Whether you’re a night owl or a morning person, enjoy the arts or the outdoors; Buenos Aires has something to offer. Even better, many sights and activities are free! When you travel to Buenos Aires you’ll see that it’s not possible to be bored in this vibrant city. In Buenos Aires there’s always something to do, and it’s a city that proves that having fun can definitely be free.
If you’re a nature lover planning to travel to Buenos Aires, you’re in luck. This big city is home to many green spaces. You don’t have to go far to find an oasis from the busy streets and sea of buildings. The majority of the parks and plazas in Buenos Aires are free and open to the public. On a nice day you’ll find dogs playing, families and friends sipping mate, and kids playing fútbol. Although there are popular parks scattered around the city, some of the most impressive, and not to mention free gardens in the city are in Palermo.
People flock to Los Bosques de Palermo to run, bike, rollerblade and exercise. The park is home to two man-made lakes that make you forget you’re in a city. In a city as bustling as Buenos Aires, sometimes you just have to stop and smell the flowers. Inside the Bosques de Palermo, you’ll find El Rosedal, which has more than 12,000 rosebushes. Portenos are very proud of the city’s botanical gardens. Get lost exploring in the 6,000 species of plants, and be sure to check out all three sections, French, Roman and Japanese!
For the more artsy-fartsy types, Buenos Aires has you covered—literally, you don’t need to pay to see some of the most famous works in the world! The classical art museum Museo Bellas Artes is always free. Many people travel to Buenos Aires just to see these magnificent works from centuries ago. Also, the Museo de Arte Latinoamerica de Buenos Aires (MALBA) is free to students on Wednesdays, and is half-priced for everyone else. This is a super popular contemporary arts museum that has an original Frida Kahlo!
Argentina is one of the most highly educated countries in Latin America, and Buenos Aires has the most bookstores per capita of any city in South America. Undoubtedly the most famous bookstore in the city, El Ateneo in Recoleta is an old converted theater. Entry is free so this unique store is not to be missed!
Finally, for the night owls who are planning to travel to Buenos Aires, there are many ways to enjoy the nightlife while still keeping your bank account in mind. If you’re looking to hear some good live music, El Universal in Palermo hosts Open Folk night every Tuesday at 9p.m. where indie bands play outside. Like Blues better? Perfect, Wednesday night is Open Blues night, same time and place. Also on Tuesday nights the bar San Bernardo in Villa Crespo has free ping-pong. Grab a beer and practice your skills!
To travel to Buenos Aires without a real Argentine tango experience would just be wrong! But skip the expensive tango extravaganzas and head to the popular La Glorieta. It offers free entrance to the open-air milonga on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 7-10p.m.
Written by Chloe Moore