Here are several easy and convenient ways to find free or cheap RV activities…

Traveling by RV can be expensive, so any opportunity to save money is a good one! You can save a lot of money by finding cheap or free activities to do wherever you take your RV.

Luckily, it’s easier than you think. There are several must-do activities and strategies that will help you tighten your purse strings.

Let’s go and jump in! The sooner you learn, the sooner you can save money!

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How to find cheap or free activities to do in a motorhome

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Think about it, every dollar you save is a dollar you can spend on your next road trip! Certainly, you still want to fully enjoy your current trip.

But, luckily, most free activities are actually worth a lot of money! So here are ways to find free or cheap activities to do on your next RV trip.

1. Go straight to the Welcome Center

Jennifer and I are BIG FANS of drop-in centers. They are full of useful information, including brochures and self-guided tour maps.

Plus, there’s always a helpful docent itching to tell you about their local knowledge and wisdom. If anyone knows the best free and cheap activities, it’s the staff at the visitor center.

2. Visit City, County, and Federal Government Museums

We are incredibly lucky to live in a country that takes great pride in making history and knowledge available to the public. The United States is full of FREE museums run at the city, county or federal level.

The Smithsonian Institute is the best example, with incredible museums, galleries and a zoo. While it’s certainly the grandest, it’s by no means the only one.

Most cities and even small towns have some sort of public museum that you can enjoy for free. Many ask for a donation, but in most cases you are more than happy to do so!

3. Use Reciprocal Memberships

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If you don’t know what reciprocal memberships are, you’re not alone. It took a while in my VR lifestyle before I knew about them. Boy, would I have liked to know them sooner!

A reciprocal membership allows you to use one membership at multiple locations within a city, state, or even across the country. For example, becoming a member of a zoo can give you free or discounted entry to many affiliated zoos.

Three great examples of reciprocal memberships for travelers are:

4. Google “Free Activities at ______”

Fill in the empty field with your destination and Google will take care of the rest. You will have many lists to explore.

Another great research resource is Tripadvisor. Users rank the best things to do in any location, which you can easily browse. You can download the Tripadvisor app at google play or in the Apple Store.

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5. Check local factory tours

Visits to local businesses or factories not only provide a unique experience, but also a great way to connect with a local community. It gives you a real insight into the area and often insight into local history.

Many of these tours are free with the unspoken expectation that you will make a purchase. For example, many local breweries offer a free tour and end it with a sales pitch to buy their best beers.

If it is not free, the best factory tours are generally inexpensive. In many cases, you can do the trick for less than $10 each. In these cases, it’s fine if you buy something but not expected.

6. Find free walking tours

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Many cities in the United States offer free or inexpensive guided or self-guided walking tours. You can simply Google “walking tours in ____” and fill in the blank with your destination.

There are also a few apps and websites dedicated to walking tours. A popular for US destinations is GPSMyCity. It offers thousands of self-guided walking tours, many of which are user-created.

7. Visit the local historical society website

Most cities, big or small, have some sort of historical society. If you visit their website, you will often find tour guides to historical sites in the area.

In many cases, you can visit these historic sites for free, with a donation or a small entrance fee.

Simply Google your destination with “historical society” and see what pops up in the search results.

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