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The beaches of LA County are some of the most beautiful in the country. From the bustling Venice Beach area to the beautiful Long Beach area, you’ll find charming communities and long, white stretches of sand. And while beach vacations can be expensive ventures, you’ll also find plenty of free activities. These LA County adventures won’t cost you a thing.

Climb the Santa Monica Stairs


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Looking for a great workout? The Santa Monica Stairs are a pair of outdoor staircases near Pacific Palisades that descend into the Santa Monica Canyon. It’s a challenging hike, but think of all the seaside treats you’ll be able to indulge in guilt-free afterward.

Catch a Free Comedy Show in Santa Monica

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Who doesn’t love to laugh? M.i.’s Westside Comedy Theater offers free improv shows called The Grind on Mondays and Thursdays. It’s one of the best free comedy shows in Los Angeles.

Take a Stroll on the Venice Canals

The Venice Canal Historic District is a beautiful place to go for a walk. These iconic waterways were modeled after the Italian canals.

Go Whale Watching at the Point Vicente Interpretive Center

Located adjacent to the Point Vicente Lighthouse in Rancho Palos Verdes, this is one of the best whale watching spots in the entire city. And even if you don’t see any whales, the views of the surrounding cliffs and coves will be worth the trip.

Enjoy Shakespeare by the Sea

If you’re traveling to the California coast in the summertime and you love Shakespeare, you’re in luck. Shakespeare by the Sea’s 2017 performance schedule includes performances at Hermosa Beach, Seal Beach and Long Beach, among others. Check out for more details.

See Moonlight Movies on the Beach

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From June through August, you can catch free movies at Granada Beach thanks to the Moonlight Movies on the Beach series. Past films have includes classics like The Sandlot and Jaws.

Visit the Earl Burns Japanese Garden, Long Beach

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Located on the campus of Cal State Long Beach, this 1.3 acre Japanese Garden  offers a restful respite in beautifully maintained environment. Admission is free, though you may have to pay to park on campus.

Check Out the Manhattan Beach Botanical Garden

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Open daily from dawn to dusk, the Manhattan Beach Botanical Garden is a beautiful free attraction you’ll find at 1234 N. Peck Avenue. You’ll find a small amphitheater, a trickling waterfall and plenty of wildflower beds here.