Free things to do in New York

There are lots of free things to do in the city, so whether you're a local or a tourist, you can have a great time without breaking the bank. Here are 10 ideas for free things to do in the Big Apple:

Visit Central Park

This iconic park spans 843 acres in the heart of Manhattan and is full of trails, lakes, gardens, and sculptures.

Explore the Brooklyn Bridge

Walk across this historic bridge for great views of Manhattan and the East River.

Check out the Staten Island Ferry

Take a ride on the Staten Island Ferry for free and enjoy views of the Statue of Liberty, the Manhattan skyline, and the harbor.

Visit the New York Public Library

This stunning Beaux-Arts building is home to over 50 million items, including rare books, maps, and manuscripts.

This bustling square is known for its bright lights, billboards, and street performers.

Take a stroll through Times Square

Admission to the Museum of Modern Art is free every Friday from 4pm to 8pm.

See the art at the Museum of Modern Art

This elevated park on the west side of Manhattan is built on a former railway track and offers great views of the city.

Visit the High Line

Explore the architecture, history, and culture of neighborhoods like Greenwich Village, the Lower East Side, and Harlem.

Take a self-guided walking tour of historic neighborhoods

The 9/11 Memorial is free to visit and offers a peaceful place to reflect and pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the attacks.

9/11 Memorial and Museum

Many parks, libraries, and other public spaces offer free concerts, movie screenings, and other events throughout the year. Check local listings for details.

Attend a free event or concert

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