TOP FREE THINGS TO DO IN ADELAIDE CITY
Adelaide is a small city with a laid back lifestyle, you’ll find most of the shops close at 5 or 6pm on a weekday. Friday night is late night shopping in the CBD and most stores are open until 9pm while Thursday night is late night shopping in the suburbs. If you’re new in Adelaide, maybe a student or a migrant who have just moved in, or if you’re here visiting family and friends then here’s a few ideas on where you could explore some places and spots in Adelaide.
1.) Visit the State Library of SA – The State Library is the largest public reference library in SA, it’s open to the public and all for free. You can check their opening hours here. They also have some free guided tours at 11am and 2pm but you would need to register your interest at the information kiosk.
This photo is not the ‘Harry Potter Library’ but our very own State Library of SA in Mortlock Wing.
Location: corner of North Terrance and Kintore Avenue in Adelaide CBD
2.) Visit SA Museum – Adjacent to the State Library is the South Australian Museum – a natural history museum and research institution.
3.) Visit the Art Gallery of SA – a visual arts museum with over 35,000 arts collection. The Art Gallery is also just along North Terrace in the CBD adjacent to SA Museum.
4.) Stroll around Rundle Mall – Australia’s first pedestrian mall opened in 1976 by closing a section of Rundle Street (between King William Street and Pulteney Street) to vehicular traffic. There are more shops as the street continues passed Pulteney’s Street. Several buskers can be seen performing in the mall.
5.) Haigh’s Chocolate Tasting – an SA icon and makers of fine chocolates since 1915. You can find their iconic shop at the corner of King William Street and Rundle Street. Be sure to bring home a pack or two.
6.) Drop by Charlesworth Nuts shop – an SA local produce they’ve been making the best and freshest nuts for over 80 years now.
7.) Visit Adelaide Central Market – an Adelaide landmark. It’s where you could find a wide variety of fresh and of top quality fruits, vegetables, meat and seafood.
8.) Get on the tram to Glenelg Beach Jetty – If you’re in the CBD, the Tram is a convenient transportation to Glenelg – a popular tourist haven. The Tram stops right at its foreshore. Some beach volleyball action happens here in the warmer months, an outdoor cinema as an attraction, restaurants, bars, an amusement park and a shopping district.
9.) Spend an afternoon in Henley Beach square – one of my favourite spots in Adelaide. They have recently renovated the foreshore, you can find cafes, restaurants and bars around the area while enjoying a magnificent view of the Sunset.
10.) Bring the kids to Semaphore Beach – is a busy spot especially during the summer months. The annual Kite festival is held here. The jetty is a fishing spot, some seaside attractions like Fish and Chips, Ice Cream, Coffee shops, a public playground and the Semaphore Water slide Amusement Park the kids will surely have fun.