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Free Things To Do In Nice

Nice is a city filled with natural greenery, stunning beaches, and interesting architectures. However, many thought that this stunning city in the French Riviera is only for the rich and the famous. Sure, Nice may be a bit expensive, but if you know the cheap things to do in Nice, you'll surely enjoy your stay in the city even when you're traveling on a budget.

The best way to enjoy Nice if you're traveling on a budget is to check out the many free things to do in Nice. Depending on the kind of traveller that you are, you'll surely find something to do even without spending a single amount of money. For instance, if you love visiting museums, then take time to explore some of the free museums in Nice, such as the Palais Lascaris, a lavish museum that features an extensive collection of valuable artefacts and musical instruments. Of course, there are several other free attractions in Nice that you'll surely love, such as the Castle Hill, Promenade du Paillon, Promenade des Anglais, Palais Lascaris, Place Rossetti, and many more!

Regardless of your time of visit, there will always be something for you to do in Nice. For instance, one of the free things to do in Nice this summer is to stroll through the Old Town. Walking along the beautiful cobbled stone streets, you'll be passing by Old Colonial buildings, quaint cafes, and other interesting sights. If you're a family traveling with kids, one of the free things to do in Nice with kids is to go to the Promenade du Paillon, a beautiful park that has numerous water features that both adults and kids will surely love.

So here's a list of the free things to do in Nice to help you plan your trip.

Free Attractions in Nice

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Castle Hill

This hill offers breathtaking views over the city, out to the Alps and over the Med. You ascend via over one hundred steps, an invigorating climb which rewards you with a peaceful rest area and lookout points. Alternatively, there is a free “Art Deco” elevator.

You can discover the remains of Nice Castle, but some imagination is required as this once mighty citadel was almost completely dismantled by the soldiers of King Louis XIV...

Jardin Exotique d'Eze Ticket

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  • Located 429 meters above the Mediterranean sea, The Exotic Garden of Eze offers a spectacular view of the French Riviera.
  • It has numerous succulent plant species on the south side; the north side has caves and cascades along with plants from different humid regions.
  • The garden pathways are lined with informative boards,
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Promenade du Paillon

A delightful addition to the city of Nice, Promenade du Paillon was opened on 26th October 2013, replacing the old bus station which was widely viewed as an eyesore.

The attraction stretches for 1.2km from the Promenade des Anglais (link) at the sea and up into the heart of Nice. There are numerous water features, including a “water mirror” covering 3000m² with many fountains that spurt up at random intervals - great fun for the...

Nice Cote dAzur OCEANS: Digital and Immersive Odyssey

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  • This is a family-friendly show that is perfect for kids and adults alike. During the event, travellers discover a brand-new perspective on the oceans and underwater life.
  • This is a unique tour activity with 360-degree audiovisual effects/show that bring the oceans to life. This show has multiple daily showtimes are available for
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Old Town

Known locally as Vieux-Nice, the old town is a charming maze of cobbled streets, cafes serving delicious authentic cuisine, and interesting old buildings. It’s a great place to just have a wander, people watch, and see what you can discover. There is a great atmosphere which is cheerful and friendly, especially in the summer months.

One of the main thoroughfares is the Cours Selaya, which runs adjacent to the sea. If you come in the...

Villa Kerylos Skip the Line Ticket

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  • Villa Kerylos is a sumptuous villa standing by the sea and flanked by high cliffs.
  • The villa combines the comfort of the Belle Epoque and classical design of ancient Greece.
  • The priority ticket allows its holders to skip lines and benefit from a direct entry to this striking villa.
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Promenade des Anglais

A visit to the Promenade des Anglais alongside the beautifully blue water of the Mediterranean is a must on any trip to Nice. Walk, jog, cycle, skate, or just chill out on the beach - whatever you do, it’s the ideal place to relax and soak up the seaside ambience of la Baie des Anges. Lines of palm trees add to the idyllic atmosphere. There are also many restaurants and it’s very romantic to sit at one of these and enjoy the sunset with a...

Lavender fields wine tasting at Chateau de Berne Moustiers Grand Canyon Verdon

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  • The tour starts preferably at 9:00 am unless you decide otherwise. (From Nice)

    We're heading for Provence. Within a little more than an hour we will get to the neighboring region of the VAR, and our first stop is the Chateau de Berne, one of the most famous Provençal wine producers. Here you will discover the treasures of the Chateau's...read more

Place Masséna

Place Masséna is the heart of the city of Nice and is a lovely place to relax with a coffee, soak up the Mediterranean atmosphere, and enjoy the delightful sight of the fountains.

The plaza often plays hosts to concerts, processions and other festivities, and it’s quite likely that you’ll see street performers. The architecture consists of very attractive red-fronted Italian buildings. The sea is visible from the square, and it is...

Fondation Maeght Garden Admission Ticket

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  • Welcome to The Fondation Maeght

    France's first art foundation opened in 1964 on the French Riviera. Masterpieces by Joan Miró, Alberto Giacometti, Marc Chagall and regular contemporary art...read more

Place Garibaldi

Another pleasant square to relax and take in the passing street life of Nice. This one is dedicated to Guiseppe Garibaldi, the Italian politician who was born in Nice. A huge statue in his honour forms the centrepiece of the square, surrounded by a pool with fountains.

The Place has recently been renovated and the colours of the buildings are very much in harmony with each other, tan with green shutters. Many arches run around the edge...

Nice to Menton and San Remo Italian Markets Day Tour

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  • This entertaining tour introduces several interesting settlements in Italy and France located along the Italian and French Rivieras.
  • The tour allows passionate shopaholics to enjoy their favorite activity the all day in several different places.
  • Besides shopping, you will have a chance to sightsee and cherish scenic views of
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Cimiez Convent

This beautiful monastery with its restful garden was founded in the 9th century by the Benedictine Monks of the Abbey of St Pons. It has been used by the Franciscans since 1546.

It’s on top of a hill which requires a fairly steep walk, but this is rewarded by incredible views over Nice, as well as the delightful features to be found at the site itself. The monastery interior is beautifully decorated with a trio of “primitive”...

Small-Group Half-Day Tour to St-Paul-de-Vence, Antibes and Cannes from Nice

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  • Discover the French Riviera with its mix of medieval towns and villages and glamorous cities.
  • Visit Cannes, Antibes, and Saint-Paul-de-Vence.
  • Enjoy a small group tour (maximum 8 people) with an English speaking driver/guide.
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Musée d’Art et d’Histoire Palais Massena

Acclaimed as the jewel of the Promenade des Anglais, this beautiful building houses a sumptuous collection portraying the history of Nice from the late 18th to the early 20th centuries.

The neoclassical building was built between 1898-1901 as a private villa and became a public museum in 1921. Over four floors, you will see a wide variety of artefacts including personal items belonging to Napoleon and Josephine Bonaparte, artworks...

Eze and Monaco Private Half-Day Tour

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  • This is a 4 hour trip to Eze and Monaco.
  • This half day trip allows one traveller to see the immense beauty of the various places that they visit on their roundabout journey.
  • They also get a panoramic views from the cliff's roads leading from Eze to Monaco
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Palais Lascaris

Housed in a lavish former residential palace in the Genoese Baroque style, the Palais Lascaris is a museum with an extensive collection of valuable musical instruments as its centrepiece.

The building dates from the early 17th century and has been open as a museum since 1970. The palace retains all its ornate decoration, including gilding, ceiling paintings and statues, from its days as a Baroque residence. It has a beautiful main...

French Riviera Private Full-Day Tour

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  • This is a privately operated tour
  • It is a full day tour
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Place Rossetti

This square, located in the heart of the Old Town (link), is another perfect spot to kick back with a cappuccino or ice cream and take in the passing scene. There is an ice cream vendor with a wonderful variety of flavours. It’s enclosed by gorgeous red and yellow Italianate architecture and features a small stone fountain. There’s also the very picturesque Cathédrale Sainte-Réparate in the baroque style, built between 1650 and 1699....

Nice Cote dAzur OCEANS: Digital and Immersive Odyssey

clock Duration: 30 minutes
  • This is a family-friendly show that is perfect for kids and adults alike. During the event, travellers discover a brand-new perspective on the oceans and underwater life.
  • This is a unique tour activity with 360-degree audiovisual effects/show that bring the oceans to life. This show has multiple daily showtimes are available for
read more
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There are many things you can do for free in Nice like booking free entry into some Nice museums, joining locals to do some free activities and others. This allows you to have fun and relax on a budget or save for further experiences on your trip.