Free Things to Do for Couples in Los Angeles - Free Date Night Ideas Free Things to Do for Couples in Los Angeles - Free Date Night Ideas

Free Things to Do for Couples in Los Angeles - Free Date Night Ideas

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Finding places to blow your paycheck is easy in Los Angeles. From date night to bars, it’s easy to drop hundreds in less than 24 hours. But knowing how to keep your cash and still enjoy yourself takes real skill. So, if you’re fresh out of ideas, we’ve got you covered. From hidden gardens to dance parties, check out the 35 free events we found happening in your town:


Free Things to Do for LA Couples

Experience Sunset Strip

This 1.5-mile strip on Sunset Boulevard is like no other. Snugly located between Doheny Drive and Crescent Heights, this iconic strip is not only the setting for rock and roll decadence but also now a place for the elite to play. Best of all, it’s free for you to admire in all of its glory.
Where: Runs between Crescent Heights and Doheny Drive.

Cruise Mulholland Drive

Hit the open road on one of the world’s most scenic drives. Mulholland Drive takes you through the Hollywood Hills and across the Santa Monica Mountains. Whether you long for a bit of solitude or want to go off the beaten path, this inland drive in LA has something for couples, young and old.
Where: From Interstate 405 to Cahuenga Drive

Travel Through Time

Since the 1920s, the Chinese Theatre has been one of the most popular attractions in Los Angeles. Here, you snap pictures of famous handprints and footprints of your favorite movie stars.
Where: 6925 Hollywood Blvd. |

Travel Through Time Since the 1920s - the Chinese Theatre


Window Shop on Rodeo

Deep in the heart of Beverly Hills lies LA's premier shopping mecca. Embrace the epicenter fashion and luxury lifestyle all within a three-block radius while shady palm trees look on.
Where: Beverly Hills

Head to Venice

The boardwalk in Venice is the perfect place to spend an afternoon. Whether you’re looking for an eclectic piece to add to your art collection or just want to hand out and catch some rays, you can’t go wrong here.
Where: 1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice |

Watch a Game Show

If you love watching people spin the big wheel on television, now is your chance to see it live and for free! Game shows like Wheel of Fortune offer free tickets, but you have to get them in advance. If you and your better half are feeling lucky, why not try out to be a contestant?
Where: Check out the details here:

Follow the Celebrity

It’s impossible to live in here and not witness a celebrity in action. If you’re up for an adventure, grab your sweetie and hightail it behind some of the most famous celebrities. Here's a link to some of the best places to catch them:

Plant a Tree

Spend the afternoon helping locals plant and care for trees in the city. Treepeople is a non-profit organization, which has been protecting the environment for more than 30 years.
Where: Citywide |

Plant a Tree


Explore the Fashion District

The Fashion District is grand. It's so grand that it occupies over 100 blocks, which are filled with locally owned businesses selling clothing, footwear and accessories for both you and bae. Open from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., it's the perfect place for an afternoon rendezvous. Fun fact: There are always free events going on inside where you can taste test or even try on some designer threads.
Where: Check out this map for specifics:

Explore the Fashion District LA


Walk in the Park

With five cultural expositions within one another, you can explore Exposition Park on a free walking tour. Open 24 hours a day, you can stroll through exquisite rose gardens day or night. Just watch out for the thorns!
Where: 700 Exposition Park Dr. |

exquisite rose gardens

Get Down and Boogie

Who says you need to pay a cover charge get to bust a move? Hollywood is full of dance spots where you can cut a rug, get jiggy or salsa until dawn for free. You just need to know where to look.
Check out this link for the details:

Go Stargazing at the Observatory

If astronomy makes your heart skip a beat, head over to the Griffin Observatory. Opened every day except Mondays, you can stargaze until 10:00 p.m. with your better half. You can watch live shows and also get a bird's-eye view of the Hollywood sign.
Where: 2800 E Observatory Rd |

Go Stargazing at the Griffith  Observatory


Admire Architecture

This one-of-a-kind building consists of a five-story atrium with wrought-iron grills, which includes a cage elevator where you can smooch on the ride up. Don’t be surprised if you have a feeling of Deja Vu since filmmakers make the most out of this spot.
Where: 304 S Broadway |

Appreciate a Mural

Founded in 1979, MOCA is the only museum in town whose collections focus solely on contemporary art. You can admire the work of contemporary artists like Roy Lichtenstein every Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m for free.
Where: 250 S. Grand Ave |

MOCA museum

Check out a Cathedral

Visit the Cathedral of Our Lady Angels where you can stroll around the grounds and admire the master craftsmanship of this regal place of worship.
Where: 555 W Temple St. |

Explore a Haunted Zoo

Thrillseekers will love exploring this haunted zoo in Griffin Park. Even though the zoo was abandoned years ago, the spooky cages still remain.
Where:4730 Crystal Springs Dr. |

Old LA Zoo in Griffith Park: An Abandoned Zoo


Explore Little Tokyo

Since the late 19thh century, Little Tokyo has stood the test of time in this unique space. With cultural landmarks beautiful botanical gardens, everything is within walking distance of one another.
Where: Downtown

Get to Know NoHo

How does one describe NoHo? Think of it as an urban cocktail of yuppies and bohemians with an edgy twist. In the heart of NoHo, you’ll find over 20 live theaters, art galleries and tons of shops for window shopping.
Where: Lankershim Blvd. |

Get to Know NoHo Art District

Visit Watts Tower

Designed by an Italian immigrant, the Watts Tower represents 33 years of dedication. In many ways, this magnificent piece of architecture shows what a little determination can do. Seventeen interconnected towers and mosaics come together to create one of what's now known as Nuestro Pueblo.
Where: 727 E 107th St, Los Angeles |

See San Pedro Walk

Discover San Pedro on foot! Located in one of the most historic areas of the city, San Pedro is an eclectic blend of old-world charm and cultural attractions.
Where: San Pedro |

Hike the Hollywood Sign

Strap on your sneakers and hit the open trail! Hiking to the Hollywood sign is a rite of passage. Everyone and anyone who lives or visits this beautiful city has done it. Pack a camera and capture stunning views of the city once you make it to the top! TRains are open from early morning until dusk.
Where: Mount Hollywood Trail |

Mount Hollywood Trail

Free Things to do with Your Girlfriend in LA

Hit the Farmer's Market

For the girlfriend who swears by the food pyramid, take her to the outdoor market where she can get her fill her basket with fruit and vegetables. From tasty food stalls to bountiful produce, you'll be glad you came.
Where: 6333 W 3rd St. |

Walk Hollywood's Walk of Fame

Over 2,600 terrazzos line the 15 blocks that make up this infamous sidewalk. Open 24 hours, you can step into the lifestyle of the rich and famous and walk along the street your favorite celebrities do.
Where: North Highland Ave and Hollywood Boulevard |

hollywood walk of fame


Visit the Korean Bell of Friendship

Forget about happy hour and head to the Korean Bell before it closes at 7:00 p.m. This enormous bronzed bell calls San Pedro its home, weighs 17 tons and is only struck five times a year.
Where: 3601 S Gaffey St, San Pedro, CA 90731 |

Tour the Venice Canals

Nestled between the Venice Boardwalk and Abbot Kinney, the Venice Canals offer you a different perspective of this infamous beachfront neighborhood. Stroll along the canal-lined blocks while admiring arched bridges, quaint beach homes and more than a few passing ducks along the route.
Where: Venice, CA |

View of the Venice Canals at night


Tour the Walt Disney Concert Hall

You can take a self-guided tour in Walt Disney's Music Hall and learn about the history behind this majestic place.
Where: 111 S Grand Ave |

Free Things to Do with Your Boyfriend in LA

Build a Beach Body

Summer is right around the corner, so it’s time to chisel your middle. Head back to Venice Beach where you lift, pull and push your way to a hot bod just in time for bathing suit season.
Where: Venice Beach

Venice's Muscle Beach


Be Self-Centered Together

Down dog your way into togetherness with free yoga. Ditch the designer duds and get your zen on at Runyon Canyon. This 160-acre park offers free yoga classes at dusk and dawn, has killer views of the city and you can even bring your dog.

Run with Rover

The City of Angels eats, breathes and lives fitness, so why not take rover out for a run? There are nine dog parks throughout the city where you can spend time with your bae and get fit with Fido.
Where: Citywide

Find a Fossil

If your boyfriend loves to dig in the dirt, take him to La Brea Tar Pit. Both of you can discover the Ice Ages in Hancock Park. Home to more than 100 tons of fossils, you can view over 200 species of birds, reptiles, fish and mammals on this exploration.
Where: 5801 Wilshire Blvd. |

Hit the Skate Park

Grab your helmet and learn how to skateboard together! With over 21 skate parks throughout the city, you can ride the wood or call out posers.
Where: Citywide |

Belvedere Skatepark


Learn to Swim

It's never too late to learn how to do the backstroke! Head over to the YMCA where you can your better half can take a free adult swimming class, day or night.
Where: Various YMCA locations |

Sail to Catalina Island

If it's your birthday, hop on the Catalina Express and sail the high seas gratis. Once there, spend the day or evening relaxing and watching the boats sail by.
Where: Boats depart from Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point. |

Visit a Stone Castle

You don't need to be royalty to visit a castle. Built in 1908, this majestic castle is the home base for the Academy of Magic Arts. Open from 5 p.m. until 2:00 a.m, you might even get invited to watch a private magic show.
Where: 7001 Franklin Ave. |

Magic Castle


See a Free Comedy Show

Bust a stitch at a free comedy show. Sans a cover charge, you can laugh until hurts with this schedule below.

Free Date Night Ideas in LA

Stroll on a Pier

Santa Monica Pier is a great place to watch the world go by. Sure, it might be kind of cheesy, but hey, a little never hurt anybody. The stroll is free but if you want to smooch on the Ferris wheel, you're going to have to pony up.
Where: 200 Santa Monica Pier |

See a Show

Sing along and dance like no one's watching together. Echo is home to some of the top free shows in the city, including techno, indie and dub. It can get pretty hot in there, so dress to impress.
Where: 1822 Sunset Blvd. |

Picnic by the Lake

Picture it: You and your main squeeze are sipping wine and nibbling on cheese by a beautiful blue lake? Sounds good, doesn't it? Best of all, it's free. Pack a picnic basket and head over to Echo Park where you can spend quality time together while watching the sunset.
Where: 751 Echo Park Ave. |

Picnic by Echo Park Lake


All Hands on Deck

Hop off on the 27th floor in City Hall and check out the breathtaking views the city. Open from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., it's the perfect reason to sneak out of work early.
Where: 200 N Spring St. |

Get Cooking

Learn the tricks of the trade as you watch the taping of Top Chef. If you're lucky, you may even learn how to flambe your way into your date's heart.

Have a Quickie

No, it's not that kind of quickie. Sephora offers mini makeover sessions for both men and women, so you can get your brows a did while your dame learns how to contour.
Where: Various locations |

Have a bonfire at Dockweiler

Grab some firewood and hightail it to the only place you can legally build a bonfire on the beach. If you are truly short of cash, park on the street and you won’t have to pay for parking.
Where: 12001 Vista Del Mar |

Have a bonfire at Dockweiler beach


Climb Some Steps

If you're up to it, head to Silver Lake and climb 133 steps, which were made famous by Laurel and Hardy. Just make you wear your trainers.
Where: Sunset Blvd And Parkman Ave.

Hang in a Japanese Garden

This hidden gem is the perfect spot for a midday date. Brown bag it and enjoy the ambiance. Open from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on weekdays and 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on the weekends.
Where: 244 South San Pedro St. |

James Irvine Japanese Garden


Play Trivia at a Dive Bar

Geek out and win some dough at a dive bar. Trivia night doesn't have to cost a cent. Who needs booze when you got to stay sharp? Check out this schedule to find local listings.
Where: Various locations |

Dating doesn't have to take you into the negative. With a little planning and intuitiveness, you can play the dating game and still be able to eat tomorrow!






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