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Long Beach Freedom: What to do in Long Beach that is Free and Fun

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Free is good, right? Well, what is there to do in Long Beach that’s free? A lot of things! Here’s a short list to start, a sample of some of the fun and free things to do in Long Beach, year ’round. I’ll add to this list in future posts.

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PARKS

Recreation Park – 211 acres in the middle of east Long Beach, it has two golf courses (fee), the Billie Jean King Tennis Center and Blair Field, in addition to a lawn bowling green, a dog park, casting pond and playground. That little stage in the middle was home to many of my make-believe plays when I was a kid. Great picnic areas, too.

Hill Top Park in Signal Hill – incredible views from Orange County to the Santa Monica mountains, to downtown L.A. to the San Gabriel mountains. There are picnic areas and bathrooms and it’s great for walking and jogging, giving you a good workout with the steep incline.

Gum Grove Park – Los Cerritos Wetlands nature walk. See owls, herons, egrets, woodpeckers, coyotes, lizards, hawks, frogs, maybe even a gopher snake, and more.

Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden at Long Beach State – open Tuesday through Friday, 8a-3:30p and Sundays 12-4p. A peaceful 1.3 acre oasis with a large koi pond where you can purchase koi pellets to feed the fish; sand gardens and bridges.

CULTURE

Long Beach Museum of Art – It’s free on Fridays, usually $7 admission.

Rancho Los Alamitos Rancho and Gardens – open Wednesday through Sunday, from 1-5p. Guided tours are available every 30 minutes from the docents. The 7.5 acres are a microcosm of the regional story, granted in 1790 by the Spanish Crown, but also home to the original natives of the Los Angeles Basin and a sacred place.

Rancho Los Cerritos – open Wednesday through Sunday, from 1-5p. Built in 1844, it is an historic site with an adobe home, research library and historic gardens. The home is furnished to reflect the lifestyle of the occupants from 1860-1880.

HOLIDAYS

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I’d love to hear what your favorite FREE things are to do in Long Beach!

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