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Top Free and Almost Free Things to Do in the US

Taking a trip to the US but on a tight budget? Check out our top 10 free things to do on your trip

It’s not always easy paying for a holiday, and even if you're working, it can be hard to pay for sightseeing. One way to fund your trip might be to get your US tax refund

Remember, it's a good idea to keep your bank account open even when you've left so you can get easy access to your refund, however, you can still get your tax back in the form of a cheque.

While you wait on your tax refund, sightseeing in the US doesn’t have to be expensive; here are our top ten free things to do while you’re travelling.


1. Learn to surf in Florida

Surfing is not a skill that we’re born with, but after a few lessons, you’ll be on your way to riding the waves. What’s better than learning for free? Island Camps offers free surf, stand up paddle, and skim lessons on Deerfield Beach in Florida. The instructors are patient and experienced, and it’s a safe way to get involved in the surfing community.  


2. Gettysburg National Military Park, Pennsylvania 

The battle of Gettysburg was one of the bloodiest battles in the American Civil War and ended the confederate’s most ambitious invasion of the North. Luckily, it’s free to enter the park, the National Cemetery, and park buildings, and you can take a self-guided tour through the battlefield.

The average US tax back we get for J1 students is $800


3. Tenement Museum, New York

Get a unique, fascinating insight into the lives of people who lived in 97 Orchard Street in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Home to almost 7,000 working class people and built in 1863, the museum tells the story of their lives and you will be guided through its many apartments, recreated as they were in the 19th and 20th centuries. 


The average US tax back we get for J1 students is $800


 4. French Quarter Festival

This four-day music festival gathers local musicians in New Orleans for a celebration of music and culture. Usually taking place on the second weekend in April every year, the award-winning festival is located in the historic French Quarter where you’ll get a taste of the real New Orleans.


5. Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival 

‘’Let Conscience be Your Guide’’ is the tagline of the Florida Keys Underwater Musical Festival which was launched to promote the protection of the reef. People are encouraged to dive or snorkel whilst rocking out to an underwater concert at Looe Key reef. Alternatively, you can join in the concert by wearing a costume and playing an underwater instrument.

How many people can say they’ve been to an underwater music festival?

The average US tax back we get for J1 students is $800



 6. Free Friday Flicks 

If a trip to Boston is part of your plan in July or August, then head over the DCR’s Hatch Shell on the Esplanade for some free movies. You simply bring along a blanket and some friends and enjoy the free food and drink samples while watching a free flick!


7. South by Southwest, Texas 

The first ever ‘South by Southwest’ took place back in 1987 and the festival has been growing and gaining notoriety ever since. Run by SXSW, it’s the largest music festival of its kind in the whole world and has three components, including a film festival, an interactive festival, and a music festival usually taking place around mid-March each year.


 8. Downtown Art Walk, California

This monthly self-guided art walk is designed to connect art lovers and the community in downtown Los Angeles. Taking place on the second Thursday of every month, you can pick up a free self-guided map and visit the unique events and offerings taking place in galleries and exhibition spaces on this day.


 9. Bellagio Fountain Show, Las Vegas

Gambled away all your money in Vegas? Fear not, for you can still enjoy a free fountain show outside the beautiful Bellagio; it’s also the perfect place to bring a cheap date. You’ll instantly fall in love with the complex water features, gushing and sprinkling against the dazzling night sky of Las Vegas.

The average US tax back we get for J1 students is $800


10. National Air and Space Museum, Washington DC

Forget the White House - take a free trip around the air and space museum and see thousands of objects, from airplanes like the 1903 Wright Flyer, to the Apollo 11 Command Module, Columbia.

There are lunar rocks you can touch, an Albert Einstein Planetarium, and an IMAX Theatre. The museum opens every day except for Christmas and is completely free.

You may be in the US to study or work, but don’t forget to have fun and see a bit of the country too!

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Ciara Kennedy - Digital Content Writer @ Taxback.com

Ciara is our Digital Content Writer at Taxback.com. Since graduating in Journalism and Visual media, Ciara has worked in online marketing in Ireland and Australia and loves writing in all its forms.

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