Price for 2 adults as of March 2015. Does not necessarily include parking. Click the text to see more information.
- California African American Museum [Free]
- Borrego Spring Sculptures and Hiking [Free]
- Tour of US Olympic Training Center [Free]
- Cerritos Library (giant aquarium and dinosaur skeleton) [Free]
- Malki Native American Museum [Free]
- Slab City Sculptures, particularly East Jesus [Free]
- Venice Canals [Free to walk, parking difficult]
- Drive down Route 66 and Visit Bottle Forest [Free]
- Balboa Park, San Diego [Free]
- Explore Solvang [free]
- Seeing Spots Farm, Solvang [free] [Currently closed but is trying to reopen]
- Cabazon Dinosaurs [Free outside, $17.90 adults, $12 military for museum inside dino]
- Manzanar Japanese Internment Museum [Free]
- Korean Bell of Friendship [Free]
- Every Year in March: The Festival of Whales, Dana Point [Free entrance, free parking for 4 hours if you go early]
- Getty Museum [Free, $15 parking]
- Roundhouse Aquarium [Free]
- California Science Center [Free for permanent exhibits, Space Shuttle Endeavor Exhibit $4, Endeavor + iMax $16.50 adults, $12 students]
- Old Town San Diego [Free]
- Griffith Observatory & Planetarium [Free for observatory, $14 adults, $10 students for Planetarium show]
Of course, this isn’t an exhaustive list. Stick around and in the future you’ll see more free things to do in Southern California.
What do you like to do when you don’t want to spend a ton of money?