Places to Visit That Often Offer Free Admission

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When you take a vacation away from home, you spend enough to get there (especially with the higher gas prices this year) and to stay there (even if you camp) that you might not want to spend a whole lot on attractions. Thankfully, most areas have at least a few fun and interesting things to do that are also free. Consider looking into some of these ideas:

Factory Tours: Seeing how things are made can be fascinating, and many factories offer free tours. Large companies with devoted fans, such as Longaberger, Harley-Davidson, and Ben and Jerry’s, often have well-choreographed “destination” tours, while local family-owned businesses offer more chances to get up close and p


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10 Responses to Places to Visit That Often Offer Free Admission

  1. davis says:

    People really don’t take advantage of these types of things nearly enough. Museums are my favorite, but there are many places like this. If you like photography, you can’t beat them.

  2. wealthman says:

    With rare exception, free means inferior. If you are going to travel, save enough to pay for all the places you want to see. If you do anything else, you will be disappointed that you missed it.

  3. disneysteve says:

    We love factory tours, but you should note that many are not free, including Ben and Jerry’s which you mentioned. And many on the site you linked to are not free either. They are usually pretty cheap, often just a token fee of $1.00/person and sometimes the product samples you get in return make up for that (like a dish of ice cream at Ben and Jerry’s or all the cheese cubes you can eat at Cabot Cheese).

    wealthman and van girl- Wow! That couldn’t be farther from the truth. We’ve done many wonderful free things on vacations all around the country and some places outside of the US. Heck, seeing Niagara Falls is free. Would you call that inferior? The Las Vegas strip has many great free attractions. We can easily spend a day in NYC without spending a penny except on food. Philadelphia has plenty of historic sites and museums that are free, as does Washington, D.C. The list is endless.

  4. gina says:

    wow…just wow. It’s people who make the assumption that free is “inferior” that tend up having a lot of money problems. I have to agree with disneysteve. There are so many things that this great country offers that don’t cost anything. It’s a mindset like that which always has you paying for things.

  5. carpper says:

    I think that everything needs to be balanced. There are great free things to do and then there are free things that are far inferior to what you need to pay for.

    A lot of it depends on what you enjoy as to whether you will need to pay or not. If you need the entertainment attraction, you are going to have to pay. If you enjoy beauty for what it is, then you are less likely to have to pay.

    I’m not making judgement on either or if one is better than the other. It’s just the way it is.

  6. dean says:

    Don’t tell everyone the secrets!! I’m more than happy having people believe that paid for attractions are better than free attractions – that just means the free attractions are less crowded and can be enjoyed even more!

  7. Mk says:

    I would also recommend checking with your company HR. Often, big companies have arrangements with local museums/attractions for a reduced rate, or even free admission.

  8. Hope Lee says:

    In addition to checking with your HR department, check with your local park & rec department. In our area, they sell discounted (often significantly) tickets to tourist attractions that are within a 1-5 hour radius.

  9. Ann says:

    Thanks for a great list. I just finished making a summer-long list of fun things to do for kids from 3 to 12, and used yours to help make it.

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