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20 FREE things to see/do in New York

New York is the most Expensive city in United States.If you’ve ever dreamed about visiting New York,But weren’t sure if you could afford it,Here are the 30 free things to do in ‘Big Apple’.

1.Central Park:

Central park is free & open to public.Many people doesn’t know that they also offer a free guided tour of this Manhattan’s Largest park.This park has everything From waterfalls to lakes & ponds, lush grassy areas perfect for picnicking,Countless Monuments, Trees, Animals, Birds, Activities,Crowd, horse drawn carriage rides, zoo,boat riding, hiking and much more,  you will have your hands full.

Hours : 6 am- 1am

Location : New York, NY 10024

2.High Line :

High line is a 1.5 mile long old railroad which turned into a beautiful park in between the tall buildings.It is elevated from streets and lined with trees, gardens and benches where you can sit and enjoy the view.This place is a one kind of attraction which adds to the uniqueness of New York.

Location :  New York, NY 10011

3.Times Square : 

This is a must see when you are visiting NYC. I enjoy coming here but I have to admit that this place is a huge tourist trap but it’s a great place to take pictures and enjoy the sights.

4.Roosevelt Island:

It is a beautiful narrow island which lies in between queens & Manhattan.If you are tired of Manhattan’s crowd,come here and have peace full long walks with a beautiful views.There is a red bus which brings you to this island for free(Click here to know more about Roosevelt island).

5.Apple store :

This is that famous glass cube Apple store.By far one of the best apple store’s i have ever been.Even if you are not buying anything this is still a cool place to stop and see.

Location : 767 5th Ave, New York, NY 10153

6.Trump tower :

Have you ever seen a gold platted elevator?escalators?doors? if you din’t then this is that place.once you’re in,You’ll see gold everywhere.

Hours: Open to public from 8 am-10 pm

Location :725 5th Ave, New York, NY 10022

7.Brooklyn Bridge:

It is one of the oldest suspension bridges in United states.It has become one of the iconic structures of New York.Walk or bike the bridge If you are looking for the best panoramic view of Manhattan.

8.Grand Central terminal :

Grand central terminal is the biggest railroad stations in the world.If you are a great lover of history & architecture then this the place.It is also a major subway hub that connects to Times Square and Union Square.One of its most alluring secrets is the Whispering Gallery under the Guastavino-tiled arches near the Oyster Bar. When two people stand at diagonal arches and whisper to each other, their voices ring through like an old game of telephone.

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

9.New York Public Library :

Stop by the library to experience the movie like adventure,all the rooms and hall ways are grand and beautiful.From the special exhibits, to the reading rooms you can browse the vast collection of books and loose yourself into another world.

Location : New York Public Library – Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, New York, NY 10018

10.Love sculpture :

NYC has so many art everywhere and some of them are unique and original.It’s a great photo opportunity if you want a memory in the Big Apple.

Location : corner of 6th Avenue and 55th Street in Manhattan.

11.Charging bull :

This is the famous Charging Bull which symbolically represents the financial market strength of New York.This is a very busy area and if you want to click pictures you should pop in quickly,smile & get out.

Location : Broadway & Morris St, New York, NY 10004

12.Wall street :

Wall street is a dream working place for many people.You can just feel the money swirling around your head around here.It is a great place to sit and watch the beautiful architecture and history around you.

Location : 11 Wall St, New York, NY 10005

13.Flushing meadows corona park :

corona park offers huge activities , It has New York’s largest lake where you can fish or pedal a boat, Uni sphere which was the icon of 1964 world’s fair,play ground for children and much more.


Hours :24/7

Location :  Queens, NY 11375

14.Queens botanical garden :

Queens Botanical Garden is a great place to relax and appreciate nature. Many of the small gardens that compose the site feature plants of particular significance to a certain world culture.It offers the chance to see diverse plant life all year round.

Hours : 8 am – 5 pm

Location :43-50 Main St, Flushing, NY 11355

15. 9/11 memorial :

This is the place where the actual Twin towers were built.Now They built a pool around that place in the remembrance of people who lost their lives in 9/11 tragedy.

Location :  180 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10007

16. Staten Island :

A 25 minute Free ferry ride to and from the city or Staten island which gives you amazing views of landmarks like statue of liberty,Ellis island , Roosevelt island and of course Manhattan skyline.

17. St. Patrick’s Cathedral :

It is New York’s one of the iconic structures,Built in 1879, the majestic architecture will just leave you in awe.It is huge with lots of history.

Location :  5th Ave, New York, NY 10022

18. Battery park :

Located at the southern most tip of Manhattan, you get some unique views of lower Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty and so much more.There is a  lot of street performers, artists, food sellers and people from all walks of life surrounded the area but definitely add to a wonderful experience. Lots of benches to sit on during stay. Lots of trees shading good sitting spots.

Location : New York, NY 10004

19. Bronx museum of arts :

Bronx always have some or the other events/festivals going on check their website before visiting.

Tickets :Free

Location : 1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10456

20. Rockefeller :

Fans of the Tonight Show can watch a taping with Jimmy Fallon at NBC’s studios in Rockefeller Center with a bit of advanced planning. Free tickets are released a month in advance, though if you’re lucky you can get standby tickets the night of the even.

Location : 45 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10111

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49 replies

  1. What a great list! I used to live in Brooklyn and walking across the Brooklyn bridge was one of my favorite things!

  2. I’m not planning on going to New York soon, but it’s definitely somewhere I wish to visit. I had no idea there were so many free things to do. I’m going to bookmark this for when i do want to go 🙂 x

  3. Everything bar two things (Trump tower & the apple store (I don’t do apple products) are on my New York list. I’ve been wanting to go forever but still haven’t made it x

  4. Everything bar trump tower and the apple store are on my NY Bucket list. I;ve been wanting to go for years but still haven’t made it!

  5. Everything bar trump tower and the apple store are on my NY Bucket list. I’ve been wanting to go for years but still haven’t made it!

  6. New York is one of my dream destinations! I have bookmarked this list as I am determind that I will go one day! 🙂

  7. I have to say New York is one of my favourite places to go and visit – I’d love to go back x

  8. I have to say I love New York, it’s one of my favourite places to visit x

  9. I haven’t been to New York yet but it is definitely on my list of places to visit! xxx

  10. Such a great list! New York was one of my bucket lists, I want to go there someday and I really love all these picture.

  11. Depite having been to NY 4 times I’ve never seen the love statue, I really should seek it out next time. I don’t think I’ll be paying a visit to the trump building somehow though x

  12. I’ve been to NY four times and still not seen the love statue, I should make an effort to find it next time. Although the Trump building looks awesome I don’t think I’d go x

  13. I’d love to visit NYC sometimes, saving some of the locations you mentioned! Hopefully I’ll get there in 2017 or ’18.

  14. Very good tips of things to do in Y. I’m still due to visit this city 🙂

  15. Very good tips of things to do in Y. I’m still due to visit this city 🙂

  16. Wonderful lust! We are heading to NY soon and i couldn’t have found this at a better time! I cant believe the ferry is free to Staten Island.

  17. New York City is a major bucket list item for me and has been for years. I love that so many of my personal must-see sights made it onto your post!

  18. Great list!

    Think While You Drink (thinkwhileyoudrink.net) also does great free to play pub quiz/trivia nights in some NYC dive bars. It’s fun and a great way to mingle with NYers.

  19. New York City is one of my favorite places to visit!! I love all of your ideas too. I absolutely loved browsing on 5th avenue, but somehow missed the Apple store. I guess I need to make a trip back! 🙂

  20. This is such a great list! I have plans to go to New York soon and I am definitely saving this!

  21. GREAT TIPS! My son really wants to go to NY. Thank you for sharing this great info. You have made planning easy.

  22. I love visiting NYC! Your list is a really great place to start, saving Trump Tower. I wouldn’t recommend that one. But the rest are great!

  23. I have seen Batter Park and Time Square. I will love to see the 911 one.

  24. I love the side of New York you just showed me. All I usually see is traffic or complaints but this is truly beautiful

  25. I have never been to NY, but I want to go. I would really love to go to Times Square.

  26. I’ve been to NY twice, but the last time goes back nearly 7 years ago! I would love to go back and visit some of the places I haven’t seen, such as the Queens Botanical Garden and Grand Central Terminal.

  27. I love this list. I’ve been to some of these places but there are others I need to be sure to check out. I need to try out the Statten Island ferry.

  28. New York is my bucket list!! It’s my dream location!! Can’t wait to visit it & do all the things you mentioned above.

  29. This is an awesome guide for people who are visiting NYC. Central Park is really nice and you can ger lost in it for hours without spending a penny.

  30. Thanks for all of these ideas! We actually have plans to visit the East coast and spend two days in NYC so this is perfect timing for my to plan our trip!

  31. There are so many things to do in NY! I can’t wait until I get to visit, so I can try some of these!

  32. Such a very informative and nice post! I guess everything you need about New York is already here.

  33. I don’t know why, but for some reason I had always pictured the Statue of Liberty to be MUCH bigger than it really was. I remember when I was atop the Empire State building looking down, all I could think was how tiny it was! LOL
    I guess I thought it was some giant statue taller than all of the buildings.

    (hey don’t judge me, I’ve only ever seen it in movies where everything is already bigger than life!)

  34. I definitely want to pin this. I hope to take my fmaily here one day and having a bunch of musts in one place is great. Great listing.

  35. These are actual places to see not things to do

  36. I was in NYC a few years ago, but didn’t get to do much sight seeing. The Trump Tower sounds so opulent!

  37. there’s some great ideas here! I need to save this for when we take a trip to NYC!!

  38. The NY Public Library has always fascinated me. I went there as a child with my parents often. Always an adventure.

  39. I would love to go to NYC and see the sites! I love the ideas and if I am to go I will be taking this list with me!

  40. I’ve only been around the outskirts of Central Park, but I would like to actually take a stroll through it once. The Botanical Garden is definitely something that I would like to visit as well.

  41. What a beautiful place to visit I love all your photo, I want to go there someday with my kids and that is one of my bucket list

  42. These are all great! You really can’t spend enough time in Central Park. Can’t wait for the summer.

  43. I love NY. You listed so many great sites that I want to visit. The Bronx museum will be first on my list.

  44. Wow! I never thought that there is so much free stuff in new york. I always get told everything is very expensive, but you opened my eyes…

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