Are you new to Los Angeles and wondering how to find things to do in LA? Sure, I know how hard it can be to move to a large metropolitan city like LA. It's overwhelming at first. The task of finding things to do in LA can be a difficult one. There is SO MUCH to do and see here! So, how does one sort through to find what is interesting and meaningful to them? Research, my friend!
The task of finding things to do in LA can be a difficult one. There is SO MUCH to do and see here! So, how does one sort through to find what is interesting and meaningful to them? Research, my friend!
One thing is certain, Los Angeles has it all: great food, architectural treasures, famous works of art, and cultural treasures. But, if you're like me, you can feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of things to do in Los Angeles.
So, how do you sort through your options to find something you are interested in doing? Luckily, there are some great resources out there to help you find things to do in LA that won't break the bank.
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My Los Angeles Story
When we first arrived in Los Angeles, I remember feeling hungry to know more about the city. So, I started searching for affordable things to do (as previously stated, I had NO job), especially cultural events and sights.
Using the Web, I found tons of information on things to do in LA. Slowly, I began to build an arsenal of go-to resources that suited our interests (cheap, fun, culturally-centered, historic, interesting).
Here are a few suggestions to get you started on your search for things to do in LA. Keep in mind, these suggestions are purely my own. I either subscribe to or follow the online media sources, and I own the print resources listed. If something isn't listed here, it just means I haven't gotten around to it yet.
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Below is a list of the local LA resources which offer email and social media updates on things to do in LA. This list is in no particular order nor is it comprehensive. Be warned, though: you will get A LOT of very helpful emails.
LA Times subscribers can receive a daily paper delivered straight to your door. Or they can get unlimited access to online articles full of things to do in LA.
LA Weekly publishes a weekly paper and has an extensive online catalog of things to do in LA. The comprehensive resource is the best way to stay up-to-date on a variety of cultural events, shows, exhibits, etc. Best of all, it's FREE!
LA Magazine publishes a beautiful magazine each and every month with culturally significant events, persons, and things to do in LA.
Secret Stairs by Charles Fleming offers readers a step-by-step guide for an active way to experience LA history. Although the guide isn't free, the walks sure are.
L.A. Bizarro by Anthony Lovett is a unique, fun-filled book that showcases the unusual side of LA.
An Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles by Robert Winter is a comprehensive resource sure to please any architecture-lover.
Sights and Attractions
Because there are too many to list here, I've dedicated a whole page on my blog to feature some of my best Los Angeles suggestions. In addition, I also suggest checking out WeLikeLA's Cool Stuff to Do in Los Angeles, a comprehensive A-Z list of things to do in LA. Print and refer to the list if all else fails.
Just remember, finding things to do in Los Angeles doesn't have to be hard. You, too, can be "in the know" by using these same resources. Be sure to stay tuned for future posts about my Los Angeles adventures.
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