Mexico: Top 11 Free Things To Do

 

Best Month to visit: March and May

Mexico which is officially called as the United Mexican States is a thirteenth largest independent state in the world. The city is popularly known for its ancient history, visual arts, literature, architecture, cuisine, paintings & sculpture, culture, entertainment, and biodiversity.

Mexico is one of the safest city for the travelers who want to spend one month or more learning about its diverse culture and art. You can find  more than 1500 magnificent and ancient monumental UNESCO World Heritage-listed buildings in Centro Historico. There are a lot of La Ciudad’s museums which offer either free entry on specific days in a week or maybe all the time. But there are a lot more to
experience along with visiting museums.

Let’s check out 11 most amazing Free Things to do on which you can count on once you step into this Beautiful city. So, here is my list:

1) Ancient Monuments with Popular Murals: You will find so many huge buildings in Centra Historico, which also includes country’s most precious government buildings whose passageways and getaways designed by colossal murals by Mexico’s most popular artists.

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The most popular artwork include Palacio National by Diego Rivera’s and Supreme Court Building’s mural by Jose Orozco and Rafael Cauduro. Mexican Government has allowed FREE ENTRY to all the visitors.

 

2) The Palace of Fine Arts: The place is popularly known as Palacio de Bellas Artes is a most important and grandest space in Mexico City. It hasinhouse National Museum of Architecture and the National Theatre. The place exhibits murals of Mexico’s most popular artist like Diego Rivera, Jose.C.Orozoco, David Siqueiros, and Roberto Montenegro. The Palace looks stunning in the night.

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The Palace organize different events in opera, dance, music, art, and literature. You may enjoy Free historic tour which is preferably conducted on Tuesday to Friday afternoons between 12.30 to 1 pm (Time-schedule may vary) and can accommodate huge people in one go. The Tour is in Spanish only so, if you do not understand Spanish never-mind, you can still have the advantage to admire the interiors of the theatre and its famous ‘glass curtain’.

ENTRY IS FREE (unless for a special event going on).

 

3)La Alameda Park and Plazas: The Mexico city has so much to offer on leafy parks and shady plazas which are scattered around the Centro Historico and adjoining neighborhoods inclusive of Latin America’s Largest park Bosque Chapultepec.

All parks are inclusive of lakes, walking and cycling pathways, museums, and castle on a hilltop which was earlier served as residence to many Presidents of Mexico.

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The most famous and central is the La Alameda Park which is leafy, shady, medium sized park beside Bellas Artes. There is this Parque Mexico in the southwest of Centro Historico which is larger, manicured and a shady garden located in Condesa. The grandest boulevard, Paseo de la Reforma is located at the end of La Ciudad’s is Bosque Chapultepec. Entire strolling around and visit all museums and castle will take two days to a week.

ENTRY IS FREE!

 

4) Bike Ride Down Avenida Reforma: La Ciudad offers free bicycles for their visitors to see one of the mexico’s most coolest and intriguing areas, Avenida Reforma. You may ramble the huge street any time of the day or night enjoying the sideways monuments beauty, every sunday( except last sunday of every month), feel free to enjoy with other people cycling up and down.

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5) The Amusement Chapultepec Park: The place regarded as the first place outside China with a set of breeding giant pandas. The well-maintained zoo by the Mexican government located in Chapultepec park and the main attraction besides, Mexican wolf, jaguar, Bengal white tigers, tarantula and more are Giant Pandas, you can see them lying or if they are in the mood, they may even show their cute faces.

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ENTRY FREE..except butterfly pavilion.

 

6) La Ciudad’s Free walking tour: If you are looking for free walking city tour then, you may find someone infront of the Municipal cathedral on Zocalo’s north side. The two or two and half hours friendly educational tour is about strolling around colonial and coyoacan neighborhood of Centro Historico knowing about the fascinating history of Mexico city and its customs.

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7) Soumaya and other Free Museums: If you are culture and history fanatic,then you must visit city’s best essential enormous number of museums which are approx over 15o! You may find an entry of a lot of museums free especially on Sundays and Tuesdays or any one day a week or all the time. Museo Soumaya- Polanco’s art gallery is free all 12 months around the year(Tuesday closed; other days-10.30 am to 6.30 pm). Galeria OMR and exhibitions in Museo da la Charreria and Museo Dolores Olmedo are free on Tuesdays.

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8) Climb Paseo de la Reforma: The 95m victory column of Angel of Independence popularly known as la Angel and officially known as Monumento a la Independencia is located on the roundabout of Paseo de la Reforma in downtown Mexico City.

In order to have lifetime experience by climbing this one of the most prestigious monument is a bit tedious but worth doing this paperwork for a fabulous FREE experience, still a great place to stroll too(Best time between 4pm to 7pm).

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You need to write a letter explaining your reasons for visiting, confirmed day and time and the number of people (in case of group hiking-Maximum 6); then, submit your letter to the Patrimonio Cultural between 9 am to 2.30 pm (Mon-Fri) and you are done!

 

9) UNAM Campus: The area which is often ignored by the tourist in the Mexico city with reason that the same will be overcrowded with students and university restricted area. But at the same time, the area offers tons of free sites and most famous one is cool Espacio which open Monday to Friday, and also offers great spots to grab a bite to eat, in case you’re hungry and do not forget to take photos of Sculpture park.

 

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10) Visit Basilica: If you like visiting churches, then Mexico will prove to be paradise for you. You may find churches on every corner with free entry on this Catholic country. In case you are striving for truly blissful experience into Catholic decadence then, head towards central Cathedral Metropolitana whose interior is visibly covered with gold.

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You must visit world-famous Basilica de Guadalupe in the north of the Plaza de las Americas which is both for pilgrims and tourists having the fascinating collection of religious art.

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11) Biking and Climbing at Los Dinamos: If you are feeling tired of hustle and bustle of the city and looking for an adventure trip, you may head to the outskirts of Mexico which is Los Dinamos. You can go for hiking in Ajusco and explore one of  the beautiful national parks.

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The place is little isolated but having scenic beauty so better you plan to go in a group especially female solo travelers.

Entry to Place is FREE.

So, have finally reached to end of my Budget place list for Mexico; the city has wonderful things to offer to see and experience. Go visit this Place, choose your favorite spots and learn about the place along with having Fun!

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Naples, Florida- Top 10 Free Things To DO.

Naples, which is situated on the Gulf of Mexico in southwest Florida as one of the pricey travel when it comes to spending a holiday but it still offers some of the affordable places which you can enjoy on this wealthy ground.

 

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You can enjoy getting out in nature, Hiking, paddling a kayak, watching birds, spotting dolphin, diving to find seashells and soaking under the sun are one of
the beauties of this place.

The beaches of Naples, Bonita Springs, and Macro Island are all free things you can enjoy as these are open to the public without any fees. YES; Parking fees do apply, but if you prefer to come on your bicycles and walking- YOU PAY NOTHING..(Win-Win situation).

Do not leave the Collier County, Florida, the United States without exploring its four excellent historical museums and walk along Naples City Pier that is free and highly kids and adults friendly.

Let’s get started with the Top 10 Best Budget-Friendly Places in the fishing and dolphin-spotting destination-Naples, Florida(USA).

 

1) Big Cypress National Preserve: If you are looking for spending a peaceful time in nature listening and enjoying the sounds of the frogs, limp-kins, thunder and rain and other Glades sounds. It does not get better than traveling the water trails of Big Cypress National Preserve that too on when you are on Budget. Better to Begin exploring at the new free Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Centre and take loop road for the best wildlife sight-seeings.

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The preserve neighbor to Everglades National Park which covers more than 7 lakh acres of land and is also home to rare to found and watch animals like Florida panther, Florida Manatee, and all the alligators. Its Free of cost Oasis Visitor Centre offers environment and ranger programs in case you are interested.

 

2) Collier County Museum: It is one of the excellent five-campus empire locations in Naples perseverates about one million years of South-west Florida history. The area is stretched in more than 10 thousand sq-ft space apprise diversified ancient mastodons, ceremonial masks by primitive people. An Ice Age giant corpus ground
sloth hanging from the ceiling welcome visitors.

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There are other outside attractions for exploration like in-house museum gardens, restored cottages, a quintessential swamp buggy that kids can enjoy climb into, a working archaeological lab, a 1910 steam engine from the country’s cypress-logging era and a converted Seminole fort and Calusa Indian camp.

 

3) Paradise Coast Blue-way: If you are looking for more closeup and raw experience in nature; you must take a paddle tour in Naples backyard Everglades. The whole 73-mile long development efforts start with the ten thousand Islands section (Phase 1) all GPS- marked trail routes which cover the wilderness zones in one long trail from Everglades National park to Good land on Macro Island and most challenging adventurous six days short trip trails.

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The trail provides you the experience of watching secluded beaches, mangrove-forest islands, and shallow backwater swarming with birds, dolphin, and fishes. There are extended phase 2 covering routes through Rookery Bay from the Gorden Pass area and phase 3 covers a coastal route along the beaches to the northern county line.

For Bookings: www.paradisecoastblueway.com/trip/outfitters.php

 

4) Macro Island Historical Museum: The ancient Calusa Indian civilization which was established in 1896 by archaeologist Frank Hamilton Cushing, spreads throughout Southwest Florida. The importance of the museum is its remarkable and influential 6-inch wooden effigy named as the Key Marco Cat and a room devoted to Marco Island’s early development and pioneer days.

 

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You will find a lot of information about Marco from its original inhabitants to the modern era and two exhibit rooms devoted to Calusa culture. There is this mini gift
shop with cute items which is also affordable from the local artist. There are no entry fees, however, donations are well appreciated.

 

5) Naples City Pier: The place is 1000 ft long stretches out from Naples municipal beach and has been an area landmark for attracting millions of tourists, and the
native people. You also get the opportunity to just stroll on a peaceful place as
other tourists and even natives love to do during sunrise and sunset listening to the sound of the waves and watching the dolphins and fishes.

 

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The Pier accentuates with restrooms, showers, a concession stands with a covered eating area, and beach supplies. Parking is a bit tricky so better grab the first spot you find and if you are lucky to be friends with the natives; it will help you to
grab the beach passes. The place is close proximity to the restaurants, ship store, and shop.

 

6) South Marco Beach: A fantastic place to spend the time if you are planning a family outing with kids, while strolling on the beach enjoying feeling your feet on the white sand, watching calm waves, starfish, and dolphins in the clean water, playing water sports, gathering the shells, relaxing sunset view. They also rent chairs and umbrellas; Yoga is also available at very affordable rates.

 

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The Beach is little tricky when it comes to restrooms and public parking- they have paid to park for $8 and then a short walk to the beach.

 

7) Ten Thousand Islands: The place famously named as Marsh Trial which is a cluster of mangroves haven which is fed by a flow of fresh rainfall into the Florida bay is one of the world’s most mysterious places where Florida haven breaks
apart into thousands of small tiny pieces. There was a time when this unusual
jigsaw puzzle was only accessible through water by the air boats, canoe, and kayak but now the first quarter mile is paved and wheelchair accessible.

The Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge added a resource which creates out and back hike into the mangrove mazes and Entry is free.

 

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In case you are a birder then, a newly opened observation tower which provides you the opportunity for wildlife photography that too without any charges and viewing
definitely a Bonus!

Best Place for Hikers and who would like to explore the place by bicycles as bikes are allowed on the trail which is in open- no shade.If you are planning for kayaking, assure to have a map with you before heading into the wilds and in case you bring your pet especially a dog, beware of the alligators.

 

8) Naples Depot Museum: The place foretells the history of city’s transformation which was once an ancient village, now with the help of railroads has become a
flourishing tourist destination.

You may find a movie which plays at every seven minutes in the museum’s windows, leaving you with mesmerizing experience of watching the circa 1927 Orange Blossom Special hauling into the station.

 

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The cherished site is located in the downtown Naples and listed as Historic Places on the National Register featuring the local history from the Seminoles designed caves to the marshland buggies and the three credible rail cars alongside the depot.

 

9) Otter Mound Preserve: The place on Marco Island was once the headquarters for the ancient Calusa Tribe- later owned by Ernest Otter. The Calusa archaeological hidden site and it’s illustrative manured pathway trail which is still full with ancient whelks alongside tells the history of primitive Indians who once lived in this place.

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The owner has reinvented the place by using the hundreds of whelk shells which they left behind defining their shellfish rich diet to line terraces around the
property in 1940 and above.

 

10) The Naples Preserve: The small yet fabulous flora and fauna place is best called as Tamiami Trail which allows you to stroll into the area and see how the area used to look like before development dating back nearly 10,000 years. You may find black racer snake, turtles, Air plants, red pines, and palmettos. Better to pick easy to use laminated guides as you step into the boardwalk which will guide your kids and you to know which fauna they need to keep watch for.

 

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There is also an Eco-system house with gave stress on interactive programs and panorama view featuring the preserve’s flora and fauna.

We are now end of the list, do explore this place in weekends or plan a holiday and share your experiences in the comment section.

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