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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.

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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...

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 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...

Fondation Maeght 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
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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...

Mediterranean Coastal Sightseeing Cruise from Nice

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  • A relaxing 1 hour return cruise from Nice to Villefranche Bay.
  • Admire the stunning C´te d'Azur scenery.
  • See Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and Villefranche-sur-Mer.
  • A brief lesson about French Rivera's history.
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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...

Wild Child Charters! Day charters with a difference across the French Riviera

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  • Wild Child Charters offer a fun and unique day out across the French riviera! With our Wider 42 you really stand out from the crowd. A unique expanding terrace not only gives you room to move about and dance freely, it also provides added stability at anchor. A super fast Yamaha jet ski is also available for the thrill seekers amongst you....read more
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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...

Private Riviera Cruise on Spectacular Catamaran - up to 86 Passengers!

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  • We pride ourselves in creating and facilitating an experience that suits everyone’s needs while onboard with us.

    We offer a number of activities on board, eg stand-up paddle, snorkelling and kayaking.

    We offer a wide range of catering options, from open bar soft / alcoholic drinks and snacks to gourmet meals - please ask us for...read more
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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...

Private Riviera Cruise on High-end Catamaran - up to 30 Passengers!

clock Duration: 9 hours
  • We pride ourselves in creating and facilitating an experience that suits everyone’s needs while onboard with us.

    We offer a number of activities on board, eg stand-up paddle, snorkelling and kayaking.

    We offer a wide range of catering options, from open bar soft / alcoholic drinks and snacks to gourmet meals - please ask us for...read more

Mediterranean Coastal Sightseeing Cruise from Nice

clock Duration: 1 hour
  • A relaxing 1 hour return cruise from Nice to Villefranche Bay.
  • Admire the stunning C´te d'Azur scenery.
  • See Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and Villefranche-sur-Mer.
  • A brief lesson about French Rivera's history.
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Provence Organic Wine Small Group Half Day Tour with Tastings from Nice

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  • This is a 4-hour tour of the Provence Organic Wines with wine tasting. Provence is known for fine wines and with this wine tasting tour ticket, you get to visit two wineries in the region from Nice
  • This is a tour to learn about the French winemaking processes and classification of wines; where you get to sample some red, white, and
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Nice City Tour : Guided Private Tour by electric Pedicab

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  • This is a Nice city tour using an electric Velotaxi with optional multilingual audio guide to make touring easy.
  • It is a great way to discover the highlights in this amazing city while also listening to the stories about everything you need to know
  • The English-speaking tour guide will drive you through the town to see places
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Eze & Monaco Small Group Half-Day Trip with Perfumery Visit from Nice

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  • Experience the French Riviera on a guided half-day tour.
  • Visit Monaco, Monte Carlo, and the hillside village of Eze.
  • Small group sizes of upto 8 people ensure an enjoyable trip.
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Original Nice city tour ( pedicab-vélo taxi)

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  • These Nice highlights tour is an awesome way to explore the city " top highlights on a pedicab with informative commentary from a tour guide
  • It's the perfect way to admire Nice while on a limited time (30 minutes to 1h 30 minutes), it takes away the stress of navigating the city, by letting your tour guide drive you around the Old
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Nice Le Grand Tour Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus

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  • A hop-on-hop-off city sightseeing bus tour of Nice.
  • Admire the city views and the top sights from the open-top bus whilst listening to an audio guide.
  • The bus travels between 16 stops including Place Garibaldi and Promenade des Anglais, 1 loop lasting 1 hour 15 minutes.
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French Riviera Famous Cities Scoot Coupe Self Drive Tour from Nice

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  • This is an amazing way to explore Nice, Cannes, or Monaco at your own pace on this 4-hour NiceCar tour to discover the top attractions of the French Riviera behind the wheels of a 2-seat open-top vehicle with 3 wheels
  • It is a small-group tour with your own wheels, filled with gas for you and friend or partner to explore the Riviera on
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