101 Free Experiences in Southern California- How many things are there to do, see, hear, and experience around Southern California? The American Automobile Association (AAA) has compiled a list of 101 free opportunities to experience the cities, communities, and culture of the greater Los Angeles area and beyond.
Adamson House - Tour this classic Malibu home built in 1930 for Rhoda Rindge Adamson and her husband, Merritt Huntley Adamson. The house shares its location with one of the most beautiful beaches in Southern California.
Beverly Hills - The famous shopping and dining grounds of the stars. Make sure to take a trip down famous Rodeo Drive while you are there. Beverly Hills is 24 miles away from campus. Take Pacific Coast Highway south to the 10 East, to the 405 north and exit on Santa Monica Blvd., right on Santa Monica, left on North Beverly.
Calabasas Commons - A local outdoor shopping area with a movie theatre, Barnes and Noble Bookstore, and various stores and restaurants. The Calabasas Commons are 15 miles away from campus. Take Malibu Canyon to the 101 south, exit Parkway Calabasas to the left, The Commons will be on the right side.
Catalina Island - On a clear day the island is visible from Pepperdine. Activities on the island include water sports, island tours, and various seaside shops. The Catalina Express boat leaves daily from San Pedro, Long Beach, and Dana Point ports.
California State Parks - There are over 270 state parks and beaches in California.
Center for the Arts at Pepperdine University - Is host to internationally acclaimed performers as well as Pepperdine student productions.
City Walk - A boardwalk of restaurants, unique stores, clubs, and theatres located next door to Universal Studios. City Walk is 35 miles from campus in Universal City. Take Malibu Canyon to the 101 south and exit Lankershim Blvd/ Universal City.
Disneyland - Disneyland is 54 miles away in Anaheim. The theme park is also adjacent to Disneyland's California Adventure park.
Dodger Stadium - Take Malibu Canyon to the 101 south, exit Alvarado, go north, then turn right on Sunset. Go approximately one mile and turn left on Elysian Park Ave.
J. Paul Getty Museum - With incredible views of Los Angeles, all the way to the ocean. The Getty Center is centrally located in Los Angeles near the San Diego Freeway (Interstate 405) and the Santa Monica Freeway (Interstate 10). Take the Getty Center Dr., exit from the 405 and follow the signs.
The Getty Villa Malibu - The Getty Villa is an educational center and museum dedicated to the study of the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria. Located on Pacific Coast Highway in Pacific Palisades (just south of Pepperdine), the Getty Villa is the place to see Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities arranged by themes including Gods and Goddesses, Dionysos and the Theater, and Stories of the Trojan War.
Griffith Park Observatory -Griffith Observatory is an icon of Los Angeles, a national leader in public astronomy, a beloved civic gathering place, and one of southern California's most popular attractions. The Observatory is located on the southern slope of Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park, just above the Los Feliz neighborhood. It is 1,134 feet above sea level and is visible from many parts of the Los Angeles basin.
The Grove LA - The Grove Los Angeles is a shopping and entertainment complex built adjacent to the historic Farmers Market. It centers on a landscaped park and a dancing fountain. It's become a popular spot for shopping and dining, and its lively crowds and street grid layout making it feel like an old-fashioned downtown.
Hollywood - "As LA's hottest new destination, Hollywood & Highland gives a physical presence to the glamour and excitement for which Hollywood has always been known - and what visitors worldwide look for when they visit this entertainment capital. It's the definitive place where movie and television production, high fashion, and fine dining come together." Take the 101 south, and exit on Highland Ave/Hollywood Bowl; merge onto Cahuenga Blvd. Cahuenga becomes N. Highland Ave. Stay on Highland until Hollywood Blvd.
The HOLLYWOOD Sign - Visit the famous HOLLYWOOD sign and find out where to capture the best photos.
Japanese American National Museum - The mission of the Japanese American National Museum is to promote understanding and appreciation of America's ethnic and cultural diversity by sharing the Japanese American experience.
La Brea Tar Pits - The world famous repository of Ice Age fossils in the heart of the Los Angeles 'Miracle Mile' district. The La Brea Tar Pits and Page Museum are located at Wilshire Blvd. and Curson Ave.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) - The main buildings at LACMA (also known as LACMA East) are located in the Miracle Mile area between Fairfax Avenue and La Brea Ave., on Wilshire Blvd., just east of Ogden Dr.
Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs - Detailed information on cultural festivals and events in the Los Angeles area.
Los Angeles Zoo - The Los Angeles Zoo is located in Griffith Park, at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways.
Magic Mountain - A popular theme and adventure park associated with Six Flags. Magic Mountain is 48 miles away from campus in Valencia. Take Malibu Canyon to the 101 south, to the 405 north and exit on Magic Mountain Parkway.
Malibu Film Festival
Malibu Lagoon/Surfrider Beach - 23200 Pacific Coast Highway.
Malibu Theatres - A small movie theatre with student rates. Take Pacific Coast Highway south to Cross Creek Rd. and it will be on your right.
Mann's Chinese Theatre - "Grauman's Chinese Theatre is the most famous theatre in the world. Since its gala opening in May 1927, millions of movie patrons and visitors to Hollywood have been drawn to the theatre. Filled with exotic art from China, the theatre's jade-green bronze roof rises 90 feet into the air. Spectacularly lit at night, the Chinese is a true Hollywood landmark."
Museum of Contemporary Art - Take the 101 south, exit Temple St. and turn left, right on Grand Ave., left on 1st St., right on Olive St. and enter California Plaza parking garage on the right.
Museum of Tolerance - "The Museum of Tolerance is a high tech, hands-on experiential museum that focuses on two central themes through unique interactive exhibits: the dynamics of racism and prejudice in America and the history of the Holocaust - the ultimate example of man's inhumanity to man." Take Pacific Coast Highway north, Santa Monica Freeway (10) east - exit at Overland/National. Turn right and right (north) again on Overland Ave. and continue towards Pico Blvd. Turn right (east) on Pico Blvd.
The Music Center, Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County - Centrally located in downtown Los Angeles along Grand Ave., the Music Center is home to four internationally acclaimed Resident Companies: Los Angeles Philharmonic, Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles Opera, and Los Angeles Master Chorale and is comprised of four venues: Walt Disney Concert Hall, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Ahmanson Theatre and Mark Taper Forum, as well as outdoor theaters, plazas and gardens.
Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area - Headquarters: 401 W. Hillcrest Dr., Thousand Oaks.
Santa Monica Museum of Art - 2525 Michigan Ave., Bldg. G-1, Santa Monica.
Santa Monica Pier
Third Street Promenade - An outdoor walkway of shops, restaurants, cart vendors, and street entertainers. Third Street is 14 miles away from campus in Santa Monica. Take Pacific Coast Highway south to the California Incline, turn right on Ocean, and turn left on Santa Monica Blvd.
Topanga AMC 16 Movie Theatres - Located on Topanga Blvd. Has student discounts on tickets.
Topanga State Park - Entrada Rd./Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Universal Studios - A theme and adventure park within the heart of the movie studios. Universal Studios is 35 miles away in Universal City. Take Malibu Canyon to the 101 south and exit Lankershim Blvd/ Universal City.
Venice Boardwalk - Venice, California, is a desired destination for travelers the world around. It is unlike any place on Earth. Well known for its artists, street performers, and funky atmosphere. It is a virtual carnival running year round with free admission.
Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art - located on the Malibu Campus of Pepperdine University.
Westwood Village - "This intimate, inviting, hospitable and sophisticated community on the Westside of Los Angeles' sprawling metropolis is the very definition of an urban village. With nearly 250 choices in shopping, world-class dining, and top-notch movies and entertainment, the Village is a favorite destination for work or play, and offers one of the few pedestrian-friendly environments in the city." Take the 101 south to the 405 south, then take the Wilshire exit and go east. Then turn left on Gayley Ave., Westwood Blvd., or Glendon Ave.