Whether you live in the Seattle area or you are coming to visit there are plenty of places to go that won't cost you a dime. Check out these fun and free events from museums to parks to food tours; there is something for everyone. (Free events are subject to change, be sure to call ahead.)
Free Museum Events
Get in free to the Seattle Art Museum the first Thursday of every month. The first Friday of every month is free to seniors (age 62 ), and the second Friday of every month from 5 to 9 p.m. is free to teens (ages 13-19) with ID. Address: 100 University St., Seattle, WA; 206-344-5275.
Admission to the Seattle Asian Art Museum is free on the first Thursday of each month for everyone. The first Friday of every month is free for seniors 62 and over. And the first Saturday of every month is free for families. Volunteer Park nearby is also free. Address: 1400 East Prospect Street, Volunteer Park, Seattle, WA; 206-654-3206.
Seattle Art Museum's outdoor sculpture park is along Seattle's Watefront and is free year-round. Address: 2901 Western Avenue, Seattle, WA; 206-332-1377.
Get free admission to the Bellevue Arts Museum on the third Thursday of every month. Parking is always free too! Address: 510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA; 425- 519-0770.
Free public tours are offered at the Frye Art Museum on Sundays at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Address: 704 Terry Ave., Seattle, WA; 206-622-9250.
Museum of Flight admission is free on the first Thursday evening of every month from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Address: 9404 East Marginal Way S., Seattle, WA; 206-764-5720.
Throughout the summer the Flying Heritage Collection will host free Fly Days which provide an opportunity to view vintage warbirds in flight from World War II-era military aircraft (they are owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen). Head to Paine Field in Everett to view the free Fly Days. Address: 3407 109th Street SW, Everett, WA.; 206-342-4242.
Free Park Recreation
Green Lake is a very popular recreation area with paths around the lake for biking, skating, jogging, bird watching, or pushing strollers. Or hang out at a grassy knoll and picnic and watch volleyball and baseball games. Address: 7201 E Green Lake Dr. N, Seattle, WA; 206-684-4075.
Go for a run, hike or enjoy a picnic with views of the Cascades and the Olympic Mountains at Discovery Park. Address: 3801 E Government Way, Seattle, WA; 206-386-4263.
The official name is Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and it's popular with locals and tourists. Hang out or picnic in the grassy park and watch sailboats, motorboats, tugs, barges and yachts pass through. Check out the fish ladder. Or visit the nearby and free Carl S. English Jr. Botanical Garden. Address: 3015 NW 54th St., Seattle, WA; 206-783-7059.
Hang out at the Carkeek Park beach, watch the sun rise or set, enjoy views of the Olympic Mountains and beachcomb for treasures. Address: 950 NW Carkeek Park Rd., Seattle, WA; 206-684-0877.
The long beach strip that runs from Alki Point to Duwamish Head on Elliott Bay offers a 2.5 mile path to walk, run, bike or rollerblade any time of year. In the summer people sunbath on beach and play volleyball. Address: 1702 Alki Ave. SW, West Seattle; 206-684-4075.
The Fremont Troll hangs out under the Aurora bridge and is near Gas Works Park. Fremont Troll Address: located under the north end of the Aurora Bridge at N. 36th St., Seattle, WA. Gas Works Park Address: 2101 N Northlake Way, Seattle, WA; 206-684-4075.
Marymoor Park in Redmond offers tons of outdoor recreation (640 acres) including outdoor climbing walls (you must know how to lead climb and set anchors or else you%u2019ll only be able to boulder). Bike, run, walk, roller blade, play soccer, baskeball or cricket. Check out the Velodrome bike track. Address: 6046 W Lake Sammamish Parkway NE, Redmond, WA; 206-205-3661.
Kerry Park on Queen Anne hill offers sweeping views of the Seattle skyline including the Space Needle. Address: 211 W. Highland Dr. Seattle, WA.
The Burke-Gilman Trail runs about 18 miles from Shilshole Bay in Seattle to Bothell (it intersects the Sammamish River Trail). The trail is paved and popular with bike riders. The trail runs through Ballard, Fremont, Wallingford, the University District and View Ridge in Seattle to Lake Forest Park, Kenmore and Bothell.
The free rose garden at the Woodland Park Zoo is located at the zoo's South Entrance at the intersection of N. 50th Street and Fremont Ave. N. (750 N. 50th Street).
Ebay's Landing is the nation's first historical reserve with two state parks on Whidbey Island. Fort Ebey St. Park: 360-678-4636 and Fort Casey St Park: 360-678-4519.
The Washington Park Arboretum is a an urban green space near Lake Washington. It features woody plant collections on 230 acres. Admission is free and the park is open from dawn to dusk seven days a week. Address: 2300 Arboretum Dr. E, Seattle, WA; 206-325-4510
Explore Seattle's Klondike Gold Rush with the park's free exhibits, audiovisual and ranger programs. Address: 117 S Main St., Seattle, WA; 206-553-7220.
Free Food Tours
Free candy factory tours are offered at Boehm's Chocolates from July to mid-September. Be sure to call ahead for reservations. They also offer guided tours (reservation only) from mid-June through early September. Address: 255 N.E. Gilman Blvd., Issaquah, WA; 425-392-6652
Take a free self-guided tour of the Darigold Dairy Fair and discover how 155 million pounds of cheese is made annually in Washington State. Take exit 67 off of I-82. Address: 400 Alexander Rd, Sunnyside, WA; 509-837-4321.
Liberty Orchards is located just one minute off Highway 2 in Cashmere, Washington, Liberty Orchards offers free tours every 20 minutes with lots of free samples. Address: 117 Mission Avenue, Cashmere, WA; 509-782-4088.