10 Things to do in BA That are Totally Free
What’s better than exploring South America’s favorite capital? Exploring it for free! That’s why we rounded up one heck of a bucket list of free musts in BA that will assure some quality activities that are cheap on price, not on thrills.
| BOTANICAL GARDEN |
When you need a break from the hustle and bustle, the Botanical Garden with its zen-like charm, can be quite an oasis. Wandering through its lush green paths should take about 40 min but if you really want to get your nature-fix, bring a book and take a sit on a bench. This is the ultimate reading nook!
| RECOLETA CEMETERY |
Not that a cemetery can’t be a cool landmark to check off in any city, but BA’s highly-acclaimed Recoleta Cemetery hits all the right spots. From amazing architecture to impressive ornate mausoleums and an extra something for all you history buffs with Evita’s tomb.
| NATIONAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS |
Art doesn’t always have to come at a price. In Buenos Aires all national museums have a free admission policy. You can immerse in the city through its culture at the National Museum of Fine Arts, one of the oldest and most respected attractions in BA.
| ATENEO GRAND SPLENDID LIBRARY |
This former theatre turned book-store, is anything but your ordinary and standard reading spot. Chosen by The Guardian as the second most important library in the world, need we say more? Book-lovers look no further, you’ve found your paradise.
| HISTORIC TROLLEY CAR RIDE |
Take a ride down history lane, literally. Every weekend you can hop on the much acclaimed Caballito Trolley Car, and enjoy the city from a completely different angle. Starting point is 500 Mitre St. and the 20 minute ride includes a guide for all you history aficionados!
| CAMINITO |
Yes, every visitor does it and yes, so should you. It's hard not to succumb to Caminito's timeless spell. This "little path" will take your breath away with its mesmerizing display of colourful painted houses and local artists spreading their work across the lively outdoor market.
| BOSQUES DE PALERMO |
Whoever started the rumor that BA is the Paris of South America was probably meandering through the Bosques de Palermo (Forests of Palermo). Designed by French architect Charles Thays, this urban oasis features a fairy-tale rose garden and two lakes with pedal boats to navigate around them.
| FLORALIS GENÉRICA |
One of the most exceptional landmarks of the city located at the heart of the Naciones Unidas Park. The famous 20 meter-high steel flower, with petals that open up in the morning and close again at night, was a gift to the city by architect Eduardo Catalano back in 2002.
| USINA DEL ARTE |
Your go-to spot for free cultural events and music. From international exhibits to the occasional concert, this emblematic building has become a true icon of the porteño culture and it undoubtedly deserves a place in your must-do list.
| FREE WALKING TOURS |
Last but never the least… there’s always the charm of some good ol’ fashion walking-and-exploring. And when you top that off with a trusted guide that can point out the right direction while throwing in some fascinating facts then you know you’re doing it right! Try one of the Urban Trekking free tours offered by the BA government or ask us for more recommendations!