Big City Living: Fun Things to do In L.A. on a Budget

Jenn Quaglio, Editor-In-Chief of lifestyle blog, was kind enough to guest post for FemmeGuru this week. Keep on reading for her budget friendly tips to living a big city life.

Whether you live in New York or California, finding fun AND cheap things to do during your free time can actually be stressful. Having lived in New York most of my life, apart from my California days when I lived in San Diego and Encino, I realized it’s actually easier to find things to do in California than it is to in New York. Why? Because of the weather.

New York has never been known for its perfect weather and honestly we never will be. When the cold months hit most New Yorkers wast to hibernate, leaving us with few options in the cold and frigid months besides movies, restaurants, and bars. However, that’s a different story for Californians.

Below is a list of Los Angeles excursions you should try this month. And did I mention they’re super cheap too?

The Stars Are the Limit at Griffith Observatory

The exhibitions are free and the views are amazing, so I hear. Also, if you’re a fan of the movie La La Land (I mean, who isn’t these days?) the film shot a scene at this observatory, now making it a Hollywood attraction. You’ll fall in love with this place just like Sebastian and Mia.

Checkout the Grove

Want to go shopping? Checkout The Grove and take a ride on The Grove Trolley, a free trolley that rides down First Street between The Farmers Market and The Grove. Spend the day enjoying the lavish shops, grab some dinner, and checkout a movie while you’re at it.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County 

This museum has 35 million specimens, spanning over 4 billion years of history and even has a huge dinosaur hall. New Yorkers have a similar museum, The Museum of Natural History, as we call it here, but either way it’s great to explore history and learn about the rich culture of your city.

Downtown L.A. Art Walk

It happens the second Thursday of each month. Art lovers can grab a coffee and stroll through the neighborhood’s galleries while enjoying activities along Spring and Main Streets during the town’s free and self-guided public art event.

Walk the Boardwalk at Venice Beach

If I’m being honest, and I always am, California has some of the best beaches in the world, and honestly my favorite in the country. So if you’re in the mood for something absolutely free and cool to do, take a walk down Venice Beach’s Ocean Front Walk.

Whether you love people watching (who doesn’t?) or just want to enjoy a day in the sunshine, the east side of the boardwalk has souvenirs shops and restaurants while the west side is lined with street performers of all varieties. Get your cards read and see what the stars have in store for you, checkout the awesomely skilled jugglers as they perform on the boardwalk, or watch the happy people as they bike and skate by.

Take a Ride Down Mulholland Drive

Rich in history, and lined with beautiful sights, Mulholland Drive is known for its scenic views and its serene Hollywood glam.

And, if you’re feeling adventurous or don’t mind a road trip, I recommend you to take a ride down to my hometown of San Diego and visit Balboa Park, Hotel Coronado (perfect for a day trip), and the small but gorgeous town of La Jolla. You can even pack a lunch to save money! Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.


Guest Post by Jenn Quaglio

Editor-In-Chief of

More About Jenn and Urban Popp: 

Jenn Quaglio is an actress, writer, and blogger living in New York. She runs Urban Popp, a New York lifestyle blog. She’s a fashion junkie and obsessed with new trends in clothing, makeup, and accessories. When she’s not auditioning or blogging, you can find her working on her first YA novel, Crescent Falls, or taking on new DIY projects. 

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