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The 10 Best Places to Visit In California With The Kids For Free - Find Ways To Entertain That Don't Break Your Budget

By Edited Oct 2, 2016 0 0


If you've got kids, then knowing the 10 best places to visit in California with the kids for free is an easy and effective means of saving your budget while relieving the headache of having bored children. From metropolitan centers to getting in touch with nature, there is something here for everyone.

 

1. Point Dume Nature Preserve

Point Dume Nature Preserve - Panoramas to see in California for free

A drive along the Malibu shoreline takes you the the Point Dume Nature Preserve, which has 32 acres of wilderness on ocean front land to explore through several nature trails, including a trail down to a secluded beach.

 

2. Chinatown in Los Angeles

Chinatown in Los Angeles - Places to see in California for free

Just two blocks from the train station and encompassing 16 square blocks, Chinatown in Los Angeles is free to explore, enjoy, and window shop. Pack along sandwiches and enjoy the day or spend a few bucks to enjoy native cuisine, either way, you'll have fun all day with a visit here.

 

3. Getty Museum Center

Getty Museum Center - Destinations to see in California for free

With breathtaking gardens, beautiful architecture, scenery that includes a hillside view of Los Angeles, plus a monorail ride to the museum, a trip to the Getty Museum Center will keep everyone occupied all day and won't cost you a dime. You might also look at the art that's inside the museum too.

 

4. Old Town State Historic Park

Old Town State Historic Park - Landmarks to visit in California for free

How about visiting the birthplace of California for free? With historic buildings, Victorian homes, a haunted house, an other historical items to go explore, an afternoon in San Diego's old town is fun to explore no matter what age you are. Definitely one of the 10 best places to visit in California with the kids for free.

 

5. Mission San Luis Rey

Mission San Luis Rey - Sites to visit in California for free

Visiting the King of Missions is liking taking a trip back in time to 1811. Explore the church, the open air laundry, and the rest of the mission grounds for free. If you're willing to make a small investment, you can also explore the museum and the cemetery on the grounds as well.

 

6. Citrus State Historical Park

Citrus State Historical Park - Places to explore in California for free

If you like oranges, the ability to imagine California before it was overly settled, and rose gardens to explore, then a visit to the Citrus State Historical Park is in order for you. With 400 acres to explore and half of that being planted with orange trees, you can just let the kids out and have them run. That alone makes this one of the 10 best places to visit in California with the kids for free.

 

7. Fort MacArthur in Angels Gate Park

Fort MacArthur in Angels Gate Park - Destinations to explore in California for free

A visit to the Fort MacArthur museum is maybe a visit to the epitome of free places to explore. Overlooking a fully restored lighthouse, you can explore the fort that was responsible to defend the Port of Los Angeles in war time and even climb up on the concrete gun batteries that are still in place. A tour of the museum and the lighthouse help fill out your day.

 

8. Solvang Danish Village

Solvang Danish Village - Sites to explore in California for free

Exploring bakeries, restaurants, and shops makes this one of the 10 best places to visit in California with the kids for free. After all, who doesn't like to smell baked goods constantly wafting through the air?

 

9. Griffith Park Observatory

Griffith Park Observatory - Destinations to go in California for free

An iconic landmark, it is free to enter the observatory and explore, but to see the shows in the Planetarium there is a charge.

 

10. Nix Nature Center

Nix Nature Center - Panoramas to go in California for free

Hiking, exhibits, and a picnic lunch highlight the a trip to Laguna Canyon and the Nix Nature Center. Spend a day in the sunshine exploring and go visit the only natural lake in Orange County.

 

If you are on a budget, then knowing these 10 best places to visit in California with the kids for free will certainly help you save on money while still getting out and about spending time with your family. 

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