Free Things to Do in New York City

Always wanted to visit New York City, but find all the tourist attractions too expensive? Here are the things you can do or visit in New York City, for FREE!

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Behold New York City’s beautiful skyline.

Sightseeing

  • Brooklyn Bridge: Walk across the bridge for 360° views of the Financial District, Brooklyn, the seaport and Manhattan.
  • Governor’s Island: A small island in the heart of the New York Harbor, only a 7-minute ferry ride from Lower Manhattan. The former military base has been transformed into a sculpture park and public playground where you can bike, picnic and enjoy the New York City skyline.
  • Chrysler Building: The Art Deco architecture of NYC’s most famous skyscraper is a must when you visit New York.
  • New York Public Library: Located in Lincoln Center, the New York Public Library frequently hosts exhibitions and lectures. Nevertheless, the library holds a copy of the original Declaration of Independence and is absolutely immense and impressive. There are free tours at 11am and 2pm Monday to Saturday, 2pm on Sunday.
  • Central Park: For a relaxing day out, take a walk in New York’s famous park, enjoy free events, take pictures with the statues and watch the ducks; or, you can get a free guided tour from the Central Park Conservancy and explore the park’s history and design.
  • Botanical Gardens: Visit the beautiful botanical gardens of New York (free all Wed., Sat. 10-11 am), Brooklyn (free all Tue., Sat. 10-noon) and Queens (free Wed. 3-6 pm and Sun. 4-6 pm).
  • Grand Central Terminal: Built in 1913, the Beaux Arts train station is definitely the city’s most spectacular station, with the Main Concourse – with constellations of the Zodiac signs painted on the ceiling- being one of the city’s treasures.
  • 5 Pointz Aerosol Art Center: The warehouse, located on Long Island City, is used as a 200,000 square foot canvas for spray-paint art, and is one of the biggest in the world.

To do     

  • Staten Island Ferry: Everyone wants to go see the Statue of Liberty when they’re visiting New York! A one-way trip takes only 30 minutes and gives visitors magnificent views of the city.
  • Kayak on the Hudson River: The Downtown Boathouse offers free kayak lessons and paddling tours! It is suggested to come early in the morning, because boats are distributed on a first-come first-served basis.
  • Union Square Green Market: On Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday you can taste samples of what the farmers have to offer – ranging from fresh organically grown vegetables to artisanal cheeses and fresh bread.
  • Bronx Zoo: Spend a fun day at the zoo on “Pay-What-You-Wish-Wednesday!”

Museums and Exhibitions

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art: The MET contains world famous works and is an absolute must. There’s a $25 entry fee as a suggested donation. You can pay as much or as little as you wish!
  • Chelsea Galleries: This area is New York’s most concentrated area for art galleries, and they are all free! Most of the openings take place on Thursday evenings, where you can enjoy a glass of wine and cheese.
  • MoMA: There is usually a $25 entry fee, but that fee is waived on Fridays between 4 and 8 pm. Come on time so you can avoid a long line, and start at the fifth floor to avoid the crowd.
  • Smithsonian’s National Museum: Learn about the American Indian culture, explore the museum’s collections, public programs, music, films and dance performances, all for free, every day!

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Enjoy a lovely day at Central Park.

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