Yes, Beverly Hills is home to high-end boutiques and multi-million dollar real estate, but that doesn’t mean everything comes with a high price tag. In fact, Beverly Hills offers some great things to do that are free.
Luxe Hotel Rodeo Drive, the only hotel on Beverly Hills’ most famous shopping street and just 10 miles from LAX, shares its list of top 10 free things to do in and near beverly hills. Add a stay at the hotel, with special rates starting at $199 per night, and explore Beverly Hills without breaking the bank.
Beverly Hills is less than six square miles. It is a “walking” city within greater Los Angeles. It offers a vast collection of public art, extraordinary architecture, beautiful parks and gardens, and many community events. Whether it’s a self-guided tour along Rodeo Drive, a museum visit, or a movie screening, Beverly Hills can be explored for pennies.
1. Check out a screening at the Paley Center for Media (formerly the Museum of Television & Radio) or peruse the library of more than 140,000 radio and television programs. This cultural institution is dedicated to the discussion of the cultural, creative and social significance of television, radio and emerging platforms.
2. Wander the Beverly Hills Farmers’ Market, a weekly certified market which hosts more than 60 farmers and vendors who provide the finest California-grown, fresh and seasonal fruits and vegetables, juices, breads, specialty items and much more, in a festive outdoor setting. Sundays from 9am to 1pm.
3. Take a self-guided walking tour of the various public art sculptures and spectacular art galleries around town. Maps are available from www.beverlyhills.org.
4. The Getty Center - The stunning Richard Meier-designed facility presents the Getty's collection of Western art from the Middle Ages to the present, against a backdrop of dramatic architecture, tranquil gardens, and breathtaking views and coastline. The Center also offers many free family events and programs.
5. Greystone Mansion and Park - Originally the largest family estate in Beverly Hills, the grounds once covered 425 acres with a lake, brook and cascading waterfall. Today, it is a filming location backdrop for numerous films such as Spiderman, Airforce One and Indecent Proposal.
6. The Cactus Garden - One of the world's largest collections of cacti filling an entire city block.
7. Franklin Canyon - An outdoor gem administered by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy that’s directly adjacent to Beverly Hills offers four short hiking trails and outdoor education programs.
8. Museum Row – Clustered on a three-block stretch of Wilshire Boulevard are museums offering different kinds of collections. The California Craft & Folk Art Museum, George C. Page Museum/La Brea Tar Pits and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, all offer free admissions on select days.
9. Santa Monica Pier - Visit the famous pier with its iconic Ferris Wheel and illustrious local fisherman. Walk along the boardwalk at the beach and check out the beach bum surfers, daredevil rollerbladers, lively street performers and some of the best sunsets along the California coast.
10. Hollywood Walk of Fame - Stroll the iconic walk with its more than 2,000 stars or plan a visit during an induction ceremony which is open to the public. Go to: www.hollywoodchamber.net for ceremony schedules.