Free Things to Do in Long Beach

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Who says you need to spend big to experience the best of Southern California?


Hello, sunshine seekers! 🌴

It’s your favorite Cali native, back with some more travel magic. Growing up in the Golden State, I’ve developed an affinity for finding those hidden (and free!) gems in every nook and cranny. Today, we’re setting our sights on the vibrant city of Long Beach, where you can bask in the sun-soaked vibes without burning a hole in your pocket.

Let’s dive into some absolutely free things to do in Long Beach that’ll leave both your heart and wallet full:



1. Shoreline Pedestrian Bike Path

bike path on shoreline in long beach

🚴‍♂️ Stretching for over 4 miles, this coastal path offers panoramic ocean views. Grab your bike, rollerblades, or just your trusty walking shoes, and enjoy a scenic journey with the Pacific breeze on your face.

2. Stroll through the East Village Arts District 

🎨 Street art, murals, and the pulsating beat of creativity—it’s all here. Discover local artists’ works, admire the vibrant streetscape, and soak up Long Beach’s rich culture—all for free!


3. Yoga on Bluff Park

young black girl doing yoga pose on the grass

 🧘 Start your mornings with community yoga sessions overlooking the ocean. The best part? It’s donation-based. Find your zen amidst the sound of waves crashing and birds chirping.


4. Drum Circles at Alamitos Beach

drums on the beach

🥁 Join in the rhythm every weekend at Alamitos Beach. Locals and visitors alike gather around to create music, dance, and celebrate life. Bring a drum, a friend, or just yourself!

5. El Dorado Nature Center Trails 🍃 I mentioned it in our romantic guide, but it’s too good to pass up for this list! Traverse the picturesque trails, spot some local wildlife, and immerse yourself in nature’s serenity.


7. Long Beach’s Farmers Markets

farmers market in long beach, california

 🍅 Even if you don’t intend to buy, these markets offer a colorful and lively atmosphere. Enjoy live music, sample some fresh produce, and simply immerse yourself in local culture.


8. Signal Hill’s Hilltop Park

hilltop park long beach

⛰️ For a panoramic view of Long Beach and the LA skyline, head to this elevated park, especially during sunset. The canvas of colors in the sky and the shimmering city lights below is truly mesmerizing.

Long Beach, with its dynamic blend of urban and coastal vibes, has a lot to offer without demanding a dime. It’s all about the adventure, the discovery, and those small moments that create lifelong memories.

Till we meet again, adventurers! Keep chasing those free-spirited Cali vibes, and let me know about your Long Beach discoveries in the comments. 🌊🌺

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