These days it seems like everyone is pinching pennies and looking for ways to save. Usually, that leaves vacation time as just a wish on a list. But not this year! Here we've discovered a few things to do with the family this summer that will keep your wallet right where you want it...In your back pocket! Because visiting these extraordinary places won't cost you a dime, they're all free. Hope to see you there!
The Freedom Trail, Boston: Take this 2.5 mile trek around Boston and visit 16 historic places made famous during the American Revolution.
Great Smokey Mountains National Park, North Carolina & Tennessee - Visitors here will get to feel the cold spray of majestic waterfalls, visit a historic grist mill, and maybe see a black bear or two.
Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago - Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Yes, you'll see those and several other wild animals at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. For even more fun, download the SpotDash app on your smartphone that will take you on a scavenger hunt throughout the zoo and the rest of Chicago.
The National Mall, Washington, D.C. - This mall probably isn't what you're thinking. You'll not find cute outfits and awesome shoes. What you will find is the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, the Smithsonian Castle, Ford's Theatre National Historic Site, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and others. They also have an app that will help you plan and navigate.
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco - The Golden Gate Bridge has been standing 75 years now. Stop by and say "happy birthday". It's free!
Independence National Historical Park - While Washington, D.C. was in the works, Philadelphia was home to our great country's leaders. Explore the Liberty Bell or stop by and tour the Old City Hall. They're both free, but the National Constitution Center does have an entrance fee.
The Getty Center, Los Angeles - Here visitors can view masterpieces by Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet and other famous artists, as well as rotating exhibitions.
Jackson Square, New Orleans - This is another art themed freebie. Jackson Square, New Orleans is home to many accomplished artists. Purchase their wares while touring this public area. Nearby is the St. Louis Cathedral (also free) and the statue of Andrew Jackson.
International Rose Test Garden, Portland - Stop by the International Rose Test Garden in Portland, Oregon and you're sure to come out smelling like a rose. Home to 10,000 different varieties and open since 1917, this garden also holds a place in history: Hybrids from Europe were sent her for safekeeping during World War I. They also have a Shakespeare Garden that is filled with herbs, trees and flowers mentioned in The Bard's works.
Central Park, New York City - And who could forget about Central Park in New York City! After all the big lights, shopping, restaurants and broadway plays, slow things down a bit by touring the 55 monuments, memorials and sculptures, hike the 130 acres of woodlands, or catch a ball game at one of 26 ballfields. Also included are 21 playgrounds, bike and running paths and more.
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