What’s Free in Long Beach?
Nothing better than free. When you’re looking for something fun to do, it seems that everything these days has a price tag and some quite high. It costs almost $100 to step foot in Disneyland and that does not include parking or food. Even a night at the movies can add up quickly. Yet Long Beach has many hidden treasures to explore, and the best part is many of them are free.
Explore Top 17 Free Activities in Long Beach
- Ride your bike along the beautiful Pacific Ocean. There are more than four miles of bike path from Claremont Ave to Shoreline Village.
- Visit your local library and enjoy turning the pages of an actual book. Many of the libraries have free book clubs, story time, and special events.
- Walk the bluffs and breathe in the fresh ocean air. The sidewalks are new!
- Free yoga class on the bluff on Ocean Blvd. every day at 11am and Monday – Friday at 6pm.
- Window shop all over the city: 2nd Street in Belmont Shore,;4th Street “Retro Row;” Long Beach Blvd. and Atlantic Blvd in Bixby Knolls; East Village Arts District; Shore Line Village; Pine Ave; Long Beach Town Center;The Market Place on PCH; Marina Pacifica Mall,; Los Altos Market Center; and the Pike at Rainbow Harbor to name a few.
- Visit California State University at Long Beach. There are always activities on campus including athletic events, free music, lectures, and even a poet’s lounge. There is also the University Art Museum that always has changing exhibits.
- Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden is also located on the Long Beach State campus. It is 1.3 acres of beautifully manicured gardens with bridges, Zen gardens, and a koi fish pond.
- Aquarium of the Pacific – Free Friday nights from September to December at The Shark Lagoon. Get up close to the ocean’s ultimate predators, and even touch a bamboo shark. Be sure to call for a complete schedule of free Fridays. Also, Sunday October 18th is Teacher Family Day. Teachers and (1) guest receive free admission from 9am to noon. Valid teacher I.D. required.
- Long Beach Museum of Art has free admission every Friday. Current exhibit is Vitality and Verve – transforming urban landscape.
- El Dorado Nature Center is always free, and has 105 acres to explore. It provides a sanctuary for animals and plant life. There are two miles of dirt trails and ¼ mile of paved trail that wind around two lakes, a stream, and forested areas. There is also a visitor’s center with displays, books, and gifts.
- Rancho Los Cerritos has free self-guided tours of the Monterey style ranch house, and learn the ways of life during the 1800’s.
- Museum of Latin American Art is the only museum in the United States dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American Art. Admission is free all day every Sunday and the fourth Friday of every month from 5 pm to 9 pm.
- Rancho Los Alamitos was once the sacred Tongva Village of Povuu’ngna, the traditional birthplace of the native people of Los Angeles Basin. They have free self and guided tours of the ranch house, gardens, and barn areas.
- Art Walk is a free event the 2nd Saturday of every month. You can enjoy live music, street performances, and art in the East Village Art District.
- Naples Walking Tours take place Monday- Saturday at an agreed time. Walk through the neighborhood of Naples and see the beautiful homes, boats, and gardens. During the holiday season see the beautifully lit homes, listen to carolers sing, and sip hot chocolate on the sidewalks. The walking tours start (40) minutes before sunset.
- Long Beach Heritage offers free walking tours of the historic downtown the 3rd Saturday of every month.
- Free Roller Skating Lessons on Saturdays at Moxie Roller Skate Shop located on 4th Street in the heart of “Retro Row.”
Next time someone says to you, “What should we do today, and by the way money is tight?” You can suggest one of the many free activities available in Long Beach.