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Free Things To Do In DTLA

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Scouring the internet for pet friendly apartments in Los Angeles might be one thing you can do if you have a few hours to kill, but why waste all that time? If you’re a resident at forward-thinking complexes like Eighth & Grand, you already know you can have your four-legged friend with you, so you can use that free time to do something more...exciting.

In downtown Los Angeles, there’s plenty of fun to get into, even if you’ve only got a few hours on the clock and have to make your jaunt into the outside world limited. No matter what your interests are or where you think you might want to head around town, there’s a plethora of activities that await. Read on, as we explore some of these fine (and free) options.

Check Out Grand Central Market

Maybe the refrigerator and pantry at your place are looking a little barren? If so (and even if not), you can head down to Grand Central Market and procure some fresh goods. There’s no fee for admission here, and the only thing you’ll pay for is the delicious food you purchase from the vendors. You can check the list of those vendors here, by the way, and, as you can see, the options run the gamut, giving you plenty of choices as to what cravings you might want to indulge.

Tour The Wells Fargo History Museum

It’s not often a bank has its own history museum, but Wells Fargo can count itself among the list of those that do, and you can check them out for free at the Wells Fargo Center on Bunker Hill. This DTLA branch of the museum highlights Wells Fargo’s heritage in Southern California, featuring:

An original Concord Stagecoach

Gold—including the 27-ounce Challenge Nugget
Historic Los Angeles maps
A walk-in, historically recreated Express office
A replica coach you can board
A working telegraph
A cell phone tour

You can check out the museum from 9:00AM to 5:00PM Monday through Friday on your own, or book a guided tour that takes you more in-depth, as long as you have a group to go with you. Tours cover:

Wells Fargo's role in the development of California & the West

Transportation and communication in the 1800s
Mining methods and life during the Gold Rush (covered in-depth for California's 4th grade curriculum)
Traveling by stagecoach
19th-century banking
They even have a small store with various novelty items on sale, if you want to get anything to commemorate your visit.

Volunteer At The Union Rescue Mission

If you have a few hours to kill, why not pledge some of that time to the Union Rescue Mission and help out some of your fellows around the city? They have a pretty robust list of volunteer opportunities, each providing a different way for you to lend a hand:

Serve A Meal: The mission serves an average of 2,300 meals to the needy every day. They need assistance preparing and handing them all out for their guests.
Help Out At The Gym: The Mission needs folks to spend time with some of the kids who live there during gym hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00PM to 6:00PM. Teach them the basics of shooting hoop, skipping rope, playing freeze tag -- all that fun, kid stuff.

Little Steps Program: Just as in the gym, The Mission needs a few helping hands with their creative program that runs Monday through Friday from 10:00AM to 2:00PM. You can oversee the kids during reading, arts & crafts, playtime, and even help organize the library.

Day Room Visits: The day rooms are open for the public from 12:00PM to 2:30PM daily. These areas provide safe shelter for those on the streets, and the residents there enjoy “cards, dominos, board games, books, or other items that might brighten [their] day.” If you want to set up a class, arrange a special activity, or just forge some bonds with the people there, you’ll be welcome.

Learning Center: If you have an aptitude for imparting knowledge to others, you could spend those hours at The Mission’s learning center, and help tutor the guests and residents. In particular they could use folks who can help with writing resumes or teach basic computer skills.

Ice Cream Social: Who doesn’t love a good Ice Cream Social? You can organize one any time of the year to be held in the San Julian Lot or one of the Day Rooms.
Water Walks: When the summer heat is on, The Mission likes to hand out cold bottled water for those who need it. Get yourself out there at 2:00PM, Mondays through Fridays to do your part.

All-in-all, helping out at The Mission is a great way to ensure that your free time is well spent helping others. Even if you aren’t the utilitarian sort who’s wholly dedicated to the greater good, you’ll likely get some joy in knowing you’ve helped brighten someone else’s day.

Tour The Flower District

You aren’t obligated to buy anything when you tour the LA Flower District, so why not head down there to take a gander at all of the beautiful flora on display? Just head down to Wall Street between 7th and 8th Streets, and you’ll to quite the sight:

“Our large walk-through flower markets offer a spectacular and unequaled array of the freshest flowers, greens and fillers available, many of them California grown, along with an impressive, overwhelming selection of floral supplies.”

If you schedule your visit for Saturdays, you’ll even have the opportunity to check out The Wall Farmers Market, a unique collection of certified farm fresh produce and artisan food, along with fun activities like music atop The Music Feeds Stage, a car show, face painters, and ballroom artists. It’s a great way to burn a few hours in a community setting, forging ties with likeminded LA residents.

Definitely More Exciting Than Looking For Pet-Friendly Apartments In Los Angeles
Remember, your pet will already be taken care of when you’re a resident of fine communities like Eighth & Grand. You and your tiny companion will enjoy one of DTLA’s most desired locations, complete with spacious floorplans and the most luxurious amenities around. Make this your pick for downtown living done right.