Free and low-cost leisure activities in Brazil


We invite you to share some information regarding leisure activities that are free or low-cost in Brazil. This information will give future expats (or even current expats) an idea regarding some of leisure activities that they might not be aware of.

Is there a way to find out about free or low-cost fun activities in Brazil, such as a specific app, or a newsletter, or magazine, tourism board, etc.? How do you find out where events are organised?

What are the most common free leisure activities in Brazil?
Which free activities do you recommend for children, for teenagers, for adults, and for seniors?

Are there certain days where access to paid activities are offered at a lower price or even for free, such as museum entry, or exhibitions, or a theme park, etc.?

How do you maximise your leisure activities in the most cost-effective manner?

Thank you for sharing your experience,


- The way to find out about events in general including free and paid ones are through the radio, newspapers (by region or the general papers);
- The most common free leisure activities in Rio de Janeiro is going to the beach;
- I recommend as a free activitivity in RJ, walking on the beach, playing volleyball, football for children, teenagers, adults and for seniors on the beach;
- At the beginning or middle of the week days, the access to paid activities are offered at a lower price such as cinema. Usually, kids entrance are half price of an adult entrance.

Here in Bertioga free and low cost activities include the beach, the Fort, and events in the event tent near the fort.

São Paulo has parks all over the place. On Avenida Paulista there's a free art museum and across the street is MASP Park which has playground equipment, trails, picnic tables, and more. Parque Ibirapueira often has concerts and other types of shows.  SP also has numerous malls that can be free fun/interesting time killers. Some sections of SP also have bike rentals with low hourly rates.

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The Bosque da Ciência in Manaus, part of INPA, the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da  Amazônia, is a 13 hectare park that brings a bit of the rainforest into Manaus.  It includes exhibits of manatees, giant river otters, and other wildlife.  R$5.00 for adults, free for children under 10 and adults over 60.
Teatro Amazonas, Manaus's beautiful Opera House, offers guided tours in Portuguese and English every day for R$10.00.  The world famous Opera Festival begins performances in May, but Teatro Amazonas has varied programming throughout the year, much of it free, or with tickets in the R$10 - R$20 price range.  Sparkling lights flashing just under the dome, visible from anywhere in the central part of the city, tell you that a show is about to start, or is in progress.
Every year, Manaus's street Carnaval is a lot of fun, and spread out among all the city's neighborhoods.  The Sambadromo show is worth seeing -- unless it rains, which isn't uncommon here.
Ponta Negra beach, on the Rio Negro, is where Manauaras get their beach fix, and lots of beach volleyball.
Aside from those attractions, shopping malls that could be seen in any major Brazilian city, and beautiful public parks, Manaus is famous as the jumping off point for every type of Amazon adventure, of every duration, and in any price range.

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