50 Free Things To Do in Beverly Hills
Beverly Hills is known the world over for unparalleled luxury, service and five-star accommodations, but there is truly something to love about the city for everyone and every interest! Enjoy our list of 50 free things to do in Beverly Hills.
Iconic Beverly Hills
1. Try to spot your favorite celebrities shopping and dining around the Golden Triangle - an area well known for star sightings! If you see paparazzi gathering with their cameras, more than likely a celebrity is nearby.
2. Capture a perfect souvenir by snapping a picture in front of the historic Beverly Hills Sign and Lily Pond, one of the most photographed spots in the city, in Beverly Gardens Park.
3. Window shop 'til you drop on Rodeo Drive! These three blocks of retail are on par with world-renowned shopping districts like Ginza in Tokyo, Bond Street in London, 5th Avenue in New York and Avenue Montaigne in Paris.
4. Spot your favorite designer, model or other fashion legend on Rodeo Drive's Walk of Style. Honorees, everyone from Gianni Versace and Giorgio Armani to Tom Ford and Salvatore Ferragamo, have plaques embedded in the sidewalk with their names, quotes and autographs.
5. Watch the Electric Fountain gurgle alive with a kaleidoscope of lights. The fountain has made appearances in the movie "Clueless" and the Go-Go's "Our Lips Are Sealed" music video. The fountain is located at the intersection of Wilshire and North Santa Monica Boulevards.
6. Admire the signature Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé, which is among the most expensive Rolls-Royces and is nearly always parked outside the House of Bijan on Rodeo Drive.
7. Get lost in the department stores along Wilshire Boulevard, such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. They are the epitome of luxury with exceptional customer service, offering designer brands, ready-to-wear fashions and accessories known all over the world.
8. Feel like a celebrity when you walk the red-carpet entrance at The Beverly Hills Hotel on Sunset Boulevard. Set on 12 lush acres of beautifully landscaped property, this Five-Star, Five Diamond hotel has been a celebrity hot spot since its opening in 1912.
9. Admire the silver torso sculpture in the Rodeo Drive median at Dayton Way. "Torso" by world-renowned artist Robert Graham is the symbol for the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style.
10. Head to the edge of town to view the iconic Beverly Hills city limits street signs. One is located on the northwest corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Doheny Drive.
11. Be wowed by shimmering light displays throughout the city during the holiday season. Two Rodeo Drive and Rodeo Drive are especially noteworthy, showering the street with holiday colors. Many of the city's hotels also decorate their lobbies with festive fashions.
12. Strike a pose with the family of statues outside the Fred Hayman commemorative building on North Canon Drive. The building, with eye-catching yellow and white striped awnings, is a recreation of Hayman's storefront of Giorgio Beverly Hills, the first luxury retailer on Rodeo Drive.
13. People watch! There truly is no place like Beverly Hills to do so.
14. Find a spot on any street in the Golden Triangle and see some of the world's finest gleaming motor cars parade by you, everything from Ferraris and Aston Martins to Bentleys and Lamborghinis.
15. Pick which public art sculpture in Beverly Gardens Park is your favorite, from a motif of the rabbit called The Drummer by world-renowned British sculptor Barry Flanagan to the stainless-steel Erratic that measures 15 feet long.
Noteworthy Art and Architecture
16. Don't miss a look at the City Hall's Spanish Renaissance style architecture built in 1932, including an 8-story tower with blue, green and gold tiled dome.
17. Head into Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel to admire the elegant lobby centered with fresh, fragrant flowers set beneath a shimmering crystalline chandelier, and get a peek inside this famous hotel where "Pretty Woman" was filmed.
18. Walk just north of Beverly Gardens Park into a quiet residential neighborhood and receive a surprise as you stumble upon a real-life Witch's House, a quintessential Hansel and Gretel house plucked straight out of a fairytale. This whimsical cottage was built on a film studio lot and relocated to its current location, where it is currently used as a private residence.
19. Take a seat inside the plush lobby of The Beverly Hills Hotel, a Five-Star property which is swathed in pink and surrounded by a forest of towering palms, and reflect on the surroundings of this storied hotel tinged with Hollywood glamour and whose clients have included legendary rock stars, celebrities and movie stars.
20. Drive into the tree-studded green hills to admire the unique architecture of Beverly Hills's famed mansions, such as the O'Neill House, whose facade was inspired by the surreal designs of famous architect Antoni Gaudi.
21. Pause on the 300 Block of Rodeo Drive to view the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed "Anderton Court," marked by the identifiable spiral ramp and triangular tower. This work of wonder, built in 1952, was the ground-breaking and famed architect's last building in the Los Angeles area.
22. Respectfully reflect on the events of September 11 at the 9/11 Memorial Garden. A structural beam recovered from Ground Zero is the centerpiece of this small garden.
23. Hotel hop! You don't have to be a guest to check out the impressive architecture and lobbies of Beverly Hills hotels, each with its own interior décor style from mid-century modern to Italian Renaissance. The city's hotels are some of the finest in the world, boasting one of the largest concentrations of Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond properties in the United States.
24. See the state-of-the-art Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts transforms a Beverly Hills city block into a vibrant cultural destination with two distinct, elegant buildings: the historic 1933 Italianate-style Beverly Hills Post Office and the new, contemporary 500-seat, state-of-the-art Goldsmith Theater. Together, these two structures embrace the city's history and future, creating a prominent cultural landmark.
Take in the Sunshine
25. Head up to Greystone Mansion & Gardens: The Doheny Estate, a Tudor Revival mansion set on a sprawling landscaped estate with distinctive English gardens, built by the Doheny family which is now a park open to the public. Can you find the koi and turtles on the grounds?
26. Print a Beverly Hills Walking Tour or pick one up at the Beverly Hills Visitor Center and then explore the city on foot! Beverly Hills is one of the best walking cities in Southern California, where you can people watch, dine and shop, all on foot.
27. Walk through the residential areas surrounding the Golden Triangle and see if you can identify the trees planted on each block. From Queen Palm to Pink Cedar to Southern Magnolia, each street has its own designated variety, helping create a lush, garden-like city.
28. Take in the sunshine and sounds of the courtyard's babbling fountain as you relax on the grass or at café tables in Beverly Cañon Gardens, filled with clean-cut bushes and flowers.
29. Jog on the pedestrian trail across 11 blocks of Beverly Gardens Park. Shaded by ample towering trees and carpeted by emerald green grass, the park also offers a great pathway for a leisurely stroll.
30. Take a break in the shade under one of Beverly Hills's many trees on public land. Beverly Hills is actually an Arbor Day-designated "Tree City USA" for its commitment to public greenery.
31. Smell the roses, literally, at the Rose Garden within Beverly Gardens Park.
32. Admire the towering palm trees, carefully manicured rose gardens and pond bobbing with fish at Beverly Hills's first municipal park, Will Rogers Memorial Park.
Dine Around Town
33. Make your way to the "Mecca for cheese aficionados." If you call yourself a cheese lover, then you cannot miss the sight and smell of The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills. The staff is delighted to share their extensive knowledge of cheese, as well as offer free samples.
34. See the world's first 24-hour Cupcake ATM at Sprinkles Cupcakes. It's worth every dollar to try Sprinkles' signature Red Velvet treats, handcrafted from the finest ingredients and baked fresh daily from a piping hot oven. Sprinkles gourmet cupcakes are a deliciously sophisticated update on an American classic.
35. Indulge your sweet tooth at Edelweiss Chocolates, one of the oldest confectionaries in United States that still process its chocolates by hand. Its clients have been among most recognized names in the world from presidents and princes to producers, entertainers and sports figures.
36. While taking a bite on food sourced from top-notch purveyors, savor one of the world's finest wine selections at Wally's Beverly Hills, winner of The Wine Spectator Grand Award.
37. Perk up with a visit to Alfred Coffee. This eclectic café serves breakfast treats like its Tater Tot-stuffed burrito and brews some of the best coffee in the city. Strike a picture-perfect pose in front of the café’s bright pink photo wall, adorned with colorful hearts on the north side of the building.
38. Check out the world-famous candy shop, K Chocolatier, by Diane Kron whose delights are known as the "Rolls Royce of Chocolates" on the Food Network. Some devoted fans have been everyone from Jacqueline Kennedy and Andy Warhol to Katherine Hepburn and Henry Ford.
39. Peruse the Beverly Hills Famers' Market every Sunday from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. A feast for the senses, the market features farm fresh produce, artisanal packaged foods and flowers alongside live music and activities for kids.
Live Like a Local
40. Live like a local by discovering the unique boutiques and bustling cafes along North and South Beverly Drive.
41. Named “one of the 300 unmissable events in the world” by Frommer’s Travel Guide that happens on Father’s Day each year, the Beverly Hills Tour d’Elegance is a star-studded parade of 50 of the world’s finest and most exotic automobiles travelling through the streets of Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive, ranging from Lamborghini and Bugatti to Ferrari and McLaren.
42. Get fit at Coldwater Canyon Park on its soft surface running track.
43. Visit the North Cañon Mural by artist Tomokazu Matsuyama at the intersection of North Cañon Drive and Wilshire Boulevard. Due to construction of Los Angeles' METRO Purple Line Extension underway through Beverly Hills, a sound wall has been erected and beautified with a painting, Thousand Regards / Shape of Color, commissioned by the City of Beverly Hills.
44. Explore the literary world at Beverly Hills Public Library. With 2-hour free parking adjacent to the library, you have the time to curl up and read a favorite book.
45. Located in the city’s Civic Center, the Beverly Hills Fire Department's main station offers tours Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. See the city’s fire engines up close and learn about the department’s most exciting calls. Reservations are not required.
46. Stop by Beverly Hills Community Dog Park to watch the posh pooches frolic in the fenced-in area. If you wish for your pup to partake, be sure to register in advance as it is exclusive to Beverly Hills hotel guests, residents and their guests and people who work in Beverly Hills.
47. Enjoy 2-hour free parking at one of the many City of Beverly Hills-operated lots on South Beverly Drive, Brighton Way, Rexford Drive and North Cañon Drive.
48. Discover the three Mr. Brainwash sculptures around the city, located in Beverly Cañon Gardens, on Rodeo Drive near Louis Vuitton and on South Santa Monica Boulevard at North Camden Drive.
49. Access free Wi-Fi at most of the local coffee shops and on the Beverly Hills Civic Center grounds.
50. Visit the Beverly Hills Visitor Center, the gateway to the city! A Visitor Center Concierge is pleased to help plan your time in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles, provide insider tips and help you shop for Beverly Hills-branded merchandise.
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Revised January 11, 2022