Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Free Things To Do Labor Day 2012

With so many people on a tight budget this days this list of free things to do on Labor Day weekend is sure to come in handy. Amusement park admission can cost several hundred dollars for a family of four making a trip to your local theme unaffordable. Listed below are free and low coast alternatives to expensive amusement parks that in some cases are even more fun to visit. Labor Day weekend is the unofficial end of summer don't spend it sitting at home get out and enjoy these free things to do on Labor Day.

 J. Paul Getty Museum is probably one of the best free attractions in Los Angeles. The Getty is a place where the whole family can find something to enjoy, the Getty Center is the perfect spot. Located in Brentwood California, the museum features a collection of European paintings, drawings and sculptures. Free admission, parking fee.

 Griffith Park Observatory is another great free place to go in Los Angeles. The observatory has been a major Los Angeles landmark since it was built in 1935. Admission to Griffith Observatory is absolutely free making a trip to the observatory an affordable fun day trip. Free parking and free admission.

Paramount Ranch
is located in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. The park consists of about 2700 acres of oak and sycamore woodlands. Paramount movie studios purchased the land in the 1920s to use as a movie ranch. Most movies made at the ranch were westerns although there was a huge replica of San Francisco and even a european village at one time. Free parking and free admission.

 Santa Monica Pier Generations of families have visited the Santa Monica Pier and it is ingrained in California culture. Expect to see kids running, someone playing a guitar for change, artists hawking creations, and couples holding hands. At night the pier is a popular romantic spot, and the lights as views set the tone for summer romance. Free admission, parking fee.

 Seaport Village San Diego Located along a prime stretch of waterfront that spreads out across 14 acres, connecting both sides of the San Diego Harbor is Seaport Village, a unique San Diego shopping, dinning and recreation experience. Free admission, parking fee.

 Cabrillo National Monument San Diego If you or someone you are traveling with is an architecture buff, then you will be captivated with a visit to Point Loma Lighthouse. However, once you arrive, you will soon discover that Cabrillo National Monument is so much more than a lighthouse. Free admission, parking fee.

Balboa Park San Diego
has 15 museums that are housed in many of the park’s ornate 20th Century structures that were built for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition and the 1935 California Pacific International Exposition, The park has become a cultural centerpiece for the city of San Diego, and is a combination of historic architecture, lush landscaping, gardens, trails, and a couple of theaters offering live performances. Free parking and free admission.

Irvine Regional Park is a favorite destination for families from all over Southern California. Picnic areas are located throughout the 477 acre park with parking and restroom facilities steps away. A paved trail meanders through the central park providing easy access to playgrounds, softball fields, horse shoe pits, volleyball courts and two lakes. Admission five dollars per car.

Hiking & Biking is a great way to see the sights and for the most part is free. Bring along some water, sunscreen and a sense of adventure and your good to go.