New York, the city that never sleeps, is one of the top destinations for many people in their lifetime. It isn’t exactly renowned for being good value for money, in fact, it is actually the fifth most expensive city in the world! So, it is surprising to know that there are many free things to do in New York, but there are and I have found them for you.
Free tours in New York
While I always say it is free to walk around any city, New York is pretty big and it would be impossible for a newcomer to know where to go and where to find the best attractions. A free tour in New York is the ideal way of experiencing what is on offer, without the hefty price tag.
Big Apple Greeteris a free service that invites newbies to the city to take part in an informative walk through various New York neighbourhoods. Your greeter is not a tour guide, but rather a friendly face who wants to spend a few hours with you, to show you around the city and share what they know with you.
Free Tours by Footoffer tours of every part of the city for completely free! They also do a range of themed tours such a food tour, private tours, student tours and a guide service. Their tours by foot cost whatever you feel they should, so if you don’t want to pay, you don’t have to.
The Grand Touris a free, weekly, no reservation required walking tour of the Grand Central area. This award-winning tour is conducted by The Grand Central Partnership, which covers many of the architecturally and historically significant sights – among them the Chrysler Building, Grand Central Terminal and Pershing Square.
Hank’s New York Toursoffer a unique insight into the area as Hank is a real-estate agent who will bring you on a tour of the neighbourhoods. He will entertain you while filling you in on all the historical and need-to-know points about each place.
A Women’s History Walkcelebrates women’s contribution to modern society. The 21-stop walk highlights pioneer writers, agitators, abolitionists, suffragists, and September 11 heroes.
These tours offer a fantastic insight to every corner of New York city for a total cost of £0, you can’t put a price tag on that!
Free museums in New York
While tours are always interesting, visiting a museum opens up cultural doors which cannot be found on the city streets or under the trees in the park. At the museum you become exposed to the inner workings of other people’s minds as they created a masterpiece. Whether it is an art, historic or any other kind of museum, it is an interesting and informative way of spending a few hours. There are many free museums in New York, most of which are permanently free and others that are free on certain days of the week.From Africa to the Bronx, from Irish hunger to the Queen’s farm, from Soldiers to Sailors, from gay and lesbian art to biblical art and a few more thrown in; these are all free, all of the time. Certain zoo’s, gardens, parks and museums have free entry on particular days of the week, a full list can be found here.
Free attractions in New York
Famed for it’s world class attractions, a visit to New York would not be complete without seeing some free attractions in New York. In no particular order of relevance, I have compiled a list:
5Pointz Aerosol Art Centre
Grand Central Terminal
New York Library
St Patrick’s Cathedral
South Street Seaport
Staten Island Ferry
And while the world’s most famous statue, the Statue of Liberty, does incur a charge, you can see it from a distance for completely free… just be sure to have a good zoom for photos!
Staying in New York and without crossing the Brooklyn Bridge is almost impossible! You definitely should cross the bridge by foot. Buy water and a little snack and take your time while strolling over the bridge. For those of you who visit NY the first time you will be massively impressed by the gorgeous view of the metropolis. So what are you waiting for? It is for free and will leave you speechless. :)
Free parks in New York
After a long day of sight-seeing, you may just want to sit back and watch people while having a nice picnic. Or maybe you just want to read a book somewhere you won’t be disturbed. Whatever the case may be, it’s a bit off-putting when you have to pay into a park, so luckily there are a few free parks in New York.
The most well known of these parks is of course Central Park, a 843-acre green haven in the heart of Manhattan, it has offered free entry since 1856. Brooklyn Bridge Park is a waterfront area full of different piers, featuring a beach, a green-way and some playground’s. Flushing Meadows Corona Park is the site of two twentieth century fairs, a zoo, an art museum, a botanic garden, a science museum, baseball stadium and recreation area. Hudson River Park is a waterfront park perfect for skating, walking or simply admiring the view. These are just some of many beautiful, free parks all across the city.
Free parties in New York
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