See & Do

Free things to do in Adelaide

Adelaide has an abundance of unique experiences around every corner – and they won’t cost you a cent. Enhance your adventure with our interactive map below or keep scrolling to read the article.

Explore on foot or wheels

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Explore this beautiful city on foot or two wheels. Adelaide is full of wide flat paths and bike lanes, with plenty of walking and cycling trails in the picturesque Park Lands. Go on an urban adventure through the city with any arts and culture trail, or venture down memory lane with a historic trail.  Set out further into the Park Lands where a world of variety and nature awaits.  Need help choosing a trail? Try out our Which Adelaide icon are you? quiz to match you to your trail!

Choose a trail

Get arty

Statue of Charles Sturt, on the corner of King William and Franklin Street

The public art is Adelaide is awesome. Statues, sculptures, and street art adorn the open spaces, while there's an eclectic range of galleries across the city.  You’ll find the Art Gallery of SA houses some of the nation’s most treasured art collections and alongside, the State Library of South Australia which was voted in the top 10 most beautiful libraries in the world. APY Gallery Adelaide is one of the newer galleries in Adelaide to open (in 2019), and is a space and platform for emerging indigenous artists to showcase their work across a wide range of mediums. Another beautiful space to visit is the Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, a well-known gallery featuring historical, contemporary, and experimental art by Indigenous peoples from all over Australia. 

Immerse yourself in nature

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Adelaide is the world's only city in a park - we're surrounded by over 700 hectares of Park Lands for you to explore and immerse yourself in nature. 

If you're feeling physical, take advantage of the many free courts and fitness spaces dotted around the city, or run, walk or wander the many fitness trails that meander through the parks. If you'd rather just chill, you can lose yourself and restore your mind in one of the formal gardens and grassy city squares.

Of course if you're with family we've got you covered, with some fantastic dog parks for the fur babies, while our playspaces are designed to put smiles on kids of all ages.

Visit some museums

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The South Australian Museum boasts the largest collection of Aboriginal artefacts in the world while the Migration Museum allows you to explore South Australia’s incredibly diverse history of immigration. These cultural stalwarts have a constant rotation of free exhibitions on show and are open every day of the year, except for Christmas and Good Friday.

At the other end of the spectrum, is MOD., where you'll discover the future across seven gallery spaces and new exhibitions every six months. Art meets science and blows your mind.