Almost all National, State and local Parks have annual free or reduced price entrance days. Museums usually do to0. Here is a list of some of my favorite free admission places to visit this year.
Because it is the 100th birthday of National Park Service there are several days this year where no admission is charged. These include:
- April 16 through 24: National Park Day
- August 25 through 28: National Park Service Birthday
- September 24: National Public Lands Day
- November 11: Veterans Day
Art Institute of Chicago: Free for all Illinois residents from 5-8 p.m. Thursdays. Kids 13 and under are always free.
Chicago Children’s Museum: Free 5-8 p.m. every Thursday and the first Sunday of every month for kids 15 and under. Always free to children under 1.
The Field Museum: Several days have already come and gone this year but June 21-23 remains
Museum of Science and Industry: The following days in 2016 remain
June: 1-3, 6-8; September: 6-9, 12-16, 19-23, 26-30; October: 4-6; November: 3,10 December: 1
Several other Chicago attractions also have free days.
NEW YORK CITY
New York Aquarium: Friday 3 pm-closing (pay what you wish)
Whitney Museum of American Art: Friday 7-9:30 pm
Bronx Zoo: Wednesday (pay what you wish)
Metropolitan Museum of Art (always free or pay what you wish)
There are plenty more attractions in and around NYC that offer these deals.
Asian Art Museum: First Sunday of every month
de Young: First Tuesday of every month, first full weekend of every month for Bank of America Card Holders
San Francisco Railway Museum: Always free
Bat Area Discovery Museum: Great for kids. First Wednesday of every month.
The Walters Art Museum: General admission is free
National Aquarium: Dollar Days are December 3 and 4 this year. Admission is just $1. 1/2 Price Nights after 5 p.m. on Fridays. There is also a Pay What You Want Day every year.
Denver Museum of Nature and Science: April 23, May 9, June 5, August 29, September 11, October 24, November 13, December 12
Denver Art Museum: May 7, June 4 and other days throughout the year
Children’s Museum of Denver:May 3 4-8 p.m., June 7 4-8 p.m.
Seattle Symphony: Various dates. Check schedule.
Museum Of Flight: Free 5p.m.-9 p.m. the first Thursday of the month
Museum of History and Industry: First Thursdays are free and have extended hours (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.).
Washington State Parks: May 8: Sunday Spring Day, June 4: National Trails Day, June 11: National Get Outdoors Day, Aug. 25: National Park Service Birthday, Sept. 24: National Public Lands Day, Nov. 11: Veterans Day
St. Louis Zoo: There is no entrance fee. It is FREE. There are some charges for special events like the sea lion show.
Contemporary Art Museum: is free for all visitors on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
As you can see there are plenty of free things to do in and around where you live. Just google FREE DAYS in your area for a list of adventures.
*All information provided is subject to change. Verify details before going.