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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.