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You can never have enough free. So here are more things to do in each BBQ Smackdown city that cost exactly $0. Find more, as well as where to stay and eat in each city, here.

Austin, TX: BBQ Smackdown frontrunner

Austin, TX

See the world’s largest urban batcolony: Specifically, see all 1.5 million of them take flight each night from beneath the Congress Avenue Bridge.

Explore Hope Outdoor Gallery: This abandoned condo development is a living work of street art, constantly changing thanks to the city’s talented artists.

Tour the castle-like capitol building: The Texas Capitol Building hosts myriad exhibits, including those on the Texas Revolution and local ranching.

Memphis, TN

Pay your respects to the king at Graceland: It costs money to tour the mansion itself, but the Meditation Garden, the King’s final resting place, does not.

See pandas at the Memphis Zoo: Technically, this one’s only free to Tennessee residents on Tuesday afternoons, but those fuzzy pandas are worth it either way.

Grab a treat at the A. Schwab’s Dry Goods Store: The oldest Beale Street business offers up everything from a soda fountain to feather boas and actual voodoo supplies.

San Antonio; BBQ Smackdown contender 

San Antonio, TX

Sample the city’s best at Market Square: This outdoor plaza is lined with restaurants, produce stands and shops, as well as working artists, cultural events and live entertainment.

Explore the famous Riverwalk: After poking around the artist’s shops all day, you can kayak in the moonlight, head to a bar or sit down toa dinner al fresco.

Free your mind at the Laboratory of Dreams: This indie art space curates seriously innovative artworks from up-and-comers around the globe.

Kansas City, MO

Free things to do: nelson-atkins museum of art, shoal creek living history museum, country club plaza

Get cultured at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: Check out African, contemporary and American works, as well as a plenty of decorative arts.

Step back in time at the Shoal Creek Living History Museum: Tour historic log cabins, see real-live bison and take a stroll along Hodge Park.

Check out designer duds at Country Club Plaza: The outdoor shopping district boasts gondola rides, plenty of restaurants, as well as Madewell, Sephora and Tumi shops.

Nashville, TN: BBQ Smackdown destination

Nashville, TN

Enjoy a free concert: The Symphony Under the Stars series brings seriously upscale tunes to the masses—bring a blanket and a picnic dinner to make an evening out of it.

Breathe that fresh air at Centennial Park and Gardens: Besides the famous Parthenon dupe, this park offers a sunken garden, a lake, an arts center and historical monuments.

Pay homage to the Dukes of Hazzard at Cooter’s Place: See Cooter’s wrecker, Daisy’s Jeep and costumes from the popular film.

St. Louis, MO

Free your mind at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis: On Wednesdays and Saturdays, its always-rotating exhibits are free to the public.

Learn about Dred Scott at the Old Courthouse: This historic institution has seen plenty of pivotal cases; learn about their history here.

Get artsy at the Pulitzer Art Foundation: Its cutting edge and interactive exhibitions led by international artists are free on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Charleston, SC: BBQ Smackdown contender

Charleston, SC

See the colorful houses of Rainbow Row: Take in that beautiful architecture while snapping photos of the pastel-colored rowhouses.

Sun yourself at Folly Beach: Enjoy the slow pace of this barrier island beach, which offers local shops, tasty seafood and tons of live music.

Learn about the forgotten Constitution signer: Visit the Charles Pinckney National Historical Site to tour his coastal plantation, learn about slavery in the south and understand Pinckney’s contribution to the American Constitution.

New Orleans. LA

Play: NOMA and sculpture garden (free on Wednesdays)

See Bourbon Street in action: Obviously the drinks aren’t free, but this famous thoroughfare makes for some choice people watching.

Be one with nature in Jean Lafitte National Park: Discover wetlands, battlefields and the Cajun Prairie Acadian culture in this massive, diverse park.

Explore the NOMA: Its stunning sculpture garden and interior collection of Japanese, French and American art are free on Wednesdays.

Greenville, SC: BBQ Smackdown contender

Greenville, SC

Free things to do: Cleveland park, ride the downtown trolleys, mice on main

Stroll the banks of Reedy River: Or hit Cleveland Park’s portion of Swamp Rabbit Trail, its baseball diamonds, gardens and playground.

Take a ride on a downtown trolley: The charming open-air cars are free, and offer up a poor man’s tour of downtown, venturing from the historic West End to the Colonel Elias Earle Historic District.

Spot the Mice on Main: There are nine adorable mice sculptures planted all over Main Street, so keep your eyes peeled as you shop and explore your way down this thoroughfare.

Atlanta, GA

Visit the heritage village at Autrey Mill:  Learn about this BBQ Smackdown destination’s proud rural past and see replica Native American dwellings in this beautiful nature preserve.

Meet some hip locals at Ponce City Market: All while exploring the market’s many shops and food stalls, many of which offer locally made goods and James Beard Award-winning chefs.

Explore the great outdoors at Big Trees Forest Preserve: Climbboulders and hop over bubbling streams as you hike through this beautiful forest park.

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