If you are planning a language stay in the City of Angels, be prepared: Los Angeles is not just about Hollywood stars and skaters on Venice Beach. This huge city has so much to offer… even if you are on a budget! Below you can find 10 really cool things to do in LA for less than $20:
1. CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles
If you’re tired of the major brands and are looking for something a bit special, this free craft market is the place to go. You will find hundreds of craft artists, designers and artisanal food makers, often surrounded by live music and special events.
2. Special movie night
Watching a movie at the historic El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood is definitely an experience. This cinema offers the most advanced cinematic technology and its interior decoration is an accurate restoration of the original one. You can also indulge in a sundae at the Disney Soda Fountain before the show… Adult tickets are $16.
3. Afternoon in Castle Park
Castle Park is an amusement centre where you can spend a fun afternoon with your friends. Enjoy the batting cages (25 pitches for $3.75), the arcade games and three mini-golf courses ($6.50/18 holes)!
4. Moonlight Rollerway
Take out your roller skates and neon cloths and get ready to go back to the 80s in this old–school rink! Entry is only $9.00 and skate rental $5.50… don’t be shy, show off your skills!
5. Greystone Mansion and Gardens
Greystone Mansion, also known as the Doheny Mansion, is a Tudor Revival mansion located in Beverly Hills. Many movies have been shot here and in the beautiful English gardens, which are usually open to the public free of charge.
6. Bike ride down the LA River
Rent a bike at an affordable rate and explore the 7.4-mile stretch from Atwater up through the Glendale Narrows. The path along the Los Angeles River offers surprising amounts of greenery and wildlife!
7. The Queen Mary
This grand cruise ship was built in 1936 and hasn’t sailed since the 1960s. Today, the Queen Mary is a floating hotel and many other things: enjoy one of the guided tours of the ship or have a drink at the beautiful Art Deco bar!
8. Will Rodgers State Historic Park
The former home of American humorist Will Rodgers has been maintained as it was in the 1930s. Enjoy some good hikes on the 186-acre grounds and go up to the Inspiration Point for a breathtaking view! Polo matches are held on weekends (www.willrogerspolo.org), and you can also take horse-riding lessons.
9. Visit the Walt Disney Concert Hall
In pure Frank Gehry’s style, this stunning building is definitely worth a visit. The auditorium is usually off limits due to constant rehearsals, but you can still explore the spectacular interior public areas and the garden, for free.
10. Los Angeles Dodgers ball game
If you don’t have a baseball cap, you should get one! Go see the Los Angeles professional baseball team play and don’t forget to grab a dodger dog before you leave. Ticket prices start at $20.
Did we forget your favourite spot in Los Angeles? Please tell us in the comment section below!