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57 Amazing Free Things to Do in NYC in 2024 + Secret Local Tips

I know. It’s probably beyond difficult to believe that there are actually free things to do in NYC.

But I assure you as a 30+ year local NYC resident that this beyond bold statement is 100% true.

Truth be told, there are so many cheap things to do in NYC that I don’t want to turn this post into something that all too closely resembles War and Peace.

Plus, my handy Google Analytics informs me that most of you only spend a few minutes on my site at most. So yeah, no need to make this post on budget-friendly things to do in NYC super long.

Besides, if I took the time to introduce you to all of the best parks in NYC, you would fall asleep faster than a tenth grader in an algebra class.

So while I know you guys need your beauty sleep, I would prefer if my posts didn’t become an instantaneous cure for insomnia.

Yes, some of the this list of the best free activities in NYC are pretty obvious.

However, I know there are some pleasant surprises here too; unique free things to do in NYC that you might not have considered before.

But enough chit chat. Onwards and upwards, to the epic awesomeness that is this list of the best free things to do in New York City.

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Free Things to do in NYC – Manhattan

1. The Staten Island Ferry

A bright orange Staten Island Ferry docked at the terminal in Staten Island on a sunny day. It is surrounded by tons of industrial buildings.

Looking for one of the best things to do in lower Manhattan that is also one of the most epic free things to do in NYC?

If so then say hello to your nee best friend, the Staten Island Ferry. Just think of it as the frugal man’s solution to getting an up-close and personal view of Lady Liberty herself.

Also, fun little NYC fact for you. It’s one of the few free things to do in New York City that is actually cheaper now than it was in 1817 when a round trip ticket. cost $0.25.

Yup, crazy but totally true.

Plus, it not only connects the boroughs of Staten Island and lower Manhattan but it’s also open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Throughout the twenty-five minute ride (each way), you can capture stunning views of Governor’s Island, Ellis Island and the Manhattan skyline itself.

Just do yourself a favor and have your camera handy so that you can capture some of these beyond fantastic shots (or a selfie stick. whatever floats your boat) for yourself.

FYI, for the best views of the Statue of Liberty be sure to stand on the right-hand side of the ferry, as you make your way from Manhattan to Staten Island.

I would also try to find a window that opens so that you don’t have to take pics through the window pane.

And just in case you were wondering, yes. It really is WAY better than the official Statue of Liberty Tour which is kind of overpriced and not really worth your time.

So, if you want to be like all the wicked cool locals, then hop on the Staten Island Ferry at the aptly named “Staten Island Ferry Terminal” in Battery Park.

Yeah, it’ll be on your left as you walk into the park. And trust me, you can’t really miss it since there is a huge, “Staten Island Ferry Terminal” sign right on top in big bold AF letters.

You also won’t be able to just stay on the ferry and will actually have to disembark in Staten Island and then re-board the ferry back to Manhattan.

Kind of annoying but a minor convenience in the grand scheme of things.

Address: Staten Island Ferry Terminal, New York, NY 10004

Hours: Ferries depart every 15 to 20 minutes 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Just avoid rush hour since it’s packed.

How to Get There: Take the 4 or 5 train to Bowling Green and then walk to the ferry terminal in Battery Park.

2. Central Park

A view of the iconic skyscrapers of the upper west side reflected in the lake in Central Park.

Not surprisingly, a ton of NYC parks will make a stunning guest appearance on this list of free things to do in NYC.

And that’s because, well, let’s face it. Most parks are free.

But Central Park kind of stands above the rest for obvious reasons.  I mean, it’s HUGE (843 acres to be exact.

So don’t try to see the entire park in a single day because it won’t happen) and is home to a wealth of famous landmarks in NYC.

Therefore, some of the best things to do in Central Park include:

  • The MET
  • The Museum of Natural History
  • Central Park Zoo
  • Belvedere Castle
  • Strawberry Fields (a memorial to John Lenon)
  • Sheep Meadow
  • Bethesda Terrace
  • The Mall
  • The Alice and Wonderland statue
  • Ther Conservatory Garden
  • The Ramble
  • The Shakespeare Garden (on the west side between 79th and 80th Street)
  • The Boathouse (home to one of the best brunch spots in NYC)

It’s also home to basically anything and everything you could want from a park, including meadows, European-style gardens, beautiful lakes, historic castles, tree-lined walkways, and outdoor theaters.

Beautiful features that were designed by architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux throughout the 1860s and 70s.

Truth be told, they basically wanted to establish a beyond glorious oasis of greenery that was open to ALL New Yorkers, regardless of race and socioeconomic status.

Therefore, they created a complicated network of roads and footpaths to help keep foot and road traffic totally separate from one another. This way, visitors could actually feel like they were, “at one with nature”.

However, because this place isn’t exactly one of NYC’s many hidden gems, I’d try to plan my visit for a quiet weekday afternoon. This way you can enjoy one of the best activities to do alone in NYC.

You know so that you can avoid hordes of selfie-stick-wielding tourists.

While you’re at it, you could also check out slightly less popular sections of the park like the Harlem Meer and the North Meadow (both are well above 72nd Street).

FYI, The Central Park Conservancy is next-level awesome and runs fantastic themed tours of the park.

They focus on art, wildlife viewing, and other kid-friendly topics (check their website for more info but most are either free or under $15 per person).

If you want, you can even enjoy a Shakespeare in the Park theatrical performance.

And yes, it really is 100% free. Shows are usually held in The Delacorte Theater in Central Park. However, tickets can be hard to come by since the event is INSANELY popular.

So, arrive as early as possible on the day of the performance so that you can nab your free tickets. That being said though, do check out their website for more info and upcoming performance dates/times.

Address: Central Park, New York City, NY

Hours: Open daily 6:00 am to 1:00 am

How to get there: Take the A, B or C train to 72nd, 81st, 86th, 103rd or 110th Street Station. Also accessible by the 1 or 2 train to 59th Street Station, 2 or 3 train to 110th Street Station or N, R, W trains to 5th Avenue Station.

3. The Battery (Formerly known as Battery Park)

Seaglass carousel in Battery Park

This 12-acre park along the tip of lower Manhattan overlooks the one and only Statue of Liberty and was actually first opened way back in ye olde 1823.

However, aside from enjoying sweeping views of good old lady Liberty, you can also take a ride on the State Island Ferry, hop aboard another ferry to Ellis Island/Statue of Liberty, explore Castle Clinton. and take a ride on the Seaglass Carousel (tickets are $5 per person).

There are also a ton of public art displays here, in addition to a wealth of greenery that you can enjoy while walking among the area’s many gardens and scenic walkways.

It was also the site of the region’s very first Dutch settlement in 1625 and was where the city’s battery (hence the park’s name) was first built.

However, because this area is a hot spot of sorts for tourists, do be on the look for petty thieves and scammers who may try to sell you very not-real tickets for the Statue of Liberty.

Yeah, just so you. know, you can only get REAL tickets for the Ellis Island/Statue of Liberty from Castle Clinton.

That being said though, lines can be long and tickets can sell out quite quickly. So, you may want to do yourself a solid and purchase Statue of Liberty tickets online right now.

Address: New York, NY 10004

Hours: Open daily from 6:00 am to 12:00 am.

How to Get There: Take the 1 train to South Ferry Station, the 4/5 to Bowling Green station, or the R/W to Whitehall Street station and walk to the park from there.

4. The Met’s 81st Street Studio

Breaking away from traditional museum norms, the Met’s 81st Street Studio is easily one of the best free things to do on the Upper East Side for anyone with kids.

Because this epic Upper East Side Museum is filled with engaging, multi-sensory experiences for families.

Whether it’s the intriguing scent of different woods, the insane visuals you get when viewing everyday items through a microscope, or the fun of playing oversized musical instruments, this musuem has it all.

This studio, which is entirely free for children and their caregivers, is home to a ton of analog and digital experiences that are spread out across a 3,500-square-foot area.

These experiences are designed to stimulate creativity, curiosity, critical thinking, problem-solving abilities, and deepen their understanding and appreciation of the world around then.

Available during museum hours, the 81st Street Studio offers a range of drop-in and self-guided art and science activities that ensure a dynamic and interactive learning experience.

Address: 1000 5th Ave Ground Floor, New York, NY 10028

Hours: Open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, except Wednesdays when the museum is closed.

How to Get There: Take the 4/5/6 train to 86th Street and walk from there.

5. Chrysler Building

View of the Chrysler Building all lit up at sunset. It is a triangular skyscraper with triangles around the toip. It is surrounded by buildings and this view is from the street below on a clear day in NYC.

This shining example of art deco style architecture is probably one of the most instantly recognizable buildings in all of NYC – aside from the immortal Empire State Building that is.

So, if you have time and are looking for free things to do in NYC that you can easily add to your 4 day NYC itinerary, then check out the Chrysler Building!

It is a towering, 77-story building that was initially designed by William Van Alen and finally completed in 1930 as the NYC headquarters for Chrysler, the famous car manufacturer that we all know and perhaps might or might not love.

It’s also guarded by eagles that are made out of a chromium/nickel mixture and is crowned by a seven-tiered series of triangular windows that converge to create a metallic crown that shimmers in the evening.

Yeah, it’s one of those buildings that oozes this Mad Men-esq level of sophistication that leaves you nostalgic for days gone by.

That’s why, even though there’s no swank AF restaurant or observation deck here, you can still visit the uber-cool lobby – a stunning room that consists of dark wood, marble floors, and tons of art deco inspired steel.

And if you’re really into architecture, definitely take a gander at the beyond stunning elevators. They have these next-level gorgeous Egyptian lotus motifs and inlaid wood panels that are one word…marvelous.

And if you look up, you even see a ceiling mural done by Edward Trumbull. It showcases various buildings, airplanes, and people working on the Chrysler assembly line.

Honestly, though, it’s way better in person and sounds kind of lame when I write about it here.

Anyway, for the best view of the building possible, head to the corner of Third Ave and 44th Street so that you can get a wicked awesome profile view of this amazing building.

And if you have a bit of extra cash at your disposal, you can always head to the top of the Empire State Building and get a bird’s eye view of this exceptionally delightful building too.

Address: 405 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10174

Hours: Open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

How to Get There: Take the 4/5/6/S/7 train to Grand Central Terminal and walk to the building from there.

6. Grand Central Terminal

Me standing on the balcony in front of Grand Central Terminal. You can see the red and green Christmas light near the ceiling and the main concourse with its constellation studded ceiling with a turquoise sky.

Initially built in 1913, Grand Central Terminal is this instantly recognizable, beaux-arts style building with swank marble floors.

It also has fancy Italian marble ticket countertops and a main concourse that has this beyond-gorg, constellation-encrusted, turquoise ceiling.

However, aside from staring mindlessly at the structure’s beautiful decor, you could also:

  • Visit the Whispering Gallery – It’s located near the Dining Concourse in the basement and sits just outside the famous Oyster Bar which is one of the coolest restaurants in NYC. Once you’re here, you can stand diagonally across from your loved one, speak into the wall, and your partner in crime will then magically be able to hear exactly what you’re saying from across the room.
  • Check out the basement-level Dining Concourse – There’s TONS of delicious, reasonably priced food here, including Shake Shack, Magnolia Bakery (get the banana pudding), and Doughnut Plant, just to name a few.
  • Visit the Great Northern Food Hall – They serve seriously delicious Scandinavian-inspired food here and host a holiday market here in the winter in New York City.
  • Stop by Grand Central Market – It’s a Manhattan supermarket on roids since all of the vendors here sell beyond delicious fresh fruit, cheese, bread, baked goods, pizza, and basically anything else you can dream up.
  • Have a drink at the Campbell – It’s an uber-cool 20s era, speakeasy bar right that you should NOT miss.
  • Do a self-guided audio tour of the Building – Just head to the Tours Office in the Main Concourse and grab an audio guide that will take you on a tour of the building that will last 30 minutes to an hour. The office is open daily from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and guides are priced at $12 for adults.

Address: 89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017

Hours: Open daily from 5:30 am to 2:00 am.

How to Get There: Take the 4/5/6/S/7 train to Grand Central Terminal and you’re here.

7. Flatiron-Nomad Walking Tour

What, need something to do at 11:00 am on Sundays? If so then this is one of the best free outdoor activities in New York City for you!

See, regardless of the weather outside, expert guides are always prepared to provide you with an intriguing historical tour of the Flatiron and Nomad neighborhoods of lower Manhattan.

These compelling free walking tours allow you to wander through this iconic area, marveling at the architectural gems and even unraveling some scandalous tidbits about the area.

However, The best part? No need to RSVP. Just meet your guide at the tip of the Flatiron Building on 23rd Street just east of 5th Avenue.

You can also hit up Eataly either before or after since this spot is one of the must-east places in New York City.

8. The High Line

View of NYC all lit up in the evening from the Highline. You can see read, white and blue colors on the Empire State Building and skyscrapers illuminated by lights in the night sky.

I love the Highline yes I do, I love the Highline, how about you?

Come on, you gotta ADORE the Highline.

I mean, not only is it one of the best free things to do in NYC, but it’s also this unique, elevated park.

See, it was built atop an abandoned railway track along the west side of Manhattan in ye olde 2009 (seriously, how is that over a decade ago?).

In total, it’s actually 1.5 miles long and runs all the way from the Javits Center (near Hudson Yards) to the Whitney Museum in Chelsea.

So yes, you really should stop by Chelsea Market, the Vessel, and the Whitney Museum of American Art while you’re here.

Other than that though, it’s just brimming over with large swaths of greenery and wicked awesome outdoor art displays that gove beyond stressed-out New Yorkers a much-needed respite from the chaos of the city.

Address: Since the Highline spans 1.5 miles, check here for an entry point near you.

Hours: Open daily from 12:00 am to 8:00 pm

How to get there: Check here for transportation information since it will depend on your starting point.

9. The New York Public Library

Me enjoying the Rose Main Reading Room in the New York Public Library. I have a winter jacket, a hat, and green sunglasses on and am walking towards the camera. I am surrounded by wooden work desks and there is a ceiling mural with ornate wood trim.

Believe it or not, the New York Public Library is one of those awesome free things to do in NYC that is supremely well located.

I mean, it sits adjacent to Bryant Park and is a convenient stop when visiting either Grand Central Terminal or Times Square.

And guarding the gorgeous entrance out front? Well, you’ll find two exceptionally tall and proud marble lions known as ‘Patience’ and ‘Fortitude’.

However, the real magic happens once you step inside and discover an enormous reading room on the second floor that was built to accommodate more than 500 patrons.

Plus, the library contains a wealth of stunning and historically significant artifacts like the Declaration of Independence, the Gutenberg Bible, and the original Winnie the Pooh stuffed animals.

Heck, free tours of the building are even on offer at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm Monday through Saturday and at 2:00 pm on Sundays, except in the summer.

So, what are you waiting for? See the best of what NYC has to offer. And all for free I might add, you money-saving rockstar you.

Local Tip: The Rose Main Reading Room is only open to visitors between 10:00 am and 11:00 am, Monday through Saturday. Otherwise, you can visit via a tour or study here.

Address: 476 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018

Hours: Open Monday and Thursday from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm, Friday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, and Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

How to Get There: Take the B/D/F/M train to Bryant Park and 42nd Street Station and walk to the Library from there (You could also take a train to either Grand Central or Times Square and walk from there as well).

10. Visit Governor’s Island

Sometimes New Yorkers need a bit of peace and quiet. So, if this sounds like you then take a well-deserved break and head to Governor’s Island.

This unique destination in NYC seamlessly blends elements of a park, an adult playground, and an outdoor art space into one idyllic destination.

Recently, Governors Island has become accessible year-round, inviting visitors to experience the charm of this car-free island during the cold winter months.

Yes, you will need to pay a nominal fee of $4.00 (round trip) to access the ferry. But, you can reduce this cost by departing early in the day. So, this is a great activity for anyone backpacking in New York City.

Local Tip: Ferries depart daily from the Battery Maritime Building between 7:00 am and 4:15 pm, with the last ferry returning to Manhattan at 6:00 pm.

11.  Rockefeller Center

View of the Ice Skating Rink at Rockefeller Center. Skaters glide past the giant Christmas here.

’If you’ve ever seen the Today Show, then you have witnessed the enormity of this iconic, multi-block, city center that spans an impressive 22 acres and includes a whopping 19 different buildings in total.

Seriously, I honestly had no clue that Rockefeller Center was THAT big.

Anyway, as you probably already know, this place is seriously iconic. So much so that it was officially declared a national landmark in 1987, easily making it one of the best free things to do in NYC.

And if you have a little extra time or cash to spare, then you can do jazz hands-level snazzy things like:

  • Visit the Top of the Rock Observation Deck – PSST…You can also get a free view of the city from the 8th floor of Saks Fifith Avenue
  • Take an NBC Studio Tour – easily one of the most romantic things to do in NYC.
  • See the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree and skate on the rink here in the winter.
  • The 18-foot Prometheus States overlooking the plaza
  • The immortal, 24-foot tall bronze Atlas statue (in front of 630 Fifith Avenue)

Additionally, you can also enjoy totally free performances from top musical artists at the Today Show Live Summer Concert Series. I saw Maroon 5 this way and the shows are held right here in Rockefeller Center.

However, you will need to get here mad early (like the night before) to reserve a decent spot since these events are incredibly popular.

Otherwise, you could always attend the Good Morning America Summer Concert series instead.

It’s held in Central Park and is how I saw the Backstreet Boys for like the 10 billionth time. Again, get here the night before so you can reserve a spot.

Address: 45 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10111

Hours: Open twenty-four hours a day.

How to Get There: It’s a short 10-minute walk from Times Square so you can take most subway lines to Times Square and then walk from there.

12. St. Patrick’s Cathedral

The interior of St. Patrick's Cathedral with wooden pews and columns adorned with green Christmas wreaths with red bows. You can see the vast interior of the church with stained glass windows and the main altar in the distance.

Without a doubt, St. Patrick’s Cathedral is the single most famous church in all of NYC. So, to say it’s one of the best churches in NYC is easily the understatement of the century.

It’s also super easy to find since this neo-Gothic style Catholic Church is located right across the street from the aforementioned Rockefeller Center.

Also, believe it or not, it is the single largest Catholic Church in the United States and was originally built during the Civil War for a hefty sum of $2 million,

Therefore, expect to find not-so-modest features like a Louis Tiffany–designed altar that sits beneath a hella large, 7000-pipe church organ, and a next-level stunning Charles Connick’s Rose Window.

Heck, there’s even a crypt in the basement that houses the remains of every cardinal in New York…EVER.

And even though semi infrequent walk-in guided tours of the church have been known to happen (Hint, hint, check their website for more details), I highly recommend doing this joint tour of 5th Avenue and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Because for a mere $35 per person, you’ll get a fantastic, hour-long tour of Fifth Avenue and Rockefeller Center, Fastpass admission to St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and a free, self-guided audio tour of the building.

This way, you can actually learn a thing or two about the building and better appreciate the architectural awesomeness that stands before you.

Address: 5th Ave, New York, NY 10022, United States

Hours: Open daily from 7:00 am to 8:30 pm.

How to Get There: You could take the B, D, F, or M train to Rockefeller Center and walk to the church from there.

13. Roosevelt Island Tram

View of the red Roosevelt Island tram car pulling into the station with people standing inside on a cloudy day with the city in back of it.

Looking for one of the best panoramas of NYC? Then hop aboard the Roosevelt Island tram and savor some marvelous panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline and the East River.

Because let’s be real, this is probably the only time in your life that you’ll enjoy using NYC public transportation.

And while it’s technically not one of the totally free things do in NYC since you will need to swipe your Metrocard (or pay $2.75 each way) to get on the tram, it’s pretty dang cheap.

Plus, Roosevelt Island itself is a pretty rad place to explore since it’s a little sliver of land that sits smack dab in the middle of the East River, just beneath the Queensboro Bridge.

It’s also home to an array of pretty amazing things like the Blackwell house, the North Point Lighthouse, the FDR Four Freedoms Park, and more – making it the perfect place to ride a bike or take a nice leisurely stroll on a warm summer’s day.

So, if you’d like to experience this wicked awesome ride for yourself, then just board the tram at 59th St and 2nd Ave and let the fun begin. It’s one of the coolest things to do in the Upper East Side.

Address: E 59th St & 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10022

Hours: Open Sunday through Thursday from 6:00 am to 2:00 am and Friday and Saturday from 6:00 am to 3:30 am.

How to Get There: Take the N/R/W train to 59th street and Lexington station and walk to the tram from there.

14. South Street Seaport

This historic harbor district showcases a series of buildings that sit along picturesque cobblestone streets that have a quaint almost antique feel about them.

That’s why, exploring this area on foot is just one of the many free things to do in NYC.

Add in the Seaport Museum and the country’s largest privately-owned fleet of historic ships, and you begin to feel like you are walking through a picturesque fishing village in New England.

However, once you stumble across a gigantic shopping mall on Pier 17 that is brimming over with premium retail stores and high-end restaurants, you’ll quickly remember exactly where you are.

If you happen to be visiting during the summer, then check out the assortment of outdoor concerts, lectures, and public programs that are routinely held here.

Heck, there’s even a Farmer’s Market held here on Sundays between 11:00 am and 5:00 pm when it’s warm outside.

Address: 19 Fulton St, New York, NY 10038

Hours: The general area is open twenty-four hours a day but individual shops, restaurants, and museums will have their own hours of operation.

How to Get There: Take the 2 or 3 train to Fulton Street and walk to the district from here.

15. Times Square

Me standing on the red steps in Times square with my arms bent and near my ears and my toungue sticking out. I am standing in front of a neon sign and I have a gray and yellow hat with a black jacket.

Yeah, I’m not gonna lie. This is easily one of my least favorite free things to do in NYC. #sorrynotsorry.

It’s just way too touristy and overcrowded for me.

And in flashing lights, scrolling television screens, Broadway show advertisements, randos dressed up like giant Elmos, and shouting food vendors and, well, you basically have my idea of a living nightmare.

However, Times Square does sit at the heart of New York and is worth a gander if it’s your first time in the city.

However, for awesome views that have a slightly quieter feel to them, you may want to consider having a drink at the R Lounge inside the Renaissance Times Square Hotel.

The food here kind of sucks though. So, I’d skip that altogether and just order a Rose All Day Cocktail for $16.

Address: 714 7th Ave, New York, NY 10036, United States

Hours: Times Square is open twenty-four hours a day. For the best photo ops though, go early in the morning when everyone is still sleeping.

How to Get There: Just about ANY subway you take will lead you to Times Square.

16. Visit the Hispanic Society Museum and Library

Established in the early 1900s by the son of a railroad tycoon, the Hispanic Society Museum and Library can be found hidden away in Washington Heights.

In total, this free museum in NYC has an extensive collection of over 750,000 artifacts. It also stands as the largest repository of Spanish art and manuscripts outside Spain.

Plus, this collection includes significant religious relics like 16th-century tombs sourced from the San Francisco Monastery in Cuéllar, Spain.

Another highlight of the museum’s permanent collection is an exhibit of Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida’s ‘Vision of Spain’.

This extraordinary work is made up of 14 monumental oil paintings which were commissioned by the Society in 1911.

Address: 613 W 155th St, New York, NY 10032

Hours: Open Thursday through Sunday from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

How to Get There: Take the 1 train to 157th Street and walk from there.

17. Washington Square Park

Stunning marble arch in Washington Square Park is all lit up in the evening. People walk pasr and there is a Christmas tree with white lights beneath the arch.

Although the hippies from the 1960s are long gone, they live on with the NYU college students who call this park home.

This is perhaps one of the best people-watching spots in the city since musicians, street artists, and skateboarders all congregate here.

They surround the base of the iconic, Stanford White Arch – a 73-foot tall arch made out of white Tuckahoe marble that was modeled after the immortal, Arc De Triomphe in Paris.

The perimeter is also lined with a series of stunning, Greek Revival townhouses that make the perfect backdrop for any photo you may want to take.

However, because this is easily one of the most Instagrammable places in NYC, definitely get here early to avoid the crowds.

You’ll also want to stand right in front of the Stanford White Arch, looking down Fifth Avenue, so that you can get a wickedly wonderful photo with the Empire State Building in the background.

Yup, you’re welcome.

Address: Washington Square, New York, NY 10012

Hours: Open 6:00 am to 12:00 am daily.

How to Get There: Take the A/C/E train or the B/D/F/M train to stops at Washington Square Park and walk from there.

18. Chelsea Market

red sign for Chelsea Market, one of the best things to do in Chelsea NYC

O-M-G. Just hearing the words “Chelsea Market” makes me drool like a madwoman. That’s why the hangry beast within always has me running, not walking, to the foodie awesomeness that lies within.

However, just in case you’re not totally familiar with one of the best free things to do in NYC, Chelsea Market is a giant commercial center in the uber-posh Chelsea neighborhood of New York.

In its former life, this market was once an industrial factory that is now home to a variety of different food stalls and charming little shops that any hardcore window shopper will love.

It’s also not much of a hidden gem so I wouldn’t expect to have this all to yourself, even if you visit on a weekday afternoon. And on the weekends? Well, I’d try and get here early or avoid this place entirely since it WILL be packed with people.

And some of my fave shops include:

  • Artists and Fleas – Quirky little flea market style store with trendy souvenirs and knick-knacks that are made by local artists.
  • Bar Suzette Creperie – Crepes for the win!
  • Doughnuttery – Made to order mini-doughnuts.
  • Mok Bar – Yummy Korean-style Ramen.
  • Takumi – Weird but delicious fusion of Japanese and Mexican cuisine.
  • Very Fresh Noodles – Chinese noodle dishes made with hand-pulled noodles
  • Ninth Street Espresso – One of the best coffee shops in NYC.
  • Num Pang – Cambodian inspired sandwiches
  • Fat Witch Bakery – Get the brownie…now. No really. Just do it.

Address: 75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Hours: Open daily from 7:00 am to 2:00 am and on Sundays from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm.

How to Get There: Take the A/C/E from Port Authority, get off at 14th Street, and walk from there.

19. African Burial Ground National Memorial

This supremely awesome hidden gem in lower Manhattan is just another one of the many free things to do in NYC.

It was also first created in February of 2006 after local construction workers stumbled upon more than 400 different coffins in the area. Coffins that were remnants from one of the oldest and largest African cemeteries in the United States.

I know, beyond crazy but totally true.

Today though, there’s a monument,  museum,  and visitor center at the corner of Duane Street and African Burial Ground Way. It is here that visitors can go to their respects to 15,000 different people who were buried here throughout the 17th and 18th centuries.

Also, because the visitor center sits inside a federal government building (they share a space with the IRS), you will need to go through a security checkpoint before going inside.

It’s totally worth it though since there are a ton of fascinating exhibits inside the visitors center that do a great job of detailing the history of African Americans living in this city.

Address: 290 Broadway, New York, NY 10007

Hours: Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

How to Get There: Take the 1/2/3 train to Chambers Street or the 4/5/6 train to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall and walk from there.

20. General Ulysses S. Grant National Memorial

If I was a betting woman, I’d venture to say that most of you probably didn’t know that General Ulysses S. Grant had his very own tomb/memorial right here in NYC.

I mean, I’d expect something like this in Washington DC but NYC? Surely not!

Well NYC travel fans, I am delighted to once again blow your minds and introduce you to yet another one of the many free things to do in NYC.

It’s more commonly known as, “Grant’s Tomb” and cost a ridiculous $600,000 to build this enormous granite structure in 1897.

It currently holds the remains of the famous Civil War general (also the 18th president of the United States) and his wife Julia.

A claassical domed structure that is so big that it is actually the single largest mausoleum in the entire United States.

So, if you like visiting the final resting place of famous dead guys, then head on over to the Morningside Heights neighborhood in upper Manhattan.

Sit on one of the seventeen Gaudi-like, mosaic-style benches that encircle the shrine (Riverside Park is also RIGHT here so you can take a nice stroll through the area after visiting the Memorial).

And added bonus? There are several different exhibits here that cover the details of Grant’s life, as well as guided tours of the area that are led  by local park rangers.

Address: W 122nd St &, Riverside Dr, New York, 10027

Hours: Open Wednesday through Sunday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

How to Get There: Take the 1 train to 125th street station and walk to the memorial from there.

21. The Museum at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology)

Fashion lovers of the world unite because this is one of the best free things to do in NYC for you!

Yup, this super awesome FIT museum is home to a wealth of stunning exhibits that display a whopping, 50,000 different garments. Some of which date all the way back to the 18th century.

Feel free to be duly impressed and “oh” and “ah” at will since this is one of the coolest museums in NYC.

And another fun little factoid for you! This museum is actually the county’s first gallery of fashion and is home to a ton of rotating exhibitions that are sure to impress even the most fashion-challenged individuals, me included.

FYI, various film screenings and talks by iconic fashion designers/critics are routinely held here and are well worth your time.

So, if images of beyond beautiful garments, accessories, and vintage textiles are currently swirling around in your head, then you have a tiny idea of just how awesome this place really is.

Address: 227 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001

Hours: Open Tuesday through Friday from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm and on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

How to Get There: Take the 1 train to 28th street station and walk to the museum from there.

22. The Jewish Museum

Located right on Fifth Avenue in the Upper East Side, the Jewish Museum sits inside the historic Warburg Mansion, from 1908.

It is renowned for its distinctive blend of contemporary and modern art, intertwined with a rich collection of Judaica.

The museum embraces the traditional Jewish value of Shabbat, offering free entry during regular hours on this day, providing a meaningful exploration of Jewish heritage and culture to all.

This institution proudly hosts an array of temporary exhibitions, captivating audiences with diverse, thought-provoking displays.

There’s even an engaging permanent exhibit specifically designed for children, catering to their curiosity and fostering their love for art and culture.

Just don’t leave without grabbing a bagel at Russ & Daughters.

It’s a beloved Jewish-American restaurant on the Lower East Side that has been serving Kosher food like lox, sable, and whitefish, for over a century.

Local Tip: Reserving a timed ticket in advance is recommended.

Address: 1109 5th Ave &, E 92nd St, New York, 10128

Hours: Only free from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm on Saturday and on select Jewish holidays.

How to Get There: Take the 4/6 to 96th Street and walk from there.

23. Pace Gallery

Although there are a ton of different art galleries that line the 20s streets of Chelsea between 10th and 11th avenues, the Pace Gallery is easily one of my favie faves.

I mean, it’s just one of seven different Pace Galleries from across the world that showcase contemporary works from artists like Willem de Kooning, Barbara Hepworth, and Julian Schnabe.

And this gallery in Chelsea? Well, it’s an impressive, 8-story, 75,000 square foot building that is made of volcanic ash and that has an awesome 6th-floor open-air terrace that is great for photo ops.

So, if you’re an art enthusiast of even the smallest measure, then definitely check it out. Sure, all of the art here is for sale.

But, I’ve been and nobody really pressures you into buying anything as you look around and savor the exquisite opulence that surrounds you.

Local Tip: If you can, try and visit on a Thursday evening when many of the galleries have openings that feature free wine and cheese tastings.

Address: 540 W 25th St, New York, NY 10001

Hours: Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (opens at 12:30 pm on Wednesdays)

How to Get There: Take the C or E train to 23rd Street and walk to the gallery from there.

24. The National Museum of the American Indian

The stunning interior of the Museum of the American Indian in NYC. It is a circular area with a large skylight and murals on the domed ceiling. There is a blue rug on the floor, benches in the center and a lower wall adorned with informational posters.

This totally free museum in lower Manhattan is actually associated with the Smithsonian Museum of the same name in Washington DC.

Sure, it’s a hell of a lot smaller. But, it sits inside NYC’s former customs house from 1907, which features stunning beaux-arts style architecture that is pretty impressive all on its own.

A building that is flanked by four exquisite female sculptures that were created by artist Daniel Chester French in the early 20th century.

They represent (going left to right) the continents of Asia, North America, Europe, and Africa.

However. to fully appreciate the complexity and beauty of traditional Native American culture, step inside the building’s central rotunda and explore a wealth of modern galleries with exhibits on Native American culture, art, lifestyles, and traditions.

If you have time, you can also explore the museum’s incredible permanent collection, which displays a multitude of Native American technologies in the imagiNATIONS Activity Center and a ton of different decorative arts, textiles, and ceremonial objects throughout the remainder of the building.

You can also enjoy live dance and musical performances here, as well as various children’s book readings, craft seminars, film showings, and educational workshops.

Address: 1 Bowling Green, New York, NY 10004

Hours: Open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and on Thursdays until 8:00 pm.

How to Get There: Take the R/W train to Whitehall Street station or the 4/5/6 train to Bowling Green and walk to the museum from there.

25. The New York Earth Room

This is one of those free things to do in NYC that is truly bizarre. I also don’t have any photos because they are definitely not allowed. You know, just as an FYI.

Anyway, this wonderfully weird experience is a giant art installation that was created by Walter De Maria in 1977. It consists of a single room that contains about 280,000 pounds of dirt.

Yeah, one of those oddities that you’d only find in New York.

And although the wet dirt scent is pretty intense, the whole thing was surprisingly beautiful since you get to enjoy the raw beauty of nature within the heart of a beyond-chaotic city like NYC.

Also, you are 100% not supposed to walk on the dirt. So yeah, don’t do that.

Address: 141 Wooster St, New York, NY 10012

Hours: Open Friday through Monday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

How to Get There: Take the B/D?F/M train to Broadway and Lafayette Station or the R/W train to Prince Street Station and walk from there.

26. The Morgan Library and Museum

Me standing in a blue fleece and black leggings and turquoise sneakers in front of the stacks of books and glass-enclosed cases that make uo the Morgan Library.

No list of the best free things to do in NYC would be complete without mentioning this Madison Avenue treasure.

Yes, free hours are only on offer Fridays between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm. And yes, you do need to reserve your tickets at least a week in advance since they do sell out.

But, it’s worth it since you get to enjoy live jazz music played in the atrium as you explore J. Pierpont Morgan’s office, library, and a vast array of temporary exhibitions.

It will be packed. So, be prepared to endure large crowds when you visit during this time of the week.

Yup, his once private collection is a treasure trove of artistic brilliance, boasting works from masters like Michelangelo, Rembrandt, and Picasso.

The museum also showcases literary masterpieces, including Dickens’ annotated manuscripts, Poe’s original writings, and a copy of Frankenstein with Mary Shelley’s notes.

Music lovers will find solace in handwritten sheet music by musical greats like Beethoven and Mozart.

Local Tip: During the Christmas season in NYC, an original edition of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol goes on display in the museum. You can also sample New York City afternoon tea here.

Address: 225 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016

Hours: Free hours are from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Fridays only.

How to Get There: Take the 4/5/6/7 to Grand Central and walk from there.

27. 9/11 Memorial

A view of the 9/11 Memorial. It is a dark, square memorial with the Old World Trade Center Tower once stood. You can see the names of the victims carved on the outer edge and then a square fountain and pool with water flowing down into a square, black hole at the center.

Without a doubt, one of the best free things to do in NYC is visit the 9/11 Memorial. And unlike the associated 9/11 Museum, it’s 100% free.

Yes, it’s definitely one of the more somber-free things to do in NYC on this list, but it’s an amazing place that does an excellent job of paying homage to all those poor souls who lost their lives on that tragic day.

And once you’re here, you can admire “Reflecting Absence”, a series of two black reflective pools that sit where the towers once stood.

In fact, the water that cascades down the center of these fountains appear to plummet down into a neverending abyss – an ominous site that is surrounded by a plague that has the names of all victims etched into it.

So, stop by and enjoy one of the more important free things to do in NYC on this list.

Pro Tip: If you have the time and budget for it, I highly recommend visiting the 9/11 Museum.

Address: 180 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10007

Hours: Open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

How to Get there: Take the 1 to Rector Street, the 2/3 train to Park Place, or the 4/5 to Wall Street station and walk from there.

28. The Oculus

A view of me standing in front of the modern white interior of the Oculus near the World Trade Center.

One of the more famous free things to do in NYC, The Oculus is a transportation hub at the World Trade Center that basically sits right next door to the World Trade Center Memorial.

It’s also a stunning piece of contemporary architecture that was conceived by the renowned architect, Santiago Calatrava.

See, in 2016 he designed this place to represent the outstretched wings of a dove – an animal that serves as a universal symbol of peace.

So, be sure to stop by and admire this white steel beauty as you take tons of photos from the basement and then again rom the viewing platforms near street level.

And if you can, stop by in the evening when the dark sky contrasts beautifully with the white structure – ideal for next-level awesome photos.

Afterward, explore one of the 100 different stores that call the Westfield World Trade Center Mall home before hitting up the Market Lane food court for sustenance.

Pro Tip: Enjoy some authentic Italian food from Eataly while you’re here.

Address: The Oculus, New York, NY 10007

Hours: Open 24/7. It will be least crowded though between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm and then again after 7:00 pm on weekdays.

How to Get There: Take the E train from Port Authority to the World Trade Center or the 2/3 train from Times Square to Chambers Street.

29. The Vessel

Me standing with my arms stretched out in front of the Vessel in the evening. This is one of the best photo spots in NYC.

The Vessel, a striking architectural marvel in Hudson Yards that doubles as one of the best free things to do in NYC.

Regrettably, access to the top of the Vessel has been discontinued, due to a suicide here in the summer of 2021.

In fact, local authorities ordered the Vessel to close without announcing a reopening date,

Nevertheless, you are still welcome to appreciate it from the ground at no cost to you.

After all, this wonky, beehive-like structure invites visitors to explore the many spiral staircases with stunning city views in the background.

Then afterward, be sure to enjoy other fun things to do in and around Hudson Yards, including the Edge, the Highline, and the mall at Hudson Yards.

Address: 20 Hudson Yards, New York, NY 10001

Hours: 24/7

How to Get There: To get there, take the 7 train to Hudson Yards, then exit and head in the direction of Hudson Blvd.

30. Intrepid Museum “Free on Friday”

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, is located on the west side of the Big Apple and is docked right along the Hudson River.

It proudly stands as one of the finest attractions in the United States since it is a quintessential slice of American heritage, celebrating the nation’s spirit of innovation and military prowess.

Here, the mighty USS Intrepid aircraft carrier, the Space Shuttle Pavilion, and a treasure trove of aircraft, submarines, and space relics are waiting to be explored.

Plus, with sweeping views of the majestic Hudson River, this iconic museum is well worth a visit – especially when it is free on Friday.

Making it an essential stop for anyone looking for the best free things to do in New York City.

Address: Pier 86, W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

Hours: Free admission is on Friday from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, with final admission at 8:30 pm.

How to Get There: You can take the A/C/E subway lines to 42nd Street-Port Authority Bus Terminal station and walk from there.

31. Pier 57 Rooftop Park

Pier 57 Rooftop Park, located along the Hudson River, proudly stands among the top free attractions in NYC for anyone looking to enjoy the best the city has to offer.

This urban sanctuary seamlessly combines lush greenery with jaw-dropping vistas of the city’s skyline.

So, both locals and visitors flock to this spot for leisurely picnics and to bask in the serene ambiance.

Also, with abundant seating, artistic installations, and unforgettable sunsets, it’s a great place to relax and enjoy one of the best free things to do in NYC.

Address: 57 Hudson River Greenway, New York, NY 10011,

Hours: Open daily 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.

How to Get There: Tale the A/C/E train to 14th Street and walk from there.

32. Bryant Park

The fountain at Bryant Park in the evening with water coming out. It is surrounded by skyscrapers and there are buildings associated with the winter market at Bryant Park arund the fountain.

If you are looking for a place to have fun, Bryant Park is undoubtedly one of the best free things to do in NYC.

After all, this iconic urban oasis sits right in between Grand Central Terminal and Times Square and offers visitors an amazing blend of delicious food, stunning architecture, and incredible fountains.

It is also surrounded by towering skyscrapers, and hosts a plethora of activities, from free outdoor movie nights to seasonal ice skating at Winter Park in Bryant Park.

So, this park’s lush greenery and beautifully maintained gardens provide a serene escape from the chaos of the city.

You can even stop by the New York Public Library on the edge of the park before riding the carousel and grabbing a chocolate babka from the Breads Bakery kiosk (So good. I always get one when I am here).

Also, feel free to borrow a book from the well-stocked library, or play ping pong at one of the tables here before sitting with a picnic lunch and one of the park’s signature green seats.

Address: New York, NY 10018,

Hours: January – April open daily from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm
May – September open daily from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm
October open daily from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm
November – December open Monday through Wednesday from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm and Thursday through Sunday from 7:00 am to 12:00 am.

How to Get There: Take the F/M to 42nd Street-Bryant Park and walk from there.

33. Shakespeare in the Park

While you’re in New York, take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy Shakespeare in the Park. It is a free performance hosted by The Public Theater and is presented at Central Park’s Delacorte Theater.

Originally named the New York Shakespeare Festival under Joseph Papp, it was renamed in 2002 during a broader reorganization by The Public Theater.

As of today, Shakespeare in the Park has been wowing audiences for over 61 years. However, you can only get tickets on the day of the performance, starting at 12:00 pm.

Therefore, you’ll need to get up early and wait in line outside the Delacorte Theater since tickets are given out on a first-come, first-served basis. So, get there EARLY if you want tickets.

After all, Shakespeare in the Park invites New Yorkers and visitors alike to revel in world-class theater amid the city’s natural beauty and is one of my favorite free things to do in NYC.

Address: 81 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024

Hours: Performances are Monday through Saturday at 8:00 pm and typically take place from June through August.

How to Get There: Take the C/B train to 72nd Street and walk from there.

34. Flatiron Building

View of the triangluar shape of the Flatiron Building in NYC.

The Flatiron Building is an architectural icon in the city that is situated at the cross-section of 23rd Street with Fifth Avenue.

Now, this historic skyscraper, renowned for its distinctive triangular shape, has been a fixture of the city’s skyline since 1902. So, it stands as a testament to innovative design and engineering.

Sadly, you can’t go inside the building. But, you still can admire its stunning facade and capture photos of this beloved landmark, all without spending a dime.

Just be sure to take photos of the building from an angle (I like standing to the left of the building as you face it).

Because if you take photos of the building straight on, you won’t be able to capture its incredible shape.

Then, afterward, be sure to hit up Eataly for some incredible, authentic, Italian cuisine from Mario Batali’s restaurant/food hall.

You can also grab a drink and enjoy the seasonal, super Instagramable decor of SERRA by Birreria rooftop bar (the food is MEH so I would give it a pass).

Address: 175 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

Hours: 24/7

How to Get There: You can take the N/R/W train to 23rd Street and walk from there.

35. “Free Thursday Nights” at Art Galleries in Chelsea

The art galleries of Chelsea are a treasure trove of artistic discovery and invite visitors to enjoy complimentary entry on Thursday nights.

See, this is when numerous galleries extend their hours and give patrons free access so they can enjoy contemporary art in the form of paintings, sculptures, photographs, and more.

If you’re lucky, you’ll also get free wine and cheese during your visit too.

Just be sure to hit up epic spots like Denise Bibro Fine Art, Herbert Arnot Inc, Yancey Richardson, and Cheim & Read and Nathalie Karg Gallery.

Address: From 10th to 11th Avenue and from 19th to 26th Street.

Hours: Opening hours vary so check out the gallery’s website prior to your visit.

How to Get There: Take the A/C/E subway to 23rd Street or 14th Street and walk from there.

36. Little Island

An aerial view of Little Island in Chelsea. This is the view of this raised platform park with trees in the water. It is a view from the roof of the Whitney Museum.

Little Island is a breathtaking urban park that sits atop the Hudson River and has become a captivating addition to the NYC landscape.

Designed by Heatherwick Studio, this extraordinary oasis features undulating futuristic structures, lush gardens, vibrant performance spaces, and sweeping views of the Hudson River.

Plus, with free entry to an array of cultural events, Little Island has quickly become a must-visit destination and one of the best free things to do in New York City.

Address: Pier 55 in Hudson River Park at, W 13th St, New York, NY 10014,

Hours: Open daily from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm.

How to Get There: Take the A/C/E to 14th Street/8th Avenue station and walk from there.

37. Lincoln Center Performance

A view of the central building with banners advertising shows hanging from the five white arches out front. There is fount in Lincoln Center but it is not working because of winter.

Art lovers who are visiting New York City on Thursday are in for a treat at Lincoln Center.

Because every Thursday, the David Rubenstein Atrium hosts complimentary performances, featuring live musical, theatrical, and interactive workshops.

This makes it one of the best free things to do in New York on the Upper West Side and an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in the arts while exploring the city.

Also, Arriving a bit ahead of time is advisable so that you can secure a mega epic spot.

Address: Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023,

Hours: Varies

How to Get There: Take the 1 train to the 66th Street-Lincoln Center station and walk from there.

38. Check Out the Climate Museum

“The End of Fossil Fuel,” is the latest pop-up from the NYC Climate Museum. It provides a unique and insightful look into the history and impact of the fossil fuel industry on our planet.

At this free venue in Soho, visitors of all ages can engage in a variety of enlightening activities.

The interior of the gallery features a series of maps that vividly illustrate the far-reaching effects of climate change, complemented by text narrating the history of the fossil fuel industry.

These exhibits meticulously trace the roots of the current climate and inequality crisis, offering an in-depth look at how we arrived at our current predicament.

Visitors can further engage with the subject matter via a sticker wall, where they can pledge to take specific actions to combat climate change.

The pop-up is open through April 30 and is one of the best free things to do in NYC today. It’s also right near the Museum of Ice Cream. So, you could easily visit both at the same time.

Address: 105 Wooster St, New York, NY 10012

Hours: Open Wednesday through Sunday from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

How to Get There: Take the N/Q/R/W to Prince Street and walk from there.

39. Visit the American Folk Art Museum

View of a miniature red stage with miniature poeple all lined up in the center with red curtains are the gold stage. This American piece of art is kept behind glass at the American Folk Art Museum.

The American Folk Art Museum is truly a cultural treasure nestled in the Upper West Side.

With no admission fee, this museum is a must-visit for travelers and art enthusiasts alike.

It houses an impressive collection of over 8,000 pieces of folk art and creations by self-taught artists.

The unique charm of this museum lies in the authenticity of each piece since they are all crafted by artists who acquired their skills through personal exploration, rather than formal education.

This creates a remarkable diversity of exhibits, from intricately designed quilts to expressive portrait paintings.

The museum’s collection spans an incredible 400 years, offering a comprehensive glimpse into the evolution of folk art from around the world.

Also, be on the lookout for exciting temporary exhibits, and be sure to explore a quaint souvenir shop that’s sure to delight with neat NYC souvenirs.

Local Tip: The museum is small and should take more than an hour to visit. Afterward, visit nearby Lincoln Center and Miriam for delectable pita bread and hummus.

Address: 2 Lincoln Square, New York, NY 10023.

Hours: Open Wednesday through Sunday from 11:30 am to 6:00 pm.

How to Get There: Take the 1/2 to 66th Street and Lincoln Center and walk from there.

Free Things to do in NYC – the Bronx

40. Wave Hill “Free on Thursdays”

Wave Hill is a picturesque public garden in the Bronx that is a hidden gem nestled along the banks of the mighty Hudson River.

Visitors can explore lush gardens, woodland trails, and beautifully landscaped grounds.

Plus, the panoramic views of the river and the rugged Palisades are captivating, making it a favorite spot for relaxation and inspiration.

Also, visitors can enjoy free admission on Thursday, making this one of the best free things to do in NYC.

So, Wave Hill is a nature lover’s sanctuary and an embodiment of America’s diverse natural beauty.

Address: 4900 Independence Avenue, Bronx, NY

Hours: Open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, with final admission at 5:15 pm.

How to Get There: Take a Hudson Line train from Grand Central to Riverdale Station and walk from there.

41. Wednesdays at the Bronx Zoo

Okay, this isn’t one of the 100% free things to do in NYC. But, it’s pretty close and 110% worth your time since the Bronx Zoo is one of the finest animal research and conservation institutions in the entire world.

No really. It’s a ridiculous 265 acres, is the country’s oldest/biggest zoo (first opened in 1899), and houses an insane 6000 different animals – all of which reside in beautiful enclosures that mimic their natural habitat.

Plus, added bonus? They have some super cute gorillas and elephants too.

But the price tag can get a bit steep, especially when you add on a series of special exhibits that are not included in the price of general admission.

That’s why, if you can, try and visit on a Wednesday when the price of admission is a reasonable, “pay what you wish” fee.

Just brace yourself for the hordes of campers and school-age children who seem to take over this facility throughout the summer months (they show no mercy and take no prisoners).

Also, grab a free map before you enter the park since it’s ginormous. Trust me, it will be uber-handy since you can use it to plot out your day’s itinerary and figure out exactly which demonstrations/live animal feedings you want to see.

And if you have the money for it, definitely opt for the full experience ticket (10% cheaper if purchased online with a code from their website) that will give you access to:

  • The popular  6.5-acre Congo Gorilla Forest
  • The Wild Asia Monorail (Only open May through October)
  • Bug Carousel
  • Treetop Adventure

Plus, if you happen to visit on a Wednesday, it’s just $10 for a ticket like this, which will give you access to all rides and park attractions.

***If you’re arriving via subway, the southwest Asia Gate (four blocks away from West Farms Sq–E Tremont Ave stop) is the easiest place to enter the park.***

Address: 2300 Southern Boulevard Bronx, New York 10460

Hours: Open 10:00 am to 4:30 pm daily from November 1 through March 26 and then open daily until 5:00 pm between March 27 and October 31st, with extended hours until 5:30 pm on weekends and holidays.

How to Get There: Take the 2 train to the Pelham Parkway station and then walk to the zoo from there.

42. Bronx Museum of the Arts

I know, the Bronx isn’t typically on anyone’s New York City “Must See List”. However, this museum is well worth a visit and will hopefully (fingers and toes crossed) change your mind about this incredibly underrated borough.

Founded way back in 1971, the Bronx Museum of Arts features more than 800 prices of multicultural art – with a special emphasis on 20th- and 21st-century artists who are either Bronx-based or of African, Asian, or Latino descent.

Currently, some epic exhibition highlights include:

  • Sanford Biggers Codeswitch – A contemporary art exhibit that has deep roots in African American history and urban culture. Motifs that are reflected in sacred geometry and American symbolism.  This series, in particular, examines code-switching or the idea of switching from one linguistic code to another, depending on your surrounding environment.
  • #SeeMeBronx – This outdoor exhibit was created in honor of the museum’s 50th anniversary and is an exciting interactive project about visibility, intersectionality, identity, and greater social justice.
  • Shaun Leonardo: The Breath of Empty Space –  A series of drawings from a Brooklyn native that reflect how images of violence against Black and Brown young men in modern-day America have shaped our fear, empathy, and how we perceive them.

Plus, any visit here gives you a great excuse to head over to Arthur Avenue and indulge in some of the best Italian food that the city has to offer.

Address: 1040 Grand Concourse, The Bronx, NY 10456

Hours: Open Wednesday through Sunday from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

How to Get There: Take the D train to 167 street and walk to the museum from here.

Free things to do in NYC – Brooklyn

43. Embark on a Self-Guided Literary Walking Tour of Brooklyn

Want to see and learn all about some of the most iconic landmarks in Brooklyn?

Then grab an expertly curated audio guide from the Brooklyn Public Library and see this incredible place through the eyes of famed authors and characters, many of whom lived in the area.

This immersive experience spans eight miles and covers 16 authors, including cultural icons like Patti Smith, Biggie Smalls, Howard Zinn, and Tanwi Nandini Islam.

Prepare to make stops at libraries that hold significant importance to these authors’ lives, such as the Washington Irving and Clinton Hill public libraries.

Also be prepared to spend at least two hours enjoying one of the best free things to do in NYC, depending on how many stops you make along the way.

44. Brooklyn Bridge Park

View from Pebble Beach and Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Brooklyn Bridge Park is an urban gem that stretches along the East River and offers stunning beautiful views of the Manhattan skyline, the historic Brooklyn Bridge, and the Statue of Liberty.

Also, boasting an array of recreational areas, verdant green spaces, and innovative playgrounds, the park provides an ideal setting for relaxation and outdoor adventures.

Therefore, this is easily one of the best free things to do in New York City.

However, if you have cash to spare then go rollerskating at Pier 2 before hopping abroad Jane’s Carousel (with 48 wooden horses from 1922) and getting an ice cream cone from Van Leeuwen Ice Cream.

Local Tip: You can take stunning photos of the Brooklyn Bridge from Pebble Beach on the eastern end of the park.

Address: Brooklyn, NY 11201,

Hours: Open daily from 6:00 am to 1:00 am.

How to Get There: Take the 4/5/6 to City Hall Station and walk across the Brooklyn Bridge to the park.

45. Domino Park

A night view of Domino Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

This snazzy little park in Williamsburg sits on a relatively tiny, 5-acre plot of land that was first developed into a public green space in 2018.

It can be found where the Domino Sugar Factory once stood and was created by the same people who brought you the High Line.

So, if you’re running out of free things to do in NYC, then check out this fun, riverside park in Brooklyn.

After all, it offers visitors sweeping panoramas of the city and even comes outfitted with a modern playground, a bocce ball court, and a volleyball court.

Address: 300 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Hours: Open daily from 6:00 am to 1:00 am.

How to Get There: Take the L train to Bedford Avenue station and walk there.

46. Bushwick Collective

Mural from the Bushwick Collective. One of the best outdoor activities in NYC.

Want to see some of the best street art in the entire city? If so then this is one of the best free things to do in NYC for you!

After all, this iconic, 12-acre collection of street art murals in Bushwick was first started by local resident Joe Ficalora and has long since become one of the best places to see street art in NYC.

So, catch the L train to Jefferson Street station and begin taking in all the amazing art around you, which begins at the intersection of Troutman Street and St. Nicholas Avenue and includes more than 50+ murals.

Pro Tip: Stop by in June to see street artists at work during the Bushwick Collective’s annual block party.

47. Brooklyn Heights Promenade

The Brooklyn Promenade.

No trip to downtown Brooklyn would be complete without a walk along this over 1800-foot-long paved walkway.

First built in 1950, this awesome place also happens to be one of the best free things to do in NYC that will give you stunning views of Lower Manhattan and the surrounding New York Harbor.

Yeah, it’s so peaceful that you ALMOST forget that you’re walking atop the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE).

For the best views though, try and visit in the evening. You can also stroll across the Squibb Park footbridge which will connect you to Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Address: Montague St &, Pierrepont Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Hours: Open daily from 6:00 am to 1:00 am.

How to Get There: Take the 2/3 train to Clark Street station, the R train to Court Street Station, or the A/C train to High Street-Brooklyn Bridge station and walk to the park from there.

48. Coney Island Boardwalk

An aerial view of the beaches and amusement park at Coney Island

Walking along the boardwalk at Coney Island is definitely one of my favorite free things to do in NYC.

I mean, Coney Island is a beyond historic place that first became an amusement park in the mid-1820s.

Eventually, the family-friendly, totally famous Luna Park was opened in 1903 and made this area the modern mecca of fun that it is today.

However, I’m not gonna lie to you. It can get quite crowded (especially on weekends in the summer) and takes a solid hour to get there from midtown if you use the subway.

So yeah, be prepared.

Once you arrive, enjoy the beaches, stroll along the boardwalk, ride the Cyclone roller coaster (from 1927), enjoy the 15-story Wonder Wheel (from 1920), and admire nostalgia-inducing souvenir stands.

Other highlights include:

  • Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs – Not my thing but people seem to love them
  • New York Aquarium
  • MCU Park – it’s a waterside park where you can watch minor-league baseball games
  • The Annual Mermaid Parade
  • Totonno’s Pizzeria – It’s an old-school pizzeria that was first established in 1924. They also serve some of the best pizza I’ve ever had in my life.

Address: 1000 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11224

Hours: The boardwalk itself is open twenty-four hours a day. But, the amusement park and vendors here usually have their own hours.

How to Get There: Take the Q to Ocean Parkway station and walk to Coney Island.

49. Take a Tour of Brooklyn Brewery

A sampling of four different beers.
A sampling of four different beers.

Located in the uber-cool Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg is the Brooklyn Brewery. A magical place where all of your alcohol-related dreams can come true. as you enjoy beer, beer, and, oh yeah, more beer.

However, if you’re broke like a joke and still want to savor all the alcohol flavor, then take a free tour of the brewery.

Learn interesting things like the fact that the brand’s iconic logo was designed by Milton Glaser (he did the “I heart NY” shirt/logo) in exchange for part of the profits and free beer for life.

They typically depart every hour, on the hour from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Saturdays and from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Sundays.

They also last about 45 minutes and sadly, do not include any tastings. Yeah, you’ll need to head to the on-site bar to actually savor the flavor.

But, for a wicked awesome, very much un-free tour/tasting, visit during the week and enjoy samples of four different beers, as well as some pretty interesting history about the facility.

Spots fill up fast though, so definitely reserve a spot online. Also, just as an FYI, you’re not allowed to wear sandals or high-heeled shoes on the tour.

Address: 79 N 11th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Hours: The Brewery itself is open Thursday and Friday from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

How to Get There: Take the L to Bedford Ave station and walk to the brewery from there.

50. Green-Wood Cemetery

A stunning view of Manhattan from Green-wood Cemetery in Brooklyn.

This beautiful Cemetery was first established in ye olde 1838 and stretches out over 478 acres. In total, more than 600,000 souls are permanently in residence.

Although this may seem like one of the more macabre-free things to do in NYC, it’s a fantastic place to take a walk, marvel at all the ornate headstones/mausoleums, and enjoy views of Manhattan.

It’s also home to Brooklyn’s highest point, Battle Hill, which is a site from the Revolutionary War that is currently marked by a seven-foot statue of the Roman goddess, Minerva.

So yeah, I wasn’t kidding about the awesome views.

Also, watch out for a flock of green Monk Parakeets that inhabit the cemetery’s Gothic entry.

You can then check out the famous graves of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Leonard Bernstein, and Boss Tweed.

Local Tip: Pick up a free map at the entrance before exploring the cemetery.  

Fantastic two-hour, twilight tours are also conducted here around sunset and feature a fun history of the area, a close-up look at the catacombs, and stops at the graves of famous people.

Address: 500 25th St, Brooklyn, NY 11232, United States

Hours: Open daily from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.

How to Get There: Take the 2/3 train to Barclays Center and transfer to the N/R. Ride the N/R for four stops, get off at 25 Street Station, and walk to the cemetery from there.

51. Walk Along the Brooklyn Bridge

Vertical show of the arched towers the Brooklyn Bridge is known for. It's a sunny day and the camera is pointed down the brown pedestrian walkway as people walk along the bridge in the sun.

Perhaps one of the most iconic free things to do in NYC is to take a beyond scenic walk across the Brooklyn Bridge.

And that makes sense since this suspension bridge is a total icon that was first built in1869. It’s also open twenty-four hours a day and offers visitors stunning panoramic views of the surrounding area.

Just do yourself a favor and go as early as possible since it quickly becomes packed with absent-minded tourists.

Also, watch out for bikers (they show no mercy), wear comfy shoes, and start in Brooklyn and then work your way into Manhattan so that you can nab awesome shots of the NYC skyline.

And since you’ll be in the DUMBO area anyway (aka down under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass), don’t forget to experience everything this amazing neighborhood has to offer since it’s easily one of my all-time favorite places in NYC.

Address: Brooklyn Bridge, New York, NY 10038

Hours: Open all day, every day.

How to Get There: Take the C train to High Street/Brooklyn Bridge station or the 2/3 train to High Street station and walk to the bridge from there.

52. Brooklyn Botanical Gardens

A view of some of the lakes and tress in the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.

This is one of those free things to do in NYC that is way less well known than its brother in the Bronx but that is just as awesome. And it is none other than the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. It’s also free ONLY on Friday mornings between 8:00 am and 12:00 pm.

It was also opened way back in 1911 and is a serene 52-acre park that is overflowing with thousands of species of plants, including a superb collection of Bonsai trees that can be upwards of 300 years old.

Yup, there’s a whole lot of Japanese-inspired loveliness here. So, imagine groves of Cherry Blossom trees and a Japanese-style Shinto Shrine that are all a part of the single largest Japanese garden in the United States.

That’s why, you should definitely plan your visit for either late April or early May when all of the Cherry Blossoms are in bloom and the park hosts a little Cherry Blossom Festival.

After exploring this exquisite Japanese Garden, be sure to visit the Shakespeare Garden, which is a collection of plants that were mentioned in Shakespeare’s plays.

The Rose Garden, Daffodil Hill, The Desert Pavilion, and the Discovery Garden (designed for kids) are all worth a visit too.

Address: 900 Washington Avenue Brooklyn, New York, 11238

Hours: Open Tuesday through Friday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (March through October). The gardens close at 4:30 pm instead of 6:00 pm in November and are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm in December and February.

How to Get There: Take the 2 or 3 train to Eastern Parkway Brooklyn Museum station and walk to the garden from there.

Free Things to do in NYC – Queens

53. Flushing Meadows Corona Park

The iconic, 12-story, steel globe and classic, UFO shaped towers that you'll find in Queens' Flushing Meadow Corona Park.

Flushing Meadows Corona Park is located in the middle of Queens and is known for the spaceship-like towers that were built here when this oasis of greenery hosted the 1964 World’s Fair.

This 900-acre park also features to a diverse range of attractions like Queens Zoo, Queens Museum (enjoy an accurate, small-scale model of NYC from the 90s), and the New York Hall of Science.

Additionally, Flushing Meadows Corona Park is where you’ll find Citifield (home of the Mets baseball team plays) and the US Open Tennis Championship.

Just don’t leave without seeing the iconic Unisphere. It’s a 12-story tall steel globe with metal rings that represent the orbits of Yuri Gagarin, John Glenn, and Telstar.

Reflecting the rich tapestry of America’s cultural diversity, this park serves as a vibrant hub for residents and visitors, making it one of the best free things to do in NYC.

Address: Grand Central Parkway and, Van Wyck Expy, Queens,11354

Hours: Open daily from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

How to Get There: Take the 7 train to the Mets-Willets Point station and walk from there.

54. Socrates Sculpture Park

Socrates Sculpture Park is a hidden gem in Long Island City that is also a dynamic open-air museum and community space.

It seamlessly blends art with nature and has the stunning Manhattan skyline, along the East River, in the background.

It’s also one of the top free things to do in NYC that showcases an ever-changing selection of contemporary sculptures that give visitors the chance to enjoy epic immersive art.

Plus, this space hosts a range of cultural events and programs, making it a hub for creativity and cultural exploration as one of the best free things to do in New York City.

So, regardless of whether you’re an art lover or seeking an escape from the city, Socrates Sculpture Park provides you with a cost-free cultural journey that will enrich your trip.

Adresse: 32-01 Vernon Blvd, Queens, NY 11106,

Hours: Open daily from 9:00 am to sundown.

How to Get There: Catch the N/W train to Broadway station and walk from there.

55. Gantry Plaza State Park

View of the Manhattan Skyline from Gantry Plaza State Park.

Located in Long Island City, Gantry Plaza State Park is a 12-acre riverside oasis that offers spectacular views of the midtown Manhattan skyline.

So, be on the lookout for the Empire State Building and the United Nations as you sit down with a picnic and enjoy one of the best free things to do in NYC.

Plus, its meticulously landscaped gardens, green spaces, and waterfront promenade provide an escape from the chaos of the city.

Address: 4-44 47th Rd, Queens, NY 11101,

Hours: Open daily from 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

How to Get There: Take the 7 train to the Vernon Boulevard-Jackson Avenue station and walk from there.

56. Check Out the Queens County Farm Museum

Embrace the farmer within as you enjoy one of the best free things to do in New York City in Queens.

See, this unique oasis of agriculture is actually spread out across 47 acres of land and is known for being the longest continually farmed area in NYC.

And that makes sense since the Queens County Farm Museum has been in operation (as a farm) since ye olde 1697 and features a whole wealth of fun activities that the whole family can enjoy.

So, stop by and say hi to the resident sheep, horses, and goats before going on a picturesque hayride and picking up some farm fresh produce from their on-site store.

Also, be sure to come back in the fall for their epic “fall fest”, which features a full-on corn maze (aptly named the Maize Maze) and some dujour pumpkin picking too.

Pro Tip: Admission is always free except for special events. It also takes around an hour and a half to get here from Midtown so be prepared.

Address: 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy, Queens, NY 11004

Hours: Open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

How to Get there: Take the QM5 bus to the stop at 260 St/Little Neck Pkwy and walk from there.

57. Public Boathouse Kayaking

A man and woman going kayaking through the water.

Okay, so truth be told I’ve only actually done free kayaking at the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse.

Obviously, they only do this in the summer and you only get to kayak for twenty minutes, but whatever. It still fun and a great way to see the Manhattan skyline.

However, it you don’t want to schlep all the way there, then you can always do a bit of free kayaking at the Long Island Community Boathouse in Queens.

I’ve heard it’s a bit quieter and you don’t have to reserve spots in advance since not as many people know about that place.

However, there are a ton of other places where you can do free kayaking in NYC.

FYI, sessions are usually pretty short, are typically only held throughout the summer on the weekends, and do require a reservation since this is one of the many popular free things to do in NYC.

Other popular boathouses include:

  • North Brooklyn Boat Club
  • Kayak Staten Island
  • Hudson River Park
  • Red hook Boaters
  • LeFrak Center at Prospect Park

Address: 46-01 5th St, Long Island City, NY 11101

Hours: Check out their website for more details.

How to Get There: Take the 7 train to Vernon Boulevard and Jackson Avenue and walk to the boathouse from there.

Other Free Things to do in NYC Tips

  • Sign up for the Skint – It’s basically a free daily newsletter that lets you know all about some of the best and totally free things to do in NYC that happen on the reg. Honestly, it’s pretty awesome since it’s delivered right to your inbox and includes an ever-changing list of free/budget-friendly activities that you will actually want to do.
  • Check out some of the City’s BEST Free Museums – There are a ton of museums in NYC that are either always free or that have select days where you can visit free of charge. So, below you’ll find a comprehensive list of all those museums.
    • Always Free – African Burial Ground Memorial Site, American Folk Art Museum, BRIC House, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Federal Hall National Memorial, General Grant National Memorial, Hamilton Grange, The Harbor Defense Museum, MoMA PS1 ( NYC residents ONLY), The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, the National Museum of the American Indian, The New York Public Library Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, New York Transit Museum Annex & Store, Grand Central Terminal, Queens Botanical Garden (November through March), Queens County Farm Museum, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, Socrates Sculpture Park, Soldiers and Sailors Monument, and Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace.
    • Free on Monday – Museum at Eldridge Street Synagogue (pay what you wish)
    • Free on Tuesday – 9/11 Memorial & Museum (after 5:00 pm), Morgan Library and Museum (3:00 pm to 5:00 pm), Staten Island Zoo (2:00 pm to 4:45 pm),and Wave Hill (9:00 am to 12:00 pm).
    • Free on Wednesday – Bronx Zoo (no special exhibits), Frick Collection (pay what you wish from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm), Historic Richmond Town (suggested donation), Museum of Jewish Heritage (4:00 pm to close), New York Aquarium (pay what you wish 3:00 pm to close), New York Botanical Garden (grounds only), Queens Botanical Garden (3:00 pm to 6:00 pm April through October and then all day the rest of the year),
      Van Cortlandt House Museum, and Staten Island Zoo (2:00 pm to 4:45 pm)
    • Free on Thursday – Museum of Chinese in America (first Thursday of the month), Brooklyn Children’s Museum (2:00 pm to 6:00 pm), Museum of Arts and Design (pay what you wish from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm), and New Museum (pay what you wish 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm).
    • Free on Friday – Frick Collection (first Friday of the month between 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, except September and January), the Neue Galerie (first Friday of the month from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm), the Noguchi Museum (first Friday of the month), Asia Society (September through June from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm), Brooklyn Botanic Garden (March through November, opening until 12:00 pm), the Japan Society (6:00 pm to 9:00 pm), Morgan Library and Museum (7:00 pm to 9:00 pm), Museum of Modern Art (5:30 pm to 9:00 pm), Museum of the Moving Image (4:00 pm to 8:00 pm), New York Hall of Science (2:00 pm to 5:00 pm), The New-York Historical Society (pay what you wish from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm), The Whitney Museum of American Art (pay what you wish from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm)and the Rubin Museum of Art (6:00 pm to 10:00 pm).
    • Free on Saturday – Brooklyn Museum (5:00 pm to 11:00 pm the first Saturday of the month), The Jewish Museum, New York Botanical Gardens (the ground are free from 9:00 am to 10:00 am), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (Pay what you wish from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm), and Wave Hill (9:00 am to 12:00 pm).
    • Free on Sunday – Brooklyn Children’s Museum (4:00 pm to 7:00 pm), The Morgan Library and Museum (4:00 pm to 6:00 pm), New York Hall of Science (10:00 am to 11:00 am), and Queens Botanical Garden (April through October from 9:00 am to 11:00 am and the entire day the rest of the year).

Map of the Best Free things to do in NYC!

Map of the best free things to do in NYC.

Best Free Things to do in NYC FAQs

Is Times Square Free?

Yes, Times Square is free. In fact, it is even free on New Year’s Eve when people from around the world come here to watch the ball drop.

However, please be aware that you may need to purchase tickets to enter some areas when in Times Square on New Year’s Eve.

What Can You Do Indoors for Free in NYC?

Some free things to do indoors in NYC include:

  • Go to a local museum on a free day
  • Explore Grand Central
  • Take pics at The Oculus
  • Head to Strand Bookstore
  • Visit the FDNY Fire Zone
  • Check out the Amenity-Filled Public Atrium. …
  • Go shopping

Is it Possible to Visit New York on a Budget?

Yes, it is possible to visit New York on a budget. Just do your research and make a plan so that you can enjoy all of the cheapest restaurants/hotels and free things to do in NYC.

Are There Free Museums in NYC?

Yes, there are free museums in NYC. These include The Bronx Museum of the Arts, the American Folk Art Museum, National Museum of the American Indian, El Museo del Barrio, Queens Museum, Museum of the City of New York, Museum at FIT, Brooklyn Museum, Staten Island Museum, and more.

Additional New York Resources You’ll Love

Well my faithful NYC lovers, that just about concludes this insanely long guide to 34+ free things to do in NYC!

I hope you found it useful and can now plan the best ever, budget-friendly New York City itinerary. 

Tell me, did all your fave places make the list? If not then tell me about it in the comments below!

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Saturday 30th of January 2021

I've never explored the area around the South Street Seaport but it looks beautiful! Looking forward to checking it out on my next trip.


Monday 1st of February 2021

Omg yes! One of my favorite parts of the city.


Saturday 30th of January 2021

NYC has so much to offer and I love that many of the cool places to see are for free! I cannot wait to visit again so that I can do all the hidden gems you shared!


Monday 1st of February 2021

I hope you get to go back soon!

galatia savva

Saturday 30th of January 2021

I spent a mere 24 hrs in NYC (jet lag included) and sadly spent half the day being stuck at the statue of Liberty. Maaaaan, i cannot WAIT to return, there is soo much to see and do, and look at all those free choices too! (I swear i spent 300 dollars in a single day)


Monday 1st of February 2021

OMG I know the feeling. It's really easy to do that in NYC but hopefully next time you'll be able to stay a bit longer.


Saturday 30th of January 2021

I love this post--so informative! I live in NYC and totally agree that Coney Island is amazing. I've been going there periodically over the past year just to get a dose of sea and sand and even in the winter, it's a sight to behold. Also, I'm so intrigued by the Earth Room!


Monday 1st of February 2021

Yes! Love Coney island, especially in the off-season. And yes. LOL. It's definitely a little weird.


Saturday 30th of January 2021

This guide reminded me of my first (and only) visit in New York 2.5 years ago. I would love to return! I have already visited some of the places you recommended, but there are still so many more I need to go to, such as Coney Island Boardwalk and the Brooklyn Heights Promenade.


Monday 1st of February 2021

Yes! That's the great thing about NYC. There's always something new to see.

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