Over 25,000 weekend warriors took in city attractions for free yesterday, ending the first weekend of fall by keeping cash in their pockets.
The city’s fifth annual Free Admission Day offered families and individuals the chance to take in local fun zones at no cost.
“It’s the city’s way of saying thank you to the citizens of Edmonton,” city spokeswoman Kelly Cameron said.
Free sites included the City Arts Centre, Fort Edmonton Park, John Janzen Nature Centre, John Walter Museum, Muttart Conservatory and the Valley Zoo.
Among the most popular attractions was the Muttart, which saw lineups stretching two blocks, and Rundle Golf course, where tee times booked solid within two hours.
“We usually wait until we can get coupons to save on things like this,” said James Griffin.
“When all the kids want to do something, adding snacks and if they want to bring a friend, it can get really pricy.”
Griffin, his girlfriend and four kids hopped on a free bus from the Callingwood Arena to Fort Edmonton. He calculated that the group saved over $100.
“I’m a single dad, so this kind of thing helps,” he said.