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Old 01-15-2012, 12:11 PM
 
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I agree, mostly when it comes to seasonal activities like horse-drawn carriage rides during winter or summer lake activities. A lot of Minnesota towns have indoor parks which are pretty amazing, and then there are always holiday-related activities that are city-sponsored.
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Old 01-17-2012, 01:02 AM
 
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Which major U.S. cities have the greatest amount of free or almost free things to do?

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D.C.! It really is a treasure.
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Old 01-17-2012, 06:56 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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Nothing is free. It's all paid for in some way or another. If we all get too intoxicated with tax cuts, everything will end up being pay for play.
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Old 01-17-2012, 07:24 PM
 
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Nothing is free. It's all paid for in some way or another. If we all get too intoxicated with tax cuts, everything will end up being pay for play.

Then tell us how many of these same attractions were free many years ago before taxes were raised in the first place?
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Old 01-17-2012, 08:34 PM
 
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St. Louis has a tax that goes to a zoo/museum district. That means the zoo is always free, along with
Art Museums (several)
Arch
Old Courthouse
Several historic homes (Campbell House, Eugene Field House)
Science Center
Laumiere Sculpture Park
There are even free seats at the Muny ( a large outdoor broadway theater)
^ this, minus the Arch, you have to pay $10 to go up. But it's free to go into the Arch and the museum there.

Also, add:

- the Anheuser-Busch tour. Free beer afterwards too.

- the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park. Almost everything in that park is free, which is cool because if you're visiting, you can just pop in and out of places because it's free.

- Grant's Farm. I've never been, but I heard it's like a smaller zoo, but also more interactive. Free beer here as well.

- The Cathedral Basilica. Most of the time you can just walk in and see one of the largest collections of mosaics in the world:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jon_williamson/5971087389/in/photostream/ (broken link)

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Old 01-18-2012, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Washington, DC. The memorials and monuments, the government buildings, the Smithsonian museums, the National Zoo, the National Cathedral. Washington offers a dizzying variety of very interesting things to do for free.

Lots of other cities have many enjoyable things to do for free, but I think that DC has the most.
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Old 01-18-2012, 01:12 PM
 
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Everyone's touting D.C. but if you live here you can only do the museums so many times. I think the West Coast cities have more in terms of free or cheap outdoor activities, especially in the summer. Seattle has neighborhood and music festival all summer long, so does Portland and San Francisco. D.C. has much less of that and it's too hot in the summer to enjoy being outside anyway.
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Old 01-21-2012, 02:16 PM
 
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Anything free to do/see in Knoxville, TN.?
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Old 06-05-2013, 12:10 PM
 
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Austin tx tons of stuff to do a places to see. Also hiking and bike riding. Natural falls cliffs to jumps off of. Rives to swim in or float, tons of free things amazing city. It's the live music Capitol. If you have not been to Austin there are ton of things to do and alot are free I suggest you make or take a trip. It's a place where you do not have to plan and just do. I have lived here for two years and everyday I hear or new places or things to check out and have not even crossed half off my list. It also helps to know locals so you find out more then just tourist spots!
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Old 06-05-2013, 12:19 PM
 
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A lot of big cities have this, imo. Just depends on what you like to do. Also, nothing is really "free". You have to factor in transportation costs at the very least of going to visit the attraction. But I'll just assume for purposes of this thread you mean stuff that doesn't have an "admissions" charge.

D.C. would be an absolute dream for me as visiting museums is my favorite activity.

I will also give a shout out to the Bay Area, where I currently reside.
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