Between booking a flight and staying in a hotel room, visiting different cities can get very expensive. But, what if there was a way you could do exciting activities in popular cities for free? Even the most developed of cities have amazing experiences to offer without spending a penny. Cities like New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles have endless opportunities, but the trick is to know where to look. To help you with this, here are 10 free activities in 10 different cities.
1. Watch Free Television Live — Los Angeles, California
California has many different activities that are free of charge, but if you went there with the intention to be more involved in the action, then you’re in luck. What better way to get involved than to sit in a crowd of a live game show? You might be thinking that there is no way to be able to afford that on top of everything else you plan on doing in California. Fortunately, these dreams of yours are free of charge. Shows like The Price Is Right and Family Feud are available for the viewing pleasure of anyone who decides to go. All that’s required is to request tickets ahead of time and your spot is secured!
2. Free movies — Bryant Park, New York City
Summer nights are way too nice to be spent inside and Netflix has everyone glued to their television and phone. If you are looking for a change in scenery, or just looking for a different viewing of a movie, than come to Bryant Park in New York City. During those warm-summer nights when the sun goes down, there are showings of all different types of movies that can appeal to everyone. Lawn chairs may be brought, but viewing the movie is as easy as sitting on their well-kept lawn that’s home to a different movie every week. If you’re (for some reason) bored one night in the city, check to see if a movie is being shown in Bryant Park.
3. Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre Visitors Tour — Denver, Colorado
Colorado is a place where one could definitely find the hike of a lifetime. One of the most famous could lead someone past the giant boulders that comprise Red Rocks, while also making it seem all too much of a coincidence to be there on purpose. Red Rocks is both a historical landmark and a premier concert venue. This well-known area of Denver is quite the sight to see even if you aren’t looking at the stage. Between their insane concerts and amplified sound, some may overlook the fact that Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre is also a life-changing experience to visit even when there isn’t any music being played.
4. Yoga at Bayfront Park — Miami, Florida
After a long day at work, or a stressful day of running around Florida, what’s better than to do some relaxing activities? Yoga at Bayfront Park in Miami, Florida will make sure to relieve all of your tension. Yoga can be a very fun activity for those that enjoy both a light exercise and catching some sun. These sessions are completely free of charge and are open to the public. Whether you’re on vacation or not, this is quite the experience to take part in on every Monday and Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday at 9:00 a.m.
5. Lincoln Park Zoo — Chicago, Illinois
If you’re looking to tame your wild side, come visit the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, Illinois. This specific zoo is one of a kind, as it’s one of the only zoos left that are free of charge. With the viewing pleasure, they give you the opportunity to interact with animals that can be found all over the world. It costs money to experience other cool activities within the zoo, but if you’re just interested in wandering around to look at various different wildlife, then the Lincoln Park Zoo should be on your list when visiting Chicago.
6. The Alamo — San Antonio, Texas
If you’re ever in the state of Texas, swing by the Alamo if want to learn how Texas claimed its independence from Mexico. Located in San Antonio, visitors can go for a walk through history, gettingto see what Texas was like while Mexico was still in control of this American state. This eye-opening tour is completely free and open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
7. Color Tunnel — Birmingham, Alabama
This might not be the most intriguing activity, but it sure is one of the coolest. Why is a tunnel lit up with bright lights and colors? Located in Birmingham it used to be a creepy underpass that wasn’t the most ideal to walk through in the middle of the night. So, an artist Bill FitzGibbons put up colorful lights through the tunnel to change the creepy appeal, giving those who would never walk underneath a reason to now.
8. Mirage Volcano — Las Vegas, Nevada
The Las Vegas strip has many different sights to see, but the one that caught our particular interest was the Mirage Volcano. Here you get the chance to watch a large volcano erupt right before your own eyes. Volcanoes aren’t something that you can walk into on your local hiking trail, so this up close artificial model shows us first-hand what a volcano erupting looks like. This lava isn’t dangerous, but be sure to stand further back from a real volcano if you get the chance to go!
9. Zombie Walk — Phoenix, Arizona
If Halloween and helping out a good cause are two things you enjoy, then you’ll surely get a kick out of this. The Zombie Walk in Arizona is a yearly tradition where people dress up as zombies and walk around the streets. Not only do you get to dress up and have fun, but this is also a good cause for the Arizona Hemophilia Association, an association that helps people suffering from inherited bleeding disorders. So, be sure to pack some ripped clothing and makeup (if it’s under three oz.) to help those in need during this seasonal activity.
10. Museum of Bad Art — Boston, Massachusetts
Who defines good art? Definitely not those that love this museum in Boston. The Museum of Bad Art is an intriguing place to visit. Every museum has art worth appreciating, but this one is a different breed. The Museum of Bad Art is one of the more mind-boggling activities on this list, but if you’re in Boston and want to burn an hour this is a cool stop to make.