800 Oak Grove Dr., Pasadena, CA 91109

If your family is interested in outer space, then you must take advantage of the free onsite tours offered at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Family tours for 1-10 people are offered. The tour begins with a presentation that explains the activities at JPL as well as visits to the Space Flight Operations Facility and the Spacecraft Assembly Facility. Details and reservation information are available online. 

50. Marine Park aka Mother’s Beach
5839 Appian Way, Long Beach, CA 90803

Although it’s not a “real beach,” it’s still a spot many families enjoy in Long Beach. Marine Park features a playground area, picnic facilities, and volleyball courts. Its gentle waves and shallow swimming space have given this special place the name “Mother’s Beach.” 

51. Will Rogers State Historic Park
1501 Will Rogers Park Rd., Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

For those who don’t know, Will Rogers was a popular actor, and the highest-paid actor, in the 1930s. Over the years, he gained fame as a columnist, radio personality, and movie star. His Ranch is now known as the Will Rogers State Historic Park. At select days and times, public tours are offered of the Ranch House. Hikers can also choose from several different trails. All details can be found online. (Tours are free; there is a charge for parking.)

52. Ballona Discovery Park
13110 Bluff Creek Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90094

This two-acre park is a wonderful place to make lessons of science and environmentalism come to life. This “museum without walls” strives to teach visitors about the natural and cultural history of Ballona Wetlands. “From the always-buzzing native plant demonstration gardens, including pollinator and medicinal garden, to the serene walk along the riparian corridor where coots and other birds can be spotted hidden in the waters below, there is plenty to explore.” The Park is open every day from dawn to dusk. 

53. The Pacific Electric Inland Empire Trail
Spanning 5 Inland Empire Cities 

The Pacific Electric Trail is something special! It is a 21-mile long path connecting five Inland Empire cities — Rancho Cucamonga, Montclair, Upland, Fontana, and Rialto. Families can use the trail to walk, jog, bicycle, or ride a horse. The trail follows the route of the famous Pacific Electric Railway, the system that was most famous for their “Red Cars.”

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54. Redondo Beach Pier
100 Fisherman’s Wharf, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Families will find much to do at the Redondo Beach Pier. There are many shopping and dining options at the Pier, along with harbor cruises and seasonal special events. There are arcade games to play, fishing to be done, and new skills to learn (such as paddle boarding and kayaking).

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55. The Sports Park
13196 Bluff Creek Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90094

The name says it all. This seven-acre park includes a soccer field, baseball field, tennis courts, two basketball half-courts, and a children’s playground. The children’s playground is a Shane’s Inspiration Playground, meaning it’s an accessible and inclusive playground for all children to play together. 

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56. Deukmejian Wilderness Park
3429 Markridge Road, Glendale, CA 91214

Named after former California governor George Deukmejian, the Deukmejian Wilderness Park encompasses 700 acres. Families can enjoy hiking trails as well as mountain biking. Different trails are longer than others and some are geared more towards experienced hikers than others. Many offer the opportunity to view native plants and stunning views. Be sure to check out the historic Stone Barn Nature Center (originally Le Mesnager Barn). 

57. Home is Little Tokyo Mural
632 E. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 

Spend the day in Little Tokyo, and make sure to stop and admire Tony Osumi’s mural Home is Little Tokyo. It was painted in 2005 and measures 16 feet by 40 feet. The mural depicts Little Tokyo’s more than hundred-year history. “Along with welcoming visitors and beautifying the area, the mural captures and passes on Little Tokyo’s rich history.” 

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58. Heritage House
8193 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, CA 92504

A visit to Heritage House will give families a sense of what life was like more than a century ago. “…this 1891 Victorian showplace depicts life in turn-of-the century Riverside.” Heritage House has limited hours (closed Monday through Thursday) and closed in July and August. Reservations are required and may be made online. Admission is free, but a $5 donation is suggested. 

59. Fowler Museum at UCLA
308 Charles E. Young Dr. N., Los Angeles, CA 90024

The Fowler Museum at UCLA explores global arts and cultures with an emphasis on Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and the Indigenous Americas – past and present.” The Museum offers a variety of exhibitions, public programs, and family-friendly performances. The Museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

60. Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center (JMDC)
7621 Granite Hills Dr., Jurupa Valley, CA 92509

The Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center includes “9 acres of developed gardens with over 20 dinosaur sculptures, Turtle Pond, Tortoise Paddock, and picnic areas.” Inside at the Museum, you’ll find one of the largest collections of Chinese Dinosaur Eggs on public display in North America as well as other fossils, rocks, and more. Certain on-site activities do require a fee. The JMDC is open Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am to 3 pm. (There is a $10 parking fee; however, families receive an instant rebate of $10 with a $40 purchase in the nursery or gift shop.) 

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61. LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes
501 N. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes “honors the past, inspires the future, and recognizes the enduring cultural influence of Mexicans, Mexican Americans, and all Latinas/Latinos in Los Angeles through transformative exhibitions, programming and educational experiences.” A variety of special programs are offered year-round. LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes offers free admission and is open Wednesday through Sunday from 12 pm to 5 pm. 

62. Norton Air Force Base Museum
Northern Regional Event Center
1601 E. 3rd St., San Bernardino, CA 92408

The Norton Air Force Base is named after Captain Leland Norton, a World War II bomber pilot and San Bernardino native. The Base began as a Municipal Airport and served a number of functions from 1941 (the start of the United States entrance into World War II) until its closure in 1994. The Museum honors those who served and includes many artifacts and personal memorabilia. The Museum is open on Thursdays and Saturdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. A small gift shop is on site as well.

63. California Citrus State Historic Park
9400 Dufferin Ave., Riverside, CA 92504

A visit to the California Citrus State Historic Park will provide families with an understanding of the citrus industry and its influence on our state. Once you arrive at this open-air museum, you’ll find a replica of a roadside fruit-stand. The Park is a “living historical museum,” with citrus groves still producing oranges, grapefruit, and lemons. There’s also a Visitor’s Center (open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm) as well as plenty of picnic spots available too. Check the website for details. 

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64. Hopkins Wilderness Park
1102 Camino Real, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Hopkins Wilderness Park is an “urban wilderness campground and nature study area.” Within these 11-acres, you’ll find beautiful views among four ecological habitats (forests, streams, ponds, and meadows). As you and the kids explore, you’ll see a variety of trees and plants, as well as birds, lizards, turtles, and more. Families can also make a reservation to camp in this scenic park. No entrance fee for families wishing to visit (not camp) in the park.

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65. Pacific Railroad Society Museum
210 W. Bonita Ave., San Dimas, CA 91773

If your child is interested in trains, you’ll want to plan to visit the Pacific Railroad Society Museum. “From the old-fashioned waiting room to the genuine station agent’s office and signal equipment, there’s lots to see. Knowledgeable docents are on hand to explain the highlights and offer in-depth historical context.” The Museum is open to the public on the first and third Saturday of each month from 10 am to 3 pm. Families are encouraged to call first to confirm the Museum’s hours. 

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66. Point Fermin Lighthouse Historic Site and Museum
807 W. Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro, CA 90731

The Point Fermin Lighthouse was constructed in 1874 in the Victorian architectural style. Families are encouraged to visit the site to learn about the history of the Point Fermin Lighthouse, as well as the history of California. The Lighthouse is open Tuesday through Sunday from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, and while admission is free, donations are gratefully accepted. Guided tours are offered every hour at 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:00 pm. (Keep in mind, that children under 40 inches in height are not admitted into the tower). 

67. Whitney Canyon Park
20303 Newhall Ave., Santa Clarita, CA 91321

There are 442 acres to explore in Whitney Canyon Park. Mountain bikers, hikers, and equestrians are often found here taking advantage of the several trails here. Families will find a variety of vegetation here too as well as some pretty incredible views. 

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68. Los Angeles Fire Department Museum
1355 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028

The Hollywood location of the L.A. Fire Department Museum is housed in a completely restored facility known as Old Fire Station 27. Here you’ll find “three apparatus bays are filled with equipment, some dating back to the early 1900s and not to be found anywhere else.” Families will also view artifacts and a variety of equipment, some dating from the 1880s through the present day. The Museum is open on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and offers free admission. There is also a small gift shop on-site. 

69. 3rd Street Promenade
Downtown Santa Monica

“Downtown Santa Monica is equal parts shopping haven and street-performer stage.” This outdoor shopping area is a popular tourist destination. 3rd Street Promenade is made up of three, car-free blocks featuring a variety of shops and restaurants, as well as movie theaters, farmers markets, and street performers. There’s always something to see or do on the Promenade.

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70. Guided Walking Tours of Downtown San Dimas
121 N. San Dimas Ave., San Dimas, CA

Historic Downtown San Dimas is quite pedestrian-friendly. On the first Saturday of each month, families can participate in a free guided walking tour of Downtown San Dimas. San Dimas is described as a “small town, born in the exciting era of railroad expansion across the west to the Pacific.” Call 951-990-3395 to reserve your spot on the walking tour. 

71. Silver Lake Recreation Center
1850 W. Silver Lake Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90026

The Silver Lake Recreation Center is much more than a park and recreation center. In addition to a large variety of classes and activities, families will also find a children’s play area and lots of picnic areas. In addition, families can enjoy a stroll (or jog) around the Silver Lake Reservoir. 

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72. Deane Dana Friendship Natural Area
1805 W. 9th St., San Pedro, CA 90732

The 123 acres here provide families with incredible views of San Pedro, the Los Angeles/Long Beach harbor, and Catalina Island. There are hiking trails, a children’s play area, and a picnic area. “It is also home to the beautiful, captive-bred and federally endangered Palos Verdes Blue butterfly.” The 4,000-square-foot Nature Center includes a living history museum, exhibits, and more.

73. Angels Gate Hi-Railers Model Railroading Club
3601 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro, CA 

If you have a family member who loves trains, be sure to visit the Angels Gate Hi-Railers Model Railroading Club. You’ll see model trains “covering a range of eras from early steam to modern electric.” The club is open to visitors on Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm. Admission is free.

74. 1915 Cucamonga Service Station
9670 Foothill Blvd., Rancho Cucamonga, CA 

This is a great place to visit if your family likes cars! The 1915 Cucamonga Service Station was designated a historical site in 2009 and has been restored so that it looks much the same as it did back in 1915. The Service Station is “the last station reminiscent of the roadside architecture of the 1920’s, 30’s, and 40’s.” Inside you’ll find display cases full of memorabilia and lots of interesting facts about the area and famous Route 66, also known as “The Mother Road.” Families are invited to stop by Thursday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

75. Doheny Greystone Park
905 Loma Vista Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

A visit to Doheny Greystone Park is something special. The Mansion was originally completed in 1928. Marvel at the architecture, the koi pond, the fountains, and just the expansiveness of it all. Throughout the year a variety of special events are held here including musical and theatrical performances. Park grounds are usually open to the public daily, and there is no fee for parking or park admission. However, be sure to check before visiting; the park may be closed for filming, holidays, and/or special events. 

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76. Malibu Bluffs Open Space
24250 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265

There are 84-acres within Malibu Bluffs Open Space. Families will enjoy majestic ocean views, several trails, wildlife viewing, and spring wildflowers in bloom. In addition, Malibu Bluffs Open Space is adjacent to Malibu Bluffs Park which features baseball diamonds, a whale watching station, a children’s play structure, picnic tables, and restrooms.

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77. Eaton Canyon Natural Area and Nature Center
1750 N. Altadena Dr., Pasadena, CA 91107

At the base of the San Gabriel Mountains, you’ll find the Eaton Canyon Natural Area and Nature Center. Among its 190 acres, families will enjoy picnic areas, hiking trails, and wildflowers. The Nature Center also offers special displays, animal presentations, nature walks, and more. 

78. Valleyheart Greenway
(along the L.A. River)
Valleyheart Dr. and Radford Ave., Studio City, CA 91604

Charming” is the word that comes to mind when trying to describe the Valleyheart Greenway along the LA River. It was imagined by elementary school students and designed by artists which would explain the Snake Wall, Great Toad Gate, and the Butterfly Bench you’ll find here. Take a walk alongside the Los Angeles River and marvel at all you’ll see. 

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79. The Nethercutt Museum
15151 Bledsoe St., Sylmar, CA 91342

At The Nethercutt Museum, you’ll find more than 130 vintage, classic, and antique cars, with some dating back to the 1890s. Outside the Museum you’ll also find a 1937 Canadian Pacific Royal Hudson Locomotive and 1912 Pullman Private Car. The Nethercutt Museum offers self-guided tours Thursdays through Saturdays from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Admission is free. (Keep in mind that there is no restaurant or picnic area on site.)  

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80. Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants
10459 Tuxford St., Sun Valley, CA 91352

The Theodore Payne Foundation is located on 22 acres of canyon land and includes a “full-service native plant nursery, seed room, bookstore, art gallery, demonstration gardens, and hiking trails” which are all open to the public year-round. Special classes are offered for families, adults, and school groups. TPF is open Tuesday to Saturday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. (The site is closed occasionally for routine upkeep; be sure to check the website for the latest information regarding hours.)

81. Eagle Soar Playground and Splash Pad
Michael “Mike” Naggar Community Park
29119 Margarita Rd., Temecula, CA 92591

Take a drive down to Temecula. The Eagle Soar Playground and Splash Pad is “intended to provide a safe, integrative, and welcoming playground where children of all abilities can come and play together where they can feel a sense of belonging and acceptance.” Keep in mind that the playground and splash pad are sometimes closed — either for maintenance or special activities — so be sure to check the website before visiting. 

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82. Universal City Walk
100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608

Adjacent to Universal Studios, you’ll find Universal City Walk. There is no entrance fee to this outdoor promenade which features movie theaters, shopping, and dining. It’s a fun place to people-watch! 

83. Top of Topanga Overlook
3400 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 

Take a drive up to this special outlook and get ready for some incredible views. “The overlook provides visitors outstanding views of the Santa Monica Mountains, the Santa Susana Mountains, the San Gabriel Mountains, and the wide valley below.” You’ll also find restrooms, interpretive displays, and picnic areas at this 9-acre site.

84. Will Rogers Memorial Park
9650 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Originally called “Sunset Park,” Will Rogers Park opened over one hundred years ago in 1915. Across the street from the famous Beverly Hills Hotel, you’ll find a large fountain, complete with ducks and turtles. Stop and smell the roses and be sure to read the commemorative plaques. 

85. Metro Art Moves Tours
Union Station
800 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA

Union Station describes itself as the place “where Los Angeles begins.” It was built in 1939 and is considered to be the “last of the great train stations” as well as the “largest railroad passenger terminal in the Western United States.” Families are invited to participate in the free “Metro Art Moves” tours which “cover historic Union Station art, architecture and spaces not generally open to the public, including the historic Ticketing Hall.” Information is available online. And, if your kids are too young for a tour, Union Station is still an exciting place to go and people-watch!

86. Linden H. Chandler Preserve
Palos Verdes Dr. N. and Dapplegray Lane, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274

The Linden H. Chandler Preserve is a 28.5-acre property and a “critical part of the natural environment in Rolling Hills Estates.” Families will find native wildflowers and shrubs including the common fiddleneck, Western tansy mustard, and longleaf bush lupine) as well as small wildlife (native birds and insects). 

87. Woodley Park
6350 Woodley Ave., Van Nuys, CA 91436

Woodley Park is not your standard neighborhood park. Here, you’ll find common amenities such as barbecue pits, picnic tables, a children’s play area, and a baseball diamond. But that’s not all. You’ll also find an archery range and cricket field here as well. The large grassy areas make it an ideal spot for flying a kite!

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88. Self-Guided Walking Tour
Chinatown District

Your family can go on a self-guided walking tour of Chinatown. This route will “take you past temples with golden altars, bustling shops filled with Chinese herbs, goods, and lucky bamboo, and many Chinese eateries and business.” Don’t forget to take pictures by the famous East Gate entrance. Details are available online.  

89. Rose Haven Heritage Garden
30592 Jedediah Smith Rd., Temecula, CA 

Rose Haven Heritage Garden, begun in 1991, is home to about 2,000 roses: “hybrid teas, floribundas, climbers and mini-roses.” In addition, families will see many succulents and xeriscape plant sections. The Garden is the perfect place for a peaceful family outing, enjoying the sights and smells of the roses. The Garden is open daily from dawn to dusk. There is no admission fee though donations are gratefully accepted. 

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90. Italian American Museum of Los Angeles (IAMLA)
Historic Italian Hall
644 N. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

“Although Los Angeles is home to the nation’s fifth-largest Italian American population, the community’s history, which predates California’s statehood, was seldom explored until recently.” The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles (IAMLA) is a 5,000 square foot space with exhibitions which are arranged chronologically and thematically. The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 10 am to 3 pm. Admission is free, though donations are encouraged and appreciated.

91. Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Preserve
6100 Woodley Ave., Van Nuys, CA 91406

The Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Preserve is described as being a “haven of rest for wildlife and humans alike, a welcome oasis within an urban setting.” The 225-acre site serves as a “restored natural habitat for wildlife” as well as a “living laboratory for all to enjoy.” Bring the binoculars and get ready to bird watch. Take a walk on one of the trails and be on the lookout for egrets, geese, ducks, and more. Trail maps are available online. 

92. Red Rock Canyon Park
23601 W. Red Rock Road, Topanga, CA

At Red Rock Canyon Park, you may feel as if you’ve left the city far behind. You’ll find red and tan rocks as well as a variety of wildflowers, fossils, and caves as you hike and explore the rock formations that seem to change color before your eyes. The park has a small picnic area as well. (There is a fee for parking.)

93. Venice Oceanarium
Venice Beach Pier (at the end of Washington Blvd.)

The Venice Oceanarium describes itself as a “museum without walls.” Their programs “integrate art, literature, poetry, music and science to inspire kids (of all ages) to understand and appreciate the environment and become stewards of our precious oceans.” Visit them on Sundays, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at their weekly pop-up Marine Science exhibit. In addition, they host a yearly reading of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, where volunteers read on the beach, and the public is invited to stop and listen and enjoy for as long as they’d like. Details are available online. 

94. Clutter’s Park (aka Airplane Park)
Imperial Ave. and Sheldon St., El Segundo

If your children love watching airplanes, then this is the park for you. It’s not a large park, and not a traditional park in terms of playground equipment. But, it is an ideal spot to sit and watch the action at LAX. Pack a picnic or treat yourself to lunch from the nearby In-N-Out. 

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95. UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame
J. D. Morgan Center (east of Pauley Pavilion), Los Angeles, CA

A visit to the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame is truly inspirational. It is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and also the first Saturday of each month from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. UCLA Sports is highly regarded and a visit here allows families to feel as if they are a part of history. You can view photos, watch video highlights, and more. Check the website for parking information.

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96. Pío Pico State Historic Park
6003 Pioneer Blvd., Whittier, CA 90606

Step back into time with a visit to Pío Pico State Historic Park. “The five-acre park encompasses historic gardens and the beautiful restored adobe home of Pío Pico,” a noted figure in early-California’s history. Be sure to walk around the grounds and tour the fifteen room adobe. Guided tours are available by appointment only. Pack a picnic and enjoy lunch in this spot where history comes alive. Check the website for the most up-to-date information regarding hours. 

97. Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park
Ameal Moore Nature Center
400 Central Ave., Riverside, CA 92507

Within Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park, you’ll find the Ameal Moore Nature Center. The Nature Center is open Thursday through Sunday, from 9 am to 5 pm, and offers many fun, free, family-friendly activities include guided nature walks, hands-on learning opportunities, and more. At Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park, families are invited to “hike, bike, bird watch and simply engage in the wonders of Riverside’s wildlife. Along with the Federally-listed endangered species, the Stephen’s Kangaroo Rat, the park is also home to nearly one hundred other plant and animal species that have been classified as rare, sensitive, threatened, or endangered.”

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98. Grand Park
200 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Located in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, Grand Park’s 12-acres provides “Angelenos with year-round free public programming and green spaces to connect, create, and celebrate.” Special programs and events are held throughout the year. In addition, the Park is a great place for a family picnic. And, when the weather warms up, cool off at the popular Splash Pad!

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99. Parnell Park Storybook Zoo
15390 Lambert Road, Whittier, CA 90604

The Parnell Park Storybook Zoo is “a viewing zoo with a wide variety of animals and birds to view and enjoy.” Children will marvel at the miniature horses, alpacas, goats, reptiles, and more! Storybook Zoo is free and open six days a week from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm; closed on Thursdays.

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100. Statues Outside Arena
1111 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90015

Have you taken the time to walk around and explore the statues outside Arena? These statues commemorate great basketball legends including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jerry West, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, Elgin Baylor, and broadcaster Francis “Chick” Hearn. Take a walk around the arena, learn about these remarkable men, and don’t forget to take lots of pictures!

Visit a Free Museum in Los Angeles
Several locations throughout Los Angeles

Many museums offer free daily admission. The California Science Center, The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, the Hammer Museum, the California African American Museum, and the Fowler Museum at UCLA are just some of the museums offering free admission each day they are open. 

Additionally, some museums offer free admission on certain days.

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Wendy Kennar is a mother, writer, and former teacher who has lived her entire life in the same Los Angeles zip code. You can read more from Wendy at her website where she writes about books, boys, and bodies (living with an invisible disability).

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Rebecca Williams

Thursday 7th of September 2023

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