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Sept. 22-24, 2011

LA Convention Center
1201 S Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015

 

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Downtown Los Angeles on a Budget

Lots of fun for little cash in the central business district

Bucolic Beauties

Good weather means great gardens, and LA doesn't disappoint, even if you're in the shadow of a high rise. Maguire Gardens gives visitors a great place to meditate among the flora, fountains and sculptures in the park surrounding the Los Angeles Central Library, while free docent tours every Saturday at 12:30 p.m. will provide plenty of historic and artistic context. And a little farther south, stop and smell the roses at Exposition Park's Rose Garden (closed from Jan. 1 to March 15 each year for pruning season).

Space Cadets

Opened in 1998, the California Science Center in Exposition Park offers more than 400,000 square feet of exhibits and galleries that teach visitors about human inventions and innovations by providing a truly interactive experience. Its Ecosystems wing, which was added in 2010, includes eight geographic zones, including Forest, River and Island as well as the Family Discovery Room. And admission is free.

Play Ball

Spring and summer months give visitors and locals alike plenty of opportunities to catch a ballgame at a reasonable price. If you're looking to join Vin and the Boys in Blue, Los Angeles Dodgers tickets can be had for as little as $12 a pop, and Metro buses will shuttle fans from Union Station just up the hill to Dodger Stadium on game days. Meanwhile, the USC Trojans boast a baseball history that includes a dozen national championships and former players such as Tom Seaver, Randy Johnson, Mark McGwire and Bill "Spaceman" Lee. Tickets for games at USC's Dedeaux Field are $7.

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