June 29, 2017

Get in Free: 10 Cities to Check Out for Free Family Fun

I love free. Okay, who doesn’t love free? When you travel, and you have kids in tow, free is especially good. So lately I’ve stumbled across a variety of posts touting free things to do in cities across the country and the world, like parks, museums and walk tours, and here are ten of my favorites.

Boston: If you’re headed to Boston, print out these 21 Free Things to Do in Boston to take with you. On the list are historic favorites, like the Bunker Hill Monument and the USS Constitution. You can even do some free stargazing at Coit Observatory or take in street performances at Harvard Square.

Chicago: Jessica at Suitcases and Sippy Cups put together this post on doing Chicago for free. Head to Navy Pier, the Lincoln Park Zoo and Lake Michigan for free fun. Hit the Art Institute of Chicago on Thursday nights for free admission too.

London: Not long ago, Gadling put up this great post with 10 free things to do in London. Among the activities are a variety of museums, beautiful parks, like Hyde Park and Regent’s Park, and street performances.

Miami: Matt at Travel with a Mate put together this great post on what to do for free in Miami, including paying a visit to the Miami Art Museum on Sundays and heading to Yoga in the Park at Bayfront Park. Follow Matt on Twitter at @travelwithamate.

Nashville: Headed to Music City? You’ll find plenty of free activities, like the Tennessee State Museum and Centennial Park, both of which are perfect for kids. Take a walk down Music Mile or get outside at the Warner Park Nature Center, all for free.

New York: Take a look at this great post on Mommy Poppins with dozens of museums that offer free days, including the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Children’s Museum of Manhattan and New York Hall of Science. Be sure to follow her on Twitter at @mommypoppins.

Philadelphia: Stop by Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, both of which are free to the public. Take a free tour of the U.S. Mint, visit the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge or  enjoy free summertime concerts at Penn’s Landing.

San Diego: Explore tide pools, enjoy free concerts in the park or take a free tour of the Arco Olympic Training Center. On Tuesdays, head to Balboa Park for free admission to various museums and attractions (county residents only).

Seattle: Head to the Seattle Art Museum on Thursdays to get in for free and be sure to check out the Olympic Sculpture Park while you’re there, which is free everyday. Go to Pike Place Market to see the fishmongers or hit the KidsQuest Children’s Museum on Friday evenings for free admission.

Washington, DC: Here’s a great post from Frugally Minded with lots of fun and free stuff to do in our Nation’s Capital, like going to the zoo, seeing satellites at the National Air & Space Museum, and going to the top of the Washington Monument.

What kind of activities can you do for free in your city? I’d love to hear some more ideas to save money on fun and family-friendly activities.


  1. Thanks for including my post on Chicago! This is a great list and I can’t wait to share it with others.

Leave a Comment