One of the greatest things about Buenos Aires is that there are plenty of fun and cultural things to see for free, or barely any charge at all! When traveling on a budget it’s always helpful to know the best cheap or free activities/ attractions, especially here in BA. Here’s our list of the top ten free activities in Buenos Aires!
- Cementerio de la Recoleta
As well as the “national treasure” Eva Peron, many famous ex-presidents and generals are buried here. Enter for free and look around the large historic cemetery.
- Reserva Ecologica Costanera Sur
The riverbank ecological reserve is great to go for a jog, bike ride, or picnic.
- Walk around the Rosedal
When the weather is nice, the Rosedal in Palermo is easily the nicest park in the Capital City. Also known as Parque 3 de Febrero, this is one of the best free activities to take advantage of. Take lovely pictures on the white bridge, next to the roses or drink mate on the river bank. For other green areas to explore check out our Parks and Rec post.
- Museo Nacional Bellas Artes – MNBA
The National Museum of Beautiful Arts (MNBA) can be found on Av. Libertador 1473 and will be open Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 am to 20:30 pm. The Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes regularly change the exhibition they are showing so check it out! Check out the website for times and info if you think of going during the week.
- Free Walking tour
Take a free walking tour with the Buenos Aires Free Tour guys. Socialize with others keen on getting to know the city and move around on foot. The BA Free Tour offer daily city tours at 11:00 am, followed by the opportunity to visit the Cafe Tortoni: the oldest coffee shop in the city. These free tours can be a more enjoyable experience than paid ones as these tour guides work purely on tips, so they really need to show their passion and knowledge for this great city!
- Feria de San Telmo
The feria de San Telmo is an outdoor market going all along one street in San Telmo. This free activity fair is huge and well worth the visit not only for the purses, handbags, mates and stats you can get your hands on. But you will find shows such as tango dancers, mimes, bands and other street performers. Artisanal products don’t get much better than this. This fair is on every Sunday from 10:00 am till 19:00 pm.
- Stroll down Avenida Corrientes
Take a stroll down Avenida Corrientes and check out the pizzerias such as Guerrin and Los Inmortales. The various theaters, the Obelisco, and coffee shops are best seen down this Avenue.
- Barrio Chino
Don’t expect to find tango or traditional steak here in the Barrio Chino. Near the street Arribeños, in Belgrano, you will find a Porteño-China town. This is a something fun and different from your usual touristic Argentine attractions and also free to walk around and look in the stores. It is great if you’re also trying to get hold of an ingredient or item you can’t seem to find in your average Argentine supermarket.
- Free Sunday Concerts at the Teatro Colon
The gorgeous Teatro Colon puts on free shows on many Sundays. The tickets should be collected on Saturday morning from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm. Checking the calendar or calling by to ask beforehand is always recommended, as the website is not the easiest to understand.
- Museo Casa Carlos Gardel
Located on Jean Jaurés 735. Pop into Gardel’s house museum to get to know your stuff when it comes to Gardel, the most famous French Argentine tango singer, songwriter.
For more ideas check out the city of Buenos Aires website as they always post festivals, concerts, and more!
Do you have any fun recommendations for free activities around the city?