Free to See: 10 U.S. Adventure Activities

Interested in trying a new sport or activity? You can give it a go without shelling out big bucks. Below, preview our list of 10 free adventure activities in the U.S., then visit us online for the full lineup:

Poison Spider Bicycles’ Spring Thaw Moab, Utah

Mountain bike fans know Moab as one of the world’s top two-wheeled destinations, and they can’t wait until its desert trails are dry and snow-free. That time typically arrives in March, and this festival takes full advantage with a celebratory vibe, free guided rides, and free mountain bike demos from Yeti Cycles and Kona Bikes.

Sail Boston Harbor Boston, Massachusetts

Sail scenic Boston Harbor with an experienced skipper during one of the Open House events held by the Boston Sailing Center. Sit back and relax or ask to take a turn at the helm once you have your sea legs. Open Houses are held in spring and early summer, and the center can set you up with lessons if the saltwater gets into your veins.

Ice Skate in Chicago Chicago, Illinois

Embrace the chill of winter in Chicago by lacing up your skates and hitting the free, 16,000-square-foot ice rink in Millennium Park. And if you’ve ever wistfully watched Olympic skating events, be sure to come during February’s Chicago Winter Dance festival, when ice skating and ice dancing lessons are also free.

Help us build our list! Tell us about your favorite (and free!) adventure activities in the U.S. or the world. Leave the details in the comments section below.

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  1. Deborah Bradley
    Boston, MA
    November 30, 2011, 10:38 am

    How refreshing to see Boston listed as a place to go for adventure activities! Sometimes I think people get so caught up in the history of the city (which *is* pretty awesome) that they forget it’s a beautiful, green city on the water with some fabulous adventures to be had! And a glorious summer day on the Boston Harbor can easily compete with most big city experiences out there! A few other ideas… Whale watching, ice skating on the Boston Common Frog Pond, a game at Fenway Park (always an adventure – especially in the bleachers!)… For more ideas, visit See you around town!

  2. Jason Smith
    United Kingdom
    September 16, 2011, 6:30 am

    Europe has some cool places too, check out La Manga

  3. John Wasko
    American Samoa
    September 15, 2011, 8:30 pm

    Hike cloud rainforest to coral reef in five hours in American Samoa’s United States National Park. Free 365 days a year.

    From Pago Pago, JW

  4. Lizzy Bradbury
    September 14, 2011, 9:16 am

    I haven’t sailed Boston harbour despite the fact I’ve been to the city several times – Sounds like a potential activity next time I go. Interesting blog on the US of A

  5. Sedona_Hiker
    September 13, 2011, 10:46 pm

    Free Sedona Hiking Clinic every Tuesday 1:20 pm
    For all those interested to hike Sedona.
    Award Winning Author & Hiking Expert-Mr. Sedona, Dennis Andres, leads the clinic and guided hike on selected trails.
    More info:

  6. Courtney
    Portland, Oregon
    September 12, 2011, 4:04 pm

    It’s a simple urban adventure that’s family friendly all summer long: Movies in the Park. A full evening of free fun!

  7. PeggyCoonley/SerendipityTraveler
    September 12, 2011, 11:41 am

    Our National Parks are Free on the following days!
    * September 24
    Public Lands Day
    Worldwide Day of Play
    * November 11-13
    Veterans Day weekend