Free Things to do Outdoors in Long Beach

Free Things to do in Long Beach

From movies in the park to an amazing selection of outdoor festivals, there are so many fun things to do this summer in Long Beach! What’s the best part? Most of them are totally free. Unlike last year, things are beginning to open back up again! Here are our picks for the top free activities in Long Beach.

Head to the Beach

When in doubt, spend a day in the sand! Depending on your mood, there’s plenty of beach variety here in Long Beach. If you’re not a fan of waves, Mother’s Beach or Bayshore Beach on Alamitos Bay may be the best option for you – both are popular spots for families to hang out and play beach sports. Check out Rosie’s Dog Beach if you’re bringing your furry friend along.

Movies in the Park

Watch movies under the stars for the ultimate family fun time! Long Beach Parks, Recreation, and Marine has launched Movies in the Park again. From June 23rd to August 27th, family-friendly movies will be premiered on inflatable screens at parks throughout Long Beach. Bring your own blankets, lawn chairs, and your favorite snacks.


The actual shopping costs money, but window shopping is always free! Here in Long Beach, we have plenty of great shops for all your needs.

  • Head down to Retro Row if you’re looking for some vintage finds.
  • Or, if you’re looking for brand-name clothes, you can’t miss 2nd & PCH.
  • If you’re looking for a good deal, then The Pike Outlets will be your best bet.
  • If you want to go shopping right along the water, why not go to Shoreline Village? You can find all sorts of tchotchkes and Long Beach-themed items there.


  • Ride your bike along the beautiful Pacific Ocean. There are more than four miles of bike path from Claremont Ave to Shoreline Village.
  • Walk the bluffs and breathe in the fresh ocean air.
  • Attend a free yoga class on the bluff on Ocean Boulevard. Classes are every day at 11 am.

Other Free Things to Do

  • Visit your local library and enjoy turning the pages of an actual book. Additionally, many of the libraries have free book clubs, storytime, and special events.
  • 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 rotating exhibits.
  • El Dorado Nature Center is always free and has 105 acres to explore. It provides a sanctuary for wildlife. Furthermore, if you’re looking for some exercise, there are two miles of dirt trails and a quarter-mile paved trail. They 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 the option to reserve a free tour of the Monterey-style ranch house. On the tour, you can learn about the ways of life during the 1800s.
  • The Museum of Latin American Art is the only museum in the United States dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American Art. You can book a free, virtual tour HERE.
  • Rancho Los Alamitos was once the sacred Tongva Village of Povuu’ngna. It was the traditional birthplace of the native people of the Los Angeles Basin. They have free self and guided tours of the ranch house, gardens, and barn areas.

Free Events and Beyond

While these are just some of the free events in Long Beach right now, it’s possible more will pop up as COVID regulations continue to become less strict. Below are some more great resources for updates on Long Beach events.

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