April 21- 29 is U.S. National Parks Week
During the week, admission to all 397 national parks will be free
There will be special programs offered and some of the parks partners & concessions will be having special discounts too.
I visited Dubai in late August (a couple of years ago) when temperatures average 106 degrees plus it is also extremely humid. It is so hot that many bus stops are enclosed and air conditioned.
To cool off from the heat, I decided to visit a water park called Wild Wadi
. I am not a big fan of rides or amusement parks but a half day visit to a water park just seemed right due to the extreme heat.
While wandering around the park I came across this water fountain.
Better than getting some free water (this is Dubai where everything is outrageous, over the top & expensive) was the sign directly above letting everyone know that the water was FREE!
I can not believe that in Dubai there are still some things that are free, like drinkable water. I was surprised that there wasn’t a coin slot to pay to use the water fountain…
Lonely Planet has a list of the top things in the world to do for free. I am sure the list is missing quite a few freebies but it is made up of some interesting activities and experiences.
Here is the list:
- The Staten Island Ferry- New York City, USA
- City Bikes- Copenhagen, Denmark
- Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront- Hong Kong
- Walking Tour- Reykjavik, Iceland
- Tea @ Grand Bazaar- Istanbul, Turkey
- Te Papa Tongarewa- Wellington, New Zealand
- Reichstag- Berlin, Germany
- Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building- Japan
- Royal Opera House Lunchtime Concerts- London, England
- Louvre- Paris, France
Out of this list, I’ve done #s 1,2,3,5 & 10. I was thinking of free sites that were missing from this list and the first thing that came to mind was the Smithsonian Museums in Washington D.C.
To read the Lonely Planet article click here.
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I paid around $12.00 roundtrip for my wife and I to go from NY-DC and a drop more for us to go from NY-Baltimore just to mention a couple of times we’ve used them.
Megabus is giving away 200,000 free seats from January 4- March 1, 2012. They travel to over 70 US cities & Toronto. Their buses offer free wifi and power outlets so you can use your travel time surfing the web. When I used the wifi it was spotty at times but that was a couple of years ago. Maybe they have improved the service since.
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