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Jun 4, 2011

A List of Cheap and Free Things to Do in Each US State: A-G

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Finding free or very cheap activities and entertainment is always a staple in leading a frugal life. I've decided to put together a list of free activities and things to do in each state in the United States. This list is NOT exhaustive.






Free Activities in Alabama

  • Moundville Archaeological Park and Museum in Moundville
  • Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
  • Sci-Quest in Huntsville
  • Rosa Parks Library and Museum in Montgomery
  • Donald E. Davis Arboretum in Auburn
  • Birmingham Museum of Art in Birmingham
  • Little River Canyon National Preserve in Fort Payne
  • Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham
  • Jasmine Hill Gardens and Outdoor Museum in Montgomery
  • Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame in Birmingham
  • Cook's Natural Science Museum in Decatur

Free Activities in Alaska
  • Living Museum of the Arctic in Kotzebue
  • Alaskaland Park in Fairbanks
  • Kachemak State Park in Homer
  • Kenai Fjords Nation Park in Seward
  • Chugach State Park in Anchorage


Free Activities in Arizona

  • Slide Rock State Park in Sedona
  • Mystery Castle in Phoenix
  • Tempe Town Lake in Tempe
  • MacDonalds Ranch in Scottsdale
  • Homolovi Ruins State Park in Winslow
  • Lava Caves in Williams
  • Hanging Gardens in Lake Powell

Free Activities in Arkansas

  • Petit Jean State Park in Morrilton
  • Eureka Springs
  • Syllamo Mountain Bike Trail in Mountain View
  • Arkansas Wine Country in the Arkansas River Valley
  • Devil's Den State Fork in West Fork
  • Old State House Museum in Little Rock
  • King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena held in October
  • Lake Catherine State Park in Lake Catherine
  • Arkansas Entertainers Hall Of Fame in Pine Bluff

Free Activities in California
  • Jelly Belly Center in Fairfield
  • The Getty in Los Angeles
  • Redwood National Park in Crescent City
  • Columbia State Historic Park in Coloma
  • Alcatraz Cruises in San Francisco
  • Will Rogers Historical Park in Pacific Palisades
  • Yosemite National Park in Yosemite Valley
  • Jelly Belly Factory Tour in Fairfield
  • TV show tapings in the Los Angeles and San Francisco area
  • National Maritime Museum in San Francisco
  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in Santa Cruz

Free Activities in Colorado
  • Botanical Gardens in Denver
  • Red Rocks Amphitheatre and Visitor Center in Denver
  • Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs area
  • Eagle Day Festival in Pueblo
  • Gold Rush Days in Buena Vista
  • Crested Butte Wildflower Festival in Crested Butte 
  • World's Wonder View Tower in Genoa
  • Big Timber's Museum in Lamar
  • Aspen Music Festival in Aspen Starts June 30 in 2011

Free Activities in Connecticut
  • Peabody Museum of Natural History in New Haven
  • Hubbard Park's Castle Craig Tower in Meriden
  • Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield
  • Silver Sands State Park in Milford
  • Yale Center for British Art in New Haven
  • Edgerton Park in New Haven
  • Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk
  • Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford
  • New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks
  • Connecticut Science Center in Hartford
  • John J McCarthy Observatory in New Milford

Free Activities in Delaware
  • Delaware Seashore State Park in Rehoboth Beach
  • Fenwick Island State Park in Fenwick Island
  • Carousel Park in Wilmington
  • Bellevue State Park in Wilmington
  • DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum in Fenwick Island
  • Delaware Beaches (Fenwick, Rehoboth, Dewey, Slaughter Beach, Lewes, etc)

Free Activities in Florida
  • Beaches
  • Old Dillard Museum in Fort Lauderdale
  • Holocaust Memorial in Miami
  • National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola
  • Watch the Space Shuttle launch near Merritt Island
  • Caribbean Gardens in Naples
  • Fairchild's Tropical Botanic Gardens in Coral Gables
  • Biscayne National Park in Homestead
  • Heritage Village in Largo
  • Old Town in Kissimmee

 Free Activities in Georgia
  • Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta 
  • Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta
  • World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta
  • Marietta History Museum in Marietta
  • Clock Tower Museum in Rome
  • Faces of War Memorial in Roswell
  • Fort Yargo State Park in Winder
  • Cumberland Island National Seashore in Saint Mary's
  • Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park in Fort Oglethorpe
  • High Falls State Park in Jackson
  • Elachee Nature Science Center in Gainesville 
Add your own ideas in the comments!

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