17 Totally Free Tourist Attractions

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In life, almost nothing is guaranteed or completely free. If you are spending a lot of money to travel around the world, knowing some free tourist attractions is a good thing. It is understandable that a country full of history and culture should want to charge people to visit their attractions. The admission fees are used for the cleaning services, the employees, and preservation of the attraction. The country is not trying to rip you off, but sometimes admission fees are too high. Take a look at the list below for some of the best tourist attractions in the world that are FREE! These attractions are not just free for certain age groups, citizens of the country, or because of the day. These attractions are completely free, no hidden fees!

1. Trevi Fountain: Rome, Italy

The Trevi Fountain plays a huge role in Rome’s history. Over 2,000 years ago, the water supply in Rome was diminishing quickly, and legend states that a young virgin led the people to the spot of the current day Trevi Fountain and found a Bay of water. The Trevi Fountain was built as a tribute to the god of the sea. You can visit this historical monument for free!  

2. Las Vegas Sign: Las Vegas, Nevada

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. This is only true if you do not snap a picture of yourself with the Las Vegas sign and post it on social media. This sign is a staple of “Sin City.” Thousands of tourists pass by this sign and cannot help but stop to admire it, especially since it a free to look at.

3. Freedom Trail: Boston, Massachusetts

The Freedom Trail has special markers on the ground along a 2.5-mile long trail. You can visit 16 of the most historical and important monuments of Boston. Since this attraction is free, you can visit any time of the day.

4. Hollywood Sign: Los Angles, California

Along the Hollywood Hills, this famous sign was created in 1923 to draw in people from around the world for real estate purposes. No one could have imagined that the Hollywood Sign would be such a large part of Hollywood history and after all these years still one of the biggest free tourist attractions located in Los Angles.

5. Church of our Lady: Bruges, Belgium


This tower is the second largest brickwork tower in the world! This church was built in the mid 13th century and houses great works of art for tourist like The Madonna by Michelangelo.

6. The Berlin Wall: Berlin, Germany

The Berlin Wall was built in 1961 to divide the city both physically and politically.  Many families have torn apart because of this wall. Luckily this wall dividing the country came to an end in 1989. Although most of the wall has been torn down, you can still visit the sections that are left.

7. Smithsonian Museums: Washington D.C.


All of the Smithsonian Museums, including the zoo, is free and open to the public. You can visit these museums every day except on December 25th.

8. Plaza de España: Seville, Spain


This plaza was built in 1928 to showcase the talents of the Spanish people, including their newest technology exhibits. There is a river that follows through the canal of the plaza.

9. Notre Dame Cathedral: Paris, France

The French Gothic style architecture that encompasses the Norte Dame Cathedral attracts visitors from all over the world. This cathedral took almost 200 years to complete, but the result was worth waiting for.

10. Central Park: New York City, New York


 With over 40 million visitors a year, Central Park is the most visited park in the United States. Across over 700 acres of land, the park is home to gorgeous gardens, different botanical species, and trees. You can walk, jog, or stroll through the park without paying an admission fee.

11. St. Peter’s Basilica: Vatican City

St. Peter’s Basilica was constructed in 1626 and serves as the papal residence for the Pope of the Catholic Religion. This gorgeous Basilica includes some of the best artwork and sculptures of the world. The frescos are enlightening, and the statues are larger than life. 

12. Gateway of India: Mumbai, India

At number twelve we have the Gateway of India for free tourist attractions you should check out.

Standing at 85 feet tall, this structure is a pillar in the city of Mumbai. The gateway was built as a tribute to King George V and Queen Mary. Unfortunately, this structure has been at the center of many terrorist attacks throughout the recent years.

13. Belfast Castle: Belfast, Ireland

Since the original Belfast Castle burnt to the ground in 1708, the people of Ireland wanted to build a new castle. The new Belfast Castle belongs to the Earls of Shaftesbury. The castle re-opened to the public in 1988, and there has been free admission since then.

14. National September 11th Memorial: New York City

It is very unfortunate that a tragic day like September 11, 2001, ruined the lives of hundreds of people. The city of New York has built a place to honor the fallen people due to the terrorist attacks on that day. All the names of the people who perished on that day are carved into the granite structure that surrounds the empty holes, now fountains, where the Twin Towers stood.

15. The Alamo: San Antonio, Texas


“Remember the Alamo” is a phrase often heard in movies, shows, and daily life. This was the site of the 1836 Battle of the Alamo. This battle occurred because of  Texans hoping to declare independence from Mexico. Hundreds of men lost their lives during this battle, but they won the fight.

16. Light Show at Eiffel Tower

Although it may not be free to visit the top of the Eiffel Tower, you can check out the free light show at night. This spectacular show attractions hundreds of visitors each day for a free show.

17. Moscow Free Tour: Moscow, Russia

Moscow Free Tour is not a specific tourist attraction, but it is free for tourists to go on this tour of the city. They can visit the monuments and historical structures of the city for free!   

Written by Rachel Pearson

Rachel reports on a wide range of topics from the United States and around the world. She keeps a close eye on the rapidly pour in of new headlines to get the best research and sources possible.

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