10 Best Free Things to Do in Buenos Aires

No matter what you enjoy doing, it is almost impossible to be bored in Buenos Aires. The Argentine capital has many fun things to do – involving anything from culture to nature – and lots of them are free!

In fact, all the biggest sights in Buenos Aires don’t cost a thing. Walk through the political heart of Buenos Aires, the Plaza de Mayo, traditionally a site of gatherings and protests outside the presidential palace, the Casa Rosada. Discover the hauntingly beautiful La Recoleta Cemetery where Argentina’s rich, powerful and important were laid to rest.

If you appreciate the beauty of nature, go for a walk in the leafy Botanical Garden in Palermo, pleasantly filled with green plants and roaming cats; a long hike in the rough and tumble Ecological Reserve; or a blissful stroll through the fairy-tale setting of Buenos Aires' Rose Garden.

You can also soak up the art, culture and history of Buenos Aires without spending a thing. Try the National Fine Arts Museum with its wonderful collections of Argentine and European art, the ornate Cathedral that contains the tomb of Argentina's hero General San Martin and the Museo del Bicentenario, located in the Casa Rosada, covering 200 years of Argentine history in an afternoon.

Museo Histórico Nacional


The National History Museum is housed in a handsome, colonial-era mansion within Parque Lezama, a pretty, shady park in San Telmo. Chronologically arranged from the 16th to the 20th centuries, the exhibitions contain portraits, clothing and...  Read More

Puerto Madero


Looking for a bit of nature in the big city? Though there are many parks in Buenos Aires, the Reserva Ecol�gica is the city's favorite and most rugged green lung. At this 350 hectare park you can enjoy walking, running and cycling along...  Read More



This delightful, city-center park stretches from the grand, British-built Retiro station at the bottom of the hill up to shady, tree-lined walkways at the top, which is the northern end of the pedestrian shopping street, Calle Florida. The park...  Read More



Built at the end of the 19th century, the Casa Rosada (literally the "Pink House" in Spanish) is Argentina's Presidential Palace, which occupies the eastern end of the Plaza de Mayo, the city's political epicenter. In addition to archaeological...  Read More



A central square has existed on this site since the 16th century, but the current name, Plaza de Mayo, commemorates May 25, 1810, the day the Argentine Congress declared independence from Spain. Many of the dramas of Argentina's history (and...  Read More



The work of French landscape architect Carlos Thays, this Palermo park, which dates back to the late 19th century, is still a glorious oasis in the modern city. The gardens are dotted with sculptures, fountains and busts, and the green-minded...  Read More



The Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral is a splendid church with soaring ceilings, beautiful stained glass, marble columns and frescoes on the walls. The Rococo style altarpiece features the Virgin Mary and the Holy Trinity, and the large...  Read More



One of the world's great cemeteries and one of the city's most memorable sights, Recoleta tops most tourists' Buenos Aires itineraries. A city in miniature, the cemetery, which opened to the public in 1822, is a dreamy vision of domes, pantheons...  Read More



In a noisy metropolis like Buenos Aires, the romantic and fairy-tale setting that is the Rose Garden with its boating lake (with pedal boats and row boats for hire) and pretty white trellises (usually occupied by courting couples) is a...  Read More



Housed in a hulk of a building (originally a pumping station) on the busy traffic artery of Avenida del Libertador, the National Museum of Fine Arts is a vast treasury of Argentinian and Latin American art and painting from the 19th and 20th...  Read More


Meet Sarah Rogers

Born and raised in northern California, Sarah grew up to become an expat, traveler and wordsmith. She spent seven years in Madrid, Spain and now calls Buenos Aires, Argentina home. She has had...  More About Sarah