Take Advantage of the Free

When most people go on vacations to new cities they end up doing things they have to pay for: tours, exhibits, museums, etc. But, more often than not, there are a lot of interesting places that can be seen that are free, yup, free!

This gives you a huge opportunity to take in some sights, not have to pay a cent in doing so, and enhance your trip.

A quick Google search of your destination can provide you with a list of free things and events, but make sure to keep some notes, some museums, for example, can be free all the time, while others might offer a free Tuesday afternoon, a great perk to be taken advantage of if you happen to be on vacation in the area, or even if you live nearby.

Let’s face it, a little extra culture never hurt, right?

Los Angeles
Museums like the California African American Museum, the Griffith Observatory, the Fowler Museum at UCLA are always free.

While places like the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Natural History Museum offer free days during the month.

New York
Some freebies in the city are the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and the Museum of American Finance.

If you’ve got the kiddies in tow check out the Bronx Zoo and the New York Botanical Garden, both are free on Wednesdays.

Chicago
The Windy City offers some really great deals during the week to some of their museums. Check out the Chicago Children’s Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry, both free on Thursdays. And the Field Museum of Natural History, free on Wednesdays.

Washington DC
If you didn’t know, DC is the mother-load of free things to check out. Beyond the monuments and memorials, all of the Smithsonian’s in the DC area are free, and open every day of the year, except Christmas Day.

Seattle
Once you’ve finished checking out Starbucks and the Fulton Fish Market, head into one of these gems for free. The Klondike Goldrush Museum is always free, as is the Center for Wooden Boats, and the Frye Art Museum.

Houston
If you must pay for anything in Houston, then you have to see an Astro’s game, but after that, stick to the free. Try the Houston Center for Photography, and the Holocaust Museum Houston , which are always free. Or the John Freeman Weather Museum, free Thursday afternoons.

Kansas City
Don’t worry I didn’t forget about you, Midwest. Once you get your fill of some great BBQ in KC, make some time to visit these places that are always free: The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, the Watkins Cultural Heritage Center, or the Frontier Army Museum.

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  • Great list! I love finding free activities when I travel. That is probably why I probably spend the majority of my time walking around a city.

  • Great tips. This is one of the reasons why I like to do a little research before a trip. You can always find something cool, and free to do when you travel.

  • Liz

    Thanks ladies! I totally agree just taking 30 minutes for a bit of a Google before you head somewhere can make a huge difference. Same as just wandering around, you probably run into some things and people you wouldn’t have staying on the beaten path.