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America's Top Free Attractions

Cheers to these great-value museums, tours, and other attractions that remain free for all.
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Harley-Davidson Factory Tour

Go behind the scenes to see the manufacturing and assembly processes and get the chance to sit on hogs currently in production. You’ll learn how fenders and gas tanks are formed from raw materials, watch live welding, laser-cutting, and frame-bending, and check out sophisticated robotic...

Pike Place Market

This iconic Seattle waterfront market occupies nine acres with an assortment of vendors selling fresh, locally produced food—most famously, flying fish. The market was established in 1907 with the explicit aim of connecting citizens and farmers, and it’s still home to more than 200 independent...

Lincoln Park Zoo

Open 365 days a year, the Lincoln Park Zoo is just a few minutes from Chicago; you can actually hear the lion’s roar echo off nearby apartment buildings. And yet, if you want to feel like you’ve gotten away from city life, you can retreat to the re-created rainforests or savannas. Kids will enjoy the...

Royal Hawaiian Center

Free cultural programming sets the remodeled Royal Hawaiian Center apart from your average shopping mall. You can drop by for a traditional Hawaiian massage (lomilomi), lei-making, Hawaiian quilting, or a crash course in playing the ukulele or dancing the hula. There are also free...

Bellagio Conservatory

Take a breather from the hectic win-or-lose atmosphere of Vegas at the Bellagio’s 13,000-square-foot Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Horticulturists create seasonal over-the-top displays, rearranging the gardens and their trappings—gazebos, bridges, giant topiaries. After the...

U.S. Olympic Training Center

Before they take the Olympic spotlight, athletes put in long hours here to prepare for the world’s largest athletic competition. The Colorado Springs center is one of three in the U.S. and focuses on summer indoor sports like swimming and fencing. You can tour the facility for free, and depending on...

Staten Island Ferry

Even in the most expensive city in America, you can find great deals like free admission nights at MoMA (otherwise $25), discounted Broadway tickets, and lower hotel rates in July and August. Then there’s the thrill of one of the world’s most beautiful ferry rides on the Staten Island commuter...

New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park

Most national parks encourage you to tune in to nature; this one celebrates jazz in its birthplace, New Orleans. There’s live music at the visitor center in the French Quarter and the Old U.S. Mint six days a week, and a kids’ music workshop on Saturdays at Perseverance Hall in Louis Armstrong Park....

The Getty Center

Maximize your time at the Getty by visiting on a Friday or Saturday, when this sprawling hillside art complex is open late—allowing you to take in sunset views. The light-filled museum interiors display an impressive collection of European and American art including Vincent van Gogh’s famous...

Freedom Trail

Follow this red-brick path through metropolitan Boston, and you’ll pass key landmarks where colonial history was made: Boston Common, the Old State House, the site of the Boston Massacre, Faneuil Hall, Paul Revere House, and Bunker Hill Monument. You can prep for your walk in advance with this...