When planning trips, nothing beats free admission! The 19 museums and the National Zoo of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. offer daily free admission for everyone. Most museums in my hometown, Raleigh, NC, offer free daily admission. In Paris, France the Louvre Museum, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral and most other attractions offer free admission to children, 18 and under (and European residents 25 and under). This is true across much of Europe, so check policies before travel to avoid paying unnecessary admission fees.
Some museums offer free admission certain days of the week or to those with certain memberships. Among those is the “free pass to arts and culture” offered to Bank of America credit card holders. The first weekend of each month, Bank of America card holders get free admission to 150 museums, science centers, botanical gardens and more across the United States.
Discount tickets are offered through banks, power companies and other credit card companies from time to time. Some states offer free or reduced admission to residents, but you have to ask and be prepared to show a valid state ID to receive it. Before you finalize your vacation itinerary, check your wallet. It just might contain a free pass for your family to the places you want to see.
Do you know about hidden freebies? Please share!