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Free attractions

“The best things in life are free” is a popular conceit in entertainment and there’s no denying that ‘free’ is an enticing concept when it comes to travel. After all, if you’re travelling in a family or a group, the cost of some of the popular local attractions can really add up. Transport, entrance fees, something to eat, a trip to the gift shop… can leave your pocket a lot lighter than is ideal.

But all over the world, there are plenty of exceptional attractions that won’t cost you a penny! With the advent of the internet, you can quickly research before you travel to see what’s available.

The Flexicover Team looks at some appealing sites that don’t cost an arm and leg to see!

Smithsonian Institution; Washington D.C., USA

Founded in 1846 and run by the US Government, the Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum and research complex, made up of 19 world class galleries & museums, the National Zoological Park and 9 research centres, most based around the National Mall. Entry to all the museums is free as a result of donations, subsidies and retail revenues, meaning over 30 million people visit them annually. If you can’t do them all, maybe just stop by the National Air and Space Museum, considered the world’s most popular museum (on the basis of attendance numbers).

Gateway of India; Mumbai, India

Opened in 1924 in the Apollo Bunder area of South Mumbai overlooking the Arabian Sea, the Gateway of India is one of the city’s top attractions and a unique landmark. Built to celebrate the visit of George V, this ceremonial entrance was the first structure seen by visitors when arriving by boat. Huge crowds gather nearby every evening and the Elephanta music festival is held here. The Gateway is flanked by the famous Taj Hotel – take high tea here for a day to remember at excellent value.

Parc de la Colline du Château; Nice, France

This gorgeous park with its lush greenery was commissioned by King Charles-Felix of Sardinia in 1828 to provide a scenic walk for prosperous travellers. Nice is the second most-visited city in France and this attraction amply demonstrates why, offering stunning panoramic views over the Old City, the port and the turquoise waters of the bay. Climb the Bellanda Tower or just stroll the verdant walkways for a relaxing and enjoyable afternoon in this Mediterranean idyll.

Dubai Mall; Dubai, United Arab Emirates

One of the largest shopping centres in the world and home to the Dubai Shopping Festival, with over 1,200 shops and 200 eateries, this is a veritable temple of the consumer! Over 65 million visitors a year are attracted here for highlights which include wandering the old souk to marvel at the gold and jewellery displays and admiring a near-complete dinosaur skeleton, estimated to be 155 million years old. And go in the evening to best catch the interplays of water and light at the Mall Waterfall and Dancing Fountains – all at no cost!

Viharamahadevi Park; Colombo, Sri Lanka

Located next to the National Museum in the Sri Lankan commercial capital, this is the oldest and largest park in the city and famous for its flowering trees. Stroll along tree-lined paths to enjoy the beautiful landscaped grounds which include lotus ponds and statuary. Here you can watch locals and tourists alike, relaxing and having picnics with family, friends and loved ones beneath leafy canopies. Look out for exotic birds and butterflies as well as elephants from a nearby temple taking a break from ceremonial duties. With a zoo and amusement park for kids too, it’s a gorgeous place to spend a few hours in the city. Take the whole family out, it’s a relaxing luxury you won’t want to miss!

Wherever your travels take you this year and whichever attractions you are lucky enough to visit, we atFlexicover are committed to providing you the highest level of protection to ensure that you are safe and secure, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year when away. Safe travels!