Budget travel doesn’t have to mean staring at the outside of old buildings and museums, and the must-sees and must-dos of the world don’t always cost an arm and a leg. In fact sometimes they cost nothing at all. Here are 9 worldwide attractions won’t cost you a dime.
Symphony of Light Show – Hong Kong, China
The views of Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour are a cost-free delight in what is typically a very expensive city. From the Avenue of the Stars in the Tsim Sha Tsui shopping district you can see the famous skyline in all its densely packed glory. Explore the Avenue of the Stars and enjoy the view during the day, and come 8 p.m, enjoy the world’s largest permanent sound and light show. The sound is piped directly onto the Avenue of the Stars. Across the Harbour, Hong Kong’s skyscrapers are lit up and lasers and spotlights dance to musical and narrative choreography.
Caminito Street Museum – Buenos Aires Argentina
Crowded with tourists though it may be, the Caminito Street Museum is still definitely worth a visit on a trip to the Argentinian capital. The small district bills itself as the world’s first outdoor pedestrian museum. The first things you’ll notice are the brightly coloured facades that face the street which represent the old conventillos (shared housing units) that were torn down in the 50s. The rebirth of the district was spearheaded by a local artist and other artists followed. Now, you can expect to see numerous stalls selling souvenirs and works of art along the street and of course the famous tango street performers dancing to tango music emanating from the local.
Smithsonian Museums – Washington, DC, USA
Barring the odd time they’re closed due to a government shutdown the Smithsonian Institution‘s 19 museums and galleries are must-sees on a visit to America’s capital. Among the Institution’s many and culturally significant pieces are the Spirit of St. Louis, housed in the National Air and Space Museum; the Hope Diamond, housed in the National Museum and Dorothy’s ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz which reside in the National Museum of American. The Smithsonian’s museums and the National Zoo are free of charge and open year-round except Christmas Day.
St. Louis Zoological Park – St. Louis, USA
One of the top-rated zoos in America just happens to be free as well thanks to a district tax. The zoo has been around for over a hundred years, with its first exhibit (an aviary) opening way back for the St. Louis World’s Fair. It currently houses 655 different species, with over 19,000 animals in total. Most large fauna are represented in some form at the zoo, which includes everything from big cat exhibits to penguin enclosures. The zoo began construction on a new $15 million polar bear exhibit. It will house an male and female polar bears that, it’s hoped, will bear some little polar cubs.
Moganshan Art Street – Shanghai, China
China’s contemporary art scene has flourished in recent years and nowhere is this more apparent than at 50 Moganshan Road in Shanghai. A community of artists live and work in a series of studios along the road, which are open to the public. If you’re lucky, you’ll find the artists at work in their studio when you stop and you can bear witness to the creative process in person. Further up the road is one of the best places to see street art in Shanghai: a 100-meter section of wall that the city has OK’d for graffiti.