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10 free things to do in Buenos Aires

Tourists walking through Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires stop to admire the statuary on the front of a mausoleum

Much of what makes Buenos Aires so magical can be enjoyed for free, including many of the city’s most famous attractions.

From art exhibitions to historical sights to free festivals and concerts, spending a culture-packed day in the city doesn’t have to cost a penny. Strolling the city’s best neighborhoods is an excellent (not to mention budget-conscious) way to absorb Buenos Aires’ unique charm while admiring spectacular architecture and splashes of stunning street art.

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When it’s time for a rest, kick back in one of Buenos Aires’ parks or plazas. You might even catch street performers dancing tango. These top 10 experiences can help you see the best of Buenos Aires without breaking your budget.

1. Rollerblade and smell the roses in the Bosques de Palermo

In Palermo’s Parque Tres de Febrero (nicknamed the Bosques), the smooth tarmac path that circumnavigates an artificial lake is a popular place to go rollerblading. Bring your own skates, and it’s free; otherwise, you can rent a pair near the entrance to the Rosedal, the park’s beautiful – and free-to-visit – rose garden.

2. Immerse yourself in cutting-edge culture at the Usina del Arte

Usina del Arte, a cultural center and events space housed in a magnificent former electricity plant in La Boca, always has something interesting going on. From contemporary dance performances to tango festivals to art exhibitions, the events here are often alternative and rarely mainstream – and nearly always free.

Planning tip: Look out for kid-friendly activities and workshops, too.

Admire the elaborate structures in Recoleta Cemetery for free © FotografiaBasica / Getty Images

3. Wander between mausoleums in Recoleta Cemetery

Cementerio de la Recoleta is not your average graveyard. The “streets” of this city of the dead are lined with thousands of elaborate mausoleums in a range of architectural styles – don’t miss the marble, art-nouveau tomb of Rufina Cambaceres.

Most visitors head straight to the tomb of Eva Perón, but be warned; it can be tricky to find.

Planning tip: Pick up a map at the entrance and allow plenty of time to explore Buenos Aires’ most worthwhile (and free!) attraction.

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4. Catch a performance at the Centro Cultural Kirchner

What was once the city’s central post office is now the huge Centro Cultural Kirchner, which…

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